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Once Upon a Moonlit Night: A Maiden Lane Novella
     

Once Upon a Moonlit Night: A Maiden Lane Novella

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by Elizabeth Hoyt
 
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

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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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455539178
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Series:
Maiden Lane Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
17,275
File size:
397 KB

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Meet 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:
ElizabethHoyt.com
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Once Upon a Moonlit Night: A Maiden Lane Novella 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Hoyt ' s stories are an auto-buy for me because they're always wonderful. This novella doesn't suffer from being a short story. The heroine has escaped a kidnapper, and flags down the hero's carriage to escape. They find shared interests before everything is resolved.
Historical_Romance_Lover 11 months ago
This was a quick, very enjoyable read. After reading Duke of Sin, of course we want to find out what happened to Hippolyta! Luckily she finds someone along the road to help her, but he doesn't believe she is who she says she is. This of course causes many problems along the way. Definitely one to read for fans of the Maiden Lane series! Next up is the Duke of Kyle and our favorite urchin, Alf!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I loved this novella. It is fast paced with very intriguing characters. Who could not love Hippoltya (the only thing wrong with the heroine was her name).? Matthew is interesting and sexy. Truthfully, I wish the story had been longer. I was surprised by the identity of the blackmailer. Good twist. Enjoy!!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
An action packed romantic read while tossing in some humor First we have intrigue, next distrust with some sensual tension, then throw in a mongoose. The author proceeds to keep the reader enthralled with this delightful entertaining story. I read this book just after reading and reviewing Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10) so I was pleased to see some of the parts of that story show up in this story. Hippolyta's character is quite charming and her feisty handling of Matthew caused me to chuckle several times throughout the book. Matthew's no nonsense distrusting attitude towards Hippolyta added the right amount of tension between these two. I enjoyed his disbelief of who she was and her constantly shocking him with her intelligence. The part of the book where he put her in a life threatening position was handled in amazing scary detail and both their reactions after were written to perfection. Ms Hoyt is the master of weaving an action packed romantic read while tossing in some humor to keep the reader off balanced. I give this book 5 STARS for the tension between Hippolyta and Matthew. A copy was gifted via Netgalley
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Once Upon a Moonlit Night from Elizabeth Hoyt. Matthew, who picks up a woman who looks like a beggar maid doused in mud. Bipolar is running from Duke of Montgomery who kidnap her in the middle of the night. She tries to tell Matthew who she is, but he does not believe her at first. As they travel together the closer they become. This Novella was a fast interesting read.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This is such a fun novella. If you were bummed out by the dark nature of Duke of Sin, this is a great story to bounce back with and see what happens to Hippolyta Royle after she escapes. She's had a rough couple of weeks, and she's just about fed up with all mankind. But she does need to find a ride back to London, and Matthew Mortimer is very good looking! Besides, it might not be such a bad thing that he doesn't believe she's a wealthy heiress. Considering her appearance after slogging through the moors, he thinks she's a beggar, or worse. At least he won't be after her money! Matthew has just come back from traveling the world and is reluctantly about to take up his duties as earl after his cousins have all passed on. Running an indebted estate is not what he thought he would be doing with his life. He really doesn't need some beggar wench trying to con him out of what little money he's got, so he's not even going to tell her of his title. These characters were fun to get to know, and the story was quite touching, as all their various secrets, fears, and desires were revealed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not up to her usual quality. graphic sex does not a romance novel make! Don't waste your money, even if it's only $1.99.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Another good story in the Maiden Lane series! I enjoyed finding out how Hippolyta escaped the men and hounds the Duke of Montgomery sent after her when she fled from his home where she had been held prisoner. Looking so bedraggled it's no wonder her rescuer, Matthew Mortimer, new Earl of Paxton, didn't believe her story. His disbelief did not stop him from helping a woman in need. As they travel to London together he begins to believe her story and falls in love with her. Novellas are too short to spoil a very good story by telling all. You should read this one!
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
Loved the story of "Princess and her Mr". The twist at the end of the blackmailer threw me! I did love both of their expressions when they realized that neither was common born as they thought of each other. Wonderful read that kept me up until 130 am! I only wish a certain Duke would have gotten his paybacks! I'm hoping that happens in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt Book 10.5 of the Maiden Lane series Publisher: Forever Publication Date: July 5, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Oh how this book was fun, sweet, steamy, and heartwarming! The Maiden Lane series is one of my favorite historical romance series (if not my favorite). I was beyond excited to see that Hoyt would be publishing a novella - especially when it was revealed that Hippolyta Royle would be the protagonist. I LOVE how Hoyt places Hippolyta's story. You don't have to have read the previous books in the series to understand and enjoy this novella, but I recommend you read at least Duke of Sin (heck, the whole series, but Duke of Sin for sure). I mention book ten specifically because Once Upon a Moonlit Night starts exactly as a scene from Duke of Sin ends - with Hippolyta running from Ainsdale Castle, after Bridget rescues her and sends her away with a little money. Hippolyta has been running from the hounds that are chasing her, courtesy of the duke who kidnapped her. She runs into the road and stops a carriage, owned by Matthew Mortimer. Matthew doesn't believe her when she says that she is Hippolyta Royle, the richest heiress in London, but he lets her in the carriage anyway. Matthew has just returned from traveling around the world; his cousins have passed away, and he has been left the earldom. But he doesn't tell Hippolyta all of that. No, he plans on dumping her off at the nearest posting in, and going about his business. But whether or not he thinks she is a beggar, he can't help but feel a little protective over her... and attracted to her. And Hippolyta can't help but feel safe with Matthew, and more than grateful. But what will happen when Matthew finds out that Hippolyta wasn't lying about who she was? Ahhh, this novella was lovely. Usually I avoid novellas like the plague, but I love Elizabeth Hoyt and the Maiden Lane series, and there was no way I was missing Hippolyta's story. And it turned out to be so fun and so sweet! Hippolyta is kind and a little innocent, but also a little regal. From the start, Matthew doesn't quite think she's a beggar, but he doesn't believe her when she says she's Hippolyta Royle. She is inquisitive and intelligent, and much more than a rich, pretty girl. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Nothing is as it seems in this story and that leaves many unanswered questions. Once Upon a Moonlight Night is Hippolyta (what a mouthful) and Matthew's adventurous, mysterious and all out confusing romance. Ms. Hoyt does a fabulous job of drawing her readers into this chaotic union but the story move so fast I found it hard to keep up. The benefit of approaching a read like this one is that it kept me alert and I always discovered something new. I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review, though not a favorite, Once Upon a Moonlight Night is as wicked as it is puzzling but is full of surprising twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crescentshine padded in, the moonlight giving her a silvery halo. She stopped at the base of a large tree and climbed it, clambering onto a branch with clumsy grace. As she balanced precariously, she let her mind wander a while.