To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #3)

To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #3)

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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ISBN-13: 9780446406932
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: Legend of the Four Soldiers Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 296,745
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 4.22(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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:

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To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
gl More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: Beautiful Helen Fitzwilliam escapes London with her two young children and heads to Lord Alistair Munroe's castle in Scotland. Armed with a letter from Lady Vale but knowing little about Alistair, Helen Fitzwilliam arrives in the middle of night and introduces herself as the new housekeeper. From the start, Helen wonders whether she's made the right decision. The castle is filthy, neglected, and without servants. Alistair is gruff, irritable and horribly scarred, but this may be the safest place for them to hide, so Helen sets about learning to keep house and make herself indispensable. Though Alistair seems scarred and irritable, she starts to notice his patience, kindness, and tall lean body. Reclusive Alistair Munroe is puzzled by Helen Fitzwilliam and her children. Helen is too beautiful and well dressed to be a housekeeper, though she might be a member of the ton on a dare. Her horror at his scars convinced him that she hadn't known about him or his history. He had gotten used to avoiding human contact and wasn't looking forward to having to see the horrified looks of these newcomers. When he inadvertently learns that Helen is hiding from someone, he takes sympathy and welcomes them to his home. Meanwhile, Helen's lover is determined to find her and teach her never to run from him again. Review: I thoroughly enjoyed To Beguile A Beast. It's a light romantic read with just the right mix of suspense, romance, and humor. I liked Helen and her children. The children and their interaction with Alistair Munroe added another dimension to the story. If you're looking for a historical romance and a quick read, I recommend giving Elizabeth Hoyt's To Beguile A Beast a read. Publisher: Forever (May 1, 2009), 368 pages. Courtesy of the publisher.
RegencyReader More than 1 year ago
Helen Fitzwilliam became a mistress because she believed in love and thought the Duke of Lister would come to love her. Helen became a housemaid for a surly, disagreeable man because she needed an escape from the Duke who did not want to love her but own her like any of his other possessions. What Helen finds at Castle Greaves with Sir Alistair Munroe is nothing she expected and everything she could have hoped for. He did not want her there despite the fact that his castle was suffering from years of neglect and misuse and did everything possible to drive her from his home. But Helen knew that this was the only place she had to go to and her desire to protect her daughter and son from their father's cruelty was the only objective she had in mind. Helen knew that cleaning the castle and drawing Alistair into her life could happen and she would make it happen because this was a woman with a mission to care for her children and make a life without the fear from Duke Lister. Alistair is a victim of torture at Spinner's Fall during the war in the colonies which caused more than physical scars on his body. He was aged beyond his years and left with nightmares he was unable to conquer and loneliness he was unable to find relief from. While he was there not as a soldier but a naturalist that did not stop him from having his body brutalized and the soldiers he traveled with die at the hands of a traitor. He has kept to himself at Castle Greaves and written and illustrated his books on flora and fauna even though this was not the life he wanted to lead. When Helen and her children come to live in his home he finds that the small space he has allowed himself to function in is not enough and he experiences everyday they are there a warming of his long gone cold heart. Even with one eye left to see her with Alistair knows that Helen is more than she appears to be and when all her secrets are revealed to him he believes not that he is her salvation but instead she is his. Helen knew love had been her undoing but could it be possible that Alistair can help her find that which she has always wanted but had been unable to have - love. This book was highly anticipated and in no respect does it disappoint. While the first two were action packed and had numerous activities going on at several fronts this book focuses on these two people who have so much grief between them you are not sure they will be able to find the love that is right in front of them. But Helen has enough love for him to help him overcome his fear that she will do what everyone has done and leave him. Alistair shows in some many levels what he is capable of on larger scale when he helps rescue her children and with a tiny action of getting a new puppy for her children. Helen needed what Alistair was able to provide - the desire to love her for what she was not what she might have become.