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To Beguile A Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers - 3)

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Title:To Beguile A Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers - 3)
Authors:Elizabeth Hoyt
Info:Forever (2009), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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reread, ptsd, post-french-and-indian-war, scarred-and-mutilated-hero, scotland, england, historical-romance

One of a four part series involving men who served the English king in what the US knows as the French and Indian War, were betrayed by an unknown person, and each suffered a different kind of torture by the indigenous people there. The books are interconnected, but the story of each man and the woman who was able to help him out of his pit of despair is complete in itself. But. Every reader that I know was urgently self motivated to read all of them. Which is why I finally resorted to getting audio, as my paper copies kept getting feet.
This man had one eye put out, severe facial scarring, and two fingers chopped off. Bad enough for anyone, but he was a noncombatant there to illustrate a volume of flora and fauna of North America, much like Audubon. He became a hermit in his musty old castle, not even answering letters from most people.
Enter a frightened but beautiful woman with the two children born to her from the abusive and overbearing duke who had kept her as mistress long after he had tired of her. She was helped to escape by the wife of another of the war victims, and is to be housekeeper at the castle, even though she is clueless.
The plot moves along from there, including the predictable erotica, ending with hope for recovery from each of their forms of anguish. Lots of plot twists as well as clear descriptions for easy reader visualization.
Characteristically, there are a few sentences of a fanciful morality tale at the beginning of each chapter.
Anne Flosnik does the narration in her best overdramatic style. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jul 10, 2016 |
To Beguile A Beast
3.5 Stars

Scarred in a brutal attack in the Colonies, Sir Alastair Munro has become a recluse in his filthy and dilapidated castle in the Highlands until Helen Fitzwilliam and her children arrive on his doorstep seeking refuge from her past mistakes.

While To Beguile A Beast has all of the elements necessary for a truly spectacular historical romance - a sexy, scarred and tortured highlander, a beautiful and intelligent heroine, kidnappings and machinations, cute kids and puppies - there is something missing…

Alastair is a fantastic hero and his relationship with the children, Abigail in particular, is heartwarming. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his romance with Helen. Despite their intense physical attraction, the emotional connection is lacking and as such their chemistry falls flat.

Moreover, Helen is not a sympathetic heroine. Yes, she was taken advantage of by the duke but that does not mitigate the fact that she was the mistress of a married man by choice and gave birth to two of his children. Yes, he is manipulative and controlling but the impression given is that she left him not because he was abusive but because he didn’t show her sufficient affection.

The ongoing Spinner’s Fall story arc is barely advanced and we are still no further into the investigation of who betrayed the regiment to the French. Obviously, Hoyt is keeping this knowledge for the fourth and final installment and after the build up, I truly hope that the wait will be worth it.

All in all, an OK read but Alastair’s HEA is disappointing. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Unfortunately, I didn't like this book as much as her other books. Maybe because I had the feeling the relationship between Helen and Alistair was mainly physical. I didn't feel any real connection between them. Entertaining story, but didn't do much for me. ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
Fun and lustful! ( )
  cjservis | Jan 17, 2016 |
I like Beauty and the Beast stories but found this one a bit disappointing. ( )
  infjsarah | Nov 7, 2015 |
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Flosnik, AnneReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ayers, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garcia, DanielTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagy, Nikolettasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was as the carriage bumped around a bend and the decrepit castle loomed into view in the dusk that Helen Fitzwilliam finally -and rather belatedly- realized that the whole trip may've been a horrible mistake.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446406937, Mass Market Paperback)

CAN A WOUNDED BEAST . . .

Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he's kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.

TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST . . .

Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won't let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.

TO TAME HIS MOST SECRET DESIRES?

Beneath Helen's beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn't back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen's secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.

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Sir Alistair Munroe, horribly maimed during his service in the French and Indian War, lives a near solitary existence in a crumbling Scottish castle until Helen Fitzwilliam, former mistress of the Duke of Lister, and her two children arrive one night and change his life forever. When the Duke steals his children away from Helen, forcing her to reveal her true past to Alistair, and a friend from Alistair's army past is back from the dead--and quite possibly involved in the betrayal that lead to the massacre of their regiment, the bliss of their relationship isn't to last.… (more)

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