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Release Day Blitz: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt


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 Hoyt_OnceUponaMoonlitNight_Ebookoccupant. 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 . . .



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HoytElizabeth (1)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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Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth HoytI don’t read a whole lot of historical romance any more. It’s just fallen out of my reading patterns for the most part. However, there is one historical romance author I continually keep up with and that is Elizabeth Hoyt. She is the author of one of my absolute favorite books, Scandalous Desires, and on the whole, I tend to really, really love her books. Dearest Rogue is her latest book (it releases this coming Tuesday, May 26!) and it is JUST PLAIN WONDERFUL. I have been waiting on tenterhooks for Phoebe’s love story and it is the sumptuous and charming kind of story I expect from Elizabeth Hoyt.

Phoebe is blind. I’m just going to put it out there. She has been losing her sight through the course of the Maiden Lane series and unfortunately, things are no better in her own story. But Phoebe is not one to be pitied (though honestly I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to be blind during this time period. She is an aristocrat and has a cushion fortunately but still, tough times all around). Unfortunately, her brother, Maximus, is a Duke and he wants to protect his sister above all cost, even if it means constraining her life to only the smallest of pleasures and happiness. Heck, she even has a guard with her at all times. James Trevillion pretty much pines for Phoebe through much of this book. He has been for awhile in fact, if you’ve kept up with the series. He wants to protect her but he does not think the way Maximus keeps Phoebe in cotton wool is the way to go about it. Unfortunately, life is about to get more dangerous for Phoebe when there are several kidnapping attempts on her life. Maximus rightly goes even more strict while James become more protective. Phoebe is not dumb. She knows she has to be cautious but she also does not want to simply have no life whatsoever. I very much felt bad for her situation.

Phoebe is not necessarily head over heels in love with James at the beginning of the book. But when he leaves her life, she notices quickly what an immense void is left behind. They have developed a friendly and snappish rapport with each other and it’s hard to not have him in her life, especially when Maximus is so domineering. Ah but when they finally reunite, it’s like bells tolled in my heart (yes, I am going that purple prose route).

Truly they are just a wonderful pair together. She trusts him implicitly and he looks out for her no matter what, even when he may not always want to give her the freedom she craves. Nonetheless, he doesn’t want to limit her life anymore. There is a scene where they are riding horses together and it’s simply so nice because James let her do it. She knew he was keeping watch over her and thus, Phoebe felt free to truly enjoy an activity that had previously been limited because of her sight.

I did think the kidnapping plots somewhat slowed the course of the story, at least initially. Once it set James and Phoebe on the run together, that forced intimacy was wonderful to behold. Sexy times ahoy, friends! I was truly glued to the pages of this story in a way I haven’t been in a long time for a historical romance.

Dearest Rogue does stand alone completely but I will say, I liked that I’ve “known” Phoebe and James awhile. Both have been strong characters throughout the course of the Maiden Lane series and it was very nice to see them finally get their own love story. This is a series well worth reading and fortunately, Hoyt has moved far away from the ghost of St. Giles plot that propelled the earlier books.

Simply put, Dearest Rogue captivated me from start to finish. It is utterly romantic in even the smallest of gestures and words and that is what makes Hoyt such a fabulous storyteller to me. Her love stories exude sensuality even at the most mundane of moments (like riding in a carriage and laying one’s head on the shoulder of the man you love). Lovely!

ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss for review.

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