Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to produce an heir. All he 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 Jasper’s dilemma, Melisande Fleming seizes her fate and volunteers to marry him. Soon Jasper is entranced by his wife - prim and proper by day, wanton by night.
Melisande 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 secret: she’s 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 wife. As they embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface, threatening to tear them asunder.
Elizabeth Hoyt is the author of To Desire a Devil, To Beguile a Beast, and To Taste Temptation, among others. Her books have made the best-seller lists of both USA Today and The New York Times.
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“Hoyt’s magical fairy-tale romances have won the hearts of readers who adore sizzling sensuality perfectly merged with poignancy. Her latest showcases her talent for creating remarkable characters and cherished stories that make us believe in the miracle of love.” (Romantic Times)
“To Seduce a Sinner was yet another remarkable historical by the divine Ms. Hoyt, with a character-driven, affective plot that is a moving and very seductive read.” (Historical Romance Society)
This book was one of the best historical romances I have listened to in quite a while. Anne Flosnik is my very favorite reader, I would probably listen to her grocery list. I really wish the audiobooks would have been released in order. The characters are so intertwined, it's a shame the last book was released first.
She has loved him from afar for several years. They’ve never talked. He enjoys socializing and has had many lovers. He needs to produce an heir and is jilted by two fiancés. Melisande sees this as her chance. She approaches him and offers marriage. He says yes. (I do not understand why he said yes.) She is shy, prim, and proper.
There’s no dialogue. There’s no relationship development. Their conversation is so boring. I could never understand how they could enjoy being together, converse, and fall in love. For most of the book their conversation is “Did you sleep well?” “Yes, thank you.” “Shall we have cook pack a lunch for us?” “Yes that would be good.” He asks her what her favorite food is. She replies that she has none. After a few days of this, he realizes he loves her. He calls her my lady wife and my heart. They both have secrets. His secret is that he still feels stress from fighting in the army causing him to sleep on the floor. Also he feels he doesn’t deserve happiness. Her secret is that she loves him. She tells herself it will be a disaster if he ever discovers this. This feels like a book about nothing.
There are several sex scenes that are ok but not special. One publisher’s summary was misleading. It stated “But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his wife.” I found the opposite to be true. For some reason Jasper is reluctant to have sex with Melisande. It’s like he doesn’t see her as a woman. So, she is the one who must initiate things - coming to him, undressing him, etc. One of the sex scenes toward the end was overly dramatic where he was demanding to know her secret (which was she loved him - but horrors - she didn’t dare to tell him that). This was the major relationship event.
Secondary stories involve Jasper talking to various men trying to discover who the traitor was. (See next paragraph.) For conflict, a few times outside bad guys came along to attack or cause stress.
This is book 2 in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. There is a mystery that flows through all the books which I believe will be solved in book 4. There was a British traitor who caused some men to be taken prisoner and tortured seven years ago. Jasper spends a lot of time investigating this, but it’s not resolved in this book. Thus a somewhat disappointing cliffhanger feel.
UNRELATED FAIRY TALE:
In many of the author’s books (maybe all, I’m not sure) she has a short fairy tale unrelated to the main story that she divides into short paragraphs. She puts one paragraph at the beginning of each chapter of the book. In the physical books, I skipped those. In the audiobook I couldn’t skip them. I was annoyed at having to listen to them. They took me out of the story. They felt like TV commercial interruptions. They caused me “a little bit of stress” trying to remember what happened in the previous excerpt. I wish she wouldn’t do this.
The narrator Anne Flosnik does a fine job.
GENRE: historical romance.
This is a pleasant surprise. This entire series has a tale of the Four Soldiers starting with the Prolgue and before each chapter. The personallity of the main male character is the story of the soldier being told. This is the 2nd book and I enjoyed both and can't wait to listen/read the next one. Love that she brings the others into the story. Anne Flosnik is one of my favorite narrators so I knew she would do the book justice.
This is a cute continuation to the first installment of the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. I like that the lead characters aren't the "perfect" physical specimens one usually finds in romantic novels. They were just ordinary people with an extraordinary passion. I also liked the fast-paced and witty dialogue. The narrator did a good job as well. Looking forward to the next book!
Forget the first book in this series. This one is so much better. I never dreamed I would care about Jasper after the last book. But he's FANTASTIC and Melisande is even better. To be sure this book is shockingly "sensual". Not overly done, but I blushed during every love scene.
This time, the mystery of the soldiers is much more interesting. And you will be introduced to the AMAZING character for the next book. The hideously scarred Alistair of Scotland.
Glorious Elizabeth Hoyt!! I have read the next book and can ensure that one is completely perfect.
I eagerly await the next Hoyt book. But look forward to Desire a Devil, for now.
I prefer the audio version. I never read the printed and don't want to!
The whole story from beginning to end
Love Ann Flosnik. I am looking for all the book she narrates
Very good narration.
This series is filled with intrigue, Hot love scenes, mystery, pain and regrets. Our main characters are very imperfect. They are not, at all, what they seem to be. The dialogues are wonderfull and the fact that we don't know why, Exactly, they are the way they are, makes the reading absolutely captivating. You must read all 4 stories; my favorite is To Beguile a Beast. Awesome series.
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