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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 f
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Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published December 28th 2009)
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♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 - 4 stars.

This was a cute romantic historical that fans of Sabrina Jeffries will likely enjoy it. But will they LOVE it? Probably not, but they won’t hate it either. I hope.

This story had many good points and it kept me engaged until the end. It was a light steamy read, albeit predictable and at times disjointed. We meet Lord Stoneville once again (he was a side character in her previous series), and this time he is out to thwart his grandmother who controls the purse strings for the entir
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Juliana
I'm sorry to have to say it and apparently most readers don't agree with me, but I was very disappointed by this book. I rushed out to get it before work this morning and was anticipating getting home this evening, snuggling up, and enjoying a great new read. I *never* start a book without finishing - I'm just unable to do it - but here I skimmed through about the second half of the book and will be posting it on Paperback Swap after I finish writing this review.

I'm not even going to split my c
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Nisha
For everything I heard about this book, I wasn't expecting much from Ms. Jeffries new series. I picked it up only because it was about the rakish Lord Stoneville who had graced the previous books as the notoriously wild bachelor who I was hoping to see as Cousin Michael. The fact is, SB made Stoneville's story even better since it has a largely new cast of siblings and suitors (with future love stories), a grandmother forcing them to marry (or suffer being cut off), and an American heroine. I ca ...more
Mei
A very cute historical!

Interesting enough for me to read the next one in the series! :)

I enjoyed very much the heroine, Maria! She was fresh and intelligent. Her reasoning was different from those of other heroines in HR.

I loved Gran Hetty too! Loved the way she wanted to manipulate her grandchildren! It was simple and very crafty. She used their weaknesses against them in a very cunning way!

The wakes part was the why Oliver has become a rake. It was meh... (view spoiler)
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Anna D.
This book brought back the feeling I had when I first discovered and fell in love with Historical Roman two years ago in 2012. There’s something about this book and the writing that takes me back to that when I was excited and immerse in it. I reveled in this story and I read it leisurely (aka unrushed). For some time now the buildup of my TBR list has made me want to read book after book trying to finish books faster than I add to my TBR list. This book, for some inexplicable reason, slowed me ...more
Iliada
This was my first read by Sabrina Jeffries and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It wasn't the most original historical romance out there, but it served its purpose and it did it well in that it provided many pleasurable hours of reading that I needed very much after a very long and busy week.

The hero, Oliver, Lord Stoneville, was a rake and a rogue. He lived a care-free life, bedding as many women as possible and never caring for any of them, until the heroine came along and swept him off his feet, of c
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Katie(babs)
Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville revels in his reputation as a rake of the first water. Rumors have always persisted ever since Oliver was sixteen and his mother ended up shooting his philandering father and then herself. Oliver has always felt responsible for the death of his parents since the events leading up to the murder-suicide were increased because Oliver’s mother found him in an embarrassing situation.

Now at thirty-five, Oliver is way past the age where he should be married and
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seton
******DNF******

I have read loads of SJ and one under her previous alias as Deborah Martin. This got me off on the wrong foot from the very beginning with the too-modern sounding vernacular and then all the sequel-baiting of what is obviously a five book series about the five siblings. The two female siblings seems the most interesting to me; the three male Sharpes far less so.

Since this book features one of the male Sharpes, meh.

The hero of the book was featured in SJ's last 2 or 3 books from t
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Susanne
4 Really Good But Forgettable Stars
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. If you’re in the mood for historical romance, it’s pretty good.

It’s pleasant and enjoyable, but kind of forgettable.

The characters are typical and likeable. Maria is honest with principles. Oliver is tormented by something in his past and believes he’s no good, so he acts that way. Maria sees the good in him. Grandmother Hetty has given her grandchildren an ultimatum. She’s fun to watch.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 392 pages. Swearing language: mild including religio
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Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall by Sabrina Jeffries. Likable characters and a fun read. Gran has decided her grandchildren need to marry and gives them one year to do so or they will be disinherited. In an attempt to change her mind, Oliver decides to look for his "bride" at a brothel. Maria has come to England to look for her fiance who has disappeared. Her and her cousin, Freddie, end up at a brothel where they followed a lead to. Oliver persuades Maria to pretend to be his fia ...more
Nisha
I love Lord Stoneville, Oliver. He's such a sweetie under all that roguishness. Maria is perfect as his counterpart, dealing with his angst by simply accepting him.

