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Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery—a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Fleming grasps her fate with both ha Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery—a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Fleming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife—prim and proper by day, wanton by night—and vows to learn her secrets. Melisande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved and lost before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: She's secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melisande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface ... threatening to tear them asunder.


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Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery—a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Fleming grasps her fate with both ha Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery—a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Fleming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife—prim and proper by day, wanton by night—and vows to learn her secrets. Melisande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved and lost before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: She's secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melisande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface ... threatening to tear them asunder.

30 review for To Seduce A Sinner

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    Oh my. I don't even know what to write. To Seduce a Sinner was one of the best romance books I have ever read in my entire life! It would have to rank in my top three of all-time, if not the number 1 slot, because at this time I'm hard-pressed to think of two romances that I liked better. I can't even write a review. Maybe later, but I'm really not sure what I would write. Was just so, so fantastic. I picked this up after finishing Elizabeth Hoyt's Notorious Pleasures last night, thinking to r Oh my. I don't even know what to write. To Seduce a Sinner was one of the best romance books I have ever read in my entire life! It would have to rank in my top three of all-time, if not the number 1 slot, because at this time I'm hard-pressed to think of two romances that I liked better. I can't even write a review. Maybe later, but I'm really not sure what I would write. Was just so, so fantastic. I picked this up after finishing Elizabeth Hoyt's Notorious Pleasures last night, thinking to read a few pages and then go to sleep. Not only was I up until 4:30 am, but I couldn't fall asleep for over half an hour once I'd finished it because I had such a stupid, silly grin on my face and was on one of those natural highs that a really great romance gives you (or is that just me ...?). Honestly, even my favorite romances, there is always something I can criticize and that I would have wanted done a little differently. Here, just as it was, it was absolutely 100% perfect. What else is there to say? Note: This is the second book in the series but the first one I've read, so although I know Jasper appeared in the first book (and think that Melisande did as well?), I hadn't read that book before reading this one. Did not at all mar my enjoyment though and think it can easily be read separately. (Review written May 2011)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Just what you want in a HR. Sweet, funny, old-fashioned people who probably stunk, no running water or toilets, streets with sewage in them, raging syphilis, and balls. So romantic! Our hero is the guy who got cheated on by his fiancee from the last book. He is one of those life-of-the-party guys, funny and friendly. At the start of this book he has another fiancee who tells him - on their wedding day - that she is in love with another man. Yeah, this guy is now a two-time loser. He is a viscount Just what you want in a HR. Sweet, funny, old-fashioned people who probably stunk, no running water or toilets, streets with sewage in them, raging syphilis, and balls. So romantic! Our hero is the guy who got cheated on by his fiancee from the last book. He is one of those life-of-the-party guys, funny and friendly. At the start of this book he has another fiancee who tells him - on their wedding day - that she is in love with another man. Yeah, this guy is now a two-time loser. He is a viscount so he has to do his duty and get married. He's so desperate at this point that he'll take anyone (well, with the right bloodline, of course. No commoners! Nobody is THAT desperate!). Any blue blood will do Well, if she has the money for an artist to paint her, she's good enough. Luckily for him, his first fiancee's best friend has been secretly in love with him for the past six years. She finds out he was left at the altar and pounces! Gotta give her points there. She knew what she wanted.. But, then the wedding night happened. And, she realized that what she wanted wasn't a 20-second sexual encounter followed by him immediately leaving the room to go to his own. So, their wedded bliss started out not-so-blissful to be sure. But, this was one of those books where they fell in love after getting married and it was super sweet. They both had a LOT of baggage. Him from the war, and her from a past love-gone-wrong. She literally brought one bag in with a little dog-from-hell inside. One of those dogs that barks at absolutely everything and thinks that it rules the roost. You know those kind? The kind that make you seriously reconsider the whole dog vs. cat debate and think maybe having a box of shit in your house would still be better than this ankle-biting asshole that never shuts up? Yeah, that kind. So, the new husband has to figure out how to deal with the little monster as well as figuring out why his wife doesn't seem all that happy. Item #1: Item #2: Anyway.. The book was well-paced, had a lot of funny moments, and the characters were likable. There is also a storyline that is continued from the last book and not yet resolved. On to the next book to see where that goes. Also, the couple from the next book were introduced and it's going to be a scarred hero/ beautiful heroine thing. Should be fun!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    Another amazing and wholly different historical romance from Elizabeth Hoyt. This lady can really write no wrong. Melisande was introduced in the previous book as the somewhat dowdy wallflower-by-choice friend. She's very much not caught up in the fashionable fops of London, although she does run in the same circles. She attends what propriety demands, but she prefers quite evenings at home and quiet clothing when she does venture to the occasional party. And from the last book, we also know tha Another amazing and wholly different historical romance from Elizabeth Hoyt. This lady can really write no wrong. Melisande was introduced in the previous book as the somewhat dowdy wallflower-by-choice friend. She's very much not caught up in the fashionable fops of London, although she does run in the same circles. She attends what propriety demands, but she prefers quite evenings at home and quiet clothing when she does venture to the occasional party. And from the last book, we also know that she's been in love with Jasper Renshaw for years, even though he was engaged to her best friend. And yet Jasper never even knew her name. “I watched you for years,” she whispered. The tears were drying on her cheeks, and heat was building within her. If he would just touch her. Touch her there. “I watched you and you never saw me.” This story begins, however, with Jasper's newest fiancee' calling off the wedding while standing in the church. Jasper is so jaded, so ready to get this marriage business over with. And so Melisande steps in, offering herself as his bride. And he accepts. Marriage, done! Now comes the unexpected. Quiet, strong willed, dowdy Melisande is quite the passionate creature. This was such a surprising pleasure for me to read. I tend to not like forward women in my romance, but the way that Hoyt created Melisande was very unusual. The woman is the epitome of A lady in the street but a freak in the bed. I loved it! And so does Jasper, even though Melisande worries that he'll find her enthusiasm disgusting. Oh, no...Jasper is thrilled!! Check this out: “She sat up and swung a long slender leg over his hips. Then she sat straight and tall, and so prim on top of his throbbing prick. “Take me inside, my lady wife,” he whispered. “Put me in your pretty cunny.” He thought he saw her frown in the dark, as if disapproving of an inappropriate subject at tea. She might look prim and proper when at tea in the afternoon, but at night and with him, she was a wanton creature. “Ride me, my heart,” he urged. “Ride me until you weep on my prick. Ride me until I fill you with my seed.” What is it about the words cunny and cock in a historical romance novel that gives me instant hot flashes? Holy wow! This was one hot, HOT read!!!! Bordering on erotic, but only while the sexy times are happening. The plot itself is equally as engaging, as Jasper continues to hunt for the man who sold secrets to the French, and in turn, got his regiment not only slaughtered, but tortured. And Jasper is now the tortured one, living with the memories of his soldiers screams in his head. Poor Jasper...his demons won't leave, and he can't figure out how to let Melisande help him deal. He sees her as his interesting wife...a surprisingly good companion, a sexy siren in bed, and the future mother of his children. But Melisande wants more. She loves him desperately, and her steady, quiet devotion begins to seep into his soul, dragging those demons into the light and forcing him to face them. A wonderfully rich love story, a surprising passion between a frumpy, fading, on the shelf woman and a man who surrounds himself with lively society just to escape his nightmares...all around, this is what romance should be: the melding of two people who find in each other exactly what they didn't know they needed or wanted. I love when he calls her "My lady wife..." The sentiment changed through out the story into something tender and beautiful. Oh, and I'm SO EXCITED for the next book, To Beguile a Beast, which is about a horribly scarred recluse and a longtime mistress running from her past with her two children. It sounds like the PERFECT book for me, and I'm already sympathetic to both characters after meeting them here. EDIT TO ADD: A Huge thanks to Anna (Bobs her hair) for the link to an absolutely marvelous epilogue... http://www.elizabethhoyt.com/extras/a...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nefise

