Once Upon a Moonlit Night is #10.5 in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series. For a short novella, it sure packs a punch!
Hippolyta Royle is literally running with hounds on her heels. After escaping from the Duke of Montgomery's kidnappers, she is desperately fleeing through rain and mud to get away. When she spots an oncoming carriage, she flags it down begging for help. The handsome yet unbelievably rude passenger agrees to escort her safely back to London. What a journey it turns out to be!
Matthew Mortimer is reluctantly on his way home to assume his duties as the new Earl of Paxton. He's shocked and disbelieving when his muddied, unkempt passenger declares herself to be a wealthy heiress. But the more time he spends with her, hears her story, and finally sees her sans mud, he realizes he doesn't care if she's a beggar or heiress. She's his!
As with all of Ms. Hoyt's books, this one is filled with loveable characters and passionate sensuality. I was fascinated by Hippolyta in earlier Maiden Lane books. What an intriguing heroine! She's been kidnapped in the dark of night, left in a dank and dark cell, and escaped through horrid conditions. Yet she is the epitome of grace under pressure.
Matthew is delicious! Though a little rude and exasperating at first, he's funny and suave. And what I loved most about him was his emotions were authentic. When he met someone he was truly interested in, he was able to handle it and be supportive of her.
If you're in the mood to escape into a little romantic fantasy, you can't go wrong with Elizabeth Hoyt. Each of the books in this series can be read as a stand alone but believe me, you'll want to read every single one!
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