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Product Details

  • Series: The Legend of the Four Soldiers (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446406937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446406932
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Fitzwilliam is not about to take no for an answer. Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe might insist he has no need for a housekeeper, but Helen and her young daughter and son desperately need a place to stay. So as far as Helen is concerned, Alistair is getting a housekeeper whether he wants one or not. As it turns out, Helen is exactly what Alistair needs. Not only does his incomparably lovely new employee begin to turn his disintegrating Scottish castle into a home, Helen also begins to work her subtle brand of magic on Alistair’s war-scarred soul. But just as things seem to be settling down, a secret from Helen’s past threatens to destroy not only everything for which she has worked so hard but also the lives of those she loves dearly. Hoyt works her own brand of literary magic on the classic Beauty and the Beast story in the exquisitely romantic, superbly sensual third addition to her extraordinary Georgian-set Legend of Four Soldiers series. --John Charles

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"There's enchantment in Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."—-Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine

"Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."—-Julianne MacLean, author of PORTRAIT OF A LOVER

"Prepare to be seduced! Hoyt's writing is almost too good to be true."—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

"The new master of the hisorical romance genre."—-HistoricalRomanceWriters.com

"41/2 Stars! TOP PICK! Fantastic...magically blends fairytale, reality, and romance in a delicious, sensual feast."—Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine

"A sexy, steamy treat!"—-Connie Brockway, USA Today bestselling author on THE RAVEN PRINCE

More About the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Born in New Orleans, but raised in the frigid winters of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth was fortunate to travel extensively when she was growing up and lived in St. Andrews, Scotland; Oxford England; and Kawasaki, Japan. She went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she not only earned a degree in anthropology but also met Mr. Hoyt. Some years later, after a short pause to birth and raise two children, Elizabeth realized that she really wasn't qualified to do anything but Make up Stories and started writing.

Elizabeth now lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines, a garden in constant need of weeding, and, of course, Mr. Hoyt.

Customer Reviews

This story was touching, the characters blend well, and it was an enjoyable read.
Tobitha
This is a great book and this series does NOT have to be read in order but it flows a little better if you DO read them in order.
E. Fisher
Alistair came to care deeply for her children; it was yet another reason Helen loved him.
M. E. Almaguer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Tara Lohman on March 7, 2011
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WARNING: FULL OF SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, lemme get this straight. Sir Alistair is a scarred recluse, hiding from the world in his family's filthy castle, interacting with as few people as possible. Then, like a present left under his tree by Santa, comes a beautiful woman fleeing from her emotionally abusive and controlling lover. Sent by a friend to be Sir Alistair's housekeeper, Helen literally drops into the man's lap.

Before you can say "facial disfigurement", Helen is sprawled naked over his desk like a teenager's homework, giving him the first sex he's had since before he lost half his face to a vengeful Indian tribe. He has been cringing from the the gaze of the world, only venturing out when he has to, yet we're supposed to believe that all of a sudden he's going to be flirting and pursuing this gorgeous woman? I'm not saying a man like him wouldn't be attractive to me, or probably 90% of the thinking female world. But this book makes him sad and lonely, hating the world and hiding from it. All of a sudden he's found the confidence to pursue this babe in a fairly short time, despite the fact that the only sexual pleasure he's had in years is from himself?

Ok, they find a lovely little world of hot sex and mutual passion, so what does he do when he finds out the truth about Helen's life? He rises to the occasion once again in more than the physical sense, but not before he chastises her for getting pregnant out of wedlock twice AND calls her a whore. More than once. Not just a whore, but a common whore. Let me remind you that this is supposedly a man who makes women scream with horror when they take a gander at his face.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By she reads on April 28, 2009
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This book had me laughing, crying, flying through the pages, and left me with that warm and fuzzy feeling only a truly great romance story can.

Our heroine is fleeing London (an escaping mistress) with her 2 children and goes to a filthy castle in Scotland where she meets the tall, well built, but scarred (inside and out) 1 eyed hero.

The bits of fairy tale that start each chapter, the tension of the children's father hunting them down because they are his (as is she, his former mistress he won't let go), the 'beast' coming back to life after so many years shut away in solitude...

just holy wow and fantastic reading all around. The romance has time to build into lust and then love, the children and supporting characters are charming, and the pace is great. Elizabeth Hoyt has a way with story telling and words that had me flying through each page. I'm not a big historical fan, but I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

re-read potential for sure.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Buried By Books on May 19, 2009
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I never seem to tire of the old Beauty and the Beast plot lines. I'm not sure why, but I find it--and the Ugly Duckling stories-- to be redeeming in some way. Perhaps it is my innate distaste for the way modern society focuses on appearance, but I really enjoy it when one--or both--characters don't follow the 'they're so beautiful' mold.

This is the first book by Elizabeth Hoyt that I have read, and I must say I wasn't disappointed. She has a fresh approach to historical romance and her characters are well developed--from the servants to the heroes. Every single one of them is memorable.

I particularly enjoyed the fact that the heroine was a 'fallen' woman who didn't fit the 'perfect' heroine mold either.

To Beguile a Beast was a very satisfying book with an even more satisfying theme.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle on April 6, 2010
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I never thought that this book is 'that' good! I could give at least 10*. I always dream I could read a really remarkable romantic book with Beauty & the Beast theme...and by reading this book my dream is actually being fulfilled.

Before, I really don't care a romance with married heroine, especially she is having child already. But with this book all of that is very very not important, hence it made the romance more sizzle.

For me a HOT love-scene must have a great chemistry, and Ms. Hoyt successfully made it! I really love this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MNix on July 11, 2010
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In this third book of the Legend of the Four Soldiers series, we meet Sir Alistair Munroe, a naturalist who was scarred and tortured in the Spinner's Falls massacre. Hiding in his castle where no one can see him and he can focus on his books, Alistair is not happy to have his peace shattered by an erstwhile "housekeeper" and her two children.

Helen Fitzwilliam has no where else to go. A friend suggested she run to Alistair and become his housekeeper, since no one would ever think to find her there. But being a former mistress doesn't do much to teach you about cleaning dirty old castles. And the scarred man who lives there doesn't do much to inspire comfort in her or her kids.

But as they get to know each other, they all realize that surfaces are not all there is to life and love.

I was very excited to read To Beguile a Beast,and while I enjoyed the previous book in the series (To Seduce a Sinner) more, this was still an excellent story. Alistair is scarred, but not so badly as to undesirable, both physically and emotionally. Helen is a sympathetic character, with her desire for a life not under the thumb of another and her love for her children. If you enjoyed the previous books in the series, you will enjoy this one, too.

Niki Lee
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