    I could hardly finish it. Imo, story development was very poor. Heroine supposedly loved hero for years, though I neither read an emotinal scene nor an affection one. Heroine was so cold, so distant that it didn't help to know her so I can say that there was not a chracterization about her. Everything was disjointed, heroine's so called love for hero, her passionate personality at nights, hero's obssesion for finding the traitor at war, his sudden intrest for his wife without any evidence for it I could hardly finish it. Imo, story development was very poor. Heroine supposedly loved hero for years, though I neither read an emotinal scene nor an affection one. Heroine was so cold, so distant that it didn't help to know her so I can say that there was not a chracterization about her. Everything was disjointed, heroine's so called love for hero, her passionate personality at nights, hero's obssesion for finding the traitor at war, his sudden intrest for his wife without any evidence for it... I think, I can say enourmous things about the book but almost all of them are not good. I think, I should be more careful when choosing an Elizabeth Hoyt book, as it seems I can hardly be satisfied by her stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    I wanted this to be over. It was tedious. There’s no dialogue. There’s no relationship development. STORY BRIEF: She has loved him from afar for several years. They’ve never talked. He enjoys socializing and has had many lovers. He needs to produce an heir and is jilted by two fiancés. Melisande sees this as her chance. She approaches him and offers marriage. He says yes. (I do not understand why he said yes.) She is shy, prim, and proper. REVIEWER’S OPINION: Their conversation is so boring. I could I wanted this to be over. It was tedious. There’s no dialogue. There’s no relationship development. STORY BRIEF: She has loved him from afar for several years. They’ve never talked. He enjoys socializing and has had many lovers. He needs to produce an heir and is jilted by two fiancés. Melisande sees this as her chance. She approaches him and offers marriage. He says yes. (I do not understand why he said yes.) She is shy, prim, and proper. REVIEWER’S OPINION: Their conversation is so boring. I could never understand how they could enjoy being together, converse, and fall in love. For most of the book their conversation is “Did you sleep well?” “Yes, thank you.” “Shall we have cook pack a lunch for us?” “Yes that would be good.” He asks her what her favorite food is. She replies that she has none. After a few days of this, he realizes he loves her. He calls her my lady wife and my heart. They both have secrets. His secret is that he still feels stress from fighting in the army causing him to sleep on the floor. Also he feels he doesn’t deserve happiness. Her secret is that she loves him. She tells herself it will be a disaster if he ever discovers this. This feels like a book about nothing. There are several sex scenes that are ok but not special. One publisher’s summary was misleading. It stated “But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his wife.” I found the opposite to be true. For some reason Jasper is reluctant to have sex with Melisande. It’s like he doesn’t see her as a woman. So, she is the one who must initiate things - coming to him, undressing him, etc. One of the sex scenes toward the end was overly dramatic where he was demanding to know her secret (which was she loved him - but horrors - she didn’t dare to tell him that). This was the major relationship event. Secondary stories involve Jasper talking to various men trying to discover who the traitor was. (See next paragraph.) For conflict, a few times outside bad guys came along to attack or cause stress. This is book 2 in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. There is a mystery that flows through all the books which I believe will be solved in book 4. There was a British traitor who caused some men to be taken prisoner and tortured seven years ago. Jasper spends a lot of time investigating this, but it’s not resolved in this book. Thus a somewhat disappointing cliffhanger feel. UNRELATED FAIRY TALE: In many of the author’s books (maybe all, I’m not sure) she has a short fairy tale unrelated to the main story that she divides into short paragraphs. She puts one paragraph at the beginning of each chapter of the book. In the physical books, I skipped those. In the audiobook I couldn’t skip them. I was annoyed at having to listen to them. They took me out of the story. They felt like TV commercial interruptions. They caused me “a little bit of stress” trying to remember what happened in the previous excerpt. I wish she wouldn’t do this. NARRATOR: The narrator Anne Flosnik does a fine job. DATA: Unabridged audiobook reading time: 9 hrs and 45 mins. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 7. Setting: 1765 England and Scotland. Book copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance. OTHER BOOKS: I’ve reviewed the following Elizabeth Hoyt books. Dates are copyright dates. PRINCES TRILOGY series: 5 stars. The Raven Prince. 2006 4 stars. The Leopard Prince. 2007 1 star. The Serpent Prince. 2007 LEGEND OF THE FOUR SOLDIERS series: 2 stars. To Seduce a Sinner. 2008 4 stars. To Beguile a Beast. 2009

