To desire a devil by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Nothing Is More Intoxicating

Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl’s heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?

Or Dangerous

Beatrice Corning, the niece of the present earl, is a proper English miss. But she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in the portrait in her uncle’s home. Suddenly, that very man is here, in the flesh—and luring her into his bed.

Than Surrendering to a Devil.

Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud’s savagery to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice’s love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title—even if it means sacrificing her innocence?


Genre: Romance, Historical-Fiction, Regency Era

Pages: 340

Published by Vision


This was an audiobook available to me through my library and since it was free, since I enjoy listening to audiobooks while cleaning, I thought…Why not?! It’s free, even if it isn’t necessarily good it’s still a free book!

I’ve never read any of Hoyt’s work before, this is the last installment to herLegend of the Four Soldiers series and I can’t remark on the prior books due to not having read them. What I can say is that I wouldn’t be entirely intrigued to go back and read the other books.

There are very few romance novels that I read that actually make me go “Wow!” what a good, solid read, but they are out there. I know that because I’ve read a few! Ones that don’t have the typical alpha male but an equal domineering relationship which adds something interesting to the mix. I don’t care for weak male characters, nor do I like females who allow males to make up their mind for them. I don’t like the idea of a female who says she is strong and in the next moment her loud, resounding no is now cries for yes and more, to me it is just working against the image of a woman.

This formula also gets old once you’ve read it 100+ times.

To get on with the point of this review, I have to say that this overarching plot was easily forgettable and the one that stood out more was before every chapter, the Longsword tale. I preferred that.

Reynaud St. Aubyn is alive after being held captive for 7 years and has returned home to London to find that his home and title is no longer his because he was assumed dead. He’s scraggly, frail looking and looks as feral as a wild animal. Since he appears like this and is enraged to find that everything that once his is now gone, he attacks and to the others he is deemed mad.

Beatrice Corning resides in what was once St. Aubyn’s home, she finds herself obsessed with him long before she meets him due to staring at his family portrait, she had fallen in love with his eyes. So when the real deal comes stalking through the house like a mad dog she’s swept off her feet and why not?! He looks like a feral beast! That would be my first choice, always!

Eventually, St. Aubyn is told to take up a wife while he cleans up his image in hopes of gaining his title and position in society back.

From there it really is a touch boring, the story just didn’t capture my interest, I was hoping for more in-depth plot and this just fell fairly flat. The ending I thought would be more suspenseful but it wasn’t, there was hardly much action, it happened to quick and took away what excitement might have been.

It was an okay, mindless, babbling in the background kind of book, but I’m glad I didn’t have to read it. I think I would have given up around page 50.


★★☆☆☆


 

 

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