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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

The first (of many I hope) Maiden Lane novella is here!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: July 5, 2016

Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach's occupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he's in for much more than he bargained for . . .

At first Matthew Mortimer doesn't believe Hippolyta's story, that she's a fabulously wealthy heiress who's been kidnapped. He assumes she's a beggar, an actress, or worse. But once his new travel companion washes the mud from her surprisingly lovely face, and they share a breathtaking kiss, there is no turning back . . .

Running away from relentless pursuers and in desperate need of help, heiress Hippolyta Royle flags down the first carriage to cross her path. The carriage belongs to Matthew Mortimer who is reluctant to believe Hippolyta’s story but agrees to take her along with him anyway. One carriage ride and a kiss later and everything changes drastically for both of them.

Finally Miss Hippolyta Royle gets her story and what a whirlwind one it was! Longtime fans should remember this character from previous books but in her own story, Hippolyta was on the run from kidnappers employed by a powerful but dangerous man (A familiar man to fans of the series). Yet, for all the danger she was facing as a known heiress and a woman alone, I found her to be bold, daring and quite sassy. She wasn’t the type to take things lying down, oh and when she got to flirting with Matthew, those scenes were some of the best!

Matthew wasn’t who I was expecting for Hippolyta but he turned out to be just as amusing and daring as she was, just in a different way. He was an adventurer that inherited a title and I really liked how “unrefined” he could be. He had interesting chemistry with Hippolyta that started off with him not believing her story. Right away he proved to be a standup guy though, offering to take her to the next inn even though he didn’t know her from Eve. I liked his skeptisim because it often lead to some entertaining verbal banter between him and Hippolyta who didn’t like to let Matthew have the last word.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night was a delightful appetizer right before a five course feast. Which feast you ask? Well pick any full length novel in the Maiden Lane series and there you go because each and every one of Elizabeth Hoyt’s books is feast for the senses. Now this is the first novella in the Maiden Lane series and it iss perfect for the new fan wanting to try something new because it had everything that makes a Hoyt romance unique all in a few short pages.

As short as it was, there was still room enough to have a scenes with old characters like Artemis, Hero, and Lord d’Arque, whom I’m hoping will get his own story one day. It definitely felt like a full length novel.

Final Verdict: New fan or old, don’t pass this one up. Matthew and Hippolyta are a great couple!

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