Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella

Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455539185
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Maiden Lane Series , #15
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 37,715
File size: 3 MB

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.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @elizabethhoyt

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Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
I've received a free copy of this book pre-publication in order to provide a unbiased review. I think, as with some other Maiden Lane books, that it works as a stand alone and doesn't really require a knowledge of previous stories. I will start by confessing that Lord of Darkness was my least favorite Maiden Lane book. Godric St John just didn't grab me as a hero. I was happy to find out that Godric is only the half brother of Sarah, our heroine. Sarah was hurt and betrayed years ago by an older man. She calls him a rake but cad or just plain bastard works fine. Our hero Adam, Viscount d'Arque, is a proud rake and Sarah can't stand him. Adam, of course, lust after Sarah. A Christmas house party, too many unmarried men, overbearing brother, and female relatives who think all women must be married to be happy make for an interesting story that I zipped through in two evenings. I had to find out how Adam would work his magic and wondered if the ending would follow through with the Taming of the Shrew feel of the story. Adam got caught in his own trap, I always like that. I liked these people, rooted for them, was sad when the story was over. Non-spoiler, there is always a happily ever after, we know that going in. If you're looking for a good read or just a last fix of Maiden Lane I would recommend Once Upon A Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays and happy reading.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque had no love of Christmas but he loved his grandmother. That’s why he’s now stuck at a Christmas house party with Lady Sarah St. John a harpy that will not even give him the time of day. Sarah knows the kind of man Adam is and wants nothing to do with a rake such as him. The only problem is the more time their around each other the more masks fall and personas fade and the true person shines. Only their walls remain and those might be to hard to crack. Loved this Christmas short romance. It packed everything you look for into its few pages and you will fall in love with the characters. Witty banter and sexual tension flows as you watch Adam and Sarah dance around each other and fight their feelings.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Maiden Lane has been one of the best series ever. It’s featured Lords, Ladies, commoners - all of them wonderful reads. It’s hard to say goodbye but what a way to end it! Adam, Viscount d’Arque does not like Christmas. He is traveling with his grandmother to visit her friend. However, a broken wheel and axle on his carriage interrupts their journey. Fortunately, they are not far from a mansion belonging to the St. Johns who invite them to stay for their house party. Adam is very attracted to Sarah St. John, but she does not like him as he is a rake. As the house party progresses, Sarah’s opinion of Adam starts to change. And Adam may not be as pleased with his life as he lets on. This is a novella so no spoilers. It’s a very good holiday story. Thank you, Elizabeth Hoyt, for this amazing series. Looking forward to your next one.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Adam Rutledge is a rake. Sarah St. John despises rakes (for good reason). When a carriage accident makes it necessary to spend the holidays together, sparks fly. They don’t get along at all, until they do. This is a wonderfully endearing and humorous holiday story set in the Maiden Lane world. Adam, Sarah, and their friends and family are wonderful. The story draws the reader and Adam into a happy family Christmas (there is one brief unpleasant scene). It is definitely a holiday treat.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque does not like the holiday season and everything that goes with it but because his Grandmother does, they are making the trek through a snowstorm to a Christmas party. When their carriage breaks down, Adam rides a horse back to a house that they passed to find out it belongs to Godric St. John, whose wife Adam may have flirted with before! Luckily, Margaret St. John welcomed Adam and reluctantly Godric agreed to help rescue Adam's grandmother. What Adam was not expecting was Godric's half sister, Sarah St. John! She was the one woman he always wanted that had no interest in him! While being snowed in with all of Godric's other guests, Adam has fun sparring with Sarah and quickly the attraction is off the charts. What a fun and entertaining story these two went on to get to their happy ending! I really enjoyed both Adam and Sarah. If you are looking for a fun, quick Christmas read, give this one a try!
SMeeko More than 1 year ago
"Sarah St. John should have been utterly forgettable. He'd met the lady only once, and that fleetingly. Yet he remembered her for two reasons. The first was that Miss St. John had made it plain she hated him on sight -- an occurrence unique in Adam's experience. The second was that on that occasion he'd found himself immediately and overwhelmingly attracted to Miss St. John." FINAL DECISION: A much anticipated story since the two met in LORD OF DARKNESS, I loved finally reading their tale. The novella is short, but the action works so well between these two that the story left me smiling. THE STORY: Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque doesn't like Christmas but he does love his grandmother so he does his duty escorting her to the holiday festivities. An accident strands them at the St. John house where he meets Sarah St. John again. Sarah hates rakes and she is not afraid to let Adam know it. As the two are forced into close proximity, the simmering attraction between them combusts. OPINION: Readers of the series may recall that Adam and Sarah had a confrontation in LORD OF DARKNESS. Ever since, many fans of the series have wanted