FULL TITLE: The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series #1: The Truth About Lord Stoneville By, Sabrina Jeffries
PUBLICATION: Pocket Books (2010) *REISSUE EDITION
GENRE: Historical Romance
JADE’S RATING: FOUR (4) STARS
SOURCE: Personal E-book
The oldest of the scandalous Sharpes—five hell-raising siblings tainted still by the gossip surrounding the “accidental” deaths of their parents two decades ago—Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, like his brothers and sisters, has lived life on his own terms. In his case, as an unrepentant rakehell. Or so life had played out until Grandmother Hetty got a bee in her bonnet. Now the five Sharpe siblings face a daunting ultimatum: Marry by year’s end—or kiss their inheritance good-bye.
Oliver vows to fulfill the bargain in true Sharpe style—by bringing home a fake fiancé from a brothel! But his scheme backfires when he foils a robbery and rescues an American beauty instead. Maria Butterfield came to London to find her missing fiancé, but her prior engagement won’t stop Oliver from getting what he wants: Maria in his bed. His rebellious charade may just call Hetty’s bluff, but not before it becomes all too real—stirring up a love that tempts him to be a hellion no more.
My second book review! *gasps* How crazy! And amazing, and wonderful and… and… and… Enough of that, Jade! *scowls* On to the review!
In my last (and FIRST) review (Dark Skye By, Kresley Cole), I gave a lot of background information (I mean, how could I not? It’s KRESLEY COLE) and decided that for this review I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to focus more on the actual book itself. So, to that end, let’s dive right into it. 🙂
The Truth About Lord Stoneville is the first book that I ever read by Sabrina Jeffries. I have to be in a specific sort of mood to read historical romance, so, due to that, I don’t end up reading a lot of historical romance. Also, I like to read a specific type of historical romance and could never find the specific term for the type of historical romance that I like to read. This made it harder for me to find books within this specific sub-genre of historical romance. I have since learned that I prefer to read Regency-set historical romances.
Although I loved Maria and Oliver, my favorite character in this book was Hetty, the Sharpes’ grandmother. She is an amazing, yet real scary, older lady. Her ultimatum – All five of her grandchildren must marry within a year – is the driving plot device throughout the whole series. I love that woman! Her desire for her grandchildren to be happily wed is admirable and she will stop at nothing to accomplish it.
Why four stars instead of five? Well, if you take a look at my Jade’s Rating System page, you’ll see that four stars indicates that I ‘Really Like It’ whereas five stars indicates ‘It Was Amazing.’ I didn’t really feel like this book was completely out-of-the-realm amazing, but it was really enjoyable. Sabrina Jeffries’ writing is wonderful and it really drew me into her book. I found myself really caring about Maria and Oliver and their happy ending. 🙂 All in all, this was a great read and I will definitely be continuing the series! 🙂
And that ends my second review on my new book reviewing blog! Thanks so much to all my peeps for all the comments, likes, follows, etc.! It really means a lot to me! 🙂
P.S. I just re-read through this review to edit it and realized that I STILL included background information… Maybe that’s something that I need to have in order to write my reviews? I don’t know. Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂
Watch the book trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksTqUt-PLIQ
Have you guys ever read any other series by Sabrina Jeffries? In the comments, tell me your favorites! I’m looking to read some of her other books, but there are so many to choose from. I could use some suggestions.
Thanks in advance! 🙂