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Author: Sabrina Jeffries

TO WED A WILD LORD by Sabrina Jeffries

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
TO WED A WILD LORD by Sabrina JeffriesTo Wed a Wild Lord by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Hellions of Halstead Hall #4
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-11-22
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Shayna

New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries delights readers with the fourth Regency romance in her sexy Hellions of Halstead Hall series, featuring the dark and dangerous Lord Gabriel Sharpe.To fulfill his grandmother’s ultimatum, Lord Gabriel Sharpe pursues a spitfire he believes desperately needs him. Then the tables are turned…Like everything daredevil Gabe Sharpe does, wooing Virginia Waverly is a high-stakes game. Ever since her brother, Roger, died racing Lord Gabriel, Virginia has yearned to take her revenge on the reckless lord by beating him at his own sport. But when she challenges Lord Gabriel to a race, the hellion called the “Angel of Death” counters with a marriage proposal! Gabe knows Virginia is in dire financial straits—so why not marry her and solve both of their problems? She claims to be appalled by his proposal, but her response to his kisses says otherwise. And when the two of them begin to unravel the truth behind Roger’s death, Gabe takes the greatest gamble of all, offering the courageous beauty something more precious than any inheritance: true love.

After his friend, Roger Waverly, dies in a race, Lord Gabriel Sharpe becomes known as the Angel of Death.  Weighed down with guilt, Gabe doesn’t try to fight the nickname and instead accepts any race challenge that comes his way.  He just never expects Roger’s sister to challenge him.

 

Gabe doesn’t want to race Virginia Waverly – he wants to marry her.  His grandmother has stated that if he and his siblings don’t all marry within a year, they’ll be disinherited.  Gabe figures he can kill two birds with one stone: satisfy his grandmother and provide for Virginia and her family.  But Virginia ‘s grandfather blames Gabe for Roger’s death and Virginia herself won’t marry any man who doesn’t truly see her.  Can Gabe overcome her grandfather’s fierce objections and Virginia ‘s own stubbornness to prove that she’s the only woman who can tame his wild heart?

 

To Wed a Wild Lord may just be my favorite Hellions of Halstead Hall book yet!  To Wed a Wild Lord sparks with passion, energy, and life and I couldn’t put it down.  Like all the Sharpe siblings, when Gabe wants something, he goes after it.  And what Gabe wants is Virginia. Though his determination originally springs from his attraction to Virginia and a need to assuage his guilt over her brother’s death, the real joy is watching his feelings for her grow. Gabe sees Virginia for who she really is.  She’s both practical and a romantic, and Gabe treasures all of her.  I too adored Virginia ; she’s both intelligent and loyal.  The dynamic between her and Gabriel was delightful to read and I avidly turned the pages of To Wed a Wild Lord, dying to see how Virginia and Gabe’s romance would turn out.

 

To Wed a Wild Lord is the fourth book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series, but readers who have not yet read The Truth About Lord StonevilleA Hellion in Her Bed, and How to Woo a Reluctant Lady will have no problem reading To Wed a Wild Lord as a standalone.  There is an overarching mystery in the series concerning the deaths of the Sharpe siblings’ parents, and each book in the series has only made that plotline more interesting.  I can’t wait to see how that storyline turns out, but most of all I’m on the edge of my seat to see what happens when Celia, the youngest Sharpe sibling, finally meets her match in A Lady Never Surrenders.

WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES by Sabrina Jeffries

WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES by Sabrina Jeffries

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES by Sabrina JeffriesWhat the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2013-06-18
Genres: Historical, Regency
Pages: 416
Reviewed by Shayna

They are The Duke’s Men—an investigative agency born out of family pride and irresistible passion . . . and they risk their lives and hearts to unravel any shocking deception or scandalous transgression! Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, accepted long ago that his kidnapped brother was dead. When a cryptic note from investigator Tristan Bonnaud claims otherwise, Max seeks out Tristan’s sister, Lisette—and is infuriated to learn that Tristan has mysteriously vanished. Have the siblings perpetrated an elaborate hoax? Or is the fiercely protective beauty as innocent as she claims? Fearful that the powerful duke will destroy Tristan’s career in his zeal for the truth, the clever Lisette convinces Max to accompany her to Paris in a joint search for their loved ones. But their journey takes a seductive twist when they pose as an ordinary husband and wife—not an English duke with a tarnished family name and the illegitimate daughter of a viscount—and discover an exhilarating passion free from the damning secrets of the past. With the line between danger and desire enticingly blurred, they discover that some mysteries, like those of the heart, are answered tenfold in the bliss of a true and trusting love.

JoyfullyRecommended

Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, has long known that he will live his life alone.  Madness cursed his father and his uncle and his elder brother died under mysterious circumstances.  So when he receives a cryptic message from investigator Tristan Bonnaud claiming that Max’s brother is alive, the duke is cautiously hopeful.  But the meeting Tristan arranged never takes place, as neither Tristan nor Max’s supposed brother show up.  The duke is furious and determined to hunt Tristan down, only to cross paths with a different Bonnaud.

As the illegitimate daughter of an English viscount and a French actress, Lisette Bonnaud learned at a young age never to be dependent on a man, particularly an aristocrat.  Which is why she’s shocked to find herself attracted to the powerful Duke of Lyons, a man who could ruin the lives of her and her siblings.  Worried that her brother is missing and determined to ensure the duke doesn’t ruin Tristan’s career, Lisette courts disaster by posing as Max’s wife on a trip to France.  But it isn’t only scandal Max and Lisette risk by travelling together — the longer they remain in close quarters the more these two very different people risk losing their hearts to one another.

The Duke’s Men series is off to a fantastic start with What the Duke Desires.  Sabrina Jeffries has penned a marvelously entertaining story filled to the brim with romance, humor, heartbreak, and even a surprising revelation or two.

Lisette might just be my favorite Sabrina Jeffries heroine to date.  She’s smart, fiercely loyal, and very aware of the consequences of her illegitimacy in a way that Tristan and her legitimate half-brother, Dom, simply aren’t.  Her parents’ relationship and the fallout after her father’s death had a deep impact on Lisette, adding a touch of vulnerability to the strong and brave heroine.  Max, in turn, is a delicious hero with fears of his own.  His father’s very public descent into madness has made Max fearful of his own potential for insanity.  He’s afraid to love, afraid to get too close to a woman who will see him ultimately go mad.  Max is very much alone until he meets Lisette and I loved seeing her fight for him and for their relationship.  These two were a fantastic pair and their love story was a joy to watch unfold.

What the Duke Desires is the first book in Ms. Jeffries’s The Duke’s Men series, but fans of the Hellions of Halstead Hall books keep an eye out — Dominick Manton, Lisette’s half-brother, first appeared in ‘Twas the Night After Christmas, so it should be no surprise that past heroes and heroines get a mention in this book.  I Joyfully Recommend What the Duke Desires.  The only issue I had with the story is that Ms. Jeffries made Dom and Tristan so compelling that I can’t wait for them to get books of their own!

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