Book Review: Sabrina Jeffries’ To Wed a Wild Lord

Posted February 10, 2012 by Kathy Davie in

by Kathy Davie

To Wed a Wild Lord (Hellions of Halstead Hall #4)To Wed a Wild Lord by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Hellions of Halstead Hall, 4
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fourth in the Hellions of Halstead Hall historical romance series about a group of five siblings forced to find spouses within the year or lose everything.

My Take
Rather annoying actually. Virginia kept whining on and on about how awful Gabriel was for killing her brother and her grandfather was just as bad. Actually, so is Gabriel. None of them have ever considered what could be the truth behind the whole thing. Instead, for seven years, all three of them have made up a story in their own heads so they could be miserable.

Duh.

Jeffries goes on and on about how intimidating the general finds the Sharpes, but he’s the younger son of an earl. Why would he be intimidated? I am more and more disappointed with Jeffries’ current writing. After reading her earlier work, this crap reads more like a dreamy teenager writing out her fantasies without much knowledge of English society of this period. Just yuck.

I do like the love and support that exists in the Sharpe and Waverly families. They know each other well and while they do tease and scold a lot, they also come together to help each other.

And it’s back to jerk-wank, jerk-wank….

Oh, this is sweet. I do love Virginia’s speech at the end when she comes upon Gabe about to race again. Very nice. Poppy had a lovely speech he threw at Lieutenant Chetwin. I’m glad Gabe got to hear it!

The Story
It’s the revelations in How to Woo a Reluctant Lady that causes Gabe to rethink events from nineteen years ago setting Jackson off on another series of investigative errands.

In the meantime, Gabe has decided to marry Virginia Waverly, his best friend’s sister. He needs a wife. She needs a husband. It’s the least he can do for Roger’s memory. There’s just that little problem of her hatred of him. It’s both fortunate and unfortunate for Gabe that he’s better with the more physical approach, and even more fortunate that he isn’t afraid to take a chance.

For Gabe recognizes the side of Miss Virginia Waverly that no one else has and he fully intends to worship at her altar leading to one challenge after another between Gabe and the Waverlys.

The Characters
Virginia Waverly is the sister of Roger Waverly, Gabe’s best friend who died when Roger and Gabe raced seven years ago at Turnham. After their parents’ death, Roger and Virginia had been raised by their grandfather General Isaac Waverly, a.k.a., Poppy. It’s been touch-and-go as the general is attempting to build the reputation of his racing stable. Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, is Virginia’s second cousin and very protective of her.

Ever since Turnham seven years ago when Roger Waverly died in that damned race, Lord Gabriel Sharpe has been known as the Angel of Death. Virginia sees it as ego, that Gabe is bragging on her brother’s death. Only his family knows the truth. Gabe’s plan to create his own income is to build up a racing stable. Gee, how convenient.

Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, is a friend of Gabe’s and left the tavern that night the race wager was sprung.

Giles and Minerva Masters are happily living together in London.Jarret Sharpe is running the brewery and happily married to a pregnant Annabel and living at the house with Oliver and his pregnant wife Maria. The last unmarried sibling is Celia. Hetty Plumtree, a.k.a., Gran, is their common grandmother who is insisting that all her grandchildren marry within the year or they will all be cut out of her will. Jackson Pinter is a Bow Street Runner the family practically has on retainer and several members of the family are beginning to suspect how he feels about Celia.

The Cover
It’s purples, blacks, and fleshtone with a cocky Gabe standing before us, hands on hips, black shirt open to his waist, and a stubborn look on his face as he looks out at us, a horse racing in the background.

The title is all about Virginia and if she will consent To Wed a Wild Lord.


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