I was worried that Ms. Hoyt would be a one series hit wonder. I was apprehensive that she wouldn't be able to catch lightning in a bottle again. Within the first two pages, I was hooked. To Taste Temptation is like a big bowl of ice cream that I just wanted to lap up and savor at the same time. The hero, Samuel Hartley, is quite unique in that he is from America, was born there. He served in a British Regiment that was betrayed and almost everyone died. He wears moccasins and makes no apologies for making a very good living by being in trade. One of the soldiers who died was Lady Emeline Gordon's beloved brother. Emeline is an unusual heroine as well. She is a little short tempered, sarcastic, and actually likes her eight year old son with her.
What I love about Ms. Hoyt's books are how she takes a typical plot point like a man on a mission of justice and takes us into some serious emotional territory. Samuel suffers from post traumatic stress that is described most effectively. The fairy tale excerpts at the beginning of each chapter add another layer to the story. While the mystery of who betrayed the regiment is part of the story, it takes a back seat to the romance, as it should. I was suspicious of one character right from the introduction and was pleased to find I was right. The love scenes are poignant and sensual, carnal almost without going to far. The descriptions are detailed without being overdone; from the alleys and gardens to the clothes. I didn't feel like a wrong note was struck for this entire book.
You've got out and get this book, quick, and you will not regret it. Now, when is that second one coming out?
EVEN THE MOST REFINED LADY Lady Emeline Gordon is the model of sophistication in London’s elite social circles, always fashionable and flawlessly appropriate. As such, she is the perfect chaperone for Rebecca, the young sister of a successful Boston businessman and former Colonial soldier. CRAVES AN UNTAMED MAN Samuel Hartley may be wealthy, but his manners are as uncivilized as the American wilderness he was raised in. Who wears moccasins to a grand ball? His arrogant disregard for propriety infuriates Emeline, even as his boldness excites her. TO RELEASE HER PASSION… But beneath Samuel’s rakish manner, he is haunted by tragedy. He has come to London to settle a score, not to fall in love. And as desperately as Emeline longs to feel this shameless man’s hands upon her, to taste those same lips he uses to tease her, she must restrain herself. She is not free. But some things are beyond a lady’s control…