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Lady Never Surrenders, A (Hellions of Halstead Hall #5)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  4,879 Ratings  ·  323 Reviews
With two months left to find a husband and fulfill her grandmother’s ultimatum, Celia sets her sights on three eligible bachelors. Becoming betrothed to one of these wealthy, high-ranking men will surely prove her capable of getting married, so hopefully the wedding itself won’t be necessary for Celia to receive her inheritance. Step Two of her audacious plan is hiring the ...more
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NiCoLeTa E.
***4,5 "Proper Pinter" stars***

I love this series!!!
Review will follow... (Soon, i hope!!!)
♡Karlyn P♡
A cute ending to the Hellion series! I liked Celia and Pinter quite a bit more than I expected, and I always love a commoner for a hero. Pinter is a bow street runner, and Celia is far above him in station. He desired her from afar since he first saw her nearly a year ago, but when she enlists his service to investigate possible suitors, he can't hold back his desires.

This final book in the series also closes the mystery of who killed the Sharpe parents. It wasn't all that riveting as mysteries
So, yesterday, I spent my entire day enjoying this book. As the conclusion of the Hellions of Halstead Hall series, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, character-wise, I didn't really care too much about Celia or Pinter, especially with new rakes in the mix - the Duke of Lyons (who appears to be decent sort) and Virginia's cousin (still can't remember his name for the life of me).

Anyway, before jumping into other stories, I'll summarize Celia and Jackson Pinter. For the entire series, we all
4.5 Delightful Stars
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Books
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Hellions of Halstead Hall (Final Book)
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Steamy

This was a perfect ending to a wonderful series, and I for one am sad to see it end.

As the final book in the series,
Anna D.
Aug 12, 2014 Anna D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

Even though this isn’t the last book in the series, it sort of feels like it because Celia is the last Sharpe sibling to marry and also the mystery of their parents’ death that was weaved throughout the series is finally solved.

For me, this book ties with Jarret’s book in second place of my favorites for the series. It lacked humor but it definitely made up for it somewhat in the angst department. I was surprised with Pinter’s level of insecurity about his station/class and his illegit
Jul 01, 2014 Mei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A good conclusion of the series.
It made me feel good to read how the mistery that goes through all the books was solved!
All the siblings are married and Hetty is too! LOL
Everybody is happy! what more could we want?! *wink*
Chitra *CJ*
The fifth book in "Hellions of Halstead Hall" and surprisingly not the last, is the story of Celia and Pinter.
Celia is the youngest of Hellions and and last unwed child after her grandmother's ultimatum. Always having preferred guns and breeches to beauty and dresses, she is forced to choose between three suitors to appease her grandmother.
To help along her mission, she hires Mr Pinter/ Jackson to investigate them for being suitable husbands.
Jackson is a bow street runner and in process of beco
Anna's Herding Cats
This. was. the. best. freaking. book! I love the Hellions of Halstead Hall series but A Lady Never Surrenders was by far my favorite. I'd been looking forward for Jackson Pinter's book and damn it was good. Fantastic dynamic between the hero and heroine, full of action and danger, twists and turns, snark, humor and a meddling family. And a romance that'll make a girl envious. Seriously, I loved every single effing page as the last of the Sharpe siblings surrenders to their grandmum's ultimatum o ...more
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Author: Sabrina Jeffries
First published: 2012
Length: 388 pages, 4662 locations
Setting: 1825, England. Regency-ish.
Sex: Not frequent. Reasonably explicit.
Hero: Bastard son with mysterious paternity. Bow Street Runner.
Heroine: Youngest sister who needs to marry soon. Believes in love.
Series: Book 5 of 5
Includes: Sharpe Family Tree. Excerpt from 'Twas the Night after Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries.

Finally, the ending of this good series.

We'll get to find out who did it!

As the long-dragged-out myster
This is the final installment of the Hellions of Halstead series. I'm sad to see it end. I've enjoyed spending time with the Sharpe family.

I have to say, I was much more bothered by Hettie's interference in this novel. I'm not sure if it's because we got more from her POV, or if her meddling went over the top. While I understood her reasons for being wary of Pinter, it didn't make a lot of sense for her to push him so hard. Especially when it was obvious Celia cared for him.

