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To Taste Temptation

(Legend of the Four Soldiers #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  7,151 ratings  ·  493 reviews
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. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Forever
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May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Hoyt is a hit-or-miss author for me. I have rated her books 5-stars, and one of them I gave 2-stars. This one, though, ugh.... is there a negative star yet? Yet, I will read the next one in the series because I think the problems in this book were unique to the characters. There was nothing wrong with the writing itself. Plus, I liked the couple who is set-up for the next book.

So, the problems:

Cheating!! Cheating everywhere!

The heroine is engaged throughout the book and yet is screwin
Duchess Nicole
“There are no heroes on the battlefield, my lady; there are only survivors.”

Let me say that I am a bit of a fangirl about anything Elizabeth Hoyt writes. I may be a bit biased. I think she is a master at sexual tension, so if you like a smooth, slow build up to a very enjoyable, lustfully delicious climax, GO HERE. That being said, Hoyt also writes such a fabulous STORY.

This is a Historical Romance with some meat on it's bones. It makes you think, it transports you with just a few words from s
Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
I think we all enjoy reminiscing on fairy tales from our youth. The downtrodden heroine saved by what turns out to be a handsome prince. At least, those are the fairy tales of my youth before the era of political correctness. I even remember when either Cinderella or Snow White was re-released by Disney in the 80’s and women’s groups were encouraging mothers with daughters to boycott the film because it taught girls to “wait for a man to rescue them”. Uh… hello? IT’S A FAIRY TALE! Anyway, that’s ...more
Fani *loves angst*
The beginning was a little slow but nice. However, from the moment they consummated their relationship, the heroine turned from prudish to shrewish. As the story moved on, I liked her less and less and in the end I couldn't understand why the hero fell in love with her. I think she needed to grovel a lot, if this was to be a 4 star book. Regretably, she didn't.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've already read (and really enjoyed) the third book in this series (I don't remember why I started there), but I'm glad of it. Because if this had been the first book I'd read, I probably wouldn't have continued reading this series. There's nothing major wrong with the writing, just a bunch of personal deal-breakers all in one book.

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Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
To Taste Temptation (Legend of the Four Soldiers Series #1) Lady Emeline Gordon is astonished as a tall, devilishly handsome man strolls into a posh London parlor wearing a strange attire, and approaches her with the request for her to be his younger sister's sponsor in Society.
Of course, his sister's entrance in the aristocratic circles is merely pretense. Samuel Hartley is hell-bent on discovering the lowlife who had betrayed the English troupes six years ago, leading them to slaughter at the
Juliana Philippa
Admittedly did not get very far, but the heroine didn't appeal to me and with so many books out there to read, why waste time on one where I was pretty sure I wouldn't like one of the main characters? Ended up picking up Book 2 in the series instead ( To Seduce A Sinner ), which was unbelievably good and ranks as my favorite historical romance of all-time, so all worked out well for me in the end :-).

Am actually very pleased that I'm starting to be able to do this DNF thing, which used to litera
Elena C.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read for the URR New Year 2018 Reading Challenge: Military Romance.

Quick question: did the world really need another book about a Man Explaining The Facts of Life to a Woman? Nope. No, it did not. And this is all there is to the story, really. Mmm, well... okay: there might have been a secondary plot involving an american soldier seeking revenge on an ex-comrade who sold him out, or something. But mostly it was about some dude teaching the heroine how to be a better mother, a slightly less stuck
The first in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series and my first book by Elizabeth Hoyt. I'm not sure why I avoided her. I saw her on many favorite lists and recommendations but I'd been "burnt" before, trying books that didn't appeal to me. But this one was a winner and keeper for me. This one has an "across the tracks" theme/plot to it. Beautiful young lady of the ton meets the rugged backwoodsman from the colonies. I loved the characters and the flow and will be continuously looking for more ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Oh, my. I can't believe I'm saying this, but To Taste Temptation was just extremely disappointing. It was almost excruciating in its slowness, and half the time I was just wondering if something even remotely interesting would happen soon. There were so many unnecessary scenes that, if cut from the story, would have made it slightly better. But noooooo, we had to hear about Emeline doing this, or Sam doing that, or Emeline's son saying whatnot.

