To Taste Temptation (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #1)

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The ton loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they're giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. What the ton doesn't know, though, is that Samuel is in London because of this massacre. He believes his regiment was given up to the enemy and won't rest until he finds the traitor.

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Overview

The ton loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they're giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. What the ton doesn't know, though, is that Samuel is in London because of this massacre. He believes his regiment was given up to the enemy and won't rest until he finds the traitor.

Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated with Samuel. Not only does he defy convention with his unusual dress, his sensual smile, and his forthright manner, but he survived the battle that killed her beloved brother. Samuel suspects that the person responsible for her brother's death is Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, a family friend since childhood--and Emeline's fiancé. Despite Emeline's belief in Vale's innocence and her refusal to break off her betrothal, she and Samuel begin a passionate affair. But can their relationship survive the fallout from Samuel's investigation?

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Samuel Hartley, raised in North America's colonial wilderness but now a wealthy Boston businessman, arrives in London seeking the traitor who betrayed the 28th Regiment into massacre by the Indians at Spinner's Falls. One of the men killed was Captain Reynaud, beloved brother of widowed Lady Emeline Gordon. Since this respected society matron also chaperones society's young maidens, Samuel contrives to meet her by asking her help in preparing his sister Rebecca to enter London society. The very model of propriety, and engaged to the titled Lord Vale whom she has known since childhood (and who also fought in the ill-fated battle) Lady Emeline is drawn to Samuel's rough vigor, not realizing the demons possessing him. Hoyt parallels the fast-paced tension in Sam's search with growing romantic tension, occasionally lightened by interludes involving Emeline's young son, Daniel; a tart French aunt; and Samuel's own sister. A nail-biting finale creates a satisfying denouement. Hoyt (The Raven Prince , etc.) is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446406918
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Legend of the Four Soldiers Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 244,444
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.25 (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 February 10, 2010

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    What an unlikable woman!

    I don't remember the last time I disliked a "heroine" less. And I make use of the word lightly. She isn't a good mother, or a good friend, or a good niece, or a good person. She is self absorbed, selfish, rude, snobby, superior, did I say rude already?

    Why in the world would the hero be in love with him is beyond me. I kinda liked him until I realized I couldn't like a character who found her appealing. I was hoping that someone, anyone (preferably her friend Melisande) would slap her and put her in her place.

    The story was interesting, and the character's aside from the heroine were believable and I wanted to know more about them.

    What a shame that she was such a cold, heartless, B*t*h

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    Great Read!

    I downloaded this book since it was inexpensive and I loved it. Read all four books in this series over the weekend. All four have great characters and I wanted to know what happened to them! I will surely read the new series!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Abrigded version?

    This is a great romance story, but sadly if you get the Nook version (that is on sale anyway) it appears several (if not hundreds) of pages have been edited out for the e version. My paperback copy is much lager page number-wise than this, and I like to make the print on my nook bigger too. However, I suppose it is worth a buck or two.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A great Start to a new series by one of my favorite romance authors.

    Elizabeth Hoyt has become my favorite romance author. Her characters are unique, relate-able and very real. Even her secondary characters are given a depth of personality that leaves you wanting her to write books just about them! The plot is entertaining and engaging with enough surprises to maintain the mystery. This story is a wonderful start to her second series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    The plot could have been improved by the taming on the shrew **Spoilers**

    I have read a few of Elizabeth Hoyt's books and am a fan of the Prince series. This was similar to the Prince books in that it had an ongoing theme of the fairy tale woven through the book. Unfortunately this book did not live up to the Prince books at all. Where the book fell short lies largely with the heroine Lady Emmaline, who was a complete shrew. She was haughy, a harpy, controlling, manipulative and a witch and she remained that way through most of the book. My last straw was when she slept with Sam, our hero, knowing she was going to marry her fiance and not Sam, who wanted her. How selfish is that? There was one point in the book where I hoped it would end with them not being together so Sam could go find a woman who was not pretentious. Another annoyance of the book was the fairy tale. While the fairy tale itself was very good, sweet, the weaving of it through out the story was poorly done. There were excerpts of the fairy tale at the beginning of each chapter, which was enjoyable, but it was clumsily brought into the story by Emmeline fist trying to find the fairy tale her brother loved, then trying to have it translated only to eventually not want it translated at all. There was no reason for the fairy tale to be brought into the story at all, the excerpts at the beginning of each chapter was enough. Overall the plot itself was very good. The mystery of trying to nail down a traitor was very intersting and the secondary characters begged for a HEA all their own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine Georgian romance

