ARC Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted July 5, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt
Once Upon a Moonlit Night
by Elizabeth Hoyt

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: July 5th 2016
Series: Maiden Lane #10.5
Published by Forever Yours
Format: eARC
 

“I’m glad Elizabeth Hoyt took the time to write this story for her. I never thought I’d see her again, but now she has a HEA and I think out of all the characters in this series, Hippolyta was the one that deserved it the most.”
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In this delicious offering from Elizabeth Hoyt, readers are thrown back into the Maiden Lane world and are once again reunited with Hippolyta Royle. Now if you’ve read the previous full-length book in this series, DUKE OF SIN, then you may be familiar with Hippolyta. She was the woman who Val kidnapped and wanted to make his wife before the heroine released her. So when I say that she’s been through a lot, I really mean it. The poor girl has been so strong though and I obviously had an immediate connection with her character from the very first page.

As we see her trying to return back to her home safely, she encounters another traveler named Matthew Mortimer. He’s handsome, intelligent, but also extremely wary of her. He doesn’t believe her when she says she is Hippolyta Royle instead he thinks of her as a beggar and an actress, trying to seduce men along the road and taking them for all he’s worth when he least suspects it.

And yet, he returns for her when he leaves her without clothes or money to feed herself, unable to bear the fact that she is alone. A romance blooms between the two, but for a short story, it’s quite believable. I will say that it took me a while to get into Matthew’s character simply because he was so mean to Hippolyta in the beginning. She’d been through some terrible things already that she doesn’t deserve judgment from a complete stranger as well. I felt a certain protectiveness towards Hippolyta’s character and that was why Matthew had so much against him in the beginning. And yet, by the end of the story, I was just in love with him as Hippolyta was.

So I would say that if you are thinking of trying this series, start at the beginning. You can happily jump into this story, however, you should read DUKE OF SIN first I think since that’s where Hippolyta’s journey really starts. I’m glad Elizabeth Hoyt took the time to write this story for her. I never thought I’d see her again, but now she has a HEA and I think out of all the characters in this series, Hippolyta was the one that deserved it the most.

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

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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I liked book 1 but not book 2… I’ll try book 3 but after that we’ll see

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Book 3 is great! I remember loving it!

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Thanks for the review Annie

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Thanks for the review, I’m adding to my wishlist.