on July 5th 2016
Genres: Romance, Historical
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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 . . .
Oh, how I loved this novella!! If you are looking for a few laughs, some quick entertainment, and a believable and passionate romance, this novella has all you could hope for and more!!
I have been a fan of the Maiden Lane series since the beginning. I envy those people that have never read the series, because the Maiden Lane series is ten and a half books of pure entertainment. Of course, some are more memorable than others, but in the hands of Elizabeth Hoyt, you are always guaranteed a good read. Once Upon a Moonlit Night, although a novella, is no exception to this rule. I was absolutely hooked from the beginning and smiled throughout as the utterly rich and pampered Hippolyta Royle is running for her life and is “rescued” by the dashing Matthew Mortimer.
He thinks she is a liar when she tells him that she’s a wealthy heiress, and she thinks that he is a poor man in need of a break. The banter begins right away and neither Hippolyta nor Matthew has a clue about who the other person really is.
This is a delightful romp of a romance with plenty of humor, trademark Hoyt steaminess, and a truly quick and satisfying read. I love when a relationship starts out with animosity and gradually warms until it reaches the telltale “fever pitch”. This novella paces this relationship perfectly and had me believing in this couple the entire time: a difficult feat for even a full-length novel to achieve.
Once Upon a Moonlit Night can be read as a standalone, but it directly ties to the Duke of Sin, the book that immediately precedes it. However, to miss any of these books would truly be a shame. They are all filled to the brim with excellent writing and loads of reading pleasure!