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To Taste Temptation: Legend of the Four Soldiers, Book 1 | [Elizabeth Hoyt]

To Taste Temptation: Legend of the Four Soldiers, Book 1

Britain’s high society—le bon 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. Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated by 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Even the most refined lady craves an untamed man to release her passion.

Britain’s high society—le bon 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 le bon 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 by 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?

©2008 Nancy M. Finney (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Hoyt…is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot, and clever dialogue.” (Publishers Weekly

“4½ Stars Top Pick! Hoyt’s new series, the Legend of the Four Soldiers, begins with destruction and ends with glorious love. She begins each chapter with a snippet of a legend that beautifully dovetails with the plot and creates a distinct love story that will thrill readers.” (Romantic Times BOOKreviews)

To Taste Temptation is book one in Ms. Hoyt’s new series, the Legend of the Four Soldiers, and it’s an auspicious beginning. With its vividly drawn characters, neat plotting, and heated romance, it’s sure to satisfy.” (Romance Reviews Today)

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    Cathie Linton, IN, United States 10-26-10
    Cathie Linton, IN, United States 10-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved It"

    Wasn't sure what to expect since I have never "read" this author, but I am currently downloading book 2. Loved it, of course I absolutely enjoy this period of time in romance novels. I like how the main story follows the "fairy tale" that is the back meaning of this book. Ahhh, true love and the pursuit of it. Ann Flosnik does an excellent job as always, she and Polly Lee and the lilt of English I truly love, had some trouble with the Boston Colonial accent, but it didn't hurt the story. Worth the credit or the purchase. I see book 3 is also available. Cant Wait!!!! LOL I love audio books, I can do 2 things at once LOL.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 10-19-10
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 10-19-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Not bad..."

    The prickly nature of the heroine of this book tended to grate on my nerves, but the overall story wasn't bad. The great narration made up for anything that was lacking. I am looking forward to the next installment of the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tori-Lyn New York 12-12-10
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    "Two stories in one! Great treat."

    The Legend of the Four Soldiers and the personallity of the main male character is great and what is even nicer is they both end. First book I've listened/read by this author and was not disappointed the story was great the male lead excellant but the Lady was a bit annoying. I totally enjoy listening to Anne Flosnik which is why I purchased this audio book. Can't wait to listen/read the next installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 01-09-11
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun story"

    This is a great book and well worth your time and credit. The narrorator was not perfect, but darned good. The character, Samual Hartley is fun becasue of the way he lives life on his own terms and how he takes what he wants. He also makes me proud to be a "Yank".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 06-07-13
    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "What a fun series!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed every bit of this series. Third is the best, the second the weakest. And this one, the first one,starts it all off great. Those reviewers that want more realism historically . . read nonfiction. I want to have fun, I want the hero and heroine to fall quickly. Hoyt's characters are unusual but still sexy. And there is none of that "mistaken understandings" that part the couple so stupidly. I had fun listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 01-10-12
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "I'm a huge fan, but this one isn't for me."

    There is something missing in this first book of the 4 soldiers series. I loved Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series and was excited to start this one. Unfortunately, I'm so confused by this bizarre tale...

    I think the heroine is really bitchy. I like the hero, Sam, but he has this nervous condition from war that causes him to randomly run long distances till his feet bleed. Also the lady has a fiancé... He gets involved with helping Sam figure out who was the turncoat in a war they were in. He is in the same house when many of the forbidden acts take place.

    The lovers are really mean to each other. And Sam is kind of a stalker, watching her and brooding. She is not likeable at all. Things were so frenzied at one point, I had to stop and take a break. (2 hours left) I'm not sure I will be finishing this one.

    I really hope the whole series isn't centered around this spy/war detective plot. It is forced and I didn't feel compelled by the mystery.

    I have really enjoyed all of Elizabeth Hoyt's other books. But this book wasn't for me.

    Also I am not used to the narrator. I liked Ashford McNab from the other books. This narrator didn't do a bad job, and I have a few books of hers yet to listen to. But Ashford Mcnab was really excellent.

    Still going to read other books from this series. Hope I'll connect to those better than I did with this.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Maple Grove, MN, United States 12-18-10
    Denise Maple Grove, MN, United States 12-18-10
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    "Bored out of my mind!"

