Book Review: To Desire a Devil by: Elizabeth Hoyt

Summary: Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl's heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago? Beatrice Corning, the niece of the present earl, is a proper English miss. But she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in the portrait in her uncle's home. Suddenly, that very man is here, in the flesh-and luring her into his bed. Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud's savagery to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice's love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title-even if it means sacrificing her innocence?

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I have to admit. I started reading it to get it read and get the review done, I'm in one of those phases, thank goodness they only last a day or so, anyway...I started to read it and about 2 chapters in, I was hooked. The book has wonderful character development, great plot-in movement and drama, steamy romance, raw emotion, and my personal favorite, excellent vocabulary. The characters are what draw you into the story, it starts with such a young (-ish for the time period) women who is wrestling with her mind about her age and naivety, but she is strong and an excellent heroine and complement to the wild and untamed Lord Hope. The plot was excellent, it progressed quickly, there were no awkward -move along- moments and there were balls, guns, Indians, royalty, and even a fairy tale. I will also say that there were a couple of moments I actually teared up, it was so sad, and I don't tear up very often. To conclude: Elizabeth Hoyt also has excellent vocabulary, I can't remember the last time I had to bust out the dictionary (ok, it was Google) and look up a was great! Also, I love that Ms. Hoyt used the actual term for a certain part of a male anatomy ;) it was refreshing and surprisingly erotic. I very much enjoyed this book. I hope everyone else does as well.

*Received this book as an ARC from Hachette*

For more information or for purchasing visit Elizabeth Hoyt's webpage.

I give this book 5/5stars. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


  1. I saw this book and I thought it sounded interesting. I really have to be in the mood for straight up romance - it is not my usual preferred genre. When I do read romance it is big names like Roberts and Kinsella.

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  2. one favorite romance author is nora roberts

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  4. My favorite romance author would have to be...~ponders~...Kresley Cole. She writes paranormal, historicals and highlander romances.

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  5. My fave romance author is Nora Roberts. I am a follower.
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  6. Linda Howard is my favorite romance author!


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  7. i found your blog on book blogs. yay! just became a follower :)

    my favorite author would have to be judith mcnaught. i'm don't particularly like all her books (whitney my love being one that gets a thumbs down) but i love paradise, remember when and something wonderful (despite some inconsistencies).

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  8. I think my favorite romance author at the moment is Tina Gabrielle. I loved her debut novel and met her at a book signing.

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  9. I loved To Beguile a Beast and I can't wait to read To Desire a Devil.

    My favorite author is probably Judith McNaught.

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  10. I love Nora Roberts.

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  11. I'm loving Sabrina Jeffries right now. I'm a folower. Thanks for the great giveaway!



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