Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane #10.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted September 12, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane #10.5) by Elizabeth HoytOnce Upon a Moonlit Night: A Maiden Lane novella by Elizabeth Hoyt
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 . . .

Crista’s Review

4 Stars!

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!


About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

Since then Elizabeth has written nineteen books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness, Duke of Midnight, Darling Beast, Dearest Rogue, and the upcoming Sweetest Scoundrel). She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Julia Harper (Hot, For the Love of Pete, and Once and Always).

Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the ever faithful Mr. Hoyt. Please contact Elizabeth here.

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