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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt


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.


Reading this book has  been a pleasure. Elizabeth Hoyt truly spun a tale that intrigued me. We all know the tale of beauty and the beast; a beautiful woman who falls in love with a monster or an ugly/somehow unsavory man. And we know how it always ends. This one brought everything down to earth. It was nice to add in very real flaws in character. For example, Helen isn't a saint, she had made her mistakes and was doing the best she could to live with them as well as keep her and her children above water. When it comes to Alistair, he has been through something no one should ever experience and survived. It was a situation that left him scarred and disfigured, and mentally plagued. Neither of them can escape from their pasts but they find sanctuary in each other.

What also intrigued me about this book was the romantic scenes. They were pretty hot for a typical romance novel. I was pleasantly surprised. It pushed me as a reader, I must admit, to find the sexy in Alistair because of his disfigurement. Hoyt's form of writing helped me through that hurdle. I'm not convinced another author could do that as smoothly as she did. But I am open to find out lol.

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