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To Taste Temptation (The Legend of the Four Soldiers) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Hoyt
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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The ton loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they're giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. What the ton doesn't know, though, is that Samuel is in London because of this massacre. He believes his regiment was given up to the enemy and won't rest until he finds the traitor.

Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated with Samuel. Not only does he defy convention with his unusual dress, his sensual smile, and his forthright manner, but he survived the battle that killed her beloved brother. Samuel suspects that the person responsible for her brother's death is Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, a family friend since childhood--and Emeline's fiancé. Despite Emeline's belief in Vale's innocence and her refusal to break off her betrothal, she and Samuel begin a passionate affair. But can their relationship survive the fallout from Samuel's investigation?

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Samuel Hartley, raised in North America's colonial wilderness but now a wealthy Boston businessman, arrives in London seeking the traitor who betrayed the 28th Regiment into massacre by the Indians at Spinner's Falls. One of the men killed was Captain Reynaud, beloved brother of widowed Lady Emeline Gordon. Since this respected society matron also chaperones society's young maidens, Samuel contrives to meet her by asking her help in preparing his sister Rebecca to enter London society. The very model of propriety, and engaged to the titled Lord Vale whom she has known since childhood (and who also fought in the ill-fated battle) Lady Emeline is drawn to Samuel's rough vigor, not realizing the demons possessing him. Hoyt parallels the fast-paced tension in Sam's search with growing romantic tension, occasionally lightened by interludes involving Emeline's young son, Daniel; a tart French aunt; and Samuel's own sister. A nail-biting finale creates a satisfying denouement. Hoyt (The Raven Prince, etc.) is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue. (May)
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The first book of this Georgian-seet series is part love story, part history and part fairy tale. The politics and happenings of the day make it a fascinating story HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW

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  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (May 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UJLJ4
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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American, Samuel Hartley, is haunted by his past and the comrades he lost in battle. He is convinced there was a traitor amongst them, and he leaves his well-to-do lifestyle in Boston to come to London in search of answers.

Moving next to Lady Emeline Gordon has multiple purposes. Samuel needs her to chaperone and coach his young sister, Rebecca, into polite London Society. Emeline is also the sister of one of the fallen soldiers and is very pleasing to Samuel's eye. But American wealth and success mean little when stacked up against London titles and rules of society.

Having loved Ms. Hoyt's/Ms. Harper's previous works, I was a little disappointed with this effort. The premise was good, the sex steamy, the side characters intriguing, and the hero delectable. The problem was I couldn't stand the heroine; she was the b-word personified. She is snotty, snobby, cold, and just plain irritable. I kept hoping Ms. Hoyt would write in the discovery of Midol at some point and give this heroine a much needed dose! All the elements of a good story were there, but this annoying character made it hard to really fully enjoy the tale thoroughly. Three quarters of the way into the book she finally starts melting the snow queen and I liked how Emeline warmed up, but at that point it was a little too late.

That being said, it wasn't a complete loss, just not one of her better efforts. Like her previous historical's I really liked the mini fairy tale she gives us at the beginning of each chapter. I am also hoping to read more about the side characters she introduced us to, Rebecca, O'Hare, Vale and Melisande. I didn't love this book, but I liked it and I am hoping it was just a slow start to what will be a fantastic series.

Cherise Everhard, May 2008
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Lady Emeline Gordon is as prim and proper as ladies come. A widow, she teaches wealthy girls the rules of etiquette and propriety in London. She is also known as a successful hostess and a good mother to her son Daniel. Emeline's life is going along splendidly when an American soldier charges into her life and upsets the delicate balance to which she's become accustomed.

Samuel Hartley is a wealthy American and a former soldier who owns his own business. He comes back to England after a six-year absence for business and revenge. He believes that the soldiers in his regiment were betrayed and he's determined to find the culprit. Along the way, he enlists the help of Emeline as a chaperone for his younger sister, but in reality his desire to become closer to Emeline is because her brother was one of the soldiers who died all those years ago.

