TO DESIRE A DEVIL
Hoyt concludes her Four Soldiers Quartet with the kind of powerfully emotional, sensual romance, tinged with fairy tale, that readers have come to expect from this gifted storyteller.
Held captive for seven years after the French and Indian War, Reynaud St. Aubyn escapes and returns home. Frightening in his tattooed appearance and ill with fever, Reynaud thrusts his way into his home, demanding his rights as heir. But he's been declared dead, and Beatrice Corning's uncle is the new duke. Beatrice has loved Reynaud since she saw his portrait, but the real man is so much more fascinating.
As she nurses him, Beatrice realizes Reynaud is far from a beast. He's a man with a mission: to find the one who betrayed their regiment. Reynaud is captivated by Beatrice, a gentlewoman who has no fear of either his looks or his temper. Though she stands by her uncle, she vows to help Reynaud uncover the truth and, in the end, claim his rights to the title, even though it means risking her reputation and her life to gain his love. (FOREVER, Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)