Review: A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries

A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Hellions of Halstead Hall (# 5)
Release Date:  January 24, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 388
Source: author for review

When the youngest Sharpe sister hatches a plan to gain marriage offers, the straight-laced Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter knows he’ll do whatever it takes to ruin her scheme…

Lady Celia Sharpe hopes that if she can garner offers of marriage from several eligible gentlemen and show her grandmother she is capable of gaining a husband, she can convince Gran to rescind the marriage ultimatum for her. And if that plan doesn’t work, at least she’ll have a husband lined up. But Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter seems determined to ruin her plans by disapproving of every suitor she asks him to investigate. It’s only when she and Jackson work together to solve her parents’ murders, plunging them both into danger, that she realizes why–because the only man he wants her to marry is himself!

Review: I’m a longtime fan of Ms Jeffries and have loved her Hellions of Halstead Hall series.  I’m sorry to see this series end, but loved the journey and the conclusion.

A Lady Never Surrenders is the love story between the youngest sibling, Celia, and the Bow Street Runner, Jackson, who has been hired by Celia’s family to investigate their parent’s deaths.  Over the course of the series, we’ve seen Celia and Jackson butt heads and it continues in this novel.  However, all that fighting is just covering up deep seated feelings that finally bust forth.  And really the only obstacle to the happy ending is Jackson’s belief that he’s not good enough for Celia.

Other than the love story, the mystery that arced the series finally concludes.  As the series progressed, we learned tidbits of how each of the siblings remembered the events surrounding their parent’s deaths.  Because this is the last book in the series, we know the mystery must be solved.  And it is.  However, for me it was a confusing conclusion.  I think the murderer came completely out of left field and I wasn’t terribly satisfied with the explanation.

But that said, I really did enjoy this book and highly recommend this series to fans or regency romance.  This series is best read in order due to the plot that flowed throughout, but it can stand alone.

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