To Taste Temptation is the first book in a new series by Elizabeth Hoyt, the talented author of the Prince series of historical romances (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince). I have to say that I loved the Prince series, and for that reason Hoyt is pretty much an auto-buy for me right now. Well, after this story, I'm in danger of revoking that patronage.

One of the things I loved about that first series of books was the characterization. These were heroes and heroines with depth, intellect, and pasts--all of which you got to know over the course of the book. I didn't feel that way this time. Samuel was a man bent on revenge, which I completely understood.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cat and mouse July 27, 2008
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TO TASTE TEMPTATION is a more conventional romance novel from Elizabeth Hoyt than any installment in the Prince series, but it still wins with it's compelling, fully rounded characters and beautiful style.

Samuel Hartley is literally and metaphorically a hunter: patient, clever, and relentless. He plays a cat and mouse game with the heroine, Emeline Gordon - he enjoys the chase and her resistance only eggs him on further. This is a metaphor that Hoyt draws upon repeatedly - Samuel is always the cat, and Emeline is always the mouse.

Emeline has gotten a lot of flack in the reviews, and I think that's a shame. She is a classic ice queen character - correct and withdrawn to the point of being frosty. But Hoyt makes sure that we understand how Emeline became the person that she is: she's an aristocrat, and one by one all the men who were to shoulder the burden of managing her life - her brother, her husband, and then her father - died. Emotionally bereft and totally unprepared, it fell to Emeline to manage the family finances, raise her young son, and take care of her elderly aunt. She rises to the challenge, in a large part thanks to her increasingly rigid self-control.

I thought it was very clear that Emeline felt like she was walking a tightrope, with a horrible abyss yawning beneath her. No wonder Samuel makes her panic, snap, and flee. He unbalances her, sends her wobbling on that tightrope, and Emeline is terrified. So she lashes out at him, like a mouse trapped by the claws of a cat would try to bite.

Emeline is not particularly nice to Samuel - but then, Samuel is not particularly nice to her, either. He hunts her down like a fox in a hole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Taste Temptation
Great addition to library.
Published 8 days ago by Lynn D. Kirpa
5.0 out of 5 stars a whirlwind of a ride that would have this book glued to your hand at...
Title: To Taste Temptation
Series: The Legend of the Four Soldiers
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Genre: Historical Romance

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Published 29 days ago by The Book Reading Gals
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome, as always!!
Published 2 months ago by libby555
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sexual friction/chemistry between leads
Why is it that when someone is rich it's always "as rich as Croesus"? Shameful how Midas is ignored I tell you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Whiskey in the Jar
3.0 out of 5 stars Over all enjoyable read!
To Taste Temptation (series),was an enjoyable read. Except for the excessive amount of RED, clothes, walls, window and bed hangings. Red and yellow, red and orange dress. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
Ms. Hoyt knows how to write a plot that draws the reader in and keeps you reading. I could not stop reading
Published 6 months ago by Cindy Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars To Taste Temptation.
Great Book. Once again Elizabeth Hoyt has outdone herself. This book was great and well worth the time to read it. I am looking forward to reading the next in this series.
Published 8 months ago by Julia M. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!
I really enjoy Elizabeth Hoyt`s writing. This book is another great start to a series. I read it in one day. Kept me interested the whole time.
Published 8 months ago by Tracey
4.0 out of 5 stars To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt
The first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Legend of the Four Soldiers series. My thoughts:
The cover is from the audiobook edition and I don’t think it looks period enough. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. E. Almaguer
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, overall bad
This was the first EH book I'd picked up, after hearing so much about her, and I could not get through it--I gave up 2/3's of the way through. This book is terrible. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lauren Sheldon
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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. Elizabeth also writes sexy contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth's mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone's surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

Since then Elizabeth has written fourteen books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness, Duke of Midnight, and Darling Beast.) All of Elizabeth's books are set in eighteenth century England and all feature a fairy tale story that serves as a foil to the main story.

Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines and a garden in constant need of weeding. Please visit her website,, for contests, book excerpts, news, and Sidetracked Research Articles.

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