Monday, July 4, 2016

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

Once Upon a Moonlit Night

(Maiden Lane #10.5)

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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...
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Publisher ~ Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Categories ~ historical romance

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.

First we have intrigue, next distrust with some sensual tension, then throw in a mongoose. The author proceeds to keep the reader enthralled with this delightful entertaining story. I read this book just after reading and reviewing Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10) so I was pleased to see some of the parts of that story show up in this story. 

Hippolyta's character is quite charming and her feisty handling of Matthew caused me to chuckle several times throughout the book. 

Matthew's no nonsense distrusting attitude towards Hippolyta added the right amount of tension between these two. I enjoyed his disbelief of who she was and her constantly shocking him with her intelligence. The part of the book where he put her in a life threatening position was handled in amazing scary detail and both their reactions after were written to perfection.

Ms Hoyt is the master of weaving an action packed romantic read while tossing in some humor to k
eep the reader off balanced. I give this book 5 STARS for the tension between Hippolyta and Matthew.
a copy was gifted via Netgalley

My Reviews of the Maiden Lane Series
Wicked Intentions (#1) ~ My Review   Amazon
Notorious Pleasures (#2) Review to Follow   Amazon
Clever John (#2.5) Review to Follow   Amazon
Scandalous Desires (#3) Review to Follow   Amazon
Thief of Shadows (#4) Review to Follow   Amazon
Lord of Darkness (#5) Review to Follow   Amazon
Duke of Midnight (#6) Review to Follow   Amazon
A Maiden Lane Christmas Special (#6.5) Review to Follow   Amazon
Darling Beast (#7) Review to Follow   Amazon
Dearest Rogue (#8) Review to Follow   Amazon
Sweetest Scoundrel (#9) Review to Follow   Amazon
Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10) ~ My Review   Amazon
Once Upon a Moonlit Night (#10.5) ~ My Review   Amazon
Duke of Pleasure (#11) ~ My Review   Amazon
Once Upon a Christmas Eve (#11.5) ~ My Review   Amazon
Duke of Desire (#12) ~ My Review   Amazon
Once Upon a Maiden Lane (#12.5) ~ My Review   Amazon

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.

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