"He began to think that the source and secret of this ghostly light might be in the adjoining room, from whence, on further tracing it, it seemed to shine” Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
If Dickens can do it Elizabeth Hoyt can and let's not forget God..."I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."
I digress, none of the above have anything to do with Elizabeth Hoyt's latest book and the last in her soldiers story, To Desire a Devil. Now, if you've read the other three this is a must read. This book is the spoiler, you get to find out who was responsible for the massacre at Spinner's Fall. And it brings back to life, Reynaud St. Aubyn (the hero), who everyone thought had bit the dust.
Surprise! He makes a grand entrance at a tea party given by the heroine, Beatrice Corning, barging in, waving a knife and collapsing at her feet. Now, we are faced with another conundrum. You see, Elizabeth Hoyt is really a skilled writer, one of the best to come along in a few years. One should not really skim her books because one just might miss something, however, I will admit that I skimmed this one.
To Desire a Devil was out of balance. There were great moments and close to tear jerking moments when Beatrice is with her childhood friend Jeremy. What a lovely secondary character, spoiler...don't get attached to Jeremy. And, while I found the secondary characters to be very interesting, I also found them to be a distraction from the romance between Reynaud and Beatrice. If there was a romance. One minute Beatrice is nursing him back to health and the next moment they are having tea together in his bedroom and he's in love with her. Maybe it was the tea, Beatrice serves a lot of tea.
I was a little let down by this book, it seemed to me that the author may have chopped some things out of her book because of a word count, I don't know. While both Beatrice and Reynaud are lovely characters, they could have been more fully developed and coming from such a gifted writer, they should have been. So, I'm not sure what happened with this book. Maybe, she was in a rush to finish so she could begin her next series coming to a store near you in the summer of 2010.
I was hoping for a smashing ending to this series but didn't get it. So, if you want to find out who did what, you need to read this book and watch for some touching scenes with Jeremy. However, this book is not up to the standards set in the others.
Time/Place: 1765 England
Sensuality rating: Hot