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To Beguile A Beast (The Legend of the Four Soldiers)
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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?ade, 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Loving this book
    I am not going to go into details because I think previous reviewers have done that already. Suffice to say, I love this version of beauty and the beast - I felt it was the best of the the 'four soldiers' series. It may not have been an action-packed story but I loved the unfolding of the relationship and the final 'happy ever after' ending. Goes on my keepers shelf. ...more info
  • Very Worthy Hero
    Elizabeth Hoyt's Soldier series just keeps getting better with each novel. Her latest To Beguile a Beast is heartwarming and sensuous with incredibly moving scenes a reader will not forget.

    Sir Alistair is a scarred man living a lonely existence in his family castle in Scotland. Ever since he returned from the American colonies he has locked himself away in his dirty unkempt manor. He prefers his solitary life but that all changes when a beautiful woman arrives on his doorstep with her two children claiming she is his new housekeeper.

    Helen Carter, Halifax (she uses many aliases) is desperate to escape her life as the Mistress of the powerful Duke of Lister, so she embarks on a last minute plan. Her friend Lady Vale has sent her to Scotland to work as a housekeeper to escape the clutches of the Duke. Helen is absolutely startled when she first sees Sir Alistair. His facial scars are frightening but she is determined to make a place for herself and her children in his castle and Sir Alistair finds himself talked into a housekeeper.

    Not only does Helen breathe new life into the castle, she also is instrumental in dispelling the darkness in Alastair's life. She is a bit bossy but not unkind or condescending. Helen is a typical 18th century woman in that she knows her options are limited and makes the best of her situation.

    Her children play a key role in this novel and they are as delightful as Helen. Too often children can either be too precocious or simply annoyances, but not here. Oldest sibling Abigail acts like a serious minded nine year old with all the feelings of insecurity and distrust any child would have when moving to a new place. Her younger brother Jamie is a typical five year old with a big heart and a boy's curious nature.

    By far though, the most compelling character is terribly scarred Alistair. He is so very interesting. Alistair is a naturalist, not a soldier, so his time in the colonies was for an entirely different purpose than the other Englishmen who were maimed and murdered during the war. He is not embittered but he is cautious. He treads carefully with Helen. He is incredibly open with her children and his love for animals is touching and it displays his heart. His compassion, patience, love and kindness shown to his beloved pet is a harbinger of what he will be like with Helen's family. Quite simply the scenes with his aging faithful deerhound are beautifully written.

    Helen and Alistair have an intensely passionate romance, neither are coy with their desires and this was refreshing. Of course, things do not always run smoothly in life and Helen's past is catching up to her. However, Alistair is more than willing to be a hero and he does so with all the valor of a knight in shining armor.
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  • Beauty and the Beast
    To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

    Helen Halifax is astonished at the black looking castle looming before her. She has no choice but to go on with her plans, to turn back and go home to London is not an option for her or her two children. Hiding out in Scotland could be just what she needs; posing as a housekeeper sent by Lady Vale, Helen has no idea what lies in wait inside the dark castle. The man that answered the door is enough to send her running, scarred from being tortured in Spinners Falls, Sir Alistair Munroe, is to be her new master.

    Alistair has no idea what to do with this woman, he tries to send her away, only to find she had been shopping in the town for supplies as well as hired servants. Being reclusive is what Sir Alistair is used to, but he soon finds himself attracted to the beauty posing as a housekeeper. His scars are not only on his face and hand, but he has built up a wall around his heart, a wall that is slowly crumbling. Even the children begin to make him feel as though all of this is right... but his stubbornness sets in and he believes he is not destined for a happy future with such a beauty for he only sees the scarred beast.

    Helen must confess to Alistair her past, and Alistair must learn that he is more than what he believes himself to be.

    To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt is a beautifully written Romantic Historical that will keep you turning the pages well into the night. I love her descriptions of the characters, the scenery, and the story of the Truth Teller. Also, I loved the fact that her male character, Alistair, wasn't perfect... he was scarred and missing some fingers, but had a heart and persona that any woman would fall in love with. Ms. Hoyt is a very talented lady, that is for sure. 5 Hearts
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  • Such a sweet story
    To Belguile a Beast has many plot lines I don't care for, but it's such a lovely story that I was more than forgiving.