these two together. In a final gift to fans, Hoyt gives these two secondary characters their own happy ending. Adam is such a sweetheart. Although he is a rake, he is always seen as having a heart because of his love for his grandmother. We get to see more of his history here in this novella and it doesn't disappoint. He is sexy and rakish, but he is also a good person who respects women. (Thankfully all his behavior and history fits nicely with his character as he has appeared through the series). Sarah is smart and witty and certainly can compete with Adam on all levels. She also hides some hurt in her past that challenges the relationship between her and Adam. This Christmas is set up as an opportunity for her to find a husband, but the only man she had eyes for is Adam. I love that these two exchange so many cutting snarky comments. There is something entirely comforting about how these two interact on an intellectual level. I loved how their talk contrasts with their essential goodness. These two are both nice people on the fundamental level and their interactions allow them the opportunity to see that in one another and find a way to trust one another. This is a sexy story, but limited by its length. I loved all the glimpses of other characters and also how the promise of these two that appeared in LORD OF DARKNESS is fulfilled here. While I was a little sad that there weren't more appearances by characters in the series, I was so happy that this well done little story was written. A warm little Christmas story that left me with a warm feeling in my heart and a smile. WORTH MENTIONING: Readers get to see the St. John family. CONNECTED BOOKS: ONCE UPON A MAIDEN LANE is the 12.6 and final installment of the Maiden Lane series. This novella has the romance of two secondary characters from the series. It is not necessary to read the other books to enjoy this one, but this novella is a treat for those who followed the series and wondered about these two. STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this holiday edition to this series. Adam and Sarah were also in Lord of Darkness and loved to spar with words. Adam hates Christmas but because his Grandmother loves it he is off to the country with her until they get caught in a snowstorm and at the home of Godric St. John’s mother. The family is there celebrating and happy to welcome them in, all except Sarah that is. This is a fast-paced read with great characters and an entertaining story. Sarah and Adam with so much fun. A good read.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
A really cute short story. I enjoyed the extra little Frog Princess story thrown in with it. As far as everyone knows, Adam is just a rake. He doesn't take anything seriously. But, he loves his grandmother and has a soft spot for her. As he and his grandmother are traveling, their carriage breaks down in terrible weather. Adam rides for help and happens upon the house of some people that he knows. Sarah was not happy when Adam shows up on their doorstep asking for help. She cannot stand any man who is a rake. She had such an awful experience that she will not put up with that behavior from anyone. When Adam has to extend their stay because his grandmother is sick, Sarah finds that there is more to Adam than what he shows the world. Will it be enough?
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Christmas Eve is a Christmas-themed novella in Elizabeth Hoyt’s 5-star Maiden Lane series. Get ready for rogues, holly, and heart. Adam Rutledge, Lord D’Arque, is a rogue, plain and simple. When his carriage breaks down with his ill grand-mere inside, he’s desperate for shelter. It leads him to the home of Godric St. John and his sister, Sarah. The sister who absolutely despises him. I do so enjoy good banter and Adam and Sarah deliver. The St. John household is full for the holidays and Sarah finds that she wants a husband and a family. Adam’s untimely presence disturbs her peace of mind, especially when it seems that the connection between them burns bright. To say these two get off on the wrong foot… Adam’s constant flirting just rubs Sarah the wrong way. He’s just too charming for his own good. But close proximity is uncovering things Sarah just didn’t expect. The character development was so well-done in such a compact story…I’m blown away by it. This novella simply felt like a full-length title, and I just didn’t want to put it down or for it to end. It’s a perfect little holiday novella. I fell in love with this series a long time ago, and this is the perfect send-off. Historical readers don't want to miss this one. 5 stars!
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I was one of the ones waiting for Sarah St. John and Adam, Viscount D'Arque's story since that first tiny spark when they met in Lord of Darkness. Elizabeth Hoyt did not disappoint. This novella is so much fun! There is so much humor as Sarah and Adam trade witty barbs, absolutely convinced that the other is the last person they should be attracted to. Adam is a known rake dead set against settling down, and Sarah, once burned, is not going to fall for that type of man again. The story highlights all the fun Christmas traditions of an English country house party, culminating in a sparkling Christmas-eve ball. This is the perfect holiday read where the sparks fly and Christmas wishes come true! I received an ARC of this book from the author.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
Since Christmas is my favorite time of year, I loved that this book was set around that theme! Sarah was wonderful at being just a bit snarky towards Adam and that caught his attention. He'd never had a woman dislike him on sight! His Grandmother was adorable. I almost wondered a bit if she wasn't playing up the illness to make them stay longer! Even though it wasn't mentioned in the book, I can see in my imagination action's being taken against an un-named male in Sarah's past! Pretty awesome story! Thank you to the publisher for letting me get a copy ahead of time! Loved the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The romance felt a little rushed, but that is to be expected with the shorter stories. I love developing the family dynamics.