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Once upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher & Release: Hachette Book Group, July 5, 2016
Time and setting: 1741, Yorkshire, England
Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian
Length: Novella Length
Heat Level: 3 Flames
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
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 . . .
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When I received an invitation from the publisher to read Once upon a Moonlit Night, via Net-Galley, in exchange for an honest review, I immediately accepted. I recently read Duke of Sin and thoroughly enjoyed it, and this book’s heroine was a secondary character in that one. I had to find out what happened to the poor young woman after she escaped the Duke of Montgomery’s evil machinations!
Hippolyta Royle finds herself stranded on a country road with the hounds of hell on her heels. Fortunately, a coach appears, and the gentleman inside agrees to give her sanctuary. Although she is the wealthiest heiress in England, Matthew Mortimer mistakes her for an actress down on her luck and a woman of easy virtue.
Matthew does not believe this little beggarmaid’s tale of woe, but he is enchanted by her nonetheless, he does not have the time to become embroiled with a female no matter how attractive he finds her. After leaving her at the next coaching inn, he suddenly becomes remorseful and returns in the nick of time to save her from three thugs intent on doing her harm.
When he learns that she is indeed the woman she claims to be, and they are forced to marry, will it lead to paradise or a living hell?
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful romp across England. Hippolyta is an endearing heroine, and Matthew is a great hero. The chemistry between the pair is fantastic from the first scene and only grows stronger as the story progresses.
For a novella, there is surprising depth to both the hero and heroine, and even though their romance must move quickly, I found it believable. I think it helped that they are thrown together and have to either sink or swim.
If you enjoy Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series and read Duke of Sin, then this tale will certainly please you as much as it did me. It’s a fast read with truly delightful characters. Happy reading!
About the Author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
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