How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #3)
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How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall #3)

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The third novel inSabrina Jeffries's “Hellions of Hallstead Hall” series, featuring the independent and talentedLady Minerva Sharpe.

When a charming rogue proposes she marry him to meet her grandmother's ultimatum, the Sharpe clan's strong-willed sister makes a tempting counter-offer that preserves her inheritance and ignites his imagination.

Lady Minerva Sharpe has the per...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 18th 2011)
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kilty
how to woo a reluctant reader..

3.5 - 4 stars (undecided whether to choose 3 or 4 above)

I generally like/hate SJ's books..they are fun, fast or rather racy reads that I enjoy reading upto a point..somewhat like caramel hard candy..nice to savor initially, but the last bit is rather st(icky) to chew and swallow.

The hero in this book leads a double life, somewhat Scarlet Pimpernelish (about 5%.. I love that book too much to make a bigger allusion) and the heroine who has been infatuated with him s...more
Nisha
I might be biased, but this is the best book I have ever read by Sabrina Jeffries. I totally didn't expect it, considering the piss poor story about the manchild Jarret. But you know about 2nd stories in a series, they are either going to be awesome or suck really hard. But there was one thing for certain after starting The Truth About Lord Stoneville, I will definitely enjoy Minerva and Giles' love story. And thankfully, SJ delivered.

Minerva, the scandalous gothic authoress of the Sharpe family...more
Maria Stefanou
Θα μπορούσε εύκολα να χαρακτηρίσει κανείς το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο και παρόμοια με αυτό, ελαφρά αναγνώσματα ή ρομάντζα.

Δεν θα προσπαθήσω να αλλάξω γνώμη σε κανέναν σε σχέση με το θέμα και ακόμα περισσότερο δεν σκοπεύω να δικαιολογηθώ επειδή ανάμεσα σε πολλά άλλα μου αρέσει επίσης να διαβάζω κατά καιρούς και τέτοιου είδους βιβλία.

Προσωπικά είμαι ένας άνθρωπος που του αρέσει να διαβάζει όλα τα ήδη και ειδικότερα θέλω γνωρίζω κάτι από πρώτο χέρι για να το κρίνω και όχι να βγάζω συμπεράσματα μόνο και...more
Amanda
4 1/2 stars.

By far my favorite in the series so far. I loved all of Minerva's and Giles' interactions - as well as all of the scenes with Minerva's brothers (who are also Giles' friends) and their utter disapproval of their engagement.
Lola
I've followed this series just a few months ago and started to re-read all three again. The Sharpe family is known as 'Hellions' for each has behaves with scandalous behaviour apparently to Society's eyes. We follow Minerva Sharpe when she aggravates her Grandma into breaking the requirements she set for the whole family. She cannot stand a woman's limited options in society and refuses a husband. She thinks her husband will not allow her to continue writing. So when she sents out an ad looking...more
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Julie
This was a sensational book, one of the best Sabrina Jeffries romances I've read. Minerva Sharpe fell in and out of love with Giles Masters, a rakish old friend of her brothers while at a masquerade nine years ago. After breaking her heart, she writes him into her novels, portraying him as a roguish but thrilling French spy. Little does she know how close to the truth she comes - nor how little she really knows about him! I love, loved this book! A forced marriage scenario, the continuing myster...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
I won this book from one of the giveaways right her on goodreads. Minerva and Giles make a good match. He learns to trust in people as he's never allowed before, and she gets the love and heart of the man who loves her for her. Giles has been a friend of her brothers for years, and has been in all the previous books. Minerva is a smart, independent woman who believes in herself, but has been affected by her parents deaths and Giles dismissal of her in the past. We still don't have a closed case...more
Anna D.
3.5 stars.

I enjoy the world Sabrina Jeffries created in this series. The characters, the writing, the romance, all of it are just wonderful. This book is part of that and therefore I found it delightful to read – however, for some reason the chemistry between the H/h wasn’t as good as the previous two books. I think the fact that the H/h kept each other at arm’s length, emotionally speaking, kept me at arm’s length as well. It was only in the glimpses of when Minerva and Giles let their guard d...more
KarenH
A heroine that gives as good as she gets and a hero that wants everything she has to give. Definitely the best book I've ever read by Sabrina Jeffries!

