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To Seduce a Sinner

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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To Seduce a Sinner
4 Stars

A definite improvement on the first book as the hero and heroine are far more likable and engaging.

Melisande has loved Jasper from a far for years and seizes her opportunity to have him when he is left at the alter. Jasper is in need of a wife and Melisande is better than nothing so he agrees to the marriage. As it turns out, Melisande and Jasper are a perfect match and their romance sizzles on both the physical and emotional levels.

Melisande is an amalgamation of opposites with her seemingly prim and proper facade concealing a passionate nature with a soft spot for irritating dogs, scorned mistresses and tortured heroes. The manner in which she accepts and comforts Jasper only adds to her appeal. For his part, Jasper is an endearing hero and one cannot help but feel for him when the extent of his PTSD is revealed.

In terms of the secondary story lines, the investigation into the Spinner’s Fall Massacre continues although their are few developments and the villain is a tad too obvious. Moreover, the subplot revolving around Sally and Mr. Pynch is sweet and the set up for Alistair and Helen’s book is smooth. However, the true highlight of the book, aside from the romance, is Mouse, Melisande’s precocious terrier, who definitely steals the show.

Looking forward to read the next book as nothing beats a damaged heroine and a scarred hero. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Again a seriously tortured hero. So far this series is like a relay race where the batons are smoothly handed over to the next runner, without being dropped or rudely smacked into the next hand: from heroine to heroine (the fairy tale book), from hero to hero (discovering who the real traitor was), and from villain to villain. I want to pace myself and not read the books too soon after one another, but I'm not sure how long I can hold out - I wanted to get started on the next one straight after finishing this one.
Grade: A- ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
Lovely story. I really enjoyed Jasper and Malisande's interactions. Jasper can be so sweet.... after a little training. 8-) And Sir Mouse made a very cute addition to the troop. I love that I got 3 love stories for the price of one. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Oct 8, 2013 |
Every Elizabeth Hoyt book is well written, serious, and deep. But some are not as engaging as others. This one was just okay, like the other stories in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
RATING: 3.5 stars.

After reading "The Agency" by Y.S. Lee, I felt like reading something historical... and romantic. So I picked up "To Seduce a Sinner" by Elizabeth Hoyt, one of my favorite authors within the genre.

And as always, Hoyt didn't disappoint.

Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale is left at the altar by his fianceé, Miss Templeton. As he sits pondering on how he had managed to alienate her, a woman enters the room. She is Melisande Fleming a shy, plain girl who is often overlooked by men. Melisande offers her hand in marriage and Jasper thinks, why not? He has to marry after all. It is only after the wedding that he begins to see that his wife is much more than she first appeared

Melisande has been in love with Lord Vale for years. A secret, silent love for he doesn't notice her. So when the chance to marry him comes she doesn't hesitate. Now she finds herself married to the man of her dreams... and discovering he is different from what she first thought.

I really like the arranged marriage theme in historical romance so this book was right up my alley. Melisande and Vale were both very charismatic and interesting, with their suitably tortured pasts. The pace was great, they got to know each other in a somewhat realistic manner and I really liked how the author explored the problem of PTSD which, of course, was not something that was recognized in those times.

Of course the book was incredibly formulaic, but it was still an engrossing read.

Overall, an entertaining historical romance. Well written, interesting and with captivating characters, it will appeal to fans of the genre. ( )
  slayra | Sep 21, 2013 |
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LONDON, ENGLAND
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There are few things more unfortunate in a man's life than being thrown over by one's prospective bride on one's wedding day, Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, reflected.
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Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery--a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife--prim and proper by day, wanton by night-- and vows to learn her secrets. Melissande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved, and lost, before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: she's secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melissande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface.... threatening to tear them asunder.
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Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery--a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife--prim and proper by day, wanton by night-- and vows to learn her secrets.

Melissande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved, and lost, before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: she's secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melissande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface.... threatening to tear them asunder.

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After years of loving the rakish Lord Vale from afar, Melisande Fleming finally gets the chance to prove her feelings for him when he is jilted on his wedding day and she boldly offers to marry him, but his dark nightmares of his military career in the colonies and a deadly betrayal from the past threaten to tear them apart.… (more)

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