Review- To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: To Seduce A Sinner (book #2, The Legend of The Four Soldiers Series)

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian Era

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever, 2008

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper 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 that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife–prim and proper by day, wanton by night– and vows to learn her secrets.

Melissande, however, 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 terrible weakness: she’s secretly 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 lady wife. As Melissande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface…. threatening to tear them asunder.


Once again Hoyt has master crafted a tale that grows from a marriage of convenience to sublimely sensual devotion, at the same time intriguing us with a mystery and secrets that could prove disastrous.  For the hero, Hoyt crafts a character study in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it might appear in the Georgian Era.  It is also a glimpse into the social mores of that era.  There is action and pathos and sizzling sensuality.  There are references and some  graphic description of torture and violence that some may find disturbing although integral to the story.

The ending was a bit of a letdown.  I thought it could have been handled differently although it did fit in with the story.  Elizabeth Hoyt is a master story teller and although I have read this book out of order in the series, It was not necessary for me to have read what came before in order to enjoy the read.  I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

The Legend of the Four Soldiers Series:

1. To Taste Temptation (Smauel Hartley’s story)

2. To Seduce a Sinner (Jasper Renshaw’s story)

3. To Beguile a Beast (Alistair Monroe’s story)

4. To Desire a Devil (Ranaud St. Aubyn’s story)




Filed under Book review, Historical Romance

2 responses to “Review- To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

  1. Excellent review, Dot!

    I’m a huge Elizabeth Hoyt fan as you know and I read this series a few years ago. I liked the way EH didn’t shy away from the more brutal aspects of heroes’ experiences and the effects on them. My favourite book in the series was To Beguile a Beast. But then I always enjoy a good Beauty and the Beast story!


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