To Seduce a Sinner (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #2)

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Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery—a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife—prim ...

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Overview

Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery—a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife—prim and proper by day, wanton by night— and vows to learn her secrets.

Melissande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved, and lost, before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: she's secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melissande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface.... threatening to tear them asunder.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Hoyt expertly sifts a generous measure of danger into the latest intriguing addition to her Four Soldiers, Georgian-era series . . and her ability to fuse wicked wittiness with sinfully sensual rormance is stunning."
Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine
"There's enchantment in Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."
HistoricalRomanceWriters.com
"The new master of the historical romance genre."
RomanceJunkiesReviews.com
"Elizabeth Hoyt is definitely setting the standard for breathtaking historical romances."
Connie Brockway
"A sexy, steamy treat!"
Julianne MacLean
"Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."
From the Publisher
"Hoyt expertly sifts a generous measure of danger into the latest intriguing addition to her Four Soldiers, Georgian-era series . . and her ability to fuse wicked wittiness with sinfully sensual rormance is stunning."—Booklist

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

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

"A sexy, steamy treat!"—Connie Brockway, USA Today bestselling author on THE RAVEN PRINCE

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

"Elizabeth Hoyt is definitely setting the standard for breathtaking historical romances."—RomanceJunkiesReviews.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446406925
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Legend of the Four Soldiers Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 238,608
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic, but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    Hysterical

    I read a lot of smut (and I mean a lot. Have you been on fanfiction.net?) and this goes under one of my current favorites. This book was simply hysterical at many parts, and sure, lacking at others. But not bad at all.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    my favorite romance novel ever...

    as with all of the legend of the 4 soldiers books i have read, the story is amazing. the plot and theme are enough alone to make you read the book over and over again. but the best part has to be the characters. they were just developed beautifully. i became almost instantly attached to both of the leads. jasper with his aching emptiness and melisande with her fear of love. definitely not your usual romance novel leads, which make this novel quite... novel :).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Historical Romance

    I was very much surprised by how much I enjoyed To Seduce A Sinner, by Elizabeth Hoyt. Elizabeth Hoyt is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name, Julia Harper. This book follows her other titles: The Serpent Prince, To Taste Temptation, The Leopard Prince, and The Raven Prince, with To Beguile A Beauty coming soon. Elizabeth Hoyt resides in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and three dogs.<BR/>Melisande Fleming has admired and adored Lord Jasper Vale from a distance, watching him, heartbreakingly take lover after lover, with him never knowing of her existence. But when Lord Vale yet again gets jilted at the alter on his wedding day, Melisande sees this as her opportunity, and boldly offers herself in marriage to him. Vale weds Melisande, imagining a lifeless and loveless marriage, if only to produce an heir. He soon discovers, though, that this prim and proper lady by day, is an open and wanton lover by night. Intrigued by his new wife, Lord Vale attempts to learn his Lady¿s secrets, masking the torment and nightmares from his soldiering days in the Colonies. When a bitter betrayal from the past threatens everything they hold dear, Lord Vale and Lady Melisande find they must bear everything to one another or lose everything.<BR/>Historical romances typically aren¿t my choice of genres, as I find it difficult for me to orientate to place, time, etc. This was not the case with To Seduce A Sinner. Set in 1765 England, Elizabeth Hoyt masterfully throws you into the setting, characters, and plot with a vocabulary carefully chosen and relatable characters, even for the modern day woman. Her understanding for post-traumatic stress after the horrors of war can relate to even today¿s heroes. You never even know you¿re in the real world while reading. She set up the next book, To Beguile A Beauty, very well, and yet still giving you closure to this story. Several times while following the book, you think you have learned all the secrets and horrors of the characters past, but then you are tossed another heart-wrenching one to ache over. I particularly loved the mini-subplot between the servants Mr. Pynch and Miss Suchlike, and the ¿Laughing Jack¿ introduction to every chapter.<BR/>To Seduce A Sinner, by Elizabeth Hoyt, is a skillfully, wicked, and sensuous tale, guaranteed to capture your attention and heart. Well done!<BR/><BR/>Kelly Moran,<BR/>Author and Reviewer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Gread read!!!!

