Elizabeth Hoyt’s To Taste Temptation (2008) is a satisying romance that also speaks loudly about the horrors of war and the honor of loyalty.
Samuel Hartley, a successful Boston businessman and former Colonial soldier, enlists the services of Lady Emeline Gordon to chaperone his younger sister Rebecca in London’s high society. Although she agrees, Lady Emeline is enraged by Samuel’s uncivilized disregard for the social proprieties that she has dedicated her life to upholding. Despite this, she finds his brash boldness intriguing. With time, they find themselves drawn together by their differences. As the two face the typical struggles and challenges that are found in most romance novels, it is the subplot that will really capture the hearts of readers.
Samuel is reputed to be a coward who fled an attack on the British during the French and Indian War that left many of his fellow soldiers dead, or wishing they were. However, everything is not as it seems. Samuel suspects that it was treachery that led to the ambush and slaughter on that dreadful day and he is intent on discovering the truth.
The reader is led into the world of former soldiers who must live with the horrific memories that accompany war. This book touches on questions of the meaning of bravery, loyalty, and honor. It also makes clear that sometimes the emotional scars can be much more painful than the physical scars that remain after the war.
Visit Elizabeth Hoyt’s website to learn more about her historical romance novels. You can check out this, or other books, at the Orange County Library.