Tuesday, February 2, 2010

To desire a devil - elizabeth hoyt

Nothing is more intoxicating - Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ansestral home and demands his due. Can this wild looking man truly be the last earl's heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?

Or dangersous - Beatrice Corning, the neice of the present earl, is a proper English miss. But she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in the portrait in her uncle's home. Suddenly, that very man is here, in the flesh - and luring her into his bed.

Than surrendering to the devil - Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud's savegry to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice's love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title, even if it means sacrificing her innocence?

Ok so this was book 4 in the four soldiers series. Honestly my least fav but still definately good. The story was a bit forced in parts and sadly I gave up after 200 pages or so - but went back and finished it a couple of days later and I am glad that I did. Reynaud is essentially suffering from PTSD both from his last battle at Spinner's Falls but also from his captivity...and Beatrice is the only person who seems to get him to open up and talk of his trials in and effort to both comfort and understand. He in turn tries (in his own ODD way) to comfort her when she learns of the loss of her very good friend James. One thing I did enjoy was the coming together of all the past characters; Sam Hartley, Lord Jasper Renshaw (Viscount Vale), and Sir. Alistair Monroe (I LOVE his name). And when you find out who the bad guy is, you honestly are shocked, or at least I was... :D

The other stories are 1) To taste temptation {Samuel Hartly and Lady Emeline Gordon/St. Aubyn} 2) To seduce a sinner {Lord Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale and Melisande Flemming} 3) To beguile a beast {Sir. Alistair Monroe and Helen Fitzwilliam}...and I truly enjoyed all of them.

Elizabeth Hoyt is becoming one of my favorite romance authors and I look forward to reading her older works and reading what comes out next.

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