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
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
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)