Sunday, March 1, 2015

To Wed a Wild Lord (Hellions of Halstead Hall #4) by Sabrina Jeffries

"Jeffries is easily one of my go to authors when I'm looking for a read I know I'll love and for a historical romance that'll delight and intrigue." ~herding cats & burning soup
Drowning in guilt over his best friend's death seven years ago, Lord Gabriel Sharpe, the Angel of Death, knows his only hope at redemption is a race against a shocking opponent.

Shrouded in darkness for the past seven years, the infamous racer Lord Gabriel Sharpe is known to accept every challenge to race thrown at him. When his next challenge comes in the form of his late best friend's sister, Virginia Waverly, Gabe is shocked. Yet she presents just the opportunity Gabe needs--marriage to fulfill his grandmother's ultimatum and ensure his inheritance. What he didn't count on was needing her love.

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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You know that feeling when you're right on the verge of tears and your throat gets all tight? Well, I spent a damn good portion of the 359 pages of To Wed a Wild Lord feeling just like that as Gabe and Virginia deal with a horrible loss from years ago and find love in the last place they'd ever expect it. These two had me all over the place and just touched my heart completely.

The quick of it is that Gabe and his best friend were racing when tragedy struck and his friend was killed. And now years later his best friend's baby sister Virginia has challenged him to a race. She's determined to best the man that took so much from her. And Gabe, well, he courts her instead. See. His Gran has laid down the law and he and his siblings all must marry to keep their inheritance. And so begins a very touching and emotional journey as these two heal from the past and find their future.

Gabriel and Virginia were just great characters. Gabriel may be reckless and play the part of his nickname--The Angel of Death--but the man has such a heart. He's one of those heroes that just choked me up and had me going all girly swoony at the same time. He worries about his sisters and will let others blame him or think badly of him if it means protecting those he loves. And he's just hot as hell and charming too under the mask he wears around.

And Virginia. The girl has a wild streak in her. She's a responsible one and caring but tends to go all unladylike when ticked off (which I just loved) and her reactions to some things--like seeing Gabriel nekkid for the first time-- were just too freaking funny.

I loved these two together and the obstacles they each had to overcome because of the past and the pains they were carrying around. The chemistry between them really flowed off the pages and the humor and heat between them was an excellent counter to the serious issues they were dealing with. I really love how Jeffries can combine the two so flawlessly.
“Sharp!" called a voice from outside the stable.

It might as well have been the voice of God Himself, only he wasn't coming to save anyone.

She jerked her hand from Gabriel's breeches in a panic. "That's Poppy! He can't find us like this."

Gabriel stared at her uncomprehendingly for a second.

She shook him. "If he finds you here with me, there will be no wedding, no duel, no nothing except your handsome body speared on that pitchfork over there."

A lazy grin crossed his face. "You think I'm handsome?"


"Oh, all right." He stood and brushed the straw from his skin and breeches."
I've really loved all of the books in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series. Not only are the romances incredible and the individuals and their journeys wonderful to watch happen but they're just fun reads and ones that make me sigh and leave a smile on my face. I also really love the underlying storyline that involves the investigation of the deaths of their parents when they were children and how slowly--with a couple twists and turns--the truth is being uncovered and at the same time it's bringing this family closer together. Jeffries is easily one of my go to authors when I'm looking for a read I know I'll love and for a historical romance that'll delight and intrigue.

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