Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: To Beguile a Beast - 3rd in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Grand Central
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 18th century, Scotland/ London, England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Elizabeth's Website: www.elizabethhoyt.com
When Helen Fitzwilliam arrived at Castle Greaves in Scotland with her children, she had no idea what or who was behind the giant wooden doors. Alistair Munroe was not expecting Helen or her kids on the stormy night they arrived. Nor was he prepared for his reaction to Helen, an automatic desire he thought he would never feel again.
Alistair is another survivor of the Spinner Falls Massacre. It left him very deformed with terrible scars. He spent his days holed up in his castle to avoid the reactions of the people. Then Helen showed up with her kids in tow. It was a mystery to Alistair why she wanted to be his housekeeper when he could tell she was used to a way better life.
Helen and her children are on the run from the man she had been a mistress to for most of her life. Duke Lister is also the father of her children Abbey and Jamie. Helen was sent to Alistair through a mutual friend Lady Vale who had other intentions entirely for the two.
With Helen and her kids' help, Alistair soon starts to believe a little at a time that he can have a normal life, while Alistair helps Helen to believe she deserves more out of life then to be the bought/paid woman of a Duke.
All comes together for the both of them when Duke Lister finds Helen and kidnaps the kids. With Alistairís help, Helen goes back to London to get her kids all the while falling further and further in love.
Helen and Alistair are perfect for one another. Neither one is really worthy of nor do they fit in with the London society. Alistair with his scars and battered soul and Helen being the mistress of one of society's most powerful. Together they make the perfect match. They, in their own ways, understand one another and completes the others attitudes and feelings all most immediately and from the start. You can see the love building between them from the beginning.
The book itself is well written. To me she described the way both Helen and Alistair were treated down to a letter for the time period. I also liked how she made it so that Alistair and Helen were almost obviously meant to be together it made reading the book fun to see how and when they would come up with the remarks to get to the other.
I would most definitely recommend this book to people to read. Along with the whole Four Soldiers series!
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