ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT
by Elizabeth Hoyt
July 5, 2016
A Maiden Lane Series Novella
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 . . .
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Once Upon a Moonlit Night is a short, fast-paced regency romance that packs a heck of a punch. Not only is it well-written and engaging, but it’s extremely entertaining, too. The writing has the sort of natural flow that easily carries you from page to page, and the characters quickly became two of my favorites.
Part of the author Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, Once Upon a Moonlit Night features Hippolyta Royale, a kidnapped woman so desperate to flee her captor she sets out in the middle of the night through mud, briars, and bramble, making her an absolute mess when she manages to flag down Matthew Mortimer’s carriage. There’s no way he believes she is who she says she is, a London heiress, and because he believes her a simple beggar, he chooses not to reveal his own title.
If you’re looking for a regency romance that has kidnapping with a twist, a case of mistaken identity, and two well-drawn, incredibly magnetic characters, pick up a copy of Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt. For a short novella, it’s got a lot going on it, and it’s a delightful, well-done read.
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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.
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