Title: Once Upon A Moonlit Night (A Maiden Lane Novella)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Georgian
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Forever, July 5, 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Pages: Not available (Kindle 529 KB), $1.99
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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 . . .
If you are a Maiden Lane Series reader then you know that Hippolyta was kidnapped by the Duke of Montgomery in the previous book, DUKE OF SIN. This book opens with Hippolyta’s escape in the night.
If you are familiar with Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series then you will agree with me that this just has to be a terrific read. I’m here to tell you that it certainly lives up to all expectations. So why only a 4.5 star rating and not a 5 star rating? Because I’m being nit-picky! I loved this story, her daring escape from her kidnapper, the interaction between Hippolyta and Matthew and their progress from adversaries to lovers. But…I would have loved more, more, more. Not that there isn’t Hoyt’s beautiful characterization and a thoroughly charming story. It is just that I never wanted it to end.
There are some side characters from previous books but they are icing on the cake for series readers and if you are new to the series you can start here and not be lost. In fact I recommend you take the plunge with this reasonably priced novella and then I guarantee you will want to read the series.