Aside from that, I
May 18, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ah, yes, Ms. Jeffries is back in fine form again! It was great fun to watch (er, read about) the staid and proper (and handsome, of course) hero secretly lusting after his elegant lady fair, who of course, he can never have because she is miles above him in social status. And it was great fun to watch her crumble anyway. (I would have!)

I liked this upper class heroine who carried a pistol, spoke her mind, and was a completely incompetent flirt. And I rooted for her middle class, self-made-man o
Feb 02, 2012 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have really enjoyed this series, not as much as the School for Heiresses, but still, Jeffries is one of my favorite authors of all time. I have loved the bantering between Celia and Pinter throughout the series, and even though the series is over, I still loved it. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with how Pinter's storyline with his 'father' turned out, it was a little too neat and convienent for me, but overall an excellent ending to a great series!
Onur Birler
Nov 26, 2012 Onur Birler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geldik güzel bir serinin daha sonuna :D Gerçi devamı varmış ama bence Sharpe serisi burada bitti, diğerlerini başka seri okuyormuş gibi okuyacağım. Güzel kitaptı ama bazı yerlerinde çok garip diyaloglar vardı ki buraya bile yazamam :P (kıl tüy dersem belki okuyanlar anlar ne demek istediğimi) Ama olsun yine de ben bu seriyi çok seviyorum :D
So this was definitely the weakest book in the series. There was quite a bit of inconsistent characterization in this and I think the central romance trope (Pinter vetting Celia's suitors) could have been handled better. But I did like how the series-long mystery plot wrapped up, and overall this series was what I needed to read right now, so I am glad for that.
Jan 30, 2016 Froggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2016
This is my first time reading Sabrina Jeffries. I liked the plot and the hero with a profession. The mystery solving was interesting even though the ending wasn't as satisfying as I'd have liked. I wish the book had wow'ed me more since the author has a rather large backlist.

Rounded up to 3
Pamela Shropshire
Book 5, and the last of the Sharpe siblings to remain unmarrried is Celia. As the book opens, we know that she is quite a good shot, that she is very close to Gabe, and that she dislikes Jackson Pinter, the Bow Street runner who has been investigating their parents' deaths. He has found evidence proving they were murdered, and is closing in on the killer's ID.

But Celia distracts him by asking him to investigate her suitors. None of the three men courting her are worthy of her, in his opinion, bu
This review originally posted at The Bookpushers:

Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: From the publisher

With two months left to find a husband to fulfill her grandmother’s ultimatum, Lady Celia Sharpe sets her sights on three eligible bachelors. Becoming betrothed to one of these wealthy, high-ranking men will surely prove her capable of getting married, so hopefully the wedding itself won’t be necessary for Celia and her sibli
4.5 stars

My review originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed:

When Lady Celia Sharpe’s grandmother decreed that her grandchildren must all be married within a year or be disinherited, Celia balked. But one by one, her siblings have fallen in love and married, which means that Celia has two months to find a husband or she’ll be the reason her brothers and sister don’t inherit anything. So Celia devises a plan to get an offer of marriage from one of three lords
Feb 01, 2012 Dabney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ms. Jeffries—

I was ambivalent about investing my time in the last of your Hellions of Halstead Hall series. I’ve read the first four with varying levels of satisfaction. I found The Truth about Lord Stoneville, the first book, that of Oliver, the eldest Sharpe child, to be a contrived and insubstantial tale. I enjoyed the second, A Hellion in her Bed, Jarret’s tale—you did a nice job of explaining the ins and outs of making ale in the 19th century. I loved the third, How to Woo a Reluctant
Michelle Kelly
Jan 30, 2012 Michelle Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2012-read
Excellent conclusion to a wonderful series


Out of the Sharpe siblings, Celia seemed to be the one placed off in the background in the other Hellion books. She was there but not much of an appearance in the other stories. So going into A Lady Never Surrenders, I really didn't have any confirmed perceptions about Celia.

Mr. Pinter however has been in every single book quite a bit since he was the fore front investigator into the deaths of Sharpe's parents. Ce
Julia ♥Duncan♥
Liked the romance aspect of this book a lot. Celia and Jackson were very likeable characters and it was easy to root for them to be together.