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥ℳelody

    2.5/3 stars This was in-between for me. Not bad, not great. It just fell completely flat for me. First Elizabeth Hoyt book I've read, while I ended up liking it, I struggled w/ this particular story. It took me awhile to get to even 'liking' it to be honest. I wasn't blown away and the characters took a while to grow on me. I was half way into the book and found myself not caring for either the hero or heroine...not a good a sign. I was told by several that this series was best read in order or e 2.5/3 stars This was in-between for me. Not bad, not great. It just fell completely flat for me. First Elizabeth Hoyt book I've read, while I ended up liking it, I struggled w/ this particular story. It took me awhile to get to even 'liking' it to be honest. I wasn't blown away and the characters took a while to grow on me. I was half way into the book and found myself not caring for either the hero or heroine...not a good a sign. I was told by several that this series was best read in order or else I would be lost. The only two that caught my interest were this one and TBAB simply because of the blurb on the back of the book. I know there is a mystery plot that weaves throughout the four books, but I'm more interested in the couple's stories. As for this couple's story, let's just say, not what I was expecting to get. Lady Melisande Fleming has been in love with Lord Vale for years and when he's left at the alter unexpectedly, Melisande jumps at the chance and offers to be his bride. The issue I had right from the start and made this story drag out forever for me was the heroine's stand point of refusing to let Jasper know about her true feelings and not letting him in when he would try to woo her. She wanted him for herself but REFUSED to let him know anything about her true feelings and didn't want to open up her heart. That made absolutely no sense to me. I just couldn’t understand the whole point of her being brave enough to propose marriage to him only to turn around and act stiff and reserved around him, fearing he would find out her true feelings. It defeats the whole purpose of getting married if you ask me. You've wanted him, you got him yet you don't want to love again? Huh? She found love once before and was burned badly by it and doesn’t want to go through that again, understandable but why put yourself out there again, marry the man of your dreams, the man you love but not want to give anything in return or open up to him? It was very frustrating to say the least. I also found it selfish as hell, to offer the man you love marriage only to box him in a loveless marriage all because you don't want to put your heart on the line. Plus her standoffish and brittle and sometimes impatient attitude towards him did not endear me to her. It was emphasized more than once that she's secretly loved this man for years yet her behavior around him left me completely baffled. He would ask her questions about herself and she would instantly be suspicious and on guard and ask him why. It drove me nuts everytime she would put up a wall and snap at him 'you don't know me'... yeah? well if you tried talking to him then maybe he would know you. RME. I just really have no patience for brittle uptight heroines who go out of their way to make things more difficult not only for themselves but the hero as well. It's nonsensical and to be blunt...idiotic. As for the plot, I wanted more. I felt it was one of those books where it fell into the tedious pattern of depicting the married couple's life day by day where nothing really happens except the constant 180 turns w/ Melisande or Jasper clamming up and avoiding one another. It was like the two lived completely separate lives. I found it incredibly bizarre how he would go out at evenings to balls and gatherings and not even bother to ask her to accompany him. Um huh?? Of course she's not a social butterfly and hates going out but I felt he could have compromised. Same goes for her. I just did not get that connection or chemistry between the two. It was very frustrating because I felt some of the characters' motivations weren't explained or didn't make sense. I also thought the dialogue/grammar was a little weird at times but I guess it's more because I'm new to Hoyt's writing style maybe?? That being said, things started to pick up in the second half of the book, I grew to like and understand both characters more and see the affection and secrete love grow stronger I just really wish Hoyt emphasized this more through the book and did something more with it. I really liked the last chapter wished I got more of that through the book. lol I also felt Jasper's PTSD from the his soldiering days could have been pushed more. We saw him talking about it, thinking about it but he covered a lot of it up with a jolly humorous facade who'd like to laugh and have fun. Yes, he finally opened up to Melisande about it and it played into the mystery plot of who betrayed his regiment during the Spinner's Falls massacre, but I wanted more, was expecting more. I also thought the little side-love story between Melisande's maid Sally and Jasper's valet Mr. Pynch was really sweet and endearing. The little snippets of them was very cute and made me actually want more of them. They made such a surprise pairing, complete polar opposites, I love stories like that. All in all, it was good her writing style takes some getting used to though. It didn't really motivate me to read her other books but I'm gonna give her another try. I just really hope the next one is better than this. *crosses fingers*

  7. 4 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    This one is my favorite of the four, excellent story, excellent characters and a really, really happy HEA.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniella

    Does anyone have some smelling salts? Because I'm perilously close to fainting from too much fangirling. Oh, dear Lord this was such an amazing read! I almost didn't read this because To Taste Temptation, the first book in the series, frustrated me so much it was all I could do not to throw my Kindle across the room. But this... God, this just makes me want to do a victory dance. Needless to say, To Seduce a Sinner is a keeper. Let me fangirl about Jasper first. I absolutely loved him to bits! He Does anyone have some smelling salts? Because I'm perilously close to fainting from too much fangirling. Oh, dear Lord this was such an amazing read! I almost didn't read this because To Taste Temptation, the first book in the series, frustrated me so much it was all I could do not to throw my Kindle across the room. But this... God, this just makes me want to do a victory dance. Needless to say, To Seduce a Sinner is a keeper. Let me fangirl about Jasper first. I absolutely loved him to bits! He was such an amusing person and played the part of the rakish wastrel very well. His wittiness also elevated brightened up the book and made the slow start very bearable for me. And I'm not usually drawn to such a character, with my preference for stoic and reserved men, but he was so sweet, caring and cute that I found myself falling for him early on in the book. He didn't have a nasty bone in his body, and I love, love, love him for it! While I loved Jasper immediately, I can't say the same for Melisande. Yes, I understood her intentions and I believe they justified her actions in the story, but she takes some time to warm up to. I found her a bit too snarky at the beginning, especially when she was bent on protecting her heart from Jasper, but she became more and more likeable as the story progressed. At around 75% of the book, I was thoroughly enchanted by her strength of will and honesty. I liked how she didn't mince her words around Jasper--how she spoke her mind. She was fierce when the situation warranted it, but she can also be kind and caring. The secondary romance between Sally, Melisande's lady's maid, and Mr. Pynch, Jasper's valet, was very cute and entertaining. I absolutely giggled whenever they flirted. The sex scenes were great, but weren't as hot as those found in her other books, like The Raven Prince and The Leopard Prince. And while I'm not a big fan of BDSM, I was surprised to see myself unperturbed by the subtle sadomasochist undertones in the scenes. Note that they're very subtle, like a slight power play between the participants and a scene where Melisande was tied to the bed. Take my word for it that they didn't give me the creepers at all. In fact, they actually seemed natural and damn exciting. Good job, Ms. Hoyt. I do have a few issues with the story, though. But first, I have to make it clear that there's no doubt in my mind that Melisande and Jasper were meant to be together. I think they complemented each other well; Melisande would reign in Jasper's penchant for tomfoolery, while Jasper would bring laughter to Melisande's otherwise serious life. My issue lies in the way Ms. Hoyt handled Jasper's attraction to his new wife. On one second, he barely noticed her, and then--BAM--he's in lust with her. It was just too sudden, too unnatural. I also thought that the angst was a tad bit overplayed in the story, making Jasper seem a little overdramatic at times. Despite its flaws, this is still a really enjoyable book. I would definitely read it again in the future. And I'm very excited for the next one in the series; Alistair and Helen were built up nicely here and I'm curious to witness their love story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    Reread 2021 - downgrading slightly. I still adore this book. It just didn’t pack the the same punch I remember. Melisande is an interesting heroine and character study, and I really like Jasper too. There were times, though, that I thought something along these “did I really get that much meaning from this one sentence previously?” I think there is some case of evolving tastes. One example: Me previously: actual bodice removal by tearing or ripping - YES please Me now: do Hoyt books always feature Reread 2021 - downgrading slightly. I still adore this book. It just didn’t pack the the same punch I remember. Melisande is an interesting heroine and character study, and I really like Jasper too. There were times, though, that I thought something along these “did I really get that much meaning from this one sentence previously?” I think there is some case of evolving tastes. One example: Me previously: actual bodice removal by tearing or ripping - YES please Me now: do Hoyt books always feature some type bodice ripping? This was my first ever series ever by Hoyt. I read it at least 12 years ago for the first time and would reread frequently early on because I was spending too much on ebooks and free ones can be disappointing. It holds a special place in my book-lover heart for that reason. This reread went mostly as I expected - there is some problematic content, I knew that going in. The parts I loved, I still loved — they just weren’t handled quite as deftly as I remembered or expected.

