A Hellion in Her Bed
by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Hellions of Halstead Hall #2
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: September 21, 2010
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
contains sexual content and foul language. This book is not intended for readers under 17.
Furious at his grandmother’s ultimatum to marry or lose his inheritance, Lord Jarret Sharpe wagers his luck—and his heart—at the card table against a most unlikely opponent.
Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.
Sabrina Jeffries never fails to wow me. I am completely in
love with the Hellions of Halstead Hall and this novel book two in the series
brings us Lord Jarret Sharpe’s tale. I
love when a book grabs you in the first few pages and this one certainly did.
Filled with wagers, romance and self-discovery Jarret’s tale was delicious.
Jarret’s grandmother issued an ultimatum that all of the
Hellions must be married by year’s end or she would cut them off financially.
Jarret’s older brother has succumbed and he has no intentions of going down
without a fight. When his grandmother becomes ill and bed rest is ordered she asks
Jarret to run the families brewery. He sees an opportunity and agrees to run it
for one year, if she drops the marriage clause. When Annabel Lake shows up at the brewery with her families ale, things
get interesting. The tale that unfolded had me laughing, sighing and racing
towards my much needed happily-ever-after.
Jeffries creates delightful flawed characters that are
fleshed out and positively lovable. Jarret is no exception with his crooked smile
and protected heart. A glimpse at the trauma in his early years explains his
carefree, rouge ways. What he needs is a
woman to melt his heart, at least that is what is grandmother believes. While
she is bedridden do not think for a minute that this ornery, woman is sitting
on the sidelines. Annabel Lake is full
of secrets. She is powerhouse when it comes to protecting her family and
equally innocent. Her self-esteem and personal shame tugged at my heart. Her
sister-in-law, brother and twelve year old, Geordie added to the tale and kept
things suspenseful. We see the other hellion siblings and some great teaser
about the next book are revealed. Mr.
Pinter the investigator intrigues me and I am secretly hoping he gets his own
Jarret and Annabel’s tale was delightful and I loved how the
brewery was tied into this tale. While the story began slowly it quickly picked
up speed and I found myself completely immersed in this tale. The romance was
full of sexual tension and some pretty hot scenes that had the pages of my nook
melting. I really appreciate how fleshed out the characters are and even the
secondary characters stand out and hold their own. From rumors to misunderstandings
the plot had several threads running through it and each held me captive. While
I did not love this as much as the first book, it certainly has me eager to
read the next. I walked away feeling
good, and isn't that exactly what a good book should do?
I totally recommend the Hellions of Halstead Hall series
A Hellion in my Bed
to fans of historical romances with well developed
characters. I am eager to begin How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
, the next book in
the series *eyes Nook* Sabrina Jeffries is on my auto-buy list.
I gave the novel 4.5 mocha cappuccinos out of 5
Labels: adult-fiction, Hellions of Halstead Hall series, historical romance, Sabrina Jeffries