‘Twas the Night After Christmas

Twas the Night After ChristmasPierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, had been turned away from his own family when he was a little boy which left him estranged from his mother. He will receive a letter telling him that his mother was deathly ill and Pierce flees but will find out that was a lie by his mother’s companion. Pierce will be angry but will find himself staying to seduce the companion. By staying at his mothers home he will start to feel things again and will want his childhood he missed.

Mrs. Camilla Stuart was a widow with a young son and was companion to a countess. She will write a letter wanting the Earl home for the countess. Camilla had seen how sad the countess was and wanted to make her feel better. When Pierce does come home Camilla will find out that there is more to the story and neither mother or son were willing to discuss, at least not right away.

‘Twas the Night After Christmas is the sixth book to the series Hellions of Halstead Hall by Sabrina Jeffries. First off loved this book. I would say that my favorites of the series were with Oliver, Minerva and now Pierce who was an extension of the family. He was first introduced in the fourth book with Gabe. Pierce is the cousin of Virginia who made life a little difficult for Gabe in that book.

This last book is all about Pierce and his story which as I said above I loved it. This story is a heartbreaking tale of a son who loved his mother but was rejected by her and he was sent away to school and never to come back home for the holidays. You felt for Pierce, it was actually heartbreaking reading his thoughts about his mother. There was a strong sense of betrayal but in the back of my mind I thought that it did not make sense. The mother loved her son, so why did she turn her back on her son. Then you read what she said when he was twenty one and it further broke your heart for Pierce. Though once again it felt wrong with the mother. The mystery behind those years left me wondering and turning the pages.

Pierce was a cold man but that was thanks to his upbringing or lack there of. Though he had his good moments because he was a good man but it was under his exterior. He wanted to stay angry and to punish his mother. I like Jeffries writing for Pierce. With his thoughts you got to know the man much better. I liked Camilla who was the widow and companion of his mother. She was on the mothers side but she kept an open mind and soon becomes Pierce’s champion.

Love blooms between Pierce and Camilla though he doesn’t realize that because he doesn’t want to. Camilla wants him but knows he cannot love which means her future would be uncertain. I liked that Pierce did not stay the cold man as he was and doesn’t give up. There was also a surprise with Camilla that gave her something more.

The mystery of why Pierce’s mother turned her back will be solved at the end which was not as bad as I thought it would be. You felt for the mother as well but Jeffries will make sure that this mother and son have a chance for a do over and get that relationship that they were denied for years. So in the end we got our happy ending all around.

To Wed a Wild Lord

To Wed a Wild LordLord Gabe Sharpe is a daredevil when it came to racing and because of that a friend of his was killed. To make amends he will try and help out of the Waverly family by marrying Virginia Waverly. He will find it challenging when all the woman wanted to do was race him but thanks to a wager he wins the right to court her.

Miss Virginia Waverly wanted revenge against the man who had killed her brother. The problem is when she looses the race he gets the right to court her and she will learn that maybe Gabe was not totally to blame for her brothers death.

To Wed a Wild Lord is the fourth book to the series Hellions of Halstead Hall by Sabrina Jeffries. Another great book from the series. What had kept me invested was the relationship between Gabe and Virginia. They were at odds but there was more to the story. I wanted to know what had happened that day between the friends. Jeffries keeps you with questions right until the end of the book but there are hints that are written throughout the book with what had happened.

Gabe was a daredevil and a risk taker but was a good man as he tried to do the right thing. Virginia was a good woman who only wanted to know the truth and to right a wrong. Together they should not have worked since there was that animosity between them, well at least on Virginia’s side. Virginia was mentioned in the third book and she certainly showed her dislike towards Gabe. In the fourth book Gabe and Virginia make it work and there is definitely passion between them. I also liked that they shared a common like which were horses.

I felt that in this book the murder of the parents took a step back in the book. It was not mentioned as much the others were. Though the answers that are needed will be given in the fifth book which I will be re-reading next and then finish up the series with the sixth book.

The Truth About Lord Stoneville

The Truth About Lord StonevilleMarquess of Stoneville, Oliver Sharpe, had lived with scandal for the last nineteen years since his parents death when he was sixteen years old. Now as a man he has a new problem that starts with his grandmother who threatens to disown him and his siblings if they do not find a spouse in the next year. Oliver will play his grandmothers bluff and blackmail Maria Butterfield but will find that he will not be immune to her as he would have liked.

Miss Maria Butterfield was in London to find her fiance who had not been heard from for the last three months. She will find herself in trouble when she is claimed to be a thief and will be blackmailed into pretending to be Oliver Sharpe’s fiance and will help her find her real one. Maria did not know that by agreeing she will start to fall for the man.

The Truth About Lord Stonville is the first book to the series Hellions of Halstead Hall by Sabrina Jeffries. I really loved this book. Previously I have read the fifth book of the series and thought it was great but it was a story in process. I wished I had started with this book but oh well it doesn’t always happen. Thanks to reading it out of order I know some of the secrets but with starting at the beginning I will be able to read how those secrets had come to be. I also enjoyed reading about Celia and Pinter, who are the main characters in the fifth book, and how they interact with each other.

Oliver was a troubled man who was living with plenty of guilt since he was sixteen years old. I liked learning the mystery with what had happened with the parents and how it had started with what happened with Oliver. Maria was a determined woman to find the man who was her fiance. I liked her backbone as she did not just give into to what Oliver wanted. I thought the interaction between them was at times sweet but mostly it was steamy as Oliver was making it his mission to seduce this woman.

The family I really loved. All of the siblings played a part in the book and all had their individual voices. I really can’t wait to read their stories and I was able to get all six books from the series. I have already read the fifth book but I will be re-reading it anyways to go through the entire series.

A Hellion in Her Bed is the second book which I will be reading next.

A Lady Never Surrenders

A Lady Never SurrendersLady Celia Sharpe had only two months to find a husband thanks to her grandmothers stipulation. Celia had found three possible suitors but will want Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter to check them out. Celia will find that all three suitors were not the ones she wanted but Jackson.

Jackson Pinter is a Bow Street Runner and good at him job. He is investigating the murder of the Sharpe parents which happened nineteen years ago. Though now he has a new job for Lady Celia to investigate her suitors and the more time he spends with her he wants her for himself, but he knows that he could never give her the lifestyle she is used to.

A Lady Never Surrenders is the fifth book of Hellions of Halstead Hall series by Sabrina Jeffries. I thought that the book was good and had a good mystery with this family and what happened to the parents. I felt though that this was a story already in process and I am finding out the conclusion to this mystery.

I liked Celia who was a kind person and was finding out that love just happened when you least know it. I wanted Celia and Jackson together as they were compatible even though they were different in terms of society, but they will be finding that happy ending. Jackson was a good man but had some demons to get through that were from his father. Though Jeffries gives a little twist on that story which changes things.

This whole mystery from suicide to murder of the parents was interesting and I liked how Jeffries puts in these facts that are from Lady Celia when she was a very little girl that help solve some the mystery of her parents murder. I was not shocked by the outcome and who killed the parents as it was kind of easy to figure it out especially when all the pieces came together.

I will have to try out the first book of the series to see how it all started. There are six in total and as I read the fifth book which concluded the mystery I have to wonder what the story will be about. I know it is about Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, who was mentioned in the fifth story. I will find out more when I try out the rest of the series.