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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Review - To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title : To Beguile A Beast

Author : Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher : Grand Central Publishing

Buy To Beguile A Beast Here!

Rating : You Gotta Read

Reviewer : Tir


Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he's kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.


Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won't let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.


Beneath Helen's beautiful fa├žade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn't back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen's secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.

I accepted this book right on the tail of reading The Witch's Beast, an alternate telling of the old Beauty and the Beast tale so I figured I would follow it up with this book. I don't normally read historical romances but after reading this book, I am definitely changing my mind about the genre. I thoroughly enjoyed To Beguile a Beast and at this moment have Ms. Hoyt's other books in this series on the way to my house. Her writing is incredibly smooth and engrossing. Helen and Alistair are of course the stars of this novel but definite accolades go to Helen's children and particularly Alistair's sister, Sophia. The romance between Helen and Alistair is built so lovingly and wonderfully. I was drawn completely into this world and the bits of the fairy tale at the beginning of each chapter only heightened the experience.

This book is definitely in my top ten and if its in your "To Read" pile, bring it to the top and read it today! If it isn't in your pile, stop what you are doing and order it. You won't be disappointed.

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