Thursday, January 8, 2009

Elizabeth Hoyt 'To Seduce a Sinner'

Lord Vale is the amusing life of the party who has just been jilted for the second time. Melisande is the serious mousy woman who has loved him for years. She would have dismissed him as a shallow London rake except that she happened to see him comforting a fellow soldier outside a soiree one night.

Now don't laugh....this book felt rather contrived. I enjoyed the fairytale told at the beginning of each chapter a bit more. I didn't dislike either character, even appreciated that Melisande stays true to her central serious nature, forcing Vale to come to appreciate her instead of having love change her. But the plot is quite thin and it's rather central to the emotional life of the hero, so it can't afford to be this, well, silly or convenient. I felt this way about the plot in the first book of this series but to think that four books are going to be spun around it, hmm.

There are interesting emotional excavations, enough to keep the book going, just not enough to make me love it. And the sex is truthfully a bit too graphic, too early in the story. Since I enjoyed the surprisingly graphic sex scenes in Hoyt's Prince series, I can only describe this one as lacking a bit of finesse.

Historical Romance 2008: 2.5 of 5 blankets on your pallet.


Marg said...

The first book in this series was kind of average for me, but I did very much enjoy this one.

Heloise said...

The heroine was better, wasn't she? The hero I liked, but the scant plot was very distracting for me.

Oh well. :)

Rene said...

I liked this book. Didn't love it, but it was a quick read. I liked it better than the first and I'm curious what she does in the next.

Heloise said...

Hey Rene, not fair to comment in old posts! :) I'm sure there's a way for me to track this that I'm unaware of. Blogger of great computer skills I am not.

I guess I was harsher on this book than I might have been otherwise cause I like this author so much.