  10. 4 out of 5

    When Funmi Met Romance

    The beginning pissed me off. The description of her plainness was horrid. I ended up pitying the girl and wanting her to just keep her pride and not even bother. He was very blatant in his perusal and how he found almost nothing to be satisfactory. Plus, the idea of a girl waiting around as some guy bags everyone is pathetic. Grow some back bone and move on, he probably has venereal disease anyway...but oh wait i forgot the male sluts of the ton that some people call heroes are always "so very c The beginning pissed me off. The description of her plainness was horrid. I ended up pitying the girl and wanting her to just keep her pride and not even bother. He was very blatant in his perusal and how he found almost nothing to be satisfactory. Plus, the idea of a girl waiting around as some guy bags everyone is pathetic. Grow some back bone and move on, he probably has venereal disease anyway...but oh wait i forgot the male sluts of the ton that some people call heroes are always "so very careful about those things" :[

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aou

    3,5 stars!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie Tran

    Ok so I decided to reread this and moved it from 1 star to 3 stars (almost 4.) Upon rereading carefully word for word, it was better than I thought. I love Jasper. I find him very charismatic, seductive and adequately written. I initially did not like Melisande (found her boring) and could not connect with her. Now that I'm older, I sympathize/empathize with her more. Loud and plucky heroines are appealing less and less to me while more realistic characters like Melisande are appealing to me more. Ok so I decided to reread this and moved it from 1 star to 3 stars (almost 4.) Upon rereading carefully word for word, it was better than I thought. I love Jasper. I find him very charismatic, seductive and adequately written. I initially did not like Melisande (found her boring) and could not connect with her. Now that I'm older, I sympathize/empathize with her more. Loud and plucky heroines are appealing less and less to me while more realistic characters like Melisande are appealing to me more. I admire her quiet strength and dignity in the face of society condemning her as plain/shapeless in the crowds of buxom beauties. She silently loved Jasper for years despite being ignored by him. I love her spine. My issues with this book was that I felt there could have been so much more chemistry between Jasper/Melisande. After ignoring her and being pretty detached with her even throughout the wedding, it felt like his sudden lust and interest in her spurted out of nowhere. Jasper leaves Melisande in the cold a lot in this book. She keeps seeking him out. That's my issue. While she had pride, I wish she had more pride. Imo, she should have made him grovel more. Otherwise, I was sad this book had to end. It's honestly my fav in Elizabeth Hoyt's Soldiers series simply for Jasper alone. I have a soft heart for charismatic rakes with inner demons I suppose.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    So boring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manda Collins

    So, yesterday was kind of sucktastic. It was a Monday (always bad) and the weather had turned cold. And for some reason my turtleneck collar would not stay flat (stupid, I know, but when your clothes are bugging you all day you get a little crabby). When I got home and found my box of books I’d ordered from BAM, however, things picked up. I got Robyn Carr’s A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS, Julie Anne Long’s LIKE NO OTHER LOVER and Elizabeth Hoyt’s TO SEDUCE A SINNER. I set aside the Carr because I wasn’ So, yesterday was kind of sucktastic. It was a Monday (always bad) and the weather had turned cold. And for some reason my turtleneck collar would not stay flat (stupid, I know, but when your clothes are bugging you all day you get a little crabby). When I got home and found my box of books I’d ordered from BAM, however, things picked up. I got Robyn Carr’s A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS, Julie Anne Long’s LIKE NO OTHER LOVER and Elizabeth Hoyt’s TO SEDUCE A SINNER. I set aside the Carr because I wasn’t ready for Christmas just yet (it’s not Halloween yet, no matter what Walgreens tries to tell me). And the JAL I wanted to save for the weekend. And to be honest, I’ve been waiting for Jasper Renshaw’s book since I read the last page of TO TASTE TEMPTATION. So, I made a cup of tea, grabbed the Hoyt and curled up to read. Six hours later…bleary eyed, I closed TO SEDUCE A SINNER with a contented sigh. God, that was a good read. When Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale is left at the altar by the pretty widgeon he had chosen for her large…assets, he is less upset by her decampment than by his massive hangover. Enter, Melisande, best friend of Jasper’s previous fiancee Emeline, and whose name he can’t quite remember. She’s loved Vale from afar for six years and sees his sudden freedom as a sign and makes her move. She offers to marry him. Intrigued, Vale agrees and they marry a few weeks later. What ensues is a journey from lust to love, from secrets to truth, from loneliness to companionship. As with all of Hoyt’s heroes and heroines, they bicker, they make-up, they work their way toward happiness. And it’s a fascinating, romantic, utterly captivating ride. Y’all know I love Elizabeth Hoyt. Have done since The Raven Prince, but this book is my favorite thus far. It’s got everything I love: plain but feisty heroine, sexy/witty/unconventionally handsome hero, and some serious chemistry. Not to mention the ways in which Hoyt takes romantic convention and turns it on it’s ear. All my favorite authors do it, and Hoyt is especially skilled at it. She knows just what to do to keep me, the reader, wanting more. A+

