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Friday, December 23, 2011

Review: To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating:
This book is one you don`t want to miss!


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.


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.


Beneath Helen's beautiful fa├žade, 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.

To Beguile a Beast is the third novel in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series by the amazing Elizabeth Hoyt. I've read a few novels by Elizabeth and I always seem to love what she writes. She has a certain style and charisma to her writing that always lures me in.

This story summed down, is Beauty and the Beast with a twist. Beauty meets beast, who's grumpy and distant and loves to be locked up in his tower. Beauty doesn't exactly love the idea at first, but then grows to enjoy her stay with the beast.

As "a beast", Sir Alistair Munroe does some what fit the bill - at least, at first he did.

Alistair's description:

"At that moment, lightning forked across the sky, close and amazingly bright. It lit the man and his familiar as if he was on a stage. The beast was tall
and gray and lean, with gleaming black eyes. The man was even worse. Black, lank hair fell in tangles to his shoulders. He wore old breeches, gaiters,
and a rough coat better suited for the rubbish heap. One side of his stubbled face was twisted with red angry scars. A single light brown eye reflected the lightning at them diabolically.Most horrible of all, there was only a sunken pit where his left eye should have been."

I actually liked that he had a more rough look about him. Most historical romances have either both a handsome male and a beautiful woman, or a handsome male and a plain woman. It's not often I've read a novel where the male is so disfigured. It made it more real and actually quite sweet. Looks are not everything and naturally he would have been a nice looking man, but with his disfigurements he is now original and special. Their love is true.
Don't get me wrong, he's not so disfigured that he isn't sexy in his own way. I loved his confidence with Helen and boy did he get her hot! 

I kind of wish they got into his past with the war a bit more, but enough was explained to enjoy the novel.

Helen is a wonderful, sweet and caring character. She was made for Alistair. *smiles* Also, I can't forget Helen's children. They were fantastic. I loved that we got to get into Abigail's head. She gave us a different perspective that was fun and interesting to read. I enjoyed that!

As love stories go, I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't filled with action and adventure, although there is some parts fitting those descriptions. It was more of a read that would be most enjoyable laying down in bed while it's snowing, or on the beach. I highly recommend you check out this book.


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