Once Upon a Moonlit Night: A Maiden Lane Novella by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once Upon a Moonlit Night: A Maiden Lane Novella

byElizabeth Hoyt

Kobo ebook | July 5, 2016

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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 . . .
Title:Once Upon a Moonlit Night: A Maiden Lane NovellaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1455539171

ISBN - 13:9781455539178

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally Hippolyta I'm so glad she wrote Hippolyta's book even though I would have preferred a full length novel. I still really enjoyed the novella.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars- Hippolyta's story 3.5 stars--ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT is installment 10.5 in Elizabeth Hoyt’s MAIDEN LANE historical romance series. This is Hippolyta Royle, and Matthew Mortimer’s story line. Some of the events of ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT run parallel to the events of book ten –DUKE OF SIN. If you are a fan of the series, you will recognize Hippolyta from the previous two to three story lines. Told from dual third person perspectives (Hippolyta and Matthew) follows the escape and rescue of Hippolyta Royle. In the previous installment Hippolyta was held prisoner by the Duke of Montgomery in a blackmail scheme aimed at her mother. With the help of the Duke’s housekeeper Mrs. Crumb, Hippolyta found herself on the run, and into the less than companionable carriage of Matthew Mortimer- a cartographer and explorer struggling in debt. What ensues is a quick cross country adventure wherein Matthew believes his carriage mate is nothing more than an educated whore or actress, and Hippolyta finding some solace with the man by whom she had been rescued. The relationship is quick to develop due to the novella length of the story, and days to weeks will pass without preamble or reveal. From declaration of marriage to threats against his new wife, Matthew Mortimer becomes Hippolyta’s hero, and the man with whom she will fall in love. The $ex scenes are intimate and romantic without the use of over the top graphic text or imagery. ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT answers the question about what happened to Hippolyta following her escape from the Duke of Montgomery. Because of the length of the novella, the character development is lacking although some of Hipployta’s background and family history are revealed. I would have liked to know a little more about Matthew’s story and his travels. The epilogue fast forwards the story line one year. The premise is an entertaining and quick read that looks at mistaken beliefs, betrayal and revenge.
Date published: 2016-07-05