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 perfect plan to thwart her grandmother's demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva's would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva's imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him. Little does she know, he really is a covert government operative. When they team up to investigate the mystery behind her parents' deaths, their fake betrothal leads to red-hot desire. Then Minerva discovers Giles's secret double life, and he must use all the cunning tricks of his trade to find his way back into her heart.
I just loved this book! Everything about it was wonderful, so good that I've added Ms. Jeffries onto my favorite author list.
I love having strong, independent females in historical romances. And Minerva was at the top of that. She was strong and clever and determined to get what she wanted. Her antics to try to get her way were hilarious. She was just awesome, one of my favorite romance heroines.
Of course, with such a strong lady, we need an equally strong gentleman to be her match. And Giles was definitely that. From his surface, he seems remarkable, though unassuming. Just a successful barrister. But, when you get to see below that surface, Giles becomes an irresistible romance hero. A spy who worked undercover for years and has passion just brewing in him. He was delightful. And he and Minerva were a perfect couple. They were each other's perfect matches. Their relationship was sweet with some VERY spicy moments sprinkled in to keep you interested.
The other "hellions" were, of course, there to keep things wild. I just adore them all. That family is so fun and they never fail to get me smiling :)
The plot was nicely paced, never a dull moment. There are just enough surprises along the way that kept me on the edge of my seat. And the end was just adorable, perfect for the story, with a nice lead in to the next book.
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady was an excellent book, one that any historical romance lover should read.
Today's freebie is
In the Garden of Temptation by Cynthia WicklundDESIRE – Lady Catherine Bourgeault, lonely and rejected, longs to experience passion, to love just once in her life.
TREACHERY – The Baron Bourgeault, to what extremes will an obsessive, unstable man go to achieve his own dark ends?
SEDUCTION – In the face of a love that will not be denied, Adam and Catherine risk everything to be together.
BETRAYAL – What price must Catherine and Adam pay for a forbidden love in a time when honor meant everything?