January 13, 2010

To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt

To Desire a DevilAfter escaping a seven-year long captivity, Reynaud St. Aubyn has finally made it back to England, only to find out that his title, lands and money has been given away to a distant relative due to the fact that everyone thinks he died during the battle at Spinner's Falls.

Sick with fever and more than a little angry, he stumbled into his family home, talking in French and collapsed right in front of Beatrice Corning, the present earl's niece .

And so the story begins, with Reynauld trying to regain what was taken from him, trying to finally find out who was the traitor that gave them away at Spinner's Falls and with him laying his claim on Beatrice because in a world where everything doesn't make much sense to him anymore, she seems like home.

To Desire a Devil is the forth and final book in Elizabeth Hoyt's Legend of the Four Soldiers' series and I'm sad to say that I didn't love it. Oh, there were parts that were very good and I loved the trademark fairy tale told in the epigraphs of each chapter, but I just never grew to like Reynaud. He was a very selfish hero during most of the book and it was hard to even sympathize with him. I liked Beatrice and her friends Lottie and Jeremy, and I liked catching up with the couples of the previous books in the series but Beatrice and Reynauld just never convinced me as a couple.

Maybe it's just because I've loved all of Mrs. Hoyt's other books and I had high expectations but this one was only so so for me. Still, the writing is quite good and I did enjoy most aspects of it.



  1. Never heard of this series. But the title is interesting, the book isn't really up my alley though :) I gave you an award http://blackteensread2.blogspot.com/2010/01/waiting-on-wednesday-finding-my-place.html

  2. Historical novels aren't my thing though I think I would but the book based on the cover.


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