4.5****
Melissa
This is the third book in the Hellions series. I did not read the other two and it was not necessary to enjoy this book. This historical romance takes place in England where the matriarch of the estate has offered an ultimatum. The Sharpe siblings all must marry in order to inherit their family's fortune. Minerva is loathe to accept such an ultimatum, but does not want to see her brothers and their families have a hard time without adequate funds. So, Minerva decides to pretend to be engaged to...more
nurmawati
5 bintang....

kali ini ceritanya ttg lady minerva sharpe yang independen....
dia menolak di suruh nikah oleh nenek nya...kalo gak nikah katanya dia gak bakal dapat warisan....

tapi lady minerva cuek aja....dia punya penghasilan sebagai penulis novel gotic yang sukses.....
dia pemberani dan pintar....bahkan dia menulis nmovel dengan namanya sendiri, gak mau pake nama samaran..dan cuek aja orang2 mau bilang apa...

lady minerva juga bukannya anti co banget...
waktu umur 9 tahun dia jatuh cinta sama temen...more
Mishel Zabala
My rating: 3.5/5 stars

How to Woo a Reluctant Lady is the third book in The Hellions of Halstead Hall series and tells the story of the eldest Sharpe sister, Minerva. She’s feisty, independent, and is not afraid to speak her mind. After meeting her in the previous novel, A Hellion in Her Bed, I knew her story would be fun!

Although she doesn’t necessarily need her inheritance, Minerva is determined to meet her grandmother’s marriage ultimatum. But Minerva has an ace up her sleeve! She’ll fake an...more
Lady Darcie
Jan 22, 2011 Lady Darcie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: The Hellions of Hallstead Hall #2
Minerva Sharpe has come up with a brillent plan. She will pretend to be ingaged to Rake and when her grandmother finds out she will let Minerva out of the deal (the very one that her brothers swore to never fall into, The one that says every sibling need to marry in order to get their inheritance)
Minerva set up her plan an interveiw for a husband, expecting alot of males Minerva awaits only to find the one male she never thought would see her as a women and the one man who broker her heart 19 ye...more
Ing
My Synopsis:

At the age of nine Minerva Sharpe fell in love with Giles Masters the scoundrel friend of her older brothers. At nineteen Minerva fell out of love (or so she convinces herself) with Giles after he rudely rebuked her attempts at getting him to notice her as more than just the baby sister of her brothers. They shared one kiss that night that neither have been able to forget.

Minerva now a writes gothic novels under her own name that has a villain who resembles Giles a great deal. Her g...more
Jules
As usual I am late coming into a fantastic series. While this is the third book of the trilogy, I had no trouble reading it as a stand alone story. (This being said, I can't wait to get my paws on the first two.)

I have always loved reading historical romance. Even as a young girl, these were my favorite types of escapes. What sets this book apart from so many I've read is the fantastic interplay between Minerva and Giles. They are written with such intensity and intelligence that I just know tha...more
Sandy M
I’ve begun reading a couple of historicals lately that, uh, well, bored me. They didn’t engage me immediately, make me care for the characters right off the bat, make me want to continue reading about their lives. So, needless to say, this book instantly blew fresh life into me with the emotion Ms. Jeffries shares with us concerning Minerva on the very first page. My heart wept for her young broken heart. And then I smiled at the way that brokenness healed. A perfect beginning to a wonderfully w...more
Jerelyn
I like it when you’re excited for a book to come out and you’re not in the least bit disappointed after you read it, in fact it is better than you imagined. This is how it is with Sabrina Jeffries new release How to Woo a Reluctant Lady #3 in the Hellions series.

Minerva's story: She is the Gothic novelist who doesn't need to marry; she can take care of herself. But if she doesn't marry her Grandmother will cut not just her off but Minerva siblings as well and they do need the money.

