I’m really excited to be participating in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel Blog Tour. Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite historical romance writers. I look forward to all her stories and Sweetest Scoundrel in particular I’ve been anticipating. I’ve been waiting and waiting for Asa Makepeace’s story and well, it did not disappoint.
Firstly, don’t worry if you have no idea who Asa Makepeace is. Hoyt establishes her characters with efficiency in the beginning of the book and the story takes off from there. Eve and Asa are about as different as it is possible to be. Eve is practical and efficient. She is the bastard child of a Duke and lives a simple, quiet life. Her only support is the Duke of Montgomery, her brother and protector. When Eve meets Asa, she is immediately drawn to him. But she also knows she has to protect her brother’s investment in Harte’s Folly, the theater Asa runs, so, despite her initial attraction, Eve concentrates on business. And that isn’t hard to do necessarily because while Asa is passionate about theater, he is not a natural businessman by any means. Eve is however and gets the theater’s books in order. The closer she works with Asa, the closer their bond grows.
And of course, a natural romance emerges between these two and it is lovely. Asa and Eve clash with each other but the more Asa gets to know Eve, the more he has her back, so to speak. He will make sure she is safe and wants to be her protector. Unfortunately, there is something standing in their way, and that is Asa’s obsession with Harte’s Folly.
It takes Asa a bit longer than I would have expected to come to his senses when it comes to Eve but then he makes a grand gesture which I found very romantic. I really liked Asa, as I was expecitng, but honestly it was Eve who stole the show for me. I loved her quiet character that hid a deep, passionate soul. She reminded me a bit of me. A bit shy and seemingly living a content life but knowing there is something more exciting out there for her. And once Eve got going, she did not let anything derail her. She embraced Asa’s personality, foibles and all, and embraced their joy together.
Elizabeth Hoyt does her research and it showed in Sweetest Scoundrel. The theater setting was fully realized and it brought the book to life for me. Just as Asa was immersed in Harte’s Folly, so was I through the images Hoyt created in my mind. Well done, as usual Elizabeth Hoyt!
Sweetest Scoundrel is a great book for longtime fans of the series. I also believe that if this is your first foray in Elizabeth Hoyt’s historicals, it will pique your interest for more.
Sweetest Scoundrel is available now!
ARC provided by publisher for review.
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