    I throughly enjoyed reading this book. I first i wasn't sure i like the lead female but as the book countues on i fall in love with both lead characters (not to mention very steamy love scences). A book worth the fun of reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Fantastic Series

    Fantastic- tortured heros that could make you cry, and the women who heal them. Fantastic characters and Hoyt is a writer worth following.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    A delicious story

    This is the second book in The Legend of the Four Soldiers series. I found this to be a delicious story. Both characters, Vale and Melisande, are their own individuals with their own secrets. I thought both were mature and intelligent. The romantic scenes were quite luscious. I also enjoyed the inclusion of the fairy tale at the beginning of each chapter. I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Hoyt's books.

    P.S. This is the same review I submitted to GoodReads.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    After having read Elizabeth's other books in the series; which w

    After having read Elizabeth's other books in the series; which were very good,  I continued to put off buying this book because I just wasn't sure after having read the sample.  The problem with this story is that the hero, Jasper (Vale), seemed flighty at times.  After sharing a very passionate encounter he would invariably leave the room with no words to Melisande of why he was unwilling to connect emotionally.  Also, you would start to be in tune with an encounter and all of a sudden the author would use very crass descriptions that didn’t work with the scene.  Overall, I liked the hero and heroine, but it was hard to feel connected to the leads.   Don’t let this book put you off of the series; To Beguile a Beast is wonderful and another of Elizabeth’s books, Thief of Shadows is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Not the best in the series

    After having read Elizabeth's other books in the series; which were very good, I continued to put off buying this book because I just wasn't sure after having read the sample. The problem with this story is that the hero, Jasper (Vale), seemed flighty at times. After sharing a very passionate encounter he would invariably leave the room with no words to Melisande of why he was unwilling to connect emotionally. Also, you would start to be in tune with an encounter and all of a sudden the author would use very crass descriptions that didn’t work with the scene. Overall, I liked the hero and heroine, but it was hard to feel connected to the leads. Don’t let this book put you off of the series; To Beguile a Beast is wonderful and another of Elizabeth’s books, Thief of Shadows is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Well written trashy novel!

    Different spin on damsel in distress story. I liked the fact that the heroine was a mature woman with a Brain! This is a trashy novel series I can see myself reading. Well written, good plot.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Recommended

    Enjoyed reading it - I am currently reading a lot of History Romance Novels - I have read several of Ms Hoyts and have enjoyed them all.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Love this author... her style is racy to say the least! Characte

    Love this author... her style is racy to say the least! Characters are vivid and interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    highly recommended

    I really, really loved; it has secrets,passionate love, and more

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

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    This one is a desert island keeper

    This book was so much better than the first book in the series. There were times when it was very funny and times when it was very touching. This was a true romance at it's best. Instead of flat one dimensional characters you got characters with a past, secrets, and torments needing healing. It was wonderful for the to discover each and discover the layers lying within the other person. This is a book I can imagine reading again and again.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Just So So

    This book wasn't as good as the first one in the series was. It was a little drawn out and I didn't just love either of the characters.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Not as good as I expected - a bit boring

    I was excited to read this book after reading the glorious reviews. However, I thought it was very silly and boring. I would have to say that it didn't keep my interest at all. I put the book down several times and had a hard time finishing it. The sex scenes are more ludicrous than sexy and the story drags. Didn't like the annoying Mouse either. I prefer witty repartee between the main characters, not animal bloopers.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    Off to a slow start but good finish¿

    To Seduce A Sinner<BR/>Elizabeth Hoyt<BR/>ISBN-0-446-40692-9<BR/>Forever<BR/>Hachette Book Group<BR/>November 2008<BR/>Reviewed by Laura for Reviewyourbook.com<BR/>4 stars<BR/> Off to a slow start but good finish¿<BR/>To Seduce A Sinner was entertaining after I got halfway thru the book. I couldn't decide for several chapters if I liked Elizabeth Hoyt's characters. I found Lord Vale's personality unlikeable as he was first introduced in the book, and it took me several chapters to warm up to him.<BR/> I think this could have been due to the author¿s crude use of the English language that seemed to jump from one time period to another. She went from him speaking in very proper English to slipping into dialog that I would have expected to read in a modern day setting. The Melisande character was also slow to develop into exactly what she was all about. <BR/>Regardless, once my feeling for the characters was established, the book was able to keep my interest and delivered the right amount of romance and intrigue to keep me up late turning the pages. All in all, I would give this book a second read.

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Could not put it down!

    Excellent book! I could not put it down. I cannot wait until the next book comes out in May. This book is about acceptance, accepting each other with flaws and all.

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