Guest Author & Giveaway: Elizabeth Hoyt featuring To Desire a Devil

Thursday, November 5

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My guest today is Elizabeth Hoyt!  She has a new historical romance in the Legend of the Four Soldier's Series titled To Desire A Devil.  Here's a sneak peek:


Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl’s heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?


Beatrice Corning, the niece of the present earl, is a proper English miss. But she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in the portrait in her uncle’s home. Suddenly, that very man is here, in the flesh—and luring her into his bed.


Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud’s savagery to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice’s love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title—even if it means sacrificing her innocence?

Welcome to Seductive Musings Elizabeth! I am so glad to have you as my guest today. For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story, and who are some of your favorite authors to read? Who's your new favorite find?

Thank you for having me at Seductive Musings!

A great love story needs compelling, unforgettable characters, an intensely emotional love story, and a satisfying ending.

I love reading Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh, Christina Dodd, Jim Butcher, and Linda Howard to name just a few.

Recently I was sent a manuscript to read to see if I’d like to blurb it. It was Courtney Milan’s Proof by Seduction and I absolutely loved it.

I'm anxious to read Courtney Milan's new book (FYI she will be a guest here in the new year).  

To Desire a Devil is the fourth book in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. Can you tell us how the books are connected, and for someone who has not read To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, and To Beguile a Beast (the first three in the series) Can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories? And do they need to be read in order?

The Legend of the Four Soldiers is about four very different men who were in the same regiment during the French and Indian War in the American Colonies. While marching in the New England woods, their regiment is ambushed and massacred. 

To Taste Temptation starts the series six years later with Samuel Hartley who was an American scout. He’s now a wealthy merchant come to London ostensibly on business, but in reality to find the man who betrayed his regiment. To do this he needs entry into London society and he seeks the help of Lady Emeline Gordon, a proper widow who is rather aghast at his backwoods ways. 

To Seduce a Sinner is about Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, a bon vivant, always the center of attention during the day, who hides a secret at night. After Jasper is left at the altar by his flighty fiancée he is propositioned by Melisande Fleming. Melisande is plain and brown and has been in love with Jasper for years—though he has no idea of that when he hastily marries her. 

To Beguile a Beast is about Sir Alistair Munroe, a naturalist who was horribly scarred during the war. Because of his scars he’s hidden himself away in his crumbling castle in Scotland. But one and dark stormy night he answers the door to find a beautiful woman on his doorstep claiming to be his new housekeeper. To Beguile a Beast is a “Beauty and the Beast” story, but I wanted to explore what physical disfigurement meant in an age without plastic surgery, how a man can lose all hope and how he can regain it with the right woman. 

To Desire a Devil is about Reynaud St. Aubyn, Viscount Hope, the fourth and final soldier in the series. Presumed dead for seven years, he escapes captivity and returns home, ready to resume his life. But the life he left isn’t there anymore. His father, the Earl of Blanchard is dead, another man has claimed the title, and there are rumors that he’s insane. Everyone seems to be against him except the new earl’s niece, a woman named Beatrice Corning. Beatrice for her part is dangerously attracted to Reynaud, but can she make him see that what they have may be more important than the life he’s trying to regain?

I’ve tried to write the Legend of the Four Soldiers series in such a way that a reader can pick up any of the books and enjoy it without having read the others. That said, I do think that a reader will get more out of the series by reading it in order.

To Desire a Devil was actually the first book I read in the series, and enjoyed it without having read the others.  After finishing it I went to your website to find out more about the others in this series.  While I was there I was reading that you use fairy tales as inspiration for some of your historical romances, including the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. What was the fairy tale inspirations for To Desire A Devil, and how did you incorporate it into your story?

I have a fairy tale story in each of my books—a little bit at the beginning of each chapter. Each book in the Legend of the Four Soldiers is about a different fairy tale soldier returning home from war. The one in To Desire a Devil is about Longsword, who is captured by the Goblin King and taken to his underground kingdom. The Goblin King lets Longsword go, but only on one terrible condition.

The fairy tale has parallels to To Desire a Devil—both heroes are captured and are forced to live away from home for a long period of time and return only at a cost.

Being held captive for seven years definitely had an enormous impact on your hero.  Tell us about your hero, Reynaud St. Aubyn? What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Beatrice, fall in love with him despite his savage nature? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in To Desire a Devil?

Reynaud is terribly conflicted—and very angry—but at heart he is a good man. He’s a leader of men, he knows what he wants and is focused on getting it, and he’s very sexy.

Beatrice is the niece of the man who inherited Reynaud’s title—because Reynaud was presumed dead. She’s lived in his house for many years and has fallen half in love with the portrait of him as a young man. So she’s already fascinated by him when he returns home angry and raving in French. She’s dismayed and intrigued by the changes in him and wants to know where he’s been and what happened to him.

Reynaud for his part is distrustful of everyone but Beatrice—even though she’s the niece of his enemy. She’s kind but doesn’t let him boss her around and he finds himself drawn to her. But his drive to regain his title—and toss out her uncle—stands between them.

