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

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

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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ISBN-13: 9780446537223
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: Legend of the Four Soldiers Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 71,778
File size: 396 KB

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 Taste Temptation (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
romance_addict82 More than 1 year ago
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
cmbCB More than 1 year ago
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!
EqualOpportunityRomantic More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CeCeSG More than 1 year ago
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.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
RockStarNinja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest I don't really know what I think about this book, I liked it, but there was something about it I can't quite put my finger on that I didn't like. Maybe it was that I liked the Iron Heart story better than the actual story. The hero was a nice guy, if somewhat misunderstood, and the heroine was also just a nice woman. The real conflict of the story wasn't really between the two main characters, but between the hero and the past. Overall I give it 3.5 stars.
MickyFine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Widowed Lady Emeline Gordon is an adept member of the ton of London society and has set up a niche for herself, guiding young ladies through their entries into society. Samuel Hartley grew up in the backwoods of the colonies and although he is now a respected businessman in Boston, he is still nowhere near the definition of refined. When Sam asks Emeline to escort his sister, Rebecca, through the vagaries of London society, she reluctantly agrees and quickly learns that Sam is in London for more than just business. While the sparks fly between the unlikely pair, Sam desperately tries to solve a mystery from his past.Thoroughly enjoyable historical romance. Emeline is a wonderfully strong heroine (and shockingly for a historical romance, she's also in her thirties). Sam is an equally strong personality and thoroughly endearing for his habit of wearing moccasins everywhere. The clashes between these two individuals are sparkling and quite steamy further on. Hoyt also works in some serious issues into her novel, looking at the repercussions of warfare on the psyches of the men who fight and the vicious beast of post-traumatic stress disorder, in an 18th century context. She also makes an effort to ensure that servants are not treated simply as background furniture, and there is some emphasis given to the cruelties of a system that focuses on rank rather than merit. The cast of characters that surround Sam and Emeline are equally delightful and the mystery subplot, while easy to figure out in advance of the characters, added sufficient spice to the mix. A particularly nice touch, was Hoyt's framing narrative of the (fictional) fairy tale, Iron Heart, which I found just as interesting as the larger body of the novel. An excellent piece of brain candy.
rainrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really 3.5 stars. Loved the hero, Samuel. Emeline was the kind of heroine I really wanted to splash champagne on or perhaps stomp on her bonnet. Early on in the tale she was the typical English snoot but moved into just outright uncaring and I guess, due to my love of Sam, she just pissed me off. It's really a good story and I'm a fan of Hoyt's. But, Emmie, ew.
unfufu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even finished it. The heroine is just not worth it. It's slow and boring. I really do not know what all the fuss with Elizabeth Hoyt is all about. Her sex scenes are good but their context makes them fall flat.
lina_em on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i was sooo disappointed!!!! the only thing i liked about the book was the fairy tale and the alluding to the next novel which seems more interesting than this one.
theshadowknows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great story, passionate, exciting, and heartfelt. The hero and heroine were perfect for each other. There was a lot of tension, tons of chemistry, and just the right amount of drama. Samuel Hartley is very believable as a war-scarred soldier, dark and dangerous, a true hunter. Lucky Lady Emeline Gordon gets to be his prey, and she is more than his equal in spirit and strength. She's maybe not the nicest person in the world, but this only made her more real, a character with depth and feeling. She doesn't want to have anything to do with Samuel at first, let alone like or love him - he's from the colonies, she's an aristocrat, he's so very different, she upholds and conforms to society's strictures. Unlike other across the tracks romances, however, Hoyt does a great job depicting the clashes and differences between these two characters, so that Emeline's resistance to Samuel seems rational and understandable. As for Samuel, he's tortured, driven, loyal and by no means perfect. It could have been so easy, I think, to make this character overblown and overdone, a brooding soldier bent on revenge - but I'm grateful to Hoyt for sidestepping such a pothole and exploring Samuel and his feelings with understated, sympathetic complexity. While the thrill of the chase was a big (and fun) part of the book, there was more to their relationship than that - enough to make me believe that these two were really in love, that they were really going to make it. As for the more basic plot structure of the book, a mystery gives Emeline and Samuel an excuse to get together, but it's really only peripheral - not that well integrated into the romance or that nicely executed. Other than that, a well written book that stayed with me long after I'd turned the last page. On to the next in the series.