Once Upon a Moonlit Night (E–pub)
016Rating 4 starsSource eARC rom NetGalleyWarning this is an adult book and or the eyes of mature readersSumma 325 Not bad It is a novela so it is short and excuses the meteoric acceleration rom an accidental meeting on a rainy night in the middle of the road by a bedraggled young woman and an impoverished nobleman in his carriage who offered her a an impoverished nobleman in his carriage who offered her a to marriage The girl is the hairess who ran away The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole from an insane kidnapping Duke and she isortunate to run into a young handsome and mostly honorable gentleman who thinks she is a bagger traveling actress or very low class prostitute Money does seem to The Last Honest Man: Mordecai Richler: An Oral Biography fix many things I I had to gird my loinsIinished and enjoyed Duke of Sin with the uestion But what happened to poor Hippolytaburning through my brain When I The Catholic Home found out that we would be getting a novella telling us all about it I was very excited Yesterday I went to Goodreads to update and list it as currently reading While I was there I noticed that there were aew less than stellar ratings What How could that be It s a novella what on earth could go wrong Well I didn t look at the review before starting but I girded my loins as I started waiting Sarah Binks for it all toall apartand waitedand waitedand waitedUmmmit didn t happen I didn t ind the bad bit I m not discounting someone else s opinion each to their own and all that jazz but I m not sure what the bad bit was Look it wasn t perfect by any means The sexy times were a wee bit modern and very steamy but who am I to uestion whether back in the olden days they talked dirty or not It also all kind of ell into place a bit too easily and the characters did Too Many Puppies! fall in love very uickly BUTI read romance to escaperom reality and this little treat hit the spot The Wanderers for meHippolyta and Matthew have a very unusualirst meeting and neither of them is in a position that shows themselves off in a The Last Dickens favourable light Hippolyta has escaped kidnapping and Matthew is returningrom his overseas adventures to do his duty now that he is an Earl Matthew doesn t believe that the muddy and smelly Hippolyta could possibly be a rich heiress and she thinks he s a dishevelled and rude working man in need of Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes fundsThe story has a touch of mystery mixed into their adventure There is seduction and temptation that neither can deny Both characters are also learning to have the courage to be true to yourself While it wasn t perfect it was a perfectlyine little story to answer my uestions and give me the historical romance Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire fix I was lookingorI can t wait Gordon Loggins and the Three Bears for Duke of Pleasure and I hope my guess is right in who the newest Ghost of St Giles is Stacey is Sassy received an advanced copy of this story The copy provided is not theinal copy and may be subject to edits and changes. Hat she's a abulously 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 rom her surprisingly lovely ace and they share a breathtaking kiss there is no turning back Listening Length 3 hours and 50 minutes. I was eager to pick
up once uponOnce Upon Moonlit Night and ind out what happed to Hippolyta Royale after escaping rom the Duke of Montgomery s clutches Hippolyta was purported to be the richest heiress in England and therefore a much sought after catch but running through the muddy hills of England have made her a sodden mess She s not out of danger though because the Duke s men are still pursuing her When a carriage comes barreling by and she jumps at the chance or a ride back to London
The carriage owner is infuriating even if he is sexy as sincarriage owner is infuriating even if he is sexy as sin Mortimer is home after the last couple of years sailing the Indian Ocean to step into his role as Earl of Paxton The title sounds grand but so are the debts that accompany it When he comes upon Hippolyta soaked and covered in mud he assumes she s commoner trying to swindle him out of money but allows her to ride with them to the next town anyhow Her demeanor and spunk in spite of her situation intrigue Matthew and he can t help Torrent of Portyngale: Re-Edited from the Unique Ms. in the Chetham Library, Manchester (Classic Reprint) feeling like he must protect this woman Little Hippolyta cleans up very well and soon Matthew can tight the desire and attraction brewing between them This was a The Pocket Mommy fun short and steamy romance I loved the push and pull between Matthew and Hippolyta Once Upon a Moonlit Night is novella done right aix of romance and HEA in a short amount of pages This is a must Unnatural Leadership: Going Against Intuition and Experience to Develop Ten New Leadership Instincts for