What's your favorite scene or moment from To Desire a Devil, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

Beatrice has an old friend who is bedridden after some terrible war injuries. Reynaud becomes jealous of her seeing the man and confronts them in the friend’s home. Beatrice is enraged at Reynaud—not only that he has such suspicions of her—but that he’s confronting her friend who is sickly. She gets right in his face and tells him off and I think it’s a wonderful turning point in their relationship.

Oh, I love that scene!  And the one after that between her friend and Reynaud is so very touching.  What are some of your upcoming releases we can look forward to...any new exciting projects in the works?

Right now I’m working on Wicked Intentions, the first of a new series called the Maiden Lane series. Wicked Intentions is set in Georgian London during the time when gin was very cheap and sold everywhere, creating a terrible addiction problem for the poor of London. The hero, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is a rake searching in the East End for the man who murdered his mistress. But he needs the help of Temperance Dews, a widow running a foundling home in St. Giles. Temperance agrees to help Lazarus if in exchange he’ll take her to society balls so she can find a patron for her home. But both Lazarus and Temperance are hiding secrets. Wicked Intentions will be out in Summer of 2010.

A new series....yeah!  I'll have to make sure and look out for the Maiden Lane series next summer...perfect timing for great beach reads.  If you could ask readers a question, what would it be?

Which of my books is your favorite and why?

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

Embrace the moment!

My many thanks to Elizabeth for sharing some insight into To Desire A Devil.  I really enjoyed it and will have my review posted by this weekend.  If you want to learn more about Elizabeth and the books she writes you can visit her on her website.

I have a cornucopia of goodies for you, but will save the best for last :)  First I have links to three bonus scenes from To Desire a Devil....all take place prior to the beginning of the book, and are not included in the print version, or on Elizabeth's website.  They are not to be missed (PDF versions):

Next, Elizabeth generously offers freebies to her readers and fans.  She has bookmarks that feature the covers of the Legend of the Four Soldier series(and they are gorgeous), or you can also request a signed bookplate.  You can use this link to order them.

Last, but certainly not least, courtesy of Hachette Books I  have 5 copies of To Desire a Devil to giveaway!  Here's how to enter to win. (please note some of the rules have changed).

Ways to earn entries:
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Anonymous,  November 5, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

The Beauty and the Beast plot line has always been my favorite. I have a shelf full of books to prove it. To Beguile A Beast has been my favorite of the series so far. What can match the power of love to heal a wounded and scarred body and soul. To Desire A Devil sounds like it will be a tough challenger.
You write wonderful books and I really like to read series. Keep up the good writing. I look forward to your future books.

Mitzi November 5, 2009 at 1:33 AM  

The Raven Prince is one of my all time favorite books....I love the sparring that takes place between the H/h and the sex scenes are hot!!!

I've read the 3 books in this series and can't wait to read the final story.....Your books are awesome!!!

mitzihinkey at

I'm an already follower.

Thank you for the contest!!!

Trblcmn November 5, 2009 at 1:36 AM  

I have never read anything by Elizabeth Hoyt, but I will now. Sounds like a wonderful read!Yeah something new to try. I also have Selective musing on my Google reader so i can follow! Thank you!

Virginia C November 5, 2009 at 2:29 AM  

+1 To Beguile A Beast. Alistair was tortured and disfigured, losing an eye, and becoming a recluse. He never expected to find love, but oh, how he was loved! He was so intelligent and so seductive!
+5 already a follower

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Michelle November 5, 2009 at 3:15 AM  

My fave Elizabeth Hoyt book would have to be To Seduce a Sinner. I love romance where the heroine has had the biggest crush on the hero for the longest time and finally had the courage or she finally gets the opportunity to do something about it.

i'm already a follower. :)

thank you for hosting the giveaway! i REALLY want to read this book!

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scottsgal November 5, 2009 at 8:09 AM  

To Beguile A Beast was my favorite so far. I can't wait to read this one

+5 already a follower

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elaing8 November 5, 2009 at 8:10 AM  

please enter me in the giveaway

+1 I haven't read anything by Elizabeth Hoyt yet.I do have 2 of the 4 soldiers books though.

+5 I'm already a follower


Anonymous,  November 5, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

Wonderful interview and giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

throuthehaze November 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

+1 To Beguile A Beast was my favorite. I like that Alistair was scarred but still managed to find love.

+5 already a follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

dor,  November 5, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

I have not read any of her books yet but I am sure To Desire a Devil will be my fave. It sounds so good.
My message in a fortune cookie would be...."Turn around and begin your life"

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dor,  November 5, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

I follow on google friend

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Armenia November 5, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

+1 My favorite is the Raven Prince. I find each year its one of the books I re-read. I love the heroine's intelligence and go-for-it attitude and the love scenes are beautiful, and the H/H finally have their wonderful HEA making a family. *sigh*

+5 already a follower

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joder November 5, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

+1 To Beguile a Beast has been my favorite so far. I love imperfect heroes and love seeing them come out of the darkness.