This time, I read this as an audiobook. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Maybe even more. The narrator was male, but that did nothing to reduce my enjoyment. The only time I questioned listening to the book was when I got to one of the love scenes when Oliver says "Mine, mine, all mine." That was a little too corny and act
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Holly
Sabrina Jeffries is hit or miss for me, but I really adored this book.

I really enjoyed both Oliver and Maria, as well as all the secondary characters. Especially Oliver's siblings and Maria's cousin. The love story was sweet.

Oliver's guilt over the death of his parents and his subsequent actions didn't make a lot of sense to me, but I was able to move past that.

Grace Cieleen
I absolutely loved this one to pieces! Full review to follow.

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Acck! This book had me fan-girling all over the place! I love Sabrina Jeffrie's current series The Duke's men but I have a feeling that I will love the Hellions of Hallstead hall better! This series feels like a beautiful assortment just like Lisa's Hathaways, JQ's The Bridgertons and Tessa's Spindle Cove series. This series feels like home!

This is the first in a series so we get a lot of introductions- by introductions,
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Erika
My first read by the author. After three chapters I couldn't read it any longer. Lots of readers enjoyed this series. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for being so patient.

IMHO, it was a super-fast-turbo-paced story. Parents die, kids blame grandmother, kids grow up, make themselves very busy, avoid marriage, grandma's pissed off, kids get ultimatum: marry or no money, deadline in one year, oldest son first in line, he loves whores, meet the heroine at brothel, heroine of course accidentally the
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Romancekolik
Kitabı ben beğendim komik dialogları kızımızın amerikan olması hususuyla yaptığı uçarılıklar, Oliver'ın ahlaksız yapısı eğlendiriyor. Aynı zamanda kitap akıcı sıkmıyor insanı. Konumuz Oliver ve kardeşleri anneannesinin 1 yıl içinde evlenmeleri yoksa onları mülkünden mahrum ediceğine dair tehdit etmesi bizim dik başlı oğlumuz Oliver'ında nişanlısı rolünü oyniyacak bir bayan araması, ararkende genelev gibi bir yerde Maria gibi tertemiz bir kız bulması üzerine başlıyor. Maria'nın babası ölmüş ve ş ...more
Cecilia
I used to really like Sabrina Jeffries' books, but hadn't read any for a few years. I wanted to like this one more, but it was really hard. There were a couple of sparkling moments, but more tiresome ones. The hero is 35, but acts like a sulky adolescent, with way more "wah wah wah - nobody likes me everybody hates me I think I'll be a man whore" than I personally find attractive. And never at any point did any of this even feel authentic.

