Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

I received this book for free from Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth HoytOnce Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #10.5
Published by Forever Yours on July 5th 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley/Publisher

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 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.

There is nothing like discovering a new author that you absolutely love. It’s such a great feeling, especially since I’m quite cautious when trying out new historical romance authors. However after reading two Elizabeth Hoyt novels and loving them, when I saw Once Upon a Moonlit Night pop up on Netgalley, I requested that novella without a second thought.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night is a novella, it’s an excellent one. It does suffer a tiny bit because it is short, but seriously, I enjoyed every minute of this quick read.

Hippolyta Royle, who is quite the heiress, is running from her kidnapper (who wants her inheritance) through the night, when she stumbles across Matthew Mortimer’s carriage. Hippolyta is not looking all that good, and Matthew doesn’t believe her when she tells him who she is, but Matthew still agrees to help her because he’s a nice guy, and then ROMANCE!

I absolutely loved these two so much. Hippolyta is a character that is in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, although I’ve only read one book so far from that series, and I had no problem following along. Hippolyta was a woman I could so get behind. She’s one tough lady, and does what she has to to escape and get back to her father. And she totally holds her own with Matthew. Hippolyta has a bit of a secret, though, one she fears anyone discovering.

Matthew is pretty awesome, too, although he doesn’t believe Hippolyta is an aristocrat. In fact, he fears she might be trying to con him, but he still doesn’t leave her stranded out in the night. I do love him for that. Matthew struggles a bit with how he feels about her because, like I said, he’s not sure Hippolyta is telling the truth.

Matthew and Hippolyta are just so good together, and I could tell that they would be perfect together. That’s never an easy thing for an author it accomplish, but it’s especially difficult in a novella, and man does Hoyt kick butt at it here.

I know novellas are hit or miss, but Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt is a total hit. If you enjoy historical romance, you absolutely have to read this.


13 Responses to “Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt”

  1. Nick

    Aww the romance sounds adorable even if it’s just a novella. That heroine’s name is kinda difficult to pronounce though! I really need to pick up by Hoyt. I bought a bunch of them a couple of weeks ago.
    Lovely review!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      You should totally read Elizabeth Hoyt. I’ve only read a few books, but I ADORED Dearest Rogue so much! Hippolyta’s name is a bit much, but it sort of fits her. 🙂

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Okay Hippolyta may be the worst name I’ve ever come across in romance! I think I’d end up calling her Hippo in my head since I couldn’t pronounce the whole thing and that’s not any better! That aside this sounds like a fun book! I need to get my hads on the first book in this series because as a whole they’ve all sounded like great reads and I need to read more historical romance.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Hahaha! Hippolyta is a rough name, although I do think it fits her. I’ve only read a few Hoyt books but I’ve loved them all. Dearest Rogue was just SO FREAKING AMAZING!

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Happy to know that this novella was good despite it being short! They are always so hit or miss with me. This does sound like a fun one – I love that the hero is a nice guy, and that the two leads fit so well together. Intrigued by this secret Hippolyta has too! 🙂

  4. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Sounds charming, and sometimes a novella is just what I need! I will look for this one. I’ve been wanting to try the Maiden Lane series, and this might be a good way to test the waters, so to speak. Good review!

  5. Lover Of Romance

    oh I just love this series so much!!! I haven’t read this novella yet, but its definitely on the priority list especially after reading your review. I do adore a heroine I can get behind. 🙂

  6. Adria

    I loved this one too! Hoyt tends to give her characters unusual names that always fit them. You should definitely start at the beginning of this series. It’s pretty amazing.

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