+5 Already a follower (Jody F)

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Susan Helene Gottfried November 5, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

AWESOME post, my friend!

No need to enter me; I'm dropping in to say this is posted at Win a Book for you.

jeanette8042 November 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

My favorite would have to be To Taste Temptation because it was the first book of yours I read and I fell in love with the series!

I'm a follower!

Elizabeth Hoyt November 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

Good afternoon everyone!

I'm so glad you enjoy my books, LibraryPat, especially the scarred hero of TO BEGUILE A BEAST!

THE RAVEN PRINCE is a reader favorite, Mitzi--I'm glad you liked it.

I hope you'll like my books when you get the chance to try one, trblcmn.

It's wonderful that you felt for Alistair and his happy ending, Virginia!

TO SEDUCE A SINNER had a shy, but strong heroine--I'm glad you enjoyed her, Michelle.

How lovely that you've reread THE RAVEN PRINCE, Armenia! That's quite a compliment.

And I'm glad you enjoyed TO TASTE TEMPTATION enough to fall in love with the series, Jeanette!

Good luck to everyone with the contest! ;-)

alba November 5, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

Good afternoon Elizabeth I have not read these books Yet I have them in my TBR pile it must be 25 and climbing after going to your site and reading the except I am moving the to the top.
I have a thing for the The Beauty and the Beast story too wounded heart & soul healed by the love of a good woman shame it cant heal what going on in this world.
Good Luck with book 4 adding it to my list to buy.
I'm a follower too.

ddurance November 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

To Seduce a Sinner is my favorite Elizabeth Hoyt book.

+5 I'm a follower

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Alicia0605 November 5, 2009 at 5:46 PM  

I have not yet read any of these book but after going to her website I think that I would really enjoy her Princes Trilogy.

+5 Already a follower

Cathy M November 5, 2009 at 5:49 PM  

Since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, Alistair in Beguile the Beast was my favorite hero.

already a follower


Jane November 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM  

"The Leopard Prince" is my favorite and the first book I read by Elizabeth. I read the Prince trilogy out of order, but I loved it.

I'm already a follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Amy1225 November 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

I have not yet read her books yet but I think that I would enjoy The Raven Prince.

+5 already a follower

chey November 5, 2009 at 7:22 PM  

I like how in To Beguile A Beast Alistair helped Helen.

In my fortune cookie the fortune I'd write would be Good things come to those who wait.

I already follow

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Mariee November 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

+1 The Raven Prince. It was the first Elizabeth Hoyt book I read, and it's still my favorite.

+5 I'm a new follower.


Jennifer M.,  November 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

My favorite book to date is "The Leopard Prince" for 3 reasons: #1 Harry, #2Harry and #3 Harry!

To Seduce A Sinner is my second favorite but all of Elizabeth's titles are on my keeper shelf.

I just became a follower of this blog AND told my best galpals about this contest, I like spreading joy around =)


kalynnick November 6, 2009 at 4:17 PM  

My favorite has to be The Raven Prince.

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

booklover0226 November 6, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

Unfortunately, I haven't read any of your books but after reading this excerpt, I'm ready to start reading.

I am a follower.

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

JessW,  November 6, 2009 at 10:59 PM  

The Raven Prince is my favorite of EH's books. I liked the rest of the Prince series also.
Looking forward to reading To Desire a Devil, although To Beguile a Beast is still in my TBR stack.
Good luck with the new book! i am sure it will be wonderful too.

Marie November 7, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

I like To Seduce A Sinner the most because I can identify most with the heroine who is rather quiet and shy.

I am a follower.

BUSY BEE November 7, 2009 at 9:13 PM  

I love "To Beguile a Beast" the best! The hero is so imperfect in every way but so lovable. I like the imperfections.

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

+5 I am a follower.

Bethie November 9, 2009 at 11:25 PM  

+1 The Raven Price is my fav. Oh those love scenes.

+5 I am a new follower.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

cheryl c November 10, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

My favorite book is TO SEDUCE A SINNER. I loved the way this book began because it was such a "hook."

I am looking forward to reading the finale of this series. I have read the first 3, and I was totally surprised when I found out who the hero of this one was.

Fortune cookie- Enjoy the gift of life.

+5 already a follower

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heatherzilla November 12, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

I loved to Beguile a Beast and I can't wait to read To Desire A Devil.

+1 Fortune - You are loved by family and friends.

+5 Follower


CherylS22 November 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM  

My favorite Elizabeth Holt book so far is "To Beguile A Beast"

+5 - I already follow

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

flchen1 November 14, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

The Raven Prince is still my favorite--maybe because it's the first of Elizabeth's books I've read :) I also loved the rest of the Princes, and am enjoying the Soldier series so far!

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Sue A. November 14, 2009 at 6:17 AM  

If I have to pick just one, then it's The Leopard Prince. I loved the hero in that one.

+1 Fortune cookie: Give yourself a clean slate. Make today the first day of the rest of your life.

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