    The heroine, Helen Fitzwilliam, is a Duke's mistress who has fled her protector with her two children because she's tired of his lack of attention and care for their children. She flees to the estate of Sir Alistair Munroe, a naturalist who turned recluse after being seriously wounded in the war on the continent. Helen becomes his housekeeper and the passion between them ignites at the same time as Helen's old protector, the Duke of Lister, is hot on her trail and determined to claim her and her son and daughter once again.

    I don't care for mistress heroines. I don't care for children in romance novels. I don't care for moody, reclusive heroes. Despite the fact that all those things are here, I LOVED this book.

    The characters are what made it for me. Most heroes who are wounded as Alistair was turn to drink and loose women. Not so here. Alistair may have hidden himself away in a dirty castle, but he continues to work on his observations of plants and animals. He really tried to continue with his life despite the many things in his way and I thought he was the most worthy of heroes for that. Helen may have made a youthful indiscretion that lead to a life as a mistress, but she was a kind, compassionate woman who managed to win me over.

    The relationship development between Alistair and Helen was wonderful. Since they lived in the same household, there was no chasing or tricks for either of them. They simply spent time together, did things together and slowly grew to love and admire each other. As Alistair becomes closer and closer to Helen and her children, he gradually begins to awaken to a new life. Alistair steps up as their protector and savior when dark forces threaten them because of the growing depth of his feelings. It was an emotional and thrilling journey to take.

    To Beguile a Beast may have started with a lot of things I don't care for in a romance, but it slowly became everything I was looking for in one. Great characters, great plot and great relationship development made this one a keeper. ...more info
  • Weak effort
    I was so looking forward to this book. What a shame that it didn't live up to my expectations. I always enjoy a beauty and beast storyline, but Hoyt made some fatal errors in her writing. I was thoroughly surprised and disappointed in her colloquial language and in the very basic mistakes she made in historical detail. Hoyt (or her editors) should know better. Early on in 'To Beguile a Beast', she has various characters using notepads. Huh? In 1765? Helen decides to buy "groceries" in the village. Again I say...huh? Where did she buy them - at the local grocery store? Those mistakes are so jarring for someone who reads a lot of historical fiction that they immediately threw me out of the storyline. The mistakes and modern language continue from there on until the end - to my great frustration. Alistair and Helen are pretty average characters as well. Other than the scars on Alistair's face and Helen's former line of work, there is not much to set them apart from every other hero and heroine in Romance. Like another reviewer stated, the only interesting relationship in the story is between Alistair and the children - and that's certainly not enough of a reason to buy 'To Beguile a Beast.' It's becoming increasingly rare to find well-written historicals these days. Sadly, this isn't one of them. ...more info
  • Loved it!!
    This is the 3rd book in The Legend of the Four Soldiers stories. I liked this one the best because I was drawn to Sir Alistar's character in the previous book. I felt that the characters this time around were most realistic. Although this one did not focus on the Spinner's Falls mystery as much as the previous ones, I was captivated by the love story. Great weekend read....more info
  • Really a 3 1/2; good points and bad --
    I love "Beauty and the Beast" type stories. I have not read the others in this series so I will say this story does stand alone.

    The good first: Very unusual characters - the brooding, scarred hero -- the beautiful fleeing mistress and her two children. All delightful! Throw in a misbehaving pup (Puddles!) and a manipulating (but loving) sister and her companion and you have some fun aspects to this tale. One quote from our hero's sister that I loved "He was a good man when he went away to the Colonies. He came back an extraordinary man." What does that tell you! I found Sir Alistair the better drawn character in this book.

    The not as good: Helen's character was not expanded -- there was too much concentration on her physical attributes! As another reviewer mentioned, the connection to Alistair (and to me her children) was not really shown. They fell into a relationship a little quickly (but it is a romance). I felt Helen was shown as so pushy and able to wedge herself into his life, but I think the way it occurred seemed inprobable. Sometimes the tediousness of the story left me just wanting to skip ahead. The scenes about fishing took too long; the weirdness of Alistair's valet was frightening, far too much about the old dog and then it's dying. Those left me cold.

    I did like the ending when Alistair retrieved Helen's children from their father. The book did have tender and wonderful moments. I recommend reading it - it just didn't touch my heart. Still, I will be reading the rest of the books (and yearning for the one that comes out later this year!). ...more info