Melisande Fleming thought she would remain a spinster living with her brother and his wife. Her heart has always pined for Lord Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, even as she knew he barely realized she existed. Her dreams are about to come true however when Jasper is jilted again.
When a lovely if a tad nondescript woman approaches him and offers to marry him, Jasper Renshaw is elated and confused. Who is this mysterious woman and why does she want to marry him? Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth though, especially after two failed engagements, Jasper and Melisande marry. Jasper is expecting a prim and proper wife, not the tempting siren that shares his bed at night. But Melisande wants more from Jasper than just a companionable marriage; she longs for his secrets and his heart. Jasper cannot let her get any closer to him for fear she may be in danger from the secrets from his past. Who will win in this battle of love’s will?
Love tempts and torments these characters in Elizabeth Hoyt’s sensational To Seduce a Sinner. Jasper is probably not every woman’s ideal husband, what with his rather scandalous way with the ladies. Melisande does not have delusions going into their marriage. She is not a great beauty nor does she have any particular feminine wiles, but something about her strikes a chord with Jasper and their marriage is off and running. One of the things I love most about Elizabeth Hoyt’s book is the lushness of the writing. There is not a word or phrase that does not add to the ambiance of this story.
Jasper and Melisande had to work for their happily-ever-after. This is a story well worth digging into and enjoying. To Seduce a Sinner is a thrilling historical romance!