HELLIONS OF HALSTEAD HALL
They're the scandalous Sharpes, five hell-raising siblings tainted by a shocking family legacy. Now each faces a daunting ultimatum: marry by year's end -- or kiss their inheritance good-bye.
In the two decades since a tragic "accident" took the lives of his parents, Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, has survived the scandal surrounding that fateful night by living as an unrepentant rakehell. And with his grandmother vowing to disinherit him if he doesn't settle down and wed, he plans to fulfill the bargain in true Sharpe style -- by bringing home a fake fiancée from a brothel! But his scheme is derailed when he rescues an American beauty in a dire predicament instead. Maria Butterfield came to London to track down her groom-to-be, who's gone missing, but her engagement won't stop Oliver from getting what he wants: her, in his bed. His rebellious masquerade may call his grandmother's bluff , but it's soon made all too real -- by a love that tempts him to be a hellion no more.
I really enjoyed this book, I actually rate it 4 1/2 out of 5. I absolutely LOVE Oliver's family and felt so sad for what he had to endure as a young man. His Gran in particular is a very witty clever woman! Maria and her cousin are American's in search of her Fiance, Nathan. Maria's father was owner of a Shipping company and has passed away and so Maria must find Nathan so they can get married so she can have access to her money. She finds Nathans satchel and while following it she and her cousin find themselves in front of a Brothel. One thing leads to another and to save her cousin and herself from being arrested Oliver manipulates them to participate in a deception so his Gran will forget about her demands his sisters, brothers, and himself must marry before the year is out or they don't get any of her money.
Oliver and Maria are very funny together and Maria is a strong willed heroine and doesn't let Oliver forget it! I liked how even though she's strong willed she wants to be proper and moral but can't help but fall into Oliver's arms whenever he's near! I can't wait to read the next book to see which of the other siblings finds their mate!