TO BEGUILE A BEAST: BOOK THREE IN THE LEGEND OF THE FOUR SOLDIERS SERIES
Forever, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Fiction; Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Cups
Sir Alistair Munroe is a recluse, keeping to himself and not allowing others to come to him. Due to a betrayal from a fellow soldier, he had a horrid experience that has left him scarred from the inside out. With children running from him and ladies fainting, Alistair figures if he is going to be treated like a monster, he might as well leave society for his crumbling castle in Scotland.
Helen Fitzwilliam is running from a very domineering and controlling man and takes her son and daughter before she can be caught and brought back. With help from a friend, she goes forth to Scotland with a letter of reference for a housekeeping position. Using a fictitious name, Helen demands to be kept around for a week to prove she is as able bodied as the next person for the role of housekeeper.
Days go by filled with cleaning, dusting, and sorting while Helen begins her role as a hired servant, something she is not used to doing. Meanwhile, Alistair starts to get used to the thought of servants in his house and children under foot. When a disgruntled bully of a man leaves the Scottish castle in a rage, it brings the Duke of Lister, the man who is willing to go to great lengths to get Helen back as his mistress. While Helen and Alistair race to get her children back, he must decide if her role as another man’s mistress is worth his love and devotion, or if he should shun her like her family has.
To Beguile a Beast is an amazing novel, and I fell in love with both main characters; Ms. Hoyt did an exceptional job and though it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Alistair is shown as a tortured soul who struggles daily with his looks, trying to get people to accept him but not expecting it. Helen shocked me because in the beginning, I had a hard time liking her as she made comments about her role as an absentee mother, but after a while she definitely grew on me and her truly lovely soul showed through. This tale is a remake of the Beauty and the Beast story that we know and love with a couple of added twists, and I found myself just as enraptured with this novel as the fairytale. An extraordinarily touching and noteworthy read, this tale shows us that beauty may only be in the eye of the beholder and real beauty is more than skin-deep.
Caution: This tale contains sensual wording, some vulgar sex talk, and is a red-hot romance!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More