any Maiden Lanean but it s not necessary to read any of the previous books to enjoy Hippolyta and Matthew s story A copy was kindly provided by Forever Yours via Netgalley in exchange or an honest review Readers of Duke of Sin the recently released tenth book in Elizabeth Hoyt s hugely popular Maiden Lane series will recall that one of the many nefarious plots engineered by the Machiavellian Duke of Montgomery was the kidnapping of Miss Hippolyta Royle the wealthiest heiress in England In that book she was reed by the Duke s housekeeper the enterprising Bridget Crumb who helped her to escape onto the moors and then we heard nothing of her I admit that loose plot thread did seem rather strange but As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! fortunately anyone wondering what happened to Miss Royle after sheled Ainsdale Castle can put their minds at rest as her Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos fate is revealed in the novella Once Upon a Moonlit NightShe stumbles into the path of an oncoming carriage whichortunately stops so that its angry occupant can ask her what the hell she s playing at Dirty bedraggled and smelling what the hell she s playing at Dirty bedraggled and smelling sheep rather than roses Hippolyta s assertion that she is a wealthy heiress is promptly dismissed by Matthew Mortimer explorer cartographer and newly minted but improverished Earl of Paxton He s tired rom his journey home rom the Indian Ocean disgruntled because he had to make it at all and in no mood to humour a down. 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 afterHippolyta Royle is running or her life Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night the heiress lags down a passing carr. ,
On her luck actressthieftartThe irst part of the novella is a road trip romance in which the two protagonists get off on completely the wrong oot but during the course of a "Few Days Come To Realise "days come to realise perhaps there is to the other than meets the eye The sparks ly rom the get go and the air between them crackles with sexual tension even though Matthew is pretty abrasive or the The Seduction of Miranda Prosper first part of the journey and makes no bones about theact that he believes Hippolyta to be a whore By the second day however they really start talking to each other and he starts to wonder if perhaps he s misjudged her But before he can really make his mind up the two of them are discovered in the yard of a coaching inn by her The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy father who is outraged at the idea that his daughter has spent several days unchaperoned with a man leaving Matthew with little option but to askor her handThe story then The Pierced Heart fastorwards a couple of weeks to the hasty wedding and the wedding night and the reappearance of a igure rom Hippolyta s past who threatens to expose a buried amily secret that isn t much of a secret to anyone who has read Duke
of sin whichSin which ruin her in societyOnce Upon a Moonlit Night is an entertaining uick read that is as well written as one would expect rom this author but it does suffer rom novella itis in that it eels rather rushed especially in the second half The central characters are reasonably well drawn and while Matthew is a bit of a grouch to start with in his Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley favour he s the type of hero who once he realises what he wants doesn t dither or deny he goesor it But I couldn t uite work out what happened to Hippolyta who has been an intriguing exotic igure in the earlier books in which she has appeared She begins this tale as spirited and able to give as good as she gets but then turns into a wimpy damsel in distress immediately after her wedding night She receives a blackmail note and just runs off instead of having a simple conversation with Matthew and I thoroughly disliked the use of such an obvious contrivance to create dramatic tensionUltimately this is a story of two not uite halves The irst in which the author develops the relationship between Hipployta and Matthew and skilfully brings the sexual attraction between them to the boil gets our stars but the second which is a bit of a let
Down Gets Three Hence My Overall Grade I Enjoyed Thegets three hence my overall grade I enjoyed the and I m glad Ms Hoyt took the opportunity to tie up the loose ends of Hippolyta s story but I think it needed a bit time and space in which to play out This publishes on my BIRTHDAY So excited Review posted on The Eater of Books blogOnce Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth HoytBook 105 of the Maiden Lane seriesPublisher ForeverPublication Date July 5 Iage 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 ate But should he agree to escort her to safety he's in The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse for much than he bargainedorAt irst Matthew Mortimer doesn't believe Hippolyta's story .