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Monday, July 18, 2016

NOVELLA REVIEW: "Once Upon a Moonlit Night" by Elizabeth Hoyt


Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane, #10.5)
(Maiden Lane #10.5)

Historical Romance (Georgian England)
Forever -- July 5, 2016
eARC, 100  pages
Read in June 2016
Netgalley

Goodreads -- Author Website

RATING: 3.75 STARS

SUMMARY
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. 


THEMES & TROPES
Big Secret, Shotgun Wedding, Heiress

MY THOUGHTS 
I received an eARC of this book from Forever Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night is a novella in the Maiden Lane series that can be read as a stand-alone despite the fact that the heroine's predicament is a significant plot point towards the end of Duke of Sin.  I continue to adore Elizabeth Hoyt's writing and found this to be an entertaining read for a summer afternoon.

Hippolyta Royle is considered to be quite a novelty due to the fact that she is the richest heiress in the country and that was she was born in India.  In Duke of Sin, she is kidnapped by the Duke of Montgomery and aided in her escape by the heroine of that book.  This story takes place as Hippolyta is trying to make her way back to London.  She comes across a carriage and begs for assistance.  Matthew Mortimer has recently returned to England from India and, while he wants to help the dirty young woman, he has a difficult time believing that she is a wealthy heiress.

I loved Hippolyta!  She was a fascinating character in other Maiden Lane books and she didn't disappoint in this book.  I admired her resilience and her intellect especially.  Matthew was not as developed as I would have liked him to be, but he was still easy to root for.  I especially enjoyed the scenes where he talked about his passion for maps and India.  As a couple, Matthew and Hippolyta were just adorable.  They didn't want to be attracted to one another, but couldn't help it.

If you want a example of Elizabeth Hoyt's writing, Once Upon a Moonlit Night would be a good place to start.  It has her traditionally unorthodox characters along with a fun plot and even an adorable animal.  Tommy Teapot the mongoose stole every scene he was in!  As always, I can't wait for more from this author and this series.

READING CHALLENGES
2016 Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge

BOOKS IN THE SERIES


Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1) Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2) Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3) Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4) Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5) Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6) Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7) Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8) Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane, #9)    
Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10) Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane, #10.5) Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11)

3 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this novella. I really liked it. I need to read more Maiden Lane books. I loved Dearest Rogue so much! I can't imagine anyone topping that one.

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  2. I really need to pick this one up so badly!!! I have loved reading this series so far.

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  3. I just finished up book one of this series a few weeks ago. Need to grab more of them :D

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