I am really excited to be participating in the release day blitz for Elizabeth Hoyt’s Once Upon a Moonlit Night. There’s nothing quite like an Elizabeth Hoyt romance and even in novella form, I become hooked on her characters. Hippolyta is rather uncommon, despite her aristocratic upbringing. Perhaps so uncommon that she is thought to be a mere actress (or even worse!) when rescued by Matthew. He scoffs at her backstory but cannot help noticing her regal bearing and well, her rather smart mouth. She is not afraid of the not-so-gentle set down.
Matthew is a rather new member of the aristocracy. He was much happier studying the world and putting things down on his maps. He never expects to meet someone like Hippolyta (as we know, this is a common feature of all romance novels!). There was instant chemistry though. Even in her bedraggled state, Hippolyta radiates charm and control. She may have a wild tale of mayhem to share, but she is no liar as Matthew discovers.
It is rather important that you have read or at least know what happened in Duke of Sin, Hoyt’s latest full-length story because it does provide critical backstory as to why Hippolyta is in her current predicament. Hoyt does set it up nicely but it’s more fun to know how she escapes Val’s clutches. I will be honest and say I could have used MORE of everything in this book but that’s only because Elizabeth Hoyt is a masterful storyteller and I just really wanted more scenes, more dialog, and more admiring looks from these two. Novellas are a great taste of what an author has to offer and Elizabeth Hoyt succeeds in Once Upon a Moonlit Night. It is definitely worth purchasing Duke of Sin (especially) but I can highly recommend all her stories. I’m hoping to catches scenes featuring Matthew and Hippolyta in Hoyt’s upcoming stories.
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ARC provided for review by publisher.
ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT by Elizabeth Hoyt (July 5, 2016; Forever Yours Ebook; A Maiden Lane Series Novella)
From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt comes a delightful Maiden Lane novella that begins once upon a moonlit night—and ends wickedly, wonderfully ever after . . .
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 . . .
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series.Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
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