Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella

byElizabeth Hoyt

Kobo ebook | December 5, 2017

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A heartwarming stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!

Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday**---**and Adam loves his grandmother, so he'll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they're forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he's ever met . . .

Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she'll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it's the one gift this mismatched pair can't wait to unwrap.

Title:Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane NovellaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 5, 2017Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:145553918X

ISBN - 13:9781455539185


Rated 4 out of 5 by from I waited so long... I feel like crying for two reasons: 1) This series is over 2) I NEED AN EPILOGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel cheated! So damn cheated! I have loved Adam ever since he was introduced in this series. I have been waiting for his and Sarah's story since Lord of Darkness. I was led to believe there would be an extra chapter, but it was a chapter dedicated solely to the end of the fairytale. I really wish the fairytales were taken out of the novellas. The relationship development was really well-written and felt natural, despite the length of the story. They were so damn good together! However, while Sarah and Adam talked about their pasts, I don't feel like they fully discussed anything in depth. This was understandable given that it is just a novella. One thing that didn't click was Godric's sudden approval of Adam, before he even had any proof of Adam's honourable character. As such, I was highly anticipating Chapter 13 after one of the <i> best </i> proposal scenes <i> ever! </i> I can't even put into words the crushing disappointment I felt when I realized that there was no Chapter 13! Once Upon a Maiden Lane was satisfying because of the epilogue! But here Sarah and Adam were robbed ;-; Sarah and Adam deserve an epilogue! Please! Please! I will never stop wishing that they got a full-length novel, but at least give them an epilogue! I also agree with one of the reviewers on Goodreads who said that had Adam been given a full-length novel, he would have given St. Vincent a run for his money as the #1 reformed rake.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from quick read; light hearted and spirited ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS EVE by Elizabeth Hoyt follows Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Argue, and renowned rogue as he embarks on a seduction of Sarah St. John during the Christmas holidays. ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS EVE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Adam and Sarah) ONCE UPON A CHIRSTMAS EVE finds Adam Rutledge and his grandmother accepting the hospitality of Godric St. John following the break down of their carriage as they embarked towards a Christmas celebration with family, out of town. Enter Sarah St. John, Godric’s half-sister and the woman with whom Adam will fall in love. What ensues are Adam’s attempts to prove to Sarah that his prior reputation as a rake is now in the past, and all of his attentions are sighted upon our story line heroine. ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS EVE is a quick read; a novella length historical romance set in the days prior to the Christmas celebrations as one woman struggles with her attraction to a man whose reputation repulses but attracts the curiosity. The premise is impassioned, light-hearted and spirited; the characters are colorful and engaging; the romance is a case of insta-lust/love between two people confident in themselves yet looking for something more.
Date published: 2017-12-06