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

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The third novel in Sabrina Jeffries's “Hellions of Hallstead Hall” series, featuring the independent and talented Lady 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 p
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 18th 2011)
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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
Inshirah Kamal
‘Don’t forget that people are often more stupid than you expect,’
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maria Stefanou
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-historical
4 Highly Enjoyable Stars
Chitra *CJ*
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in "Hellions of Halstead Hall" is the story of Minerva and Giles.
The child in Minerva fell for Giles, her brothers closest friend- the teenager at the cusp of womanhood fell out of it due to his careless remarks.
Now in her late 20s, when the famous novelist Minerva is affected by her grandmothers ultimatum of marriage- she decides to post an advertisement for her husband.
Much to her chagrin, the one who replies with insistence is Giles, who has been attracted to her- as well as wa
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hr, buku-eng
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...
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Anna D.
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-gap, hr
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
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
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
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!

Rosey Waters
Started out annoyed, got slightly more annoyed, then confused, then I realized that Minerva was not who I thought she was, and far more naive then I had originally though, and then found it more and more enjoyable. Especially the end, when Giles seemed to have become less terrible.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan 21, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I'm really enjoying Jeffries' Hellions of Halstead series. This latest installment was different in that the lady didn't want to be married, but the gentleman did. I always love stories where the reluctant heroine needs to be wooed into a relationship by the besotted man.

Minerva Sharpe has wanted Giles for a long time, but he sees her as a child. Not only was she too young for him, but her older brothers made it clear she was off limits to the likes of him. Until her 19th birthday when they shar
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries
Historical Romance – Jan. 18th, 2011
5 stars

Sabrina Jeffries has outdone herself! How to Woo a Reluctant Lady is a charming, funny and highly entertaining Regency romance that is not to be missed. In this 3rd installment, the author continues her Hellions of Halstead Hall series with the romance between the gothic author Lady Minerva Sharpe and the gambling rogue barrister Giles Master.

The Hellions of Halstead Hall have tried the patience of their de
Lady Rogue
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandy M
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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
Lady Minerva Sharpe has no illusions to marry as she writes gothic novels and refuses to bend to her husbands demands, but her grandmothers ultimatum that all her grandchildren must marry within the year to gain their inheritances throws a wrench in her plan. So when the roguish Giles Masters turns up and proposes marriage she decides to accept...but only to thwart her grandmother who surely will not want such a gambling rogue in the family! Too bad Giles is the man she has been in love with sin ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, historical
3.5/5 (C+)

I had high hopes for this book and was really looking forward to it because I liked the blurb, although I was a bit wary about the whole "agent" thing. In the end, I liked How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, but not as much as I hoped. The pitfall of Ms Jeffries' newest is that there were too many things going on, in my opinion. It was clear that Ms Jeffries was laying the ground for the last two books of the series, giving readers insight of who will be the love interests and the obstacles i
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 15, 2015 06:38PM  
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
  • Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelors, #2)
  • A Winter Scandal (Legend of St. Dwynwen, #1)
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To #1)
  • Snowy Night with a Stranger (School for Heiresses, #4.5)
  • Treasure Me (The Legend Hunters, #3)
  • By Love Unveiled (Restoration, #1)
  • Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
  • To Sin With a Scoundrel (Circle of Sin, #1)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • Waking Up With the Duke (London's Greatest Lovers, #3)
  • One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, #2)
  • The Impostor (Liar's Club, #2)
  • A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2)
  • A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior (Adventurers’ Club #2)
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • Lord Langley Is Back in Town (Bachelor Chronicles, #8)
  • Three Nights with a Scoundrel (Stud Club, #3)
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 9 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)
  • To Wed a Wild Lord (Hellions of Halstead Hall #4)
  • A Lady Never Surrenders (Hellions of Halstead Hall #5)
  • 'Twas the Night after Christmas (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #6; The Duke's Men, #0.5)
“I always say that love is like the meat in a pie,” Freddy put in. “The crust is what people see—the practical things that hold a couple together. But love is the important part—without it you’ve got a meatless pie, and what’s the point of that?”
“Why, Freddy,” Minerva said, “that was almost profound.”
“I swear, Oliver, when did you become such a stick-in-the-mud?”
“I’ve always been a stick-in-the-mud.” Her brother cast her a thin smile. “I just hid it beneath all the debauchery.”
She sniffed. “I wish you’d hide it again. It’s quite annoying.”
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