The prose was surprisingly clunky for such an experienced
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June
Oliver Sharpe, Lord Stoneville is the hero of this book. He was one of the bad boys from The School for Heiresses series. He really is a bad boy, but this book had just the right amount of naughty, nice and it was funny as well. American Maria Butterfield, surprises Oliver from the first and leads him on a merry chase, along with Oliver's meddling Grandmother who wants to see all of her grandchildren married by the end of the year, and his siblings who hope to manipulate their grandmothers plans ...more
willaful
Oct 23, 2010 willaful rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers wanting historical popcorn
I found Jeffries "School for Heiresses" series pretty meh, so I didn't have high expectations for this one. To my surprise, I enjoyed it. Admittedly, there's not an original word, theme or character in the book, but it all flows nicely, the family of sequel-bait siblings is likable, and nothing about it drove me up the wall or made me gasp, "but... what about... that doesn't make any... GAH!" Sometimes that's all I hope for.
Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
So this week I was feeling a bit emo, partially because I am a woman and we go through spurts of being emotional, and partially because I just had a crazy week! I set out to find a cheesy romance to get lost into, and found myself diving into the world of the Hellions of Hallstead Hall with full force. This is the first time I’ve read a Sabrina Jeffries novel, even though I do have several on my shelf in that massive ever growing TBR pile. I have to say this author has made it to the top of my m ...more
Jill Dunlop
The Truth About Lord Stoneville is the first in a new series by Sabrina Jeffries, The Hellions of Halstead Hall. Lord Stoneville, or Oliver is the eldest of five siblings in the Sharpe family. His grandmother, the owner of a successful brewery wants her grandchildren to settle down, marry and have babies. The only way she figures she can force them is to threaten to disinherit them from her will if in a year’s time all of them do not wed. Oliver thinks to get around this by choosing an unsuitabl ...more
Lexie
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Marsha
The first thing I would need to do to have truly enjoyed this story was to acquire the ability to ignore stupid characters or suck it up and learn to like it. The premise is so contrived and weak that it makes the characters look silly for playing it out. Stoneville is a jerk and not particularly bright and almost everything he does exemplifies that. He never considers the possibility of actually finding a reasonable and adult way of dealing with his grandmother's decree. He immediately jumps to ...more
Natalie
I didn't care for this book--I felt the hero was too much of an asshole and I hated the way he used his privilege to manipulate the heroine into going along with his scheme at the beginning of the book. It did improve a lot by the end, but I don't think I'll reading anything more from this author.

I don't read much romance any more, and this book really cemented the reasons why for me--I like moral complexity and ambiguity, I don't necessarily want a Happily Ever After (although it's nice!), and
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Carrie
Sabrina Jeffries is one of my favorite historical authors. THE TRUTH ABOUT LORD STONEVILLE is fantastic and a great beginning to a new series. Oliver and Maria are a fantastic couple with plenty of chemistry. I especially loved how stubborn and defiant Oliver tried to be with his grandmother. Not wanting to let her rule his life, but still loving her. Maria was different. She was stronger than the usual heroine and doesn’t let anyone stand in her way. I really liked that about her. My only compl ...more
Amy
Historical Romance set in England; the prologue takes place in 1806? The main story takes place 19 years later.

This is a brilliant start to the Hellions of Halstead Hall (series)! Gran Plumtree is going to disinherit her five grandchildren if they do not ALL marry within a year.

This is Oliver's tale. He was just 16 when his parents died in a horrible "accident". What happened? And why has he spent the last several years playing at being the bad boy of the ton?

American beauty, Maria Butterfield
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
A very good first book. Tottering on a 3.7/4

Usually I sort of find myself dragging on the first one in a Historical Romance series but this one, well I'm actually very excited to read about all the Sharpes!

I liked the main characters, the supporting characters where a little two-dimensional but still interesting enough. I liked Gran and I Minerva, they're so far my favorite Sharpes :)

The conflict between Maria and Oliver was slightly self-imposed but it had been a long standing self-imposition o
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Lady Wesley
The audiobook is nicely done by James Clamp. He has a lovely voice, and I assume he's British, because his effort to speak as a young lady from Gloucester, Massachusetts is not very successful. Rather than attempting a Boston accent, he would have done better to go for just a generic American sound.

The story itself was okay, but nothing especially stood out. The writing, pacing, and characterization are competent. I will listen to the next installment, as I got the two audiobooks in a special de
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Merve Aslankılıç
Oldukça hoş bir kitap olmasına rağmen keşke biraz daha akıcı olabilseydi :(
Virginia
I have my future sister-in-law to thank for this author. I figured, she wouldn't read a sucky author, right? While Jeffries' writing doesn't strike me as poignant at Mary Balogh's or Madeline Hunter's, she does spin a good tale and good characters. (Although, for once, I would like it if the "competing man" weren't such an obvious ass. Really, why can the heroine choose between two good men? It really shouldn't be THAT obvious. *sigh*)

At any rate, I look forward to reading about the rest of the
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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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“What are you doing here?" she asked.
"You forgot something when you left Halstead Hall," he said hoarsely.
"What?"
Her heart lept into her throat as he strode purposefully toward her. "Me.”
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