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    Not the Zing of Ghost of St. Giles Stories

    Novella seemed short and just did not engage the reader or have the zing of the stories in the series that focus on the Ghost of St. Giles
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    Nice Wrap-up to the Maiden Lane Series

    Once Upon a Christmas Eve is the final wrap-up novella in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. In this one we have Sarah St. John and Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque, who were both introduced in a much earlier book in the series. Sarah had a bad experience with a rake in her youth that led to her reputation being ruined. Therefore she doesn’t trust them. Adam is as rakish as they come. He hates Christmas, but because he loves his grandmother and wants to make her happy, he’s taking her to the country for the holidays when their carriage breaks down on a cold, snowy night. The closest estate happens to belong to the St. Johns who are in residence and welcome them to spend the holidays. While the physical attraction between Adam and Sarah is immediate, I can’t say that I felt much of an emotional connection at first. In fact, I detected a bit of telling rather than showing, which is highly unusual for this talented author. That combined with the rapid pace of the story-telling made it difficult for me to engage with the characters on the deeper level that I crave. It was in the couple of quieter moments they shared, when stories of their pasts began to emerge, that I really started connecting with them. But ultimately I found myself wishing that the story was just a little longer to delve a bit more deeply into their respective issues. As is, they’re overcome in a matter of days, so it’s a little too quick to be completely believable, but such is often the case with novellas. Overall, I liked the characters and their story. It might not have been the most memorable one with which to end this long-running series, but I did like it.
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    Fun, quick Christmas read!

    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!
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    Lovely Christmas Novella

    I received an ARC of this novella from the author in exchange for a fair review. Reading this novella was bittersweet because it’s going to be the last of the Maiden Lane books and I am a bit sad about that. You can read this novella as a stand alone, it does have characters from other Maiden Lane books in it but you will still enjoy it even if you haven’t read any of the others. My only complaint is that I wanted more story because as I said I am not quite ready to say goodbye to Maiden Lane. The story is a