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

    4.5 stars...Links and Commentary A friend recently posted a review for this book. With Duchess Nicole's permission I'm including a link to it here. Nicole captures so much of what makes To Seduce a Sinner a fulfilling romance. Elizabeth Hoyt breaks away from the archetypical hero and heroine. She provides an emotionally tormented hero with survivor's guilt and a bad case of post-traumatic disorder. His sociable and easy-going nature survives captivity and psychological torture. Jasper, the hero, e 4.5 stars...Links and Commentary A friend recently posted a review for this book. With Duchess Nicole's permission I'm including a link to it here. Nicole captures so much of what makes To Seduce a Sinner a fulfilling romance. Elizabeth Hoyt breaks away from the archetypical hero and heroine. She provides an emotionally tormented hero with survivor's guilt and a bad case of post-traumatic disorder. His sociable and easy-going nature survives captivity and psychological torture. Jasper, the hero, enjoys the ton's social whirl; however, the heroine finds the same setting loaded with meaningless chatter and insipid people. Melisande is an introverted heroine. It's a different story in the bedroom. Not so shy, our Melisande! Her dirty talk is not jarring, either. Melisande has a vast array of emotions and experiences to support her behavior. To Seduce a Sinner was my first Elizabeth Hoyt book. It's one of my top 5 re-reads. If you haven't tried this author's work this book can stand alone, despite being part of a series. Another book I highly recommend is Hoyt's The Raven Prince and Maiden Lane series. FYI - You can find Jasper & Melisande's Epilogue on the author's website

  16. 5 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    Yummy. Let me try to explain. You've just finished a pretty satisfying meal at a nice restaurant and a dessert cart rolls around and there are mounds of decadent desserts and one plain chocolate mousse cake. Most people wouldn't even look twice at the chocolate mousse cake and instead go for the large syrupy cake that is currently on fire BUT that would be a mistake. That cake, though plain compared to everything else, is a melt-in-your-mouth slice of baked goodness. Neither too sweet or too dry; Yummy. Let me try to explain. You've just finished a pretty satisfying meal at a nice restaurant and a dessert cart rolls around and there are mounds of decadent desserts and one plain chocolate mousse cake. Most people wouldn't even look twice at the chocolate mousse cake and instead go for the large syrupy cake that is currently on fire BUT that would be a mistake. That cake, though plain compared to everything else, is a melt-in-your-mouth slice of baked goodness. Neither too sweet or too dry; it's very nearly perfect. Which brings me to our main character Melisande Fleming. She is that plain piece of chocolate cake who has been in love with Jasper Vale for six years, since his return from the war in the Colonies, but Jasper has been too busy looking and sampling the other desserts to notice her. Melisande, Emeline's best friend from the previous Four Soldiers book, is 'plain'. Most of that is due to her own decision. Dressing in drab 'squirrely' browns, plain cut gowns and with an aversion to crowds, Melisande is an expert at hiding in plain sight. She is smart, funny, quick, stubborn and has the capacity to love "big" with both her mind and body. She proposes to Vale and then seduces him, more with her mind than her body but it sure is great to read the parts about their unions. Vale, is the complete opposite of Melisande. Outgoing, friendly and knows how to gather a crowd - he has his own secrets as well. While Melisande's hiding is a way for her to hide her heart and her feelings, Vale is hiding his fear. As he continues the quest that was set forth in the first book, of finding out who the traitor was at Spinner's Falls, he finds himself following paths that are not easy or simple and then he faces the largest problem of all - he is falling in love with his wife. I enjoyed reading the scenes with Vale and Melisande and their sparring. Hoyt is good at having her characters speak to each other without revealing anything but yet revealing everything. What is also a really good thing with this series so far is that each book introduces the characters for the next book in a way that they are part of the story without becoming the main characters. They are just interesting enough for the reader to want to know more. Melisande, unlike Emeline, is more of a heroine that I can identify with and I'm glad I continued to read the series because if I had stopped at Emeline's story I would have missed out on this tale of secrets, love and truth.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria

    This is one of my favourite books of all time. It has all the elements I love in a book; great scarred hero, heroine head over heels in love with hero for years when he doesn't know it, plain but very smart and interesting heroine, great conversation between hero and heroine, some humour, interesting little twists and discovery on both sides of the wonders of each other - the heroine who already loves the H, but finds there's even more wonders to discover in him, and the H who didn't even really This is one of my favourite books of all time. It has all the elements I love in a book; great scarred hero, heroine head over heels in love with hero for years when he doesn't know it, plain but very smart and interesting heroine, great conversation between hero and heroine, some humour, interesting little twists and discovery on both sides of the wonders of each other - the heroine who already loves the H, but finds there's even more wonders to discover in him, and the H who didn't even really know h existed until he married her out of hand, and the discovery that she's so much more than anyone has ever known. He finds he's inadvertently married an absolute gem of a woman, and not because she suddenly becomes beautiful on the outside, but because she's so wonderful on the inside, she then shines. I loved that the heroine had been in love with the hero for years and the reason he went, for her, from being just a shallow social rattle to absolute hero in the heroine's eyes - a chanced moment in time that she stumbled on that changed her world. I loved the conversations between the pair, the heroine trying so hard to keep her love a secret from H, and H knowing that she has secrets and vowing to discover what they are. Him continually trying to discover what makes her tick, and her continually trying to conceal it. I loved the way he went about discovering her secrets. I loved especially when the H discovered one of her biggest secrets, the way he cherishes her when a shallower man would have turned from her. It's a book about both H and h discovering each other - the heroine trying to work out why the H shows such a shallow face to the world, what he's hiding, and the H discovering there's more to his little mouse than meets the eye. This writer really knows how to write. She's one of my favourite authors, with so many really wonderful books. Although I must say she does miss from time to time, and for me she goes from greatness to mediocrity and back again all the time. But when she's on, like this book, gosh, she writes a wonderful book. To me, this book is so very underrated, but lucky me, I know it's a great one! All in all a keeper of the highest order and one a very few books I will reread from time to time. ETA: I read this book three years ago, and it is still in my top 5 books of all time and I can't see it being surplanted any time soon.

  18. 4 out of 5

    kris

    OH THIS BOOK. 1) I'm not sure 'pussy' is a word I want to be reading to describe a vagina in the mid-1700s. JUST SAYING. 2) WHY IS ALL THE FOOD BOILED? 3) TOTALLY SKIMMED ALL THE PLOTTIER BITS!! 4) As meh as this was, I still may read the next one because. OH THIS BOOK. 1) I'm not sure 'pussy' is a word I want to be reading to describe a vagina in the mid-1700s. JUST SAYING. 2) WHY IS ALL THE FOOD BOILED? 3) TOTALLY SKIMMED ALL THE PLOTTIER BITS!! 4) As meh as this was, I still may read the next one because.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    This is the 2nd in the 4th soldiers series. This is Melisande and Jasper's story. Jasper is the clown of the four, he always has a smile or a joke. But underneath he is suffering from PTSD, just as bad as Sam did. Everybody manifest problems with it in a variety of different ways. I don't want to reveal Jasper's, but I will say I want to talk about it with some of you ladies to find out whether Hoyt actually addressed the men getting better with this condition. Melisande was a hard nut to crack. This is the 2nd in the 4th soldiers series. This is Melisande and Jasper's story. Jasper is the clown of the four, he always has a smile or a joke. But underneath he is suffering from PTSD, just as bad as Sam did. Everybody manifest problems with it in a variety of different ways. I don't want to reveal Jasper's, but I will say I want to talk about it with some of you ladies to find out whether Hoyt actually addressed the men getting better with this condition. Melisande was a hard nut to crack. We found out why she was reserved and that she had trouble with large crowds. But we never knew why she preferred to dress the way she did and why she was so determined not to attract attention to herself. She has been in love with Jasper for 5 years and once he has been left as the alter she takes her chance and agrees to marry him. Jasper has strange ideas of what a wife's duties are and how he fits in with those duties. It takes all of Melisande's courage to show him how she wants him to act in and out of the marital bed. That first night I was saying what??, there would be bloodshed over that..and I don't mean a maidenhead either. But eventually she did get her way and I must say the love scenes in this book were ratcheted up a notch and were very satisfying. They made a perfect couple, because he brought light to her dark and she let him him know it was ok to be in the dark that she was there to hold him. Very poignant and heartfelt book. Very, very good book and I am so looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Iza Brekilien

