Book Review: To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

Book: To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

Published May 2008 by Forever|362 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Legend Of The Four Soldiers

Genre: Adult Romance/Historical Romance

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The ton loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they’re giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. What the ton doesn’t know, though, is that Samuel is in London because of this massacre. He believes his regiment was given up to the enemy and won’t rest until he finds the traitor.

Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated with Samuel. Not only does he defy convention with his unusual dress, his sensual smile, and his forthright manner, but he survived the battle that killed her beloved brother. Samuel suspects that the person responsible for her brother’s death is Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, a family friend since childhood—and Emeline’s fiancé. Despite Emeline’s belief in Vale’s innocence and her refusal to break off her betrothal, she and Samuel begin a passionate affair. But can their relationship survive the fallout from Samuel’s investigation?

I was in the mood for a romance novel, but unfortunately, this one was just okay.  I didn’t particularly care about Emeline and Samuel as a couple, and while I wanted to root for them, I had a hard caring about them as a couple.  Maybe I wasn’t completely in the mood for romance- or maybe I just needed one that wasn’t this one.

I will say that I did really like how this book had a quote from a fictional book at the beginning of each chapter. I know I’ve read one of her other books, and she incorporated a fictional book into that one as well.  I don’t know why I liked that so much, but I did.  I can’t imagine coming up with a full story, plus quotes from a fictional on top of that, though fantasy and sci-fi writers build entire worlds, so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.  But still, there is something about a fictional book within a book that is really cool.  So while part of me wants to read that fictional book we see mentioned in To Taste Temptation, I also don’t want to, because what if it’s just not that same?  I don’t want another Fangirl/Carry On scenario.

I do like that her books mirror a fairy tale, though I didn’t particularly pay too much attention to the parallels between the fairy tale and the actual story.  It does seem to be her thing, if this book and The Raven Prince, are any indication.  Maybe I just happened to pick up the two books connected to fairy tales, or maybe it’s a thing she does in a lot of her books.  At any rate, I do like the connections between the two, and it does make things interesting.

Overall, I’m not really sure what else to say about To Taste Temptation.  So before I start repeating myself, I’m just going to end things here.

2 stars.  It was okay, and while I liked the story within a story, I didn’t really care about the main romance.

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Book Review: Some Like It Wicked by Teresa Medeiros

Some Like It Wicked CoverBook: Some Like It Wicked by Teresa Medeiros

Published by July 2008 by Avon|384 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Kincaid Highland #1

Genre: Adult Romance/Historical Romance

Blog Graphic-What It's About

Some like it dangerous . . .

Highland beauty Catriona Kincaid cares nothing for propriety—or even her own safety—when she storms the grounds of Newgate Prison. Determined to return to Scotland and restore her clan’s honor, she seeks the help of Sir Simon Wescott, a disgraced nobleman and notorious rogue. She is prepared to offer him both wealth and freedom, but she never dreams the wicked rake will be bold enough to demand a far more sensual prize.

Some like it seductive . . .

Simon is shocked to discover the tomboy he met long ago has blossomed into a headstrong temptress. Although he’s sworn off his dreams of becoming a hero, he can’t resist playing knight errant to Catriona’s damsel in distress. Both adventure and peril await them at her Highland home, where they will risk their lives to vanquish her enemies . . . and risk their hearts to discover a passion beyond their wildest dreams.

Blog Graphic- What I Thought

Romance is one of those genres I always tell myself I’m going to read more of, and yet, it’s one of those genres I never seem to read a lot of.  Which is weird, because, for the most part, I’ve really liked a lot of the romances I’ve read. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for Some Like It Wicked, which turned out to be okay for me.

Catriona definitely is what I’d call strong.  She’s very determined to make sure the family name and the family land is okay, and she’s willing to do what she has to in order to get it back.  She was naive about some things (particularly in regards to Simon), but everything worked out in the end, and it wasn’t actually annoying.  In fact, it made sense for Catriona herself.  She wasn’t as wild and independent as I thought she’d be, but she did seem to be pretty independent by the end of the book.

And Simon…what can I say about Simon?  He definitely redeemed himself by the end of the book, and I actually liked Simon a lot more than I thought, especially where Cat was concerned.

But them together?  I liked them together, but only a little.  They certainly balance each other out, but I didn’t quite feel them as a couple.  They definitely had chemistry, and I wanted to love them together, but I just didn’t.

And it wasn’t as focused on romance as I thought it would be.  It was definitely there, but it felt like it was more about Catriona saving her family than anything else.  It ended super-happy- which is fine, and I pretty much expected that- but…I don’t know, I just wasn’t enthused with the super-happy ending.

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2 stars.  I don’t have much to say about Some Like It Wicked.  I get why people really like it/love it but it’s not one of my favorites.  I’d definitely give another one of her books a try, but not anytime soon.