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Samuel Hartley is a brash and uncivilized American, raised in the wilderness, who has come to London seemingly on business but in reality to find a traitor who cost the lives of good men during the French and Indian Wars. He has moved next door to the snobbish, uber-polite, socially-inclined Lady Emeline for reasons that become more clear as the plot unfolds. As a busy businessman, he hires Emeline to chaperone his young sister through the vagaries of London society but he finds himself so attracted to Emeline that he cannot be content to leave Rebecca in her hands and just go about his investigations and business as he should. Instead he finds himself making excuses to stay close to the lovely widow.For her part, Emeline is still grieving her brother's death and trying to raise her young son with the help of her Tante Cristelle. She has no desire to fall in love with the uncouth and unconcerned Samuel, especially as she's quite refined and such a stickler for propriety herself. And yet she finds herself so entranced by her neighbor that she can't help but tumble into a passionate affair with this infuriating man.Hoyt has chosen to tie her story in with a legend concerning four soldiers, of whom Samuel Hartley represents the first. There are epigraphs at the head of each chapter tying the legend to the main plot. Not a literary convention I particularly like, this would perhaps have been a bit more successful for me had I enjoyed the legend itself. As it was, I found it to be a bit of an annoyance. Also, I had hoped that the villain would be exposed without the tired convention of a kidnapping invoked and yet I was disappointed in that hope. Surely there are other ways in which to put the damsel in distress so that her shining white knight can rescue his lady love. These petty complaints detracted from the story for me although I will likely read more of Hoyt's historical romances over time. Perhaps this one was just weaker than those I have heard praised so highly. And next time, I'll probably avoid this legend series as well.
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s no secret I loved Elizabeth Hoyt¿s first three books. Also I think I may have mentioned that I came close to stalker-like when I ran into her in an elevator ¿ thankfully I managed to restrain myself to save total and complete embarrassment.I also thoroughly enjoyed her first effort with contemporaries in Hot by alter ego Julia Harper.So when I started reading To Taste Temptation, I fully expected to love it. And guess what? I did. It's another winner for me for Elizabeth Hoyt.But wait ¿ this isn¿t much of a review so I¿ll continue. This is the first book in a series, The Legend of the Four Soldiers. The first soldier, Samuel Hartley is a self made man from the Colonies who fought in the war. He is haunted by what happened there and has come to England with his younger sister to track down a traitor. His next door neighbour and sister to his commanding officer is Lady Emeline Gordon, a titled lady who tutors young women in all the fine arts of the upper class.Samuel is delightful! He¿s brash, he¿s honest and he really doesn¿t give a damn what society thinks of his odd ways. He is Very Strongly Attracted to Emeline and pursues her relentlessly.Emeline, for her part is Very Strongly Attracted to Samuel, but she¿s a snob, she¿s elitist, she¿s prickly as a pear and I thought she was a hoot. I don¿t think she will be everyone¿s favourite heroine ¿ in fact I can see many not liking her, but I did. She¿s a product of her times and her upbringing.I love seeing Samuel get her going and getting her mad as a wet hen. He takes great delight in doing that too. They are thrown into each other¿s company quite a bit when he hires her to help with his sister Rebecca.He finally wears down her resistance and when he does ¿ wow ¿ the steam level left my windows fogged up. Of course afterwards, Emeline being Emeline claims that¿s it ¿ their brief affair is over. But Samuel isn¿t good at taking no for an answer and relentlessly pursues her until she give in again ¿ and then again in a country house party.Now at this point sadly the book gets a bit of a down grading. You see, Emeline is practically engaged to her brother¿s best friend ¿ a man she loves but only as a friend of her brother¿s. At this point, she runs away from Samuel and she and Vale, her brothers friend formally announce their engagement. From this point on, I admit, I would have liked to smack her a good one. Vale and Samuel had established a friendship and of course that went very quickly down the drain. Her stubbornness caused a great deal of pain for Samuel who I really enjoyed. Then later they have a final `one for the road¿ so to speak and I thought another harder slap was in order.But, things got straightened out ¿ this is a romance of course and I happily finished the book.There was also an interesting secondary story between Rebecca and O¿Hare, one of the footmen employed by Samuel. I don¿t know if Ms. Hoyt has something planned for them or not ¿ but I kind of hope so.There was another interesting thing of note about this book. In her previous trilogy, Ms. Hoyt told a series of fairy tales. She does the same thing with this book at the beginning of each chapter. Normally I tend to skip over the italicized writing at the beginning of chapters, but here as well as her other three books, I found the tale enchanting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this author's other books but I couldn't finish this one. There wasn't anything wrong with the story but I just didn't like the heroine's personality. She wasn't likeable at all. Snobby and cold and I really didn't like her.
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