    I am not sure if I can finish this book. I am almost four hours in and it is so boring…blah, blah, blah the hero runs through the night…blah, blah, blah the heroine is a hoity toity witch. Emeline is an extremely unlikable heroine. She is haughty and belittling to others around her, all I can picture is a scrunched- faced little shrew. I can’t even remember at this point how she is described in the book, I’m so overwhelmed by her odious personality. There is absolutely no chemistry between Samuel and Emeline, nothing fun, amusing, or flirtatious. I know they are going to fall in love, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why Samuel would bother with such a testy little cow! Oh and don’t even get me started on the ‘first kiss’…if some man grabbed me and kissed me hard enough to draw blood, I would punch him in the face! That is all that has happened in four hours, a violent kiss, to set up some sort of believable chemistry between the main characters. The whole story of Samuel searching for answers to the massacre is so drawn out and piece-milled that is loses all intrigue. At this point I don’t really like or give two figs about either main character, which does not bode well for my overall enjoyment of the book. I think I am more interested in finding out if Samuel’s sister, Rebecca, is going to fall in love with the Irish footman, and they have only had a few lines of interaction in the book. I am going to give it two more hours, which will complete the first half, and take me 1 hour into the second half. However, if it does not get a lot better that is all the time I will waste on this book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 04-18-11
    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Terrible!"

    Ok... I get it, romance novels are nothing but fluff and shallow entertainment. I don't expect deep, beautifully written literature. But please.... this is the very worst book I have ever purchased on audible, and the first that I actually had to stop listening to it was so distasteful. The female lead is such a disagreeable, contentious, miserable, one dimensional character, I just couldn't take it anymore. I actually got a stomach ache listening to this junk. Save your credits and buy something else!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 07-03-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 07-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Soldier returns to Society changed"

    I am one of the few that don't enjoy Anne Flosnik's narration, but she did this book justice. Her pace, and her voices matched the characters. I dare say I enjoyed her on this one.

    Soldier Samuel Hartley has returned from war branded a coward for running way during the slaughter of his squad. He has been disgraced and he moved to the States.

    Now he was returned to England, in search of the man he believes betrayed his battalion to the Indians and the French. His investigation brings him to the home of a fallen comrade Reynard Gordon where he meets her sister Lady Emeline Gordon. At first Lady Emeline was weirded out by this gentlemen who dresses inappropriately and doesn't follow the rules of the ton. Then Samuel hires Emeline to tutor his sister in the ways of a genteel bred lady and Emeline gets to see past the stories she has heard of Samuel.

    Even though Emeline is engaged to Jasper Renshaw, her late brother Reyndard's friend, Emeline finds herself attracted to Samuel and she is drawn into his investigation to find the traitor. Emeline is forced to make a hard decision between a family friend, now turned fiancee whose touch feels brotherly versus a man who is everything the ton shuns, but drives her mad with passion.

    I have tried to read this book twice before and found it a tad boring. This time, I couldn't put it down. I listened to it in two days. The narrator isnt as good as Rosalyn Landor, but it was a well written and entertaining book. I loved Emeline, Samuel and even Jasper. Jasper was a good guy, just not the right one for Emeline. The mystery to find the traitor forced to two suitors vying for her to work together and they found that they actually got along. I think I enjoyed the author creating the situation where Jasper and Samuel kind of became friends. It made the story a little more angsty because there could only be one winner of Emeline's hand.

    I can't wait to read book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-19-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Love the moccasins wearing American"

    The hero is such a likable character. He is sweet, thoughtful, kind and certainly persistent to be in a relationship with a heroine that clearly sees herself as superior to him socially. She is very selective in who she is associated with and sticks to the Ton’s standards. It was hard to like her as the heroine so I found myself imagining how harsh the society must have been at that time and focusing on her inner struggle with it’s standards in order to find something redeeming about her. It was very nice to see her put all those standards aside to just be with the hero even if it meant leaving England and everything else behind. She just put up a good fight to get to that point. I admit I still liked the story very much. It was real and not all sugared up and fluffy. So if you like outwardly sweet characters with no flaws this book is not for you. On the other hand if you enjoy reading about how someone raised with strict superiority mindset freeing herself from those chains that bind her for love, then this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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