    I'm a huge, huge fan of Elizabeth Hoyt's novels. I began to read everything she has written but sadly, I'll soon be done with them all - even if a new series is coming up, yay ! She writes awfully good characters : they feel real, they feel human, you absolutely root for them, the plots are believable and so far, there was no stupid reaction in all of those books I read. I love her wit, the banter, the intelligence of the characters. I'm looking forward each time to reading her stories, to find I'm a huge, huge fan of Elizabeth Hoyt's novels. I began to read everything she has written but sadly, I'll soon be done with them all - even if a new series is coming up, yay ! She writes awfully good characters : they feel real, they feel human, you absolutely root for them, the plots are believable and so far, there was no stupid reaction in all of those books I read. I love her wit, the banter, the intelligence of the characters. I'm looking forward each time to reading her stories, to find out what she has devised, and I have a fairly good idea of who's coming next in the Legend of the Four Soldiers and it's going to be awesome, I'm certain ! Her books are different : I like a fun historical romance as much as the next girl, but with Elizabeth Hoyt ? I know I'm going to be hooked, I know I'm not going to be able to put down the book, I know I'm going to bite everyone who tries to distract me from the story, I know I'm going to be deep into that universe and will not want to let go until the last word. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a fan, lol ! Update (with my notes, I forgot my notes earlier) : - The wedding night scene ? Absolutely unexpected and so, so funny ! Well, except for Melisande, but she'll recover ; - The razor scene ? Soooo sexy, and slightly dangerous, and so teasing ; - And that scene, at 75%, which reminded me so much of something I experienced, unfortunately, it was at the same time tasteful and heartbreaking. Ah, I do need to get the next book !

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was one of the worst romance books I've ever read. There was no chemistry, the attraction seems forced and the conversations are so dull that after a while I skipped most of the nonsense. And hello, is anyone interested in the story of the maid and valet's love? And the steamy scenes were not really steamy, they were rather crude and funny. I mean, it's not their love and care for each other that brings them together but their lust and need for pleasure. There are no answers to why these tw This was one of the worst romance books I've ever read. There was no chemistry, the attraction seems forced and the conversations are so dull that after a while I skipped most of the nonsense. And hello, is anyone interested in the story of the maid and valet's love? And the steamy scenes were not really steamy, they were rather crude and funny. I mean, it's not their love and care for each other that brings them together but their lust and need for pleasure. There are no answers to why these two completely different people are for each other. Another annoying thing was the drastic change in the characters between day and night. I wanted to slap Melisande and shake her to her senses and start speaking her mind instead of thinking quietly inside her mind, come on, how could you expect Jasper to be aware of you when all you do was avoid mixing in the crowds and silently longing for his love? And then blame him for not noticing you, how stupid is that? And as if this ridiculousness wasn't enough, there was that irritating dog, Mouse, always nagging and disturbing my already crumb-sized interest in the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    ah I don't want this book to end. I told myself to stop at 70%. So instead of finishing the book, I am poring over the reviews. It is always absolutely fascinating to see different opinions on one book and how everyone responds differently. Since I am on the positive side, I pay more attention to negative reviews. I want to know what ticked them off, what annoyed them. It is kind of an anthropological inquiry for me. Since many reviews have done a great job of detaling the plots, I will leave th ah I don't want this book to end. I told myself to stop at 70%. So instead of finishing the book, I am poring over the reviews. It is always absolutely fascinating to see different opinions on one book and how everyone responds differently. Since I am on the positive side, I pay more attention to negative reviews. I want to know what ticked them off, what annoyed them. It is kind of an anthropological inquiry for me. Since many reviews have done a great job of detaling the plots, I will leave that out in this particular review. I want to say something about the characters and the relationship. I like the story, and it has everything to do with being able to relate to the personalities. Let's start with Melisande. Some say that Melisande is boring, unfeeling, passive and a doormat. I suppose she is all that, if you do not know what it is like to be an introvert with a pride issue. So very often that we are a lot of things, it is how you see it that makes the real difference. I suppose for someone who appreciates an outgoing girl who is outspoken and full of life, one would find Melisande bland and boring. She was 28 years old, once heartbroken by a then suitor and secretly in love with Jasper, the hero in this book, for 6 years. I could totally imagine why she would keep quiet and like to stay in the background. It is bad enough that you are in love with someone how hardly notices you. I would most certainly hide away any affections. Not everyone wants to wear her heart on her sleeves in love. I don't want to "fight" for love nor do I appreciate aggressive pursuits of females. This is something I simply would not do. If someone else wants to do it, be my guest. It doesn't mean I think it is smart. Any introverts would understand, being reserved does not mean being a doormat. It simply means: I do not deem it necessary to speak up. If that makes me passive or boring, I can live with that. For me, it is better than having a "loud" personality. I think this is why I feel an affinity to Melisande. I feel that I know at least a part of her, the part where she held herself in pride and silence, the part that she did not feel comfortable disclosing unless in the protection of darkness. Then there is her fortitude, Quiet strength. Melisande is a "plain Jane" character. Most writers would capitalize on that, make her an insecure spinster. But Elizabeth Hoyt took a different route. Melisande may not be the most beautiful girl in the room, but she is a woman. And every woman, plain or not, has her charms. For most of the book, I had great fun with Jasper. I thought him funny. I read that some readers thought him a cad and find his first "lovemaking" attempt pathetic. Maybe so. But this is how Elizabeth Hoyt intended it to be, no? She wanted to write a lame first sex scene because how could it be good? I appreciate that scene much better than I would have a fantastic sexual awakening. This is about 2 people coming to learn about each other physically without knowing each other well. If the first time turned out to be awkward, is this so unusual? I mean it is great and all that the man is a great lover, but I get tired of great lovers. If skills are all what matters, why do we bother with getting to know each other? Men should just display their "skills" in courtships and we pick whoever is best at "firing our passions". I have always felt that sex scenes in romance novels are abused. Many writers use sex to spice things up for the readers. Not Elizabeth Hoyt. She writes steamy intimate scenes but she puts them there for a reason. It provides the characters an opportunity to really see each other as a partner in an intimate act. It is the time where 2 people come together in bodies, and in a Hoyt novel, in souls. This book is not my favorite book ever, in the sense that I am not emotionally invested in Jasper and Melisaned. There are other stories who really hit a note in my heart, To seduce a sinner is not one of them (hence no 5 stars). But it is well-written and an extremely entertaining romance story. Great character development. Worth every penny.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    I enjoyed this second book in the four soldiers series quite alot. I liked the interaction between the hero and heroine, and the acceptance they showed for one another. The hero is somewhat tortured and suffers from PTSD, but he is a good natured, loving man. The heroine is somewhat reserved due to events in her past, but she is caring and loyal. So far, I have enjoyed all of the books this author has written, and I look foward to the next. When Jasper Renshaw, Lord Vale, is abandoned by his fia I enjoyed this second book in the four soldiers series quite alot. I liked the interaction between the hero and heroine, and the acceptance they showed for one another. The hero is somewhat tortured and suffers from PTSD, but he is a good natured, loving man. The heroine is somewhat reserved due to events in her past, but she is caring and loyal. So far, I have enjoyed all of the books this author has written, and I look foward to the next. When Jasper Renshaw, Lord Vale, is abandoned by his fiance on his wedding day, Melisande Fleming proposes that he marry her. Jasper is intrigued, and as he doesn't really think it much matters who he takes as his bride, he agrees. Melisande has loved Jasper afar for years, and she yearns to be with him. She sees her love for him as a serious weakness and she is determined to keep it hidden. Jasper has been at gatherings that included Melisande many times over the years, but he hasn't even taken enough notice of her to remember her name. This doesn't sound like an auspicious beginning to a marriage, but Jasper and Melisande get along well together, mostly due to his seemingly unfailing good nature. Jasper flirts and jokes with his new bride, and he is shocked but gratified when he realizes that she is a woman of extraordinary passion. As Jasper and Melisande come to know and care for one another, they each have secrets that must be revealed. Soon, Jasper's military past threatens to endanger their very lives, and he must save Melisande so that they can have a future together. This was an enjoyable story with likeable characters. Each chapter begins with a small portion of a fairy tale. In the story, Melisande is translating the fairy tales from German for her friend, Emeline, the heroine of the previous novel in the series. Melisande gives her translation to a friend so that the fairy tales will be written in a fine hand. This friend will be the heroine in the next book of the series, with the hero a terribly scarred survivor from the same traumatic incident that Jasper. Lord Vale, endured. Elizabeth Hoyt has become a must read for me, and I look forward to her next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Avid Booker

