This is easily my least favorite Elizabeth Hoyt book. They can’t all curl my toes, I know, but I had a hard time rousing any excitement for this romance. It’s the last book in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series, so it had some good things going in wrapping up the larger arc. But, frankly, the hero did absolutely nothing for me and the relationship development felt virtually nonexistent.
Hoyt has been telling us about Reynaud St. Aubyn since book 1. He was supposed to be dead, but his memory was a huge influence on the characters who survived him. The thing is, though, Reynaud’s actually been a slave to the Native Americans for the past seven years. He made his escape and managed to get all the way back to England, only to find his father is dead and a distant relative has taken over his title. This would be bad enough under any circumstances, but half starved, feverish, and battling some fierce PTSD, Reynaud promptly flips out.
Beatrice is niece to the current earl and she takes it upon herself to nurse Reynaud back to health. After all, she has been mooning over his portrait for the past several years, so it’s sort of like she knows him, right? So Reynaud finally begins to physically heal, but he is a huge prat. And Beatrice loves him for no reason and thinks it’s a good idea to keep forcing him to talk about his captivity. No matter that they barely know each other.
I never could warm to these two together. Reynaud seems to want Beatrice because, well, she’s there and she’s a quintessential English lady. She feels like home after being surrounded by savages. And she wants him because… of the portrait thing? Lord knows, it’s not because he treats her well or acts like he likes her beyond the bedroom. I know we’re supposed to sympathize with all he has been through, but I just didn’t.
I did like catching up with the couples from the previous books. And I did like the conclusion to the traitor mystery that carried through the series. But the romance was a big, fat fail. If you want to explore this series, I suggest To Seduce a Sinner. I loved it.
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To Desire a Devil
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: November 1, 2009