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To Desire a Devil (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #4)

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

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    Ms. Hoyt continues to captivate the reader with her storytelling skill on multiple levels: the main story that fills in the missing clues as to who betrayed the British regiment at Spinners Falls,

    and the parallel story about soldier #4, Longsword, his princess bride, and sacrifice. To Desire a Devil has a dramatic opening: A man - bearded, tattooed, ill with fever - staggers into Beatrice Corning's drawing room and faints. But she recognizes him as the murdered Lord Hope with whose portrait she has fallen in love. For the past 7 years the very much alive Lord Hope, Reynaud St. Aubyn had been enslaved by Indians and after much hardship finally was able to escape and return to England. Dilemma: Beatrice's uncle is now Lord Blanchard, and when Reynaud recovers, he's determined to get his cousin out and his title, lands, etc., back. Soon several life-threatening attempts are made on him and Beatrice. They become increasingly drawn to each other. Characters from the series arrive on the scene to help. Lord Vale (Melisande) comes to watch Reynaud's back and ease him into society. Sister Emmaline and Samuel Hartley return to London as do Alistair Munro with wife Helen. The shady characters are also present, now powerful political Lords: Lord Lister who had kept Helen Fitzwilliam in thrall and Lord Hasselthorpe; they back Beatrice's uncle's claim to the title and try to show the ton that Reynaud is mad and thus not entitled. The clues are sorted and the puzzle is solved, but not before Reynaud, now the rightful Lord Blanchard, is willing to put himself in captivity to the traitor in exchange for Beatrice's life. But the villain is caught and will be hanged. Each of the ladies receives a bound copy of the book of beloved tales that Emmaline had asked Melisande to translate, that Helen copied and that Beatrice bound. And so we come full circle in these engrossing tales of betrayal, redemption and love.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    Abrupt Ending

    Otherwise another winner for Elizabeth Hoyt!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Hoyt is always a great read!

    I always love Elizabeth Hoyt's books. I would recommend them to anyone who likes historical romances.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    To be honest, it took me a long time to finish this book. I started it soon after it was released. I had gotten about half way through and ended up getting busy with school and side tracked by other books. That was the problem! I loved To Beguile a Beast, which I read first out of the four books. I haven't yet read the first two (I tend to find myself in that position a lot). Anyways, like I was saying, the book was hard to get into.

    Reynaud St. Aubyn is not dead. Beatrice Corning has stared at a portrait of the long-thought-dead man. Something about the portrait has captivated Beatrice, and she has fallen in love with Reynaud. When Reynaud arrives home after seven years of captivity, he falls under Beatrice's care. However, complications arise when Reynaud proclaims his desire to regain his title from Beatrice's beloved uncle. Despite her loyalty to her uncle, Beatrice loves Reynaud and eventually marries him. This acts as a sign of stability on Reynaud's way to regaining his title (as he is thought to be mad). He also goes about the process of being acceptable in society's eyes. Beatrice also has a strong wish to have a bill passed on behalf of the soldiers who returned home wounded from war. Reynaud, in his pursuit of his title, refuses to care about the bill or Beatrice. All this time, Reynaud and the three soldiers from the previous books work to find the man who betrayed them years ago.

    The story itself was interesting, though it seemed to drag at times. Beatrice was extremely curious about Reynaud's past (understandable, but his recollections seemed so lengthy at times that I lost interest. Reynaud is very hard around the edges (due to some signs of PTSD). This is also understandable, but it seems hard to connect Beatrice's love for the young man in the portrait and the man who returns home. The end of the book and the fairy tale really redeemed the book for me, although it was a bit unbelievable in part (the ending, not the fairy tale). So... they discover the traitor. A happy ending is had.

    All in all, it was a fine book. It was hard to get into and then hard to get back into it after a break. I enjoyed it, but I am not sure how driven I would have been to buy it had I already not.

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