To Desire A Devil

To Desire A Devil

Large Print - 2010
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Reynaud St. Aubyn escapes after seven hellish years as a captive of the Wyandot Indians in the Colonies and now has one purpose: to take revenge on the traitor who put him there. Beatrice Corning manages her uncle's various homes and attends boring dances and none of the callow youths available engage her interest. At least not like the painting of the mysterious Reynaud St. Aubyn, who was tragically killed seven years ago. Imagine her shock when one dark night, Beatrice answers the door only to have Reynaud St. Aubyn in the flesh, collapsing at her feet. The survivors of the Spinner's Falls massacre believe Reynaud was the traitor. To solidify his position, Reynaud decides to marry Beatrice - and the fastest way to do that is to seduce her. After a night of passion, Beatrice agrees to marry Reynaud. She knows he doesn't love her but she has faith that her love can turn him toward good instead of destruction. When Sam and Sir Alistair arrive in London, the four survivors of the massacre are together again and they vow to help Reynaud find the real traitor.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010, c2009.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410424952
Call Number: HOYT
Characteristics: 453 p. ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Large type books.
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.


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Aug 18, 2016

I basically read this book so I could finish the series. I wasn't particularly interested in this couple (Why can't dead people stay dead?) and theirs was a relationship that might be borderline lust/crush that didn't convince me. The mystery and identity of the traitor was a bust as well. And that secondary H/h was unnecessary.

Sep 16, 2011

Beatrice Corning, niece of the Earl of Blanchard, has always been fascinated by the portrait of the deceased Reynaud St. Aubyn, original heir to the title which her uncle now holds. But she is utterly shocked when Reynaud stumbles into a political tea she's hosting. Reynaud, who was believed to have been killed by Indians seven years ago, has finally returned to his home and is determinedly focused on regaining his title, lands, and monies. At the same time, Reynaud is drawn to Beatrice. However, deadly threats from the traitor that caused Reynaud to be captured back in the Colonies, could separate the couple permanently.

The final in a series, Hoyt creates another compelling historical romance while also resolving the overarching mystery present in all four books. Her characters are once again flawed, Reynaud in particular having to deal with his past. Sadly, I didn't find the fairy tale that frames the narrative to be as compelling as the main story itself although it was a wonderful idea. A nice conclusion to the series that brings together all of the heroes and heroines from each of the books.


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