I also had a few issues about the characters. Up t
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
A great start to what looks to be another great series by Hoyt. It seems to me that a lot of the first books in a series are truly gems in their own rights or awful because of all the building up for the rest of the series. This one was closer to the gem mark.
Unlike a lot of the other reviewers, I did not hate Emeline. She was exactly what she should have been for that time and place. Add to it her life events that she had faced, I could well understand why she could be such a cold bitch. Sam
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Jun 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book bites. Sorry, but there it is. It took me awhile to read, because it's pretty much just coercion-smut strung together with the vaguest pieces of a storyline.

I'm actually glad I read it out of order, because if I had started with this clunker, I wouldn't have been able to finish the series.

I get that he's supposed to be in "chase" mode, but Sam comes across more as a stalker-rapist. Just about every scene with the H/h consists of her saying no, and him thinking that no was just the sta
Feb 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
This is the first instalment of Elizabeth Hoyt's earlier series, The Legend of the Four Soldiers. I'm not sure whether it was the prickly, aristocratic heroine or the military theme but it took me quite a while to get into this story. But once our hero, Samuel and our heroine Emaline ventured into the bedroom, Elizabeth Hoyt weaved her magic and succinctly in the second half of the book all the pieces fell together for a very satisfying read. There is no doubt that writing a sensual but still ro ...more
Why is it that when someone is rich it's always "as rich as Croesus"? Shameful how Midas is ignored I tell you. Excuse me just 10 pages later Samuel is richer than King Midas.
Only on the third or so page and Emeline shows such promise by these two lines "She suppressed a shiver. Intelligent men were so hard to manage." hahaha!
Emeline struck me as very cold at first, but just average English lady mannerisms? I think Emeline is too accurate of a portrayal of an English woman for me. She is so r
Maureen Feeney
Mar 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Snobby Heroine.

Lady Emeline Gordon (an Earls daughter) is a widow, who teaches wealthy girls the rules of etiquette and propriety in London. When her American neighbour asks her to introduce his sister to London society she agrees.Moccasin wearing Samuel Hartley, raised in America's colonial wilderness is now a wealthy Boston businessman, arrives in London seeking the traitor who betrayed the 28th Regiment into massacre by the Indians at Spinner's Falls. One of the men killed was Captain Reynaud
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one, although it was more mixed than others I've read by this author.

The plot is a bit more routine than I expected - the repressed heroine, the hero and heroine falling in lust at first sight, lots of tea-drinking etc. And the climax of the plot really was pretty uninspired.

So why do I give this 4 stars?

Well, there are two reasons. No, make that three. No four. The first one is that I really loved the heroine. I've never read a historical romance before with a grumpy, crus
Mia Marlowe
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all romance readers
Elizabeth Hoyt's To Taste Temptation has caught me in her web. Her characters aren't the usual suspects. Her heroine is a titled English widow, her hero a colonial from Boston on the trail of the man who betrayed his regiment to the Wyandots and the French.

Ms. Hoyt has mastered the art of repressed passion. Her characters are so acutely aware of each other, even when they'd only shared one kiss, she had me squirming in my seat.
The love scenes are remarkable and her characters are so achingly hu
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This was my least favourite Elizabeth Hoyt book I've read so far. I read her Princes series first which I loved. The Raven Prince is the book that got me into historical romance in the first place. And then I started Maiden Lance which was only 5 books long at the time and I have been keeping up with it ever since. That series is an auto-buy for me. I loved Duke of Pleasure so much and couldn't wait for Duke of Desire so I decided to finally give it a shot and read her Four Soldiers series.

Aug 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is the 2nd book I've read by Elizabeth Hoyt. I enjoyed Raven Prince very much and haven't been able to find the sequels in any book stores in my area, so I decided to start this series.

