To Beguile a Beast

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To Beguile a Beast

(The Legend of the Four Soldiers)

Helen Fitzwilliam has had it with her half life, being the mistress of a duke. But she knows he wouldn’t let her or the children he fathered with her go voluntarily. So she left London in secret with her children to take a job as a housekeeper in the wilds of Scotland. She is quite determined to make a new life for her children and won’t take no for an answer from Alistair Monroe. Scarred from his capture by the Indians while exploring the Colonies, Alistair prefers the sanctuary of his home rather than stomach the stares and the screams of frightened children. Then Helen arrives and she is too beautiful to be his housekeeper in his estimation. She refuses to leave and as time passes he becomes quite fond of her and the children. As their attraction develops into a relationship, the Duke discovers her hiding place. Now Helen will have to confess who she really is and beg for his help. Will he forgive her, help her, and ask her to share his life?
I really devoured this book. I started it as soon as it arrived and finished it the next day! Ms. Hoyt is like cheesecake, smooth, decadent and delicious. Her love scenes are sensual, carnal, and totally perfect. I felt that Helen was a sympathetic character making no apology for what she has done in her past. She accepts her past for what it is but wants a better life for her children. Alistair, while surly and focused on his work didn’t come across as a beast to me, which I found refreshing. The Duke is quite the sinister character and the children are cute without being annoying. I was quite impressed with how the book was resolved. I found that it was very much in keeping with Alistair’s personality to go about things that way. While this isn’t my favorite of the Soldiers series it was a lovely addition to it. I made a big mistake, which I usually try to avoid, and read the teaser for the last book in the series, To Desire a Devil. Now there is a long wait till it is released!

Book Blurb for To Beguile a Beast

When a girl with no family meets a guy with too much.

For Tori Morgan, family's a blessing the universe hasn't sent her way. Her parents are long gone, her chance of having a baby is slipping away, and the only thing she can call her own is a neglected old house. What she wants more than anything is a place where she belongs, and a big, noisy clan to share her life.

For Nick Santangelo, family's more like a curse. His nonna is a closet kleptomaniac, his mom's a menopausal time bomb and his motherless daughter is headed for serious boy trouble. The last thing Nick needs is another female making demands on his time.

But summer on the Jersey shore can be an enchanted season, when life's hurts are soothed by the ebb and flow of the tides and love can bring together the most unlikely prospects. A hard-headed contractor and a lonely reader of Tarot cards and crystal prisms? All it takes is A Little Light Magic.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2009 4.50