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

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

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by Elizabeth Hoyt
     
 

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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 ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl's heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?

OR DANGEROUS-
Beatrice Corning, the niece of the present earl, is a proper

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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 ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl's heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?

OR DANGEROUS-
Beatrice Corning, the niece 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 A DEVIL.
Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud's savagery 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?

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"There's an enchantment to Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."—-Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine"

Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."—-Julianne MacLean, author of PORTRAIT OF A LOVER"

Hoyt is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue."—-Publishers Weekly"

The new master of the historical romance genre."—-HistoricalRomanceWriters.com"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446406949
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Series:
Legend of the Four Soldiers Series, #4
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
181,503
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.05(d)

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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To Desire a Devil (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
The final book in an amazing series opens with high drama and suspense as the soldier long thought dead is in fact very much alive and has just collapsed as Beatrice Corning's tea party. Reynaud's other friends and soldiers left the battlegrounds in the Colonies knowing they had been betrayed and believing that Reynaud St. Aubyn was dead. Reynaud is the Viscount of Hope, Earl of Blanchard and his return to his childhood home reveals to him that a distant relative has taken his title, monies and lands as his own. Reynaud has survived battles, capture and enslavement in the Colonies by Indians for seven years only to be told nothing is as it is supposed to be. But Reynaud is not going to let that happen - he is the true Earl and he will have his title and all that goes with it returned to him and nothing can stop that, not even Beatrice Corning the beautiful woman living in his home Reynaud maybe half-starved from his travels to get home but even he can see that there is something so special and unique within Beatrice that she glows. Beatrice nurses him back to health and is the voice of reason and calm when all else is chaos in his life. One by one all of his former friends come back into his life and the entire time Beatrice is pulling him toward living again instead of staying a wounded and emotionally troubled soul. Since the day Beatrice came to live with her aunt and uncle she has longed to meet the man in the painting over the mantle. Even as unrealistic as it should be she had fallen in love with the face of the man who now is in the flesh and more handsome than she tough possible. He tells her the tales of his time as a prisoner with the Indians and as each story unfolds into another she finds herself more in love with him every day. But Beatrice has been cared for by her uncle who assumed the title and now she feels a battle of wills is about to put her in a position of choosing one man over another and she is not sure what will happen. But Beatrice is in the way for whoever wants Reynaud to truly be dead and one too many attempts on his life cause her physical and emotional damage. But is Beatrice strong enough to heal Reynaud, bring him back from the shell of a man that he is and show him that love can warm your heart even without a title. Reynaud is fighting his demons but even he knows that with the love of Beatrice he can win over any battle and they can both have justice for their causes. This last book in the series takes a very dramatic turn that the reader does not see coming. You never expected the final book to be about the soldier long discussed as dead nor find that his scars run so deep. Though the revelation of the traitor at Spinner's Fall is important to the story it is not as critical and as understanding how Reynaud fought for his life and found salvation in the last place he would have looked his own home. While the other stories are a wonderful precursor to this book you do not have to have read them to follow the plot or fill in the missing pieces. Ms. Holt is an expert at storytelling and each book can stand alone but they are so wonderful together. Reviewed by Mary Gramlich ("The Reading Reviewer") www.marygramlich.com
srbSH More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A prisoner of war for seven years following the French and Indian War, Reynaud St. Aubyn finally escapes and returns home to London in 1765. He makes it home only to collapse crashing Beatrice Corning's boring in her mind political tea party until the arrival of the uninvited Reynaud, previously declared dead and her uncle named the earl. Beatrice has loved Reynaud since she moved in to live with her aunt and uncle and saw his portrait hanging on the wall. She helps him heal physically from a fever and mentally from his incarceration. As she begins to fall in love with the real person beyond just the image, he rhinks of her as his muse, but he needs to know who betrayed their unit at Spinner's Fall and she needs to help him. This is a super ending to the exciting late eighteenth century Legend of the Four Soldiers saga (see To Taste Temptation, and To Beguile a Beast). The story line is fast-paced as the disheveled ailing hero returns from the "dead" to fall in love but to also identify the traitor who cost them so much. Although the overarching theme is resolved in an intelligent way that remains consistent to the series, TO DESIRE A DEVIL primarily focuses on the relationship between Reynaud and Beatrice Harriet Klausner
Loves2ReadKR More than 1 year ago
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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Great series-
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CodyCelest More than 1 year ago
Otherwise another winner for Elizabeth Hoyt!
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I always love Elizabeth Hoyt's books. I would recommend them to anyone who likes historical romances.
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