    I just didn't like it. This won't be much of a review because.... I just didn't. The first sex scene was funny. Why would he just leave like that? I'm still chuckling. I didn't really like the characters. The hero ran away so much, and the heroine was caught up in her "love" for the hero. Why did the hero speak so prettily. He did so much until halfway through the book. Everything they said to each other was too polite, and he spoke in unbelievable, flattering prose. She was not really in love with I just didn't like it. This won't be much of a review because.... I just didn't. The first sex scene was funny. Why would he just leave like that? I'm still chuckling. I didn't really like the characters. The hero ran away so much, and the heroine was caught up in her "love" for the hero. Why did the hero speak so prettily. He did so much until halfway through the book. Everything they said to each other was too polite, and he spoke in unbelievable, flattering prose. She was not really in love with the hero back before she really knew him. That was infatuation at best. Did she even like him? What was the point of hiding the fact that she'd "loved" him? Why did she act so distant. She got what she wanted. She didn't give enough information on Timothy. I felt like she barely brushed over it, especially for someone she gave her virginity to, when that discretion could have ruined her life. I don't usually like experienced heroines, but if they are, I like them to have a good enough reason for it. Like that they were in love and thought it too much to wait, like he was going off to war or something. She brushed over her getting pregnant and losing the baby too quickly and he let that fact go too quickly, for something of its time. The ending on who it was, wasn't necessarily predictable, but how he carried it off was eye roll worthy. I did not care for the plot. I sped read through most of the parts of him trying to find out the betrayer. I CRINGED at the sex scenes. The dirty talk was embarrassing. The take charge personality of the heroine was a nice change though. I just couldn't take the "Put this cock in your cunny" Or "Fuck my p--" I can't even say that word...well type it. Just no. No. I'm cringing just thinking about it. Quotes: She pressed her hand to her mouth and closed her eyes, imagining what it would be like when he touched his lips to her. Her body trembled at the thought. Page 122 when she began undressing him and he lost his train of thought was suuper adorable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gilgamesha

    Ok that wedding night scene was icky....but that was all I could find wrong with this book.....Jasper is a beta hero...and I have rarely come across well written heroes that didn't have alpha personalities...but of course Hoyt is an exception to that role as well....I really adored Jasper....the heroine was bland until she starts her seduction and then you can literally see her personality shine the pages....the tripping scene was hilarious totally unlike Jasper lol....and of course the intimate Ok that wedding night scene was icky....but that was all I could find wrong with this book.....Jasper is a beta hero...and I have rarely come across well written heroes that didn't have alpha personalities...but of course Hoyt is an exception to that role as well....I really adored Jasper....the heroine was bland until she starts her seduction and then you can literally see her personality shine the pages....the tripping scene was hilarious totally unlike Jasper lol....and of course the intimate scenes were lite ;)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mahima