Giles Maste...more
D.L.
I would say that, so far, How to Woo a Reluctant Lady has been my favorite of the Hellions of Halstead Hall series. For some reason I find that Sabrina Jeffries books pack more of a punch when the primary character is female (like with her Heiress series) than when the primary character is male (i.e. Oliver or Jarret). I don't really know why since every book has a hero and heroine, but this is what I've noticed. Also, I was excited that Giles got his own book! David Masters is one of my all tim...more
Lady Rogue
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Amanda Ryan
This was my first Sabrina Jeffries novel, and I was really looking forward to it, what with all the positive reviews I had read not just about this book, but also the others in the series. Right off the bat, Minerva Sharpe grates on my every nerve. Then again, she is a “hellion,” so I suppose her feisty behavior and retorts are supposed to be expected of her. I wanted to like her. I really did. Instead I found her to be off putting and, well, annoying. But she’s an awfully pretty harpy, and Gile...more
BJ Rose
A very weak 4* but definitely better than 3*

"Love is for fools and dreamers. The only people who benefit from it are flower sellers and Valentine artists." Obviously, some big changes are in store for our hero before he becomes part of a loving couple. This book could also easily be titled 'Not Merely a Rogue' because Giles spent years being a fake rake (well, the excessive part anyway!) while he was being a spy for the government - operating under the rationale that you have to act like a scoun...more
Janga
Another winner from Sabrina Jeffries. I've enjoyed all the Halstead Hall books, but this one is my favorite. Minerva is a great character--independent with the means to remain so should she choose. I love that she is the author of Gothic novel published under her own name. And I love that Jeffries shows us this fierce, intelligent woman who is also the vulnerable creature that her parents' deaths and her early experience with Giles have created. Giles has his own complexities, although I found h...more
Jenny E

I was really looking forward to Minerva's book, and it certainly did not disappoint. Giles was a great hero - just what I like, and their story was very interesting. It had an original and intriguing plot, but still had all the swoony romance that I like.

Her love scenes are so well done, but one of the hottest and my favorite scenes was when Giles brought Minerva to watch him to his thing as Barrister! I liked that Giles wasn't what he appeared to be and we got to find that out slowly... the re...more
Katyana
This one is probably my favorite of the series to-date. I loved Minerva. She was feisty, hilarious, stubborn, extremely intelligent, and just overall wonderful. It has been clear since the first book that she cared for Giles Masters, and it was fun finding out the backstory there and watching them come together.

Giles ran a bit hot and cold for me. I feel that he always loved Minerva, though he refused to see it. But there were a couple of points where I really felt he needed a good slap.

It was...more
Mei
In this book it's Minerva's turn to marry.
I liked the spy part of the story and how Minerva was smart enough to uncover everything!
Sharon
Just great! Such a fast read. I wanted to not like Minerva but she was consistent to the end and as smart and mature as any modern married woman. Giles's trust issue resolved cleanly because of Minerva's love and his love for Minerva after the "office" scene. Is that an oh-so-male attitude or what? Lol. She must have been reading something other than her own books to suggest what she did cause I know they didn't have pay-per-view back then.

Sabrina Jeffries is a fantastic writer as the ending wit...more
Slavena
I came to realize I prefer a certain style of writing and certain type of character interaction to like a novel. This wasn’t it. I did not like the heroine, I did not like her humor and I specifically did not like her talking in bed. The love scenes made me cringe, I guess it was supposed to be funny but having jokes while making love is not my thing, it seemed so disjointed. I liked the hero and if it wasn’t the misplaced sense of humor of the heroine I would have loved this book.
Virginia
Oh what fun!! I've been looking forward to this one since I first saw hints of Minerva and Giles's leanings in the previous two books. Now, I just have to wait for Gabe's and Celia's (and with the ample hints, I'm sure who they'll end up with!). Spies and lies and deception and lots of fun. Jeffries is a good romance writer and I can't wait to read even more. I'm so pleased!!

(As you can tell, I love whizzing through romance novels with some more serious reads in between.)
Cruth
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
First published: 2011
Length: 380 pages, 4712 locations
Setting: 1825, England. Regency-ish.
Sex: Heated. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: Barrister and spy.
Heroine: Author of Gothic Romances.
Series: Book 3 of 5
Includes: Sharpe Family Tree. Excerpts from The Truth About Lord Stoneville, A Hellion in Her Bed and What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries.

An enjoyable addition to the Hellions series that nicely propels the over-arching murder plot while still giving Minerva and Giles...more
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of 36 novels and 9 works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 7 million books i...more
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