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.Once 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
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.