Book Reviews: Halifax Hellions Series by Alexandra Vasti

Halifax Hellions #1

In Which Margo Halifax Earns Her Shocking Reputation
Pub Date: 19 September 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Panda Rating:

(4.5 pandas)


The Halifax Hellions are the most scandalous, outrageous, ungovernable ladies in London. From the day of their debut—in which Matilda smoked a cheroot and Margo tied a cherry stem in a knot with her tongue—they’ve turned the ton upside down. But when Matilda elopes with a dangerous aristocrat, Margo must stop her twin before this new misadventure becomes a permanent marriage. For help, Margo turns to her brother’s best friend—because if anyone can get them to Scotland in time, it’s starchy solicitor Henry Mortimer.

Henry Mortimer has precisely one secret in his otherwise buttoned-up life: he’s been in love with Margo for seven wonderful, agonizing years. When she turns up at his doorstep, soaked to the skin and desperate for his help, he cannot turn her down. A week alone in a carriage with the object of his desires an arm’s length away? Surely he can survive that. He hopes.

But the road to Scotland is paved with disasters—caves and crashes and the bloody rain that keeps forcing Henry to hold a damp, shivering, sinfully tempting Margo in his arms. Only an unstoppable force could drag the truth of Henry’s affection from his lips. Unfortunately for him, Margo Halifax has yet to be stopped.


On-page sex, road accident

Well, excuse me, but I enjoyed the hell out of this book. What an absolute treat to read! I loved being in both Margo’s and Henry’s heads. I know I’ve only read this novella by Vasti, but honestly, I think I could read her writing for days! It’s so enjoyable—from the wittiness of the writing and the humour to the wonderfully endearing characters, too. I highly recommend this if you enjoy the brothers’ best friend/friends-to-lovers, just one bed, and forced proximity tropes, as well as some naughty times in the wilderness! 😂

Margo was such a headstrong character although she does have a bit of a bad habit of leaping in before really thinking things through. She had a wonderfully vibrant personality though and it was honestly infectious; it was hard not to want to embrace life and live it to the fullest after reading her perspective. In total contrast to her loud lifestyle, we have Henry. The quiet, soft-hearted and dangerously sexy MMC. He’s a besotted fool and poleaxed idiot for Margo and WE LOVED TO SEE IT. Ugh, my appreciation for logical and serious simps like Henry will always reign supreme. PLEASE, I BEG, give us more of these characters!!!

The main thing that didn’t work for me was Margo’s sudden realization of her love for Henry. I mean, duh, who wouldn’t love Henry, right? I know I sure did. At the same time though, can she really attribute this realization of her feelings to understanding herself better when not two pages ago she still felt lost and confused, especially now that her relationship with her sister had also changed? It felt a little flimsy to me… But did that affect my overall feelings for this book? Nope, cos I loved the heck out of these two together!

Halifax Hellions #2

In Which Matilda Halifax Learns the Value of Restraint
Pub Date: 23 January 2023
Genre: Historical Romance

Panda Rating:

(4.5 pandas)


For seven years, Matilda Halifax and her twin have been the most scandalous ladies in London. But when Matilda accidentally sells erotic drawings of the brooding, reclusive Marquess of Ashford, she has—perhaps—gone a bit too far.

Christian de Bord, Lord Ashford, knows what it’s like to be notorious. Ever since he was accused of murdering his wife, prurient gossip has kept him isolated from society, alone and determined to protect his adolescent sister Bea. But when Matilda Halifax’s salacious pamphlet appears—featuring his own damned face!—he’s thrust back into the storm of public attention.

Bea’s painting teacher quits. Christian’s life is in an uproar. And the only person he can find to replace Bea’s tutor at his terrifying Gothic castle is Matilda herself. The last thing Christian needs is another scandal—especially not one with the most sinfully tempting face he’s ever seen.

But Matilda is determined to right what she’s set wrong. One fake elopement later, Matilda finds herself in a carriage on the way to Northumberland with Christian, whose scowls do little to hide the wounds he carries or the scorching passion beneath his reserve. Only Matilda Halifax could turn Christian’s disciplined life so decidedly inside out—and only Matilda can persuade him that love just might be worth the risk.


On-page sex, light BDSM, sexual assault of a minor (recounted), death of spouse (recounted), traumatic face injury (recounted)

I loved these twins and their beaus + Vasti’s writing is just so enjoyable to read! More so than the first book, I wished that we got this novella as a full-length novel because there was so much that I wanted to know more about and I wanted closure with the loose ends. It didn’t make me love this any less though because I really liked Matilda and Christian and their romance. Their journey coming together involved quite a few tropes that I love, including forced proximity and just one bed, plus lots of other fun elements like loveable siblings, a scarily stoic but soft-hearted caretaker, and a lot of that good, good mutual pining. We love to see it! 😍

Still, my favourite thing about these novellas is how the MMCs fall into absolute simphood with the FMCs. It’s top-tier histrom simping, my friends! I loved the transition in Christian’s character from feeling absolutely murderous towards Matilda to loathing himself for how much he actually enjoys being in her presence to casually changing up the way his house runs to make her comfortable. I’m a big fan of seeing grouchy characters catch feelings and I so enjoyed watching Christian battle with his delight at being around her, constantly wanting to be near her and to make her happy. I also really enjoyed watching Matilda come to terms with her feelings about being a Halifax Hellion and what happened all those years ago that set them off on this path of being the unappreciated heroines for other young women in the ton. I hated that they suffered for it but I loved how they used their notorious reputations to protect other young women from suffering under the judgmental eyes of the ton and the gossip mill. She’s a quirky, compassionate and loving FMC and I really liked her!

One last thing, although this can be read as a standalone, I would actually recommend reading the first book In Which Margo Halifax Earns Her Shocking Reputation beforehand because the stories are closely intertwined. Certain elements from the first book (like Margo & Matilda’s talk in the woods) are skimmed over in this book, while it’s gone into more detail in the first book, and again, though it’s not necessary, I think reading Margo’s book could help you enjoy Matilda’s more!

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