    In 1764 successful Boston businessman Samuel Hartley comes to London ostensibly to see his younger sister Rebecca enjoy a Season. However, the wealthy colonial has a hidden agenda as well. He believes someone in England betrayed his Regiment they were slaughtered at the battle of Spinner¿s Falls by the Wyandot tribe who seemed to know the militia was there the former soldier was fortunate to survive, but widow Lady Emeline Gordon¿s brother was not. Hiding his connection to her late sibling he persuades Emeline to help train Rebecca for the season.--------------- As Rebecca and Emeline spend time together, the English aristocrat and Samuel begin to fall in love. However, she is engaged to Lord Vale who suits her well and should be a paragon for her eight year old son Daniel to emulate while Samuel must not lose sight of his mission to uncover the traitor.--------------------- The first Legend of the Four Soldiers historical romance is a strong tale that starts with the man who went east. Their saga, which opens each chapter, provides a deep look into the demons pushing Samuel. Secondary characters like her friends and family (especially her tante) and his sister play major roles in his inquiry and their romance. However, the lead couple, who know they will not suit, make for a fine Georgian romance.-------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    2.5 Stars ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers

    2.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    where as this book I found very hard to warm to, it never really captured my attention like other books by Elizabeth Hoyt have. ~ Under the Covers

    Samuel Hartley has come to London to search for a traitor, he is haunted by the massacre at Spinners Fall and is determined to find out who caused it and got so many good men tortured and killed. What Samuel didn’t expect to find was Lady Emeline Gordon, his delectable neighbour and also sister to one of the men killed in Spinners Fall. Emeline has always used the rules of society to hide her unconventional nature, but she finds it increasingly difficult to maintain her facade around Samuel Hartley who seems to enjoy provoking her temper and her passion…

    I am really glad I have read this series out of order because I really enjoyed immensely the second and third book of Legend of the Four Soldiers, where as this book, the first in the series, I found very hard to warm to, it never really captured my attention like other books by Elizabeth Hoyt have.

    I think a lot of my apathy is due to the fact that I didn’t like the heroine very much, she was very hot and cold with Samuel and I found myself getting frustrated with her even when I did understand the reason behind her decisions. As for the hero, although he was of course gorgeous, he didn’t really stand out to me like some of Elizabeth Hoyt’s other heroes have.

    What I did like about this book though was the fairy tale told at the beginning of the chapter which runs parallel to the story being told. I know she does this through out this series and it is fits in with the books really well, and is another story thread that binds all the books in this series together. The story of the traitor is also one that run through the series and I need to get my hands on the last book so I can finally find out who it is!

    Although I did find myself getting bored reading this book, I know that the next two books in the series are excellent and well worth reading, so I would recommend you give this one a try so you can get to those.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Couldn't wait to read the rest of the series

    I really enjoyed this book. I've now read all four in the series. I grew very fond of the characters. I also liked the parallel story of the Legend of the Four Soldiers that started each chapter. I'm looking forward to reading more by Elizabeth Hoyt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Four Soldiers Series

    Amazing Books. It is best to read in the order they were published as one runs into the next. Each and everyone is marvelous. The characters come to life. The plot is intriguing and keeps you guessing to the end. I did not want to put the books down. Absolutely a keeper, as are all her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Good

    The characters were a little strange but it is a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Terrible

    Terrible

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Love it!

    I love all her books!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    A must read

    Could not put it down.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    recommend it highly

    I am a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt books. So if you like her style of writing and historical romance books, this book is for you.
    Enjoy it

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    Posted March 13, 2012

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Good New Series

    I really liked this new Hoyt book. Love the way she writes!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

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    Real good story line

    I really am enjoying reading the whole series that Elizabeth Hoty has written here. I think that they all so far flow very well from one story line of characters to the next. I would highly recommend reading the whole series.

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