I especially liked Jackson as a character - he was very middle-of-the-road, not a rich titled lord but not gin-soaked poverty either. I feel like this is pretty unusual for a historical romance hero. I've liked his character over the previous books in the series so I enjoyed getting to know him more and seeing the other Sharpe siblings from his point of vi
Andrea Hussey
Sep 15, 2012 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I read the back of the book I was like oh lord, here we go again. Here's another instance where the character has to marry someone because of an ultimatum from a family member. Jeeze, how many times has that been done? I hate that story line, and just to add another overused&run down plot she has the danger aspect that nearly every romance book has at the end. Way 2 fall back on a cliche.
I almost put the book down as "spoke funny 'talian words." How utterly stupid. Kids are annoying &
A Lady Never Surrenders was definitely better than To Wed a Wild Lord but its still getting three stars. To be honest the best book in the series is the first book-The Truth About Lord Stoneville. I only continued reading to find out who killed their parents.

Celia only has two months left to find a husband, remember that their grandmother gave them all a year to get married or no one would inherit, so she sets her sights on three men. She asks Jackson Pinter to help her "dig up some dirt" on th
Romancing the Book
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I'm a longtime fan of Ms Jeffries and have loved her Hellions of Halstead Hall series. I'm sorry to see this series end, but loved the journey and the conclusion.

A Lady Never Surrenders is the love story between the youngest sibling, Celia, and the Bow Street Runner, Jackson, who has been hired by Celia's family to investigate their parent's deaths. Over the course of the series, we've seen Celia and Jackson butt heads and it continues in this novel. Howeve
Betty Strohecker
In this final novel in the Hellions of Hallstead Hall series, Sabrina Jeffries recounts the story of Lady Celia Sharpe, youngest of the five Sharpe siblings. Since the death of her parents at a young age, Lady Celia has followed after her older brothers and become a crack shot, not a very lady-like pursuit in the regency period. Now facing the same 'marry or no inheritance' ultimatum from her grandmother as did her siblings, she has selected three possible candidates. She has also hired Bow Stre ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
WOW!!! This was a perfect ending to the Hellions of Halstead Hall. Please believe me when I say Sabrina Jeffries did not disappoint! her fans. Jackson and Celia were a perfect couple. Ms. Jeffries ties up all the loss ends involving the murder of the Sharpe children parents. Our beloved Hetty "Gran" gets her HEA too, but I think we all saw what was coming for Gran; in the book "To Wed A Wild Lord". I am sorry to see this series end and hope it can be extended with the Duke of Lyons or the Earl ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Celia is the last of the 'Hellions' to find love and marry, as her siblings have done. Jackson is the 'Runner' who has been helping her family solve the mystery of their parents deaths, and to investigate all of their potential suitors. Jackson has been hiding his true feelings for Celia for over a year, and she is the only Sharpe sibling who gets his dander up and fights verbally with him. Celia starts to see him in a new light from his first kiss, and she wants more. Kisses and caresses are sh ...more
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and 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 8 million book ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Hellions of Halstead Hall (6 books)
  • The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #1)
  • A Hellion in Her Bed (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #2)
  • How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #3)
  • To Wed a Wild Lord (Hellions of Halstead Hall #4)
  • 'Twas the Night after Christmas (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #6; The Duke's Men, #0.5)

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“Love is taking chances when every rational part of you screams, ‘Don’t risk it.’ Because it’s only when your heart has been ripped open that you get a chance to find the one person capable of making it whole.” 30 likes
“You weren't always so...appreciative. When I said that men enjoyed my company, you said you found that hard to believe."

What?" he retorted with a scowl. "I never said any such thing."

"Yes, you did, the day that I asked you to investigate my suitors. I remember it clearly."

"Theres no way in hell I ever..." The conversation came back to him suddenly, and he shook his head. "You're remembering only part, sweeting. You said that men enjoyed your company and considered you easy to talk to. It was the last part I found hard to believe."

"Oh." She eyed him askance. "Why? You never seem to have trouble talking to me. Or rather, lecturing me."

"It's either lecture you or stop up your mouth with kisses," he said dryly. "Talking to you isn't easy, because every time I'm near you I burn to carry you off to some secluded spot and do any number of wicked things to you."

She blinked, then gazed at him with such softness that it made his chest hurt. "Then why don't you?"

-Celia and Jackson”
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