Emiline came off as very uppity and snotty. I didn't like her at all and that's what ruined the book for me. Because she was such a snob, I found myself imaginging her owning slaves when her and Samuel moved to America, and I imagined she'd treat them like crap. That has absolutely nothing to do with the stor
Rating: 2.5/5

I don't have much to say about the book except that it was rather flat and boring.

While I liked the fact that the story is built around the norms which one must follow if one is a aristrocrat, and the ridiculousness of it, it was droned on one too many times for me.

And while I realize that Emeline has a bit of a bite to her, she reminded me of those old female characters in HR who always nag, remark and judge people, but only younger. Miss Hoyt unfortunately was not able to showcase
Carolyn F.
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Elizabeth Hoyt. I've read these out of order - #2, #3 then #1. Even with me knowing of the next chapter in these people's lives, the stories are still really good and very interesting. I love both Emeline and Samuel - although I do wish their coming together wouldn't have been until the last 3 pages. I knew it was going to happen, but it was just so frustrating seeing the pain she kept heaping on Samuel. Different times, different views I guess. Would recommend this series. ...more
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked both the hero and heroine, and the love scenes are absolutely scorching. Great dialogue and excellent characterization of all the main characters in the book. For the first half of the book the attraction between the H/h didn't *feel* very strong to me, but after the first love scene that was not a difficulty any more ;-) Also glad to have read this one because it gives a lot of background for the other 3 books in this series, which I'm reading next (can't wait for Munroe's story).
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is really 3.5 stars from me. I loved Samuel and Rebecca, the Colonial brother and sister so out of place among the ton, but I really strongly disliked Emeline, the heroine of this novel. She was so prickly and cold, I don't know how Sam fell in love with her. I wish we could've seen more about Rebecca and O'Hare! I liked the fairy tale inside the story....can't wait for Jasper's tale!
Jan 21, 2017 added it
dnf and skimmed most of it
Lady Alexandrine
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Maybe it wasn't my favourite Elizabeth Hoyt novel (these moccasins, ugh!), but I enjoyed it all the same. Really, I am unable to resist the lure of the author's style of writing, engaging plot, likable characters, steamy love story and historical setting. I am definitely going to end up reading all the books in the series. Elizabeth Hoyt masterly mixes children fairy-tales about four soldiers with fairy-tales for adults about love and passion. It is a heady mix and I am utterly charmed by the au ...more
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was ok

Well. This book had some flaws that were, to me, pretty fatal. Hmmm, where to begin? Okay, firstly:

I didn't like Emeline.
I really wanted to. I spent the first 2/3 of the book cruising along, waiting for her to turn a corner and become less of a bitch. I mean, she wasn't a *horrible* bitch - she was certainly redeemable - but she was never redeemed. She never turned any kind of corner. I think about 2/3 in, the honeymoon glow started fading (the spark between the h/h masked the fact that
Anna D.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: hr
I found the characters very unlikable, with the exception of Little Daniel and Lord Vale.

Full review:

2.5 stars

I like this author and I wish I could say that the reason I didn’t like this book was because it simply clashed with my own personal preference but I don’t believe that is the case. Before I tell you what turned me off about this book, I will say that the writing was good. Anyway, here’s what I thought – there might be spoilers and it’s probably a little too harsh, but that is the mood
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I like well enough but am not able to rate it better than 3 stars (and 3.5 stars if I am allowed the half star).

I saw that this book was first published in 2008? Even back then she was great at writing the intimate scenes. She could use very crude language but manages to not cheapen the act. Her sex scenes are always done tastefully with an animalistic flair, reducing the lead characters to their basest instincts and by doing that, elevating the relationship to an emotional lev
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Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.

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“There are no heroes on the battlefield, my lady; there are only survivors.” 35 likes
“Rebecca held her head high and swanned across the hallway, but as she neared the footman, she could see quite plainly that his gaze was not where it should be. She stopped dead and slapped her hands over her bosom.

"Its too low, isn't it? I knew I shouldn't have listened to that maid. She might not mind her boobies hanging out for all to see, but i just can't-" Her brain suddenly caught up with her mouth. She removed her hands from her bosom and slapped them over her awful, awful, awful mouth.”
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