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author 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, To Seduce A Sinner, The Leopard Prince, and The Raven Prince. Elizabeth Hoyt resides in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and three dogs. Book Three in The Legend of the Four Soldiers Series, To Beguile A Beast follows Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton in England to a crumbling Scottish Castle where she finds reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe. Running from her past as the mistress of the Duke of Lister, Helen takes her two young children to what was supposed to be the safety of the castle with a job as a housekeeper. She wasn't expecting to find a horribly scarred man from the Colonies with a surly demeanor determined to scare all away. Nor was she expecting a gentle side to the man who was beginning to invoke a passion inside her she thought long dead. He was not going to scare her away, scars and all, for this was her last chance at a new life. But just as they both begin to believe in true love again, Helen's past threatens to tear it all apart. Now, both Beauty and Beast must fight for a happily ever after neither thought they could ever have. Lovers of historical romance and fans of Elizabeth Hoyt will not be let down by this book. This is the best in the series so far, and the last book, To Desire A Devil, proves to be another hit. Not only steamy and sweet, this story will also play on your own insecurities and heartstrings. I stated this in my review for To Seduce A Sinner, but this book, though a historical, can be reflective of modern times and how war can affect us afterwards. The plot flowed well and was well paced. The secondary characters were as delightful as the main ones. The setting was superb and the dialog spot on. It had just enough secrets to keep you glued and a climax that built from page one. This is one of those books that you just didn't want to end. You'll smile, you'll cry, and rest assured, you'll growl with frustration. To Beguile A Beast, by Elizabeth Hoyt, is another poignant and piquing tale of love and loss and beginnings again. Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely enjoyed this book from the minute it began to the moment it ended. I think I enjoyed it more so than I did Jasper's story. The author does a good job explaining the background info of the series so if you haven't read the first two you won't be lost. Pick it up and enjoy!
Maitrakh More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was my favorite of the series (so far). Don't know why I liked it so much, but I did!
sheljenk More than 1 year ago
This author is fantastic! This is her second series - this is the third book in the series. It is a quick, escapist read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1765 needing escape from the Ton and her overly protective guardian, Widow Helen Fitzwilliam accompanied by her two children nine year old Abigail and five year old Jamie flee London to dilapidated Castle Greaves in Scotland. Hiding behind the falling down walls is Sir Alistair Munroe, who has not recovered emotionally from his physical and mental ordeals as a soldier fighting in the colonies. His scarred face and sunken pit instead of a left eye serves as a reminder. The recluse learns Lady Vale, wife to brother in arms Jasper Renshaw (see TO SEDUCE A SINNER), hired Helen Halifax, the name she gives him, as his new housekeeper.-------------------- Alistair may be damaged but he can see clearly that Helen is remarkably beautiful. However, it is her caring for her kids and him that begins to bring him out of his shell. As they fall in love and he likewise also with her children, her "protector" is coming to demand she return with him to London.------------------ The third Legend of the Four Soldiers (see TO TASTE TEMPTATION) Georgian romance continues the saga of the few survivors of a Regiment who were slaughtered at the battle of Spinner's Falls by the Wyandot tribe due to an apparent betrayal. Although the overarching theme of finding out who the traitor is does not go forward much, Elizabeth Hoyt is three for three with a beguiling tale starting with Abigail's scream upon seeing Alistair's face and never misses a beat until the final confrontation.------------ Harriet Klausner
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
A different twist but well in keeping with this series. I loved the characters . Truly enjoyable read.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
reread, ptsd, post-french-and-indian-war, scarred-and-mutilated-hero, scotland, england, historical-romance One of a four part series involving men who served the English king in what the US knows as the French and Indian War, were betrayed by an unknown person, and each suffered a different kind of torture by the indigenous people there. The books are interconnected, but the story of each man and the woman who was able to help him out of his pit of despair is complete in itself. But. Every reader that I know was urgently self motivated to read all of them. Which is why I finally resorted to getting audio, as my paper copies kept getting feet. This man had one eye put out, severe facial scarring, and two fingers chopped off. Bad enough for anyone, but he was a noncombatant there to illustrate a volume of flora and fauna of North America, much like Audubon. He became a hermit in his musty old castle, not even answering letters from most people. Enter a frightened but beautiful woman with the two children born to her from the abusive and overbearing duke who had kept her as mistress long after he had tired of her. She was helped to escape by the wife of another of the war victims, and is to be housekeeper at the castle, even though she is clueless. The plot moves along from there, including the predictable erotica, ending with hope for recovery from each of their forms of anguish. Lots of plot twists as well as clear descriptions for easy reader visualization. Characteristically, there are a few sentences of a fanciful morality tale at the beginning of each chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a story! Helen and Alastair are too precious...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't as promising as I expected it to be but it's still a delightful and steamy read (;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will definitel read this one again. LORRAINE
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Love this series!
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I loved this book! From the moment I picked this book up I didnt put it down. If you love storys about love that isnt perfect like a fairy tale this is just the book. I only wish that I could find more books like this one.
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It was heartwarming and fun. I laughed out loud and teared up,