Review and Giveaway! "Hellion in Her Bed"

To celebrate the release day of Sabrina Jeffries' new book, I have my review plus a fun contest for an ARC and a deck of cards!

"Hellion in Her Bed"
by Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocket Star
Pub Date: Oct 21, 2010

Source: ARC sent from publicist in exchange for honest review


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Annabel Lake was taking the last desperate steps to save her family brewery from ruin. Her brother was too drunk to take care of the business anymore. Annabel took her best ale to Plumtree Brewery to propose a partnership. She knew the woman in charge would look at her as an equal. However, she didn't expect to find the woman's grandson in charge instead. Jarett Sharpe had the reputation of a wastrel gambler, could she trust him to save her brewery? Or more importantly, could she trust him with her heart?

I thought the brewery storyline was very interesting and new. I liked the author's note that many women really were brewers at that time, when most women weren't really accepted in most jobs.

I loved that Jarrett always treated Annabel as an equal in business. He never condescended her or made less of her business decisions because she was a woman. This was probably because he was used to his grandmother running his family's brewery. It was very refreshing to see the man and woman on equal footing in the workplace, something that's difficult to achieve even now.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as Jeffries' other novels, but it was still a fun story. I liked Jarrett, but I didn't love him. I like a guy who tells his lady how he feels instead of hiding it all the time. I liked that Jarett was a gambler, but his wagers with Annabel were a little predictable in the direction that they took.

Annabel was a little too martyr-ish for me. Giving up all of her happiness because of one mistake a long time ago when she was very young, when there were ways to overcome the obstacle and family more than willing to help her balance everything.

My favorite part of the book was when Jarrett was stying with Annabel and her family, and they convinced him to sing. His singing voice was terrible and he hadn't sung anything since his family told him he was awful. But with Annabel's family, he was comfortable enough to be himself, even showing his less than likeable traits.


Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 5/5
Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Writing: 4/5


Bottom Line: A fun historical romance, and I really liked the unique brewery setting and the equal business partnership that the main characters had.


GIVEAWAY RULES:

I have a special promotional deck of cards AND my gently read ARC copy of "Hellion in Her Bed" for one lucky reader!

All you have to do is follow my blog publicly and leave a comment on this review with your email address!

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29 comments:

J. L. Jackson said...

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Diana (Book of Secrets) said...

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Blodeuedd said...

Sounds like a good one, and i do like HR.
But that cover, bleh. Does not make me like him

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Barbara E. said...

I enjoy Sabrina Jeffries' books and I'd love to read A Hellion in Her Bed.

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jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World said...

The book looks wonderful. I am a old GFC follower. ^^ Please enter me

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Alexa said...

Sounds like a good book, thank you for offering up your ARC to one of us!
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Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

I'm already a follower and have lately discovered the joys of Sabrina Jeffries!

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SiNn said...

man i sooo wanna read this book i loved teh first one


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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Publicly following In the Hammock with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}] -- I enjoyed your review and would love to read Hellion in Her Bed :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Maureen said...

The book looks like one I would enjoy.

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Jena Lang said...

Sounds good. Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm a follower.

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Aisle B said...

Sabrina Jefferies has magic at her fingertips... Ahhh when I want a good romance with a touch of historical whimsical "aaaaahhhhhhhhh" I go to her.. That and Kleypas... Hmmmmm another great review.

LilMissMolly said...

I just love Sabrina Jefferies books and have several of them. I like humor with my daily dose of historical fiction and she delivers every time!
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Grace said...

I love Sabrina Jefferies. I'm a follower.

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rubynreba said...

I am a follower and would enjoy this book!
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MommyWantsToRead said...

A brewery is a new setting for me. I would love to check out this book. Thanks for the chance. I am a follower already (melissa r)


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TheBookishSnob said...

I'm already a follower :)

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Tanya said...

Oh! This is one of the books that I have on my historical TBR list! I've been waiting for someone to review it! Great review by-the-way!

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Renee G said...

I follow as Renee G on GFC and would love to read this one.
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Brenda said...

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