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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Earlier this year I received a review copy of book three in this series: To Beguile a Beast. I enjoyed it and knew I’d read the two previous books at some point. About a month ago I signed up to be part of the blog tour for book four. That’s when I decided to read books one and two. Still with me? That brings me back to book one: To Taste Temptation.
I thought this book was ok. It got better as it went along and by the end I found myself looking forward to the next book. That said, I remember liking book three much more. I didn’t warm to the main characters in TTT. I do like the idea of a mystery connecting four characters who’ve been deeply affected by one event. I also enjoy Hoyt’s descriptive writing. I’ll end by saying I liked this book enough to buy book two of the Legend of the Four Soldiers series.