    **** *4 stars* **** This was my first experience with Elizabeth Hoyt. The concept of the simultaneous story going along is really catchy. I loved the way Jasper fought his demons and also overcame his lady love' fears as well. The thing I don't know is the war they all are talking about. I really don't remember having read anywhere where Indians tortured some British men in late 1700s as it was the British army that had ruled India for over 200 years . Rest the story was ~very~ good. **** *4 stars* **** This was my first experience with Elizabeth Hoyt. The concept of the simultaneous story going along is really catchy. I loved the way Jasper fought his demons and also overcame his lady love' fears as well. The thing I don't know is the war they all are talking about. I really don't remember having read anywhere where Indians tortured some British men in late 1700s as it was the British army that had ruled India for over 200 years . Rest the story was ~very~ good.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Nov08 “To Seduce a Sinner” is Elizabeth Hoyt’s second historical in her ‘Legend of the Four Soldiers’ series. While it’s not necessary to read the first one to enjoy this book, I do think it would make the reading experience richer and fuller. Each of the books in this series is about (DUH) a man returning from war with physical and/or mental wounds. Each chapter is also headed by a scene from a fairy tale that, in some way, mirrors the story of the no Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Nov08 “To Seduce a Sinner” is Elizabeth Hoyt’s second historical in her ‘Legend of the Four Soldiers’ series. While it’s not necessary to read the first one to enjoy this book, I do think it would make the reading experience richer and fuller. Each of the books in this series is about (DUH) a man returning from war with physical and/or mental wounds. Each chapter is also headed by a scene from a fairy tale that, in some way, mirrors the story of the novel. Melisande has loved Vale for years. She loved him through his engagement to her best friend. She loved him while watching him seduce and beguile a parade of lovers. So when she attends his wedding, where he is jilted at the altar, she seizes her opportunity and asks HIM to marry HER. To her surprise and delight he says yes. She’s sure that now she will have the fulfilling love life she’s missing and, as long as she doesn’t let on she loves him, a satisfactory marriage without love or hurt. Be careful what you wish for… Vale is fine with marrying Melisande, even if she’s not an acknowledged beauty with big bosoms. He figures their marriage will be like that of most of the ton. They’ll be faithful until she becomes pregnant, then she’ll quietly raise the children while he procures a mistress. That’s all just as well, as he has a few secrets he has no intention of sharing with any woman, much less his wife. Soon he’s fascinated with Melisande. Is she the seductress she plays at night or the prim and proper society matron she appears by day? These two were an interesting pair. Both determined to live out their lives yet still allowing their behaviors to be ruled by events of the past. There were several things that bothered me while I read this book. The heroine was cold throughout the book. Even when some of her actions seemed kind and loving, she herself never came off that way to me. And the hero wore the face of a jester, constantly using banter to cover any hurts and so I never really understood the depths of his guilt. These two things made the pairing a difficult one for me to understand and feel emotionally. And even the sex felt like, well…sex. Not making love, sex. Hot sex, but just sex. The way the heroine reacts to the different facets of his ‘secret’ just seemed off to me. The acceptance was great, but…no questions? I had a ton of ‘em. And when she finally tells him her big ‘secret’, he’s immediately accepting of it? In that time period in that country? Uh, no. I don’t think so. And then the story just blithely moves on? Ummm, OK. So “To Seduce a Sinner” is an angst-ridden story of two opposites who are, in a way, living in the past. Unfortunately for me, they never really ‘clicked’ as a pair and so the romance…wasn’t. The secondary characters were in some ways more interesting to me and I want to read the next book, “To Beguile a Beauty” as the glimpses of the hero-to-be were fascinating. So, if you’re already reading Elizabeth Hoyt’s series, you may want to check this one out. If nothing else, see what you think about the upcoming hero.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really, really enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn't rate it with 5 stars, is that it took me a while to like the heroine, but after I did, I simply loved it. To seduce a sinner, is the story of Jasper, Viscount Vale and Melisande. Vale, has been left in the altar for the second time and Melisande, who has secretly watched him for years, feels he may be desperate enough to marry her instead. Jasper agrees and their marriage of convenience begins. Both Jasper and Melisande have secrets hi I really, really enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn't rate it with 5 stars, is that it took me a while to like the heroine, but after I did, I simply loved it. To seduce a sinner, is the story of Jasper, Viscount Vale and Melisande. Vale, has been left in the altar for the second time and Melisande, who has secretly watched him for years, feels he may be desperate enough to marry her instead. Jasper agrees and their marriage of convenience begins. Both Jasper and Melisande have secrets hidden in their past that they try to keep from each other. But as their nights become more and more interesting, Jasper wants to know better this passionate woman that appears only at night and becomes serious, shy and proper during daytime. However, in trying to know her better, he runs the risk of exposing his secrets as well. And between all these, is his search to find the man who betrayed their regiment to the French while in the Colonies, resulting in the death and torture of many of his friends. This book focuses much more in the romance between Jasper and Melisande than in the search of the traitor as the first one did, something I much appreciated. I really liked Jasper from the begining; he's a decent, honorable, good man, outgoing and social. He hides his inner demons, but he's not the usual cold, brooding hero with the tortured past. Melisande however, took me a while to like. She starts cold, abrupt and almost mean towards Vale who she loves, in her effort to guard her heart from him, and then ends up wondering why he keeps his distance from her. When she stopped being a harpy and decided to seduce him, that was when the book really took off. And from that moment on, I surely have no other complaint. A great book with some very nice, hot scenes and a lovely hero. Fans of marriage-of-convenience theme will surely appreciate this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    If I could I would give this book ZERO STARS I WOULD!!! This is one of the worst stories I have every read. It was hard to read this book was the Hero Mentally Challenged, please tell what man doesn't know his wife is not a virgin? After being jilted two time Vale the hero accepts a offer of marriage from Melisande the heroine. On their wedding night Vales enters her bedchamber hoping he wont hurt her to much by taking her innocents, he lays on the bed life's her nightgown, thrust into her once If I could I would give this book ZERO STARS I WOULD!!! This is one of the worst stories I have every read. It was hard to read this book was the Hero Mentally Challenged, please tell what man doesn't know his wife is not a virgin? After being jilted two time Vale the hero accepts a offer of marriage from Melisande the heroine. On their wedding night Vales enters her bedchamber hoping he wont hurt her to much by taking her innocents, he lays on the bed life's her nightgown, thrust into her once twice three times climaxes gets up leaves the room and thinks to himself that went better than he thought it hadn't hurt her as much as he thought it would. It never occurred to the Idiot that she wasn't a virgin!!! Am I suppose to believe that an adult man that has been in the military a peer of the realm cant figure that out!!! I want my money back this was a horrible story, don't waste your time buying this book. This was my first book by Ms Hoyt and my last!!!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megzy

    The subplot overshadowed the relationship completely. I didn't emotionally connect to the hero or heroine. I had to put the book down several times. The story dragged and I had a real hard time finishing it. I just couldn't believe what we were told by the author because the actions didn't complement the plot. I didn't feel that Jasper felt badly for many of his actions or he loved Melisande and saw her real self. The subplot overshadowed the relationship completely. I didn't emotionally connect to the hero or heroine. I had to put the book down several times. The story dragged and I had a real hard time finishing it. I just couldn't believe what we were told by the author because the actions didn't complement the plot. I didn't feel that Jasper felt badly for many of his actions or he loved Melisande and saw her real self.

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