DIK Reading Challenge Review: To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

Saturday, January 30

Title: To Seduce a Sinner
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Book #2 in The Legend of the Four Soldiers
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Forever Romance
Format: mass market paperback
Date/Year:  November 2008

This book was procured from my local library for  my reading pleasure and review for my participation in the DIK reading challenge

Summary from the publisher:


For years, Melisande Fleming has loved Lord Vale from afar . . . watching him seduce a succession of lovers, and once, catching a glimpse of heartbreaking depths beneath his roguish veneer. When he’s jilted on his wedding day, she boldly offers to be his.


Vale gladly weds Melisande, if only to produce an heir. But he’s pleasantly surprised: A shy and proper Lady by day, she’s a wanton at night, giving him her body—though not her heart.


Determined to learn her secrets, this sinner starts to woo his seductive new wife—while hiding the nightmares from his soldiering days in the Colonies that still haunt him. Yet when a deadly betrayal from the past threatens to tear them apart, Lord Vale must bare his soul to the woman he married...or risk losing her forever.
My Musings
I loved this book.  Matter of fact I've enjoyed all the books in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series by Elizabeth Hoyt, but this one is my absolute favorite. 

Melisande is a spinster who has jaded experiences in love, but despite that she has secretly loved Lord Vale from a distance for years, while he barely knows she exists let alone knows her name, even though they share friends and acquaintances. After Lord Vale has been left at the alter once again, Melisande decides that she must try and guide her own fate and asks Lord Vale to marry her.  Despite this being unconventional for a woman in her time ,I love that she worked up the nerve to grasp for the chance to marry the man she loves before he can try to entice another woman to marry him.

Lord Vale accepts her offer of marriage...after all he believes one woman is just as capable of having his heir as the next and she seems an agreeable sort.  And most importantly he believes that this woman will not leave him at the alter because she is desperate to be wed.   But the only thing Melisande is desperate for is to marry him before someone else does even though she believes that she must never let him glimpse her love for him and let him hold her heart for fear that he will break it.

This was a true love story filled passionate love scenes, anguish, secrets and just enough danger to make the hero realize how much he desperately loves and needs his wife.  The reader gets to experience the hero and heroine fall in love, which sadly is not always the case in romance novels.  I think this is best illustrated in the gifts that Lord Vale gives his wife, Melisande.  The first gift is given on the morning after their wedding night.  After a passionate night, Melisande awakes alone, breakfasts by herself, but is eventually given the gift of a beautiful pair of earrings.  It is the type of gift a husband of the ton is expected to give his wife.  But however generous the gift is, it exemplifies how little he knows and notices HER...since her ears are not pierced.  Yet by the end of the book, after each have confided to each other their darkest periods in their life that have shaped the people that they have become, and love has grown between them he gifts her with another present.  This one is perfect, and made just for her.   It is a plain tin box on the outside, in fact it is much like one that she used to keep sentimental tidbits, but on the inside it is adorned with precious jewels...it represents how he sees her now.  Why most people might consider her plain, he considers her to be a hidden gem that he treasures as his own.  Recognizing her worth, while showing her that she is irreplaceable to him.  That he does KNOW her and loves her for who she is.

However, this is not the only instance of tenderness between the hero and heroine. Even more touching is how Melisande helps heal Lord Vale as he learns to cope with the horrors he experienced in war while trying to find the traitor that orchestrated the massacre of so many friends and comrades.  Like I said before...this book has it all, anguish, torment, misunderstandings, reluctance to love, undeniable passion, and just enough danger to make each of them realize and profess their love before it is too late.  I really enjoyed it, and if you love historical romances than I definitely recommend To Seduce a Sinner....really all of the books in this series, but I love this one the most.

Ratings: 4.75 stars

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librarypat,  January 30, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

Elizabeth Hoyt is a go to author for a good book. I have not yet read this book, but it is on my list.

Carol L. January 31, 2010 at 5:16 AM  

I agree with you in that this one is my favorite of the four Soldier books. We get to grow with the characters, fall in love as they do and why they do. Recognizing the rare gifts in each of them made this such an enjoyable read.
Carol L.

Scorpio M. January 31, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

I loved this book, as well and it's on my keeper shelf. I think Hoyt, especially with TSAS showed what an amazing writer she is, this book was more character study than some of her others and initially I had a hard time understanding Melisande but once I got her and got Jasper, it just amazed me.

Awesome review!

alba January 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

This is a must read for me,
I am so glad I have gotten my reading MOJO back thanks to Historical. I still love the paranormal too but Historical Is what I need to read right now.
Awesomw review.
Have a good one.

Renee January 31, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

Yay! This is one of my DIK picks, and I'm so glad you chose it for your review.
Reading your review makes me want to re-read it. I love how EH really takes time with the characters showing them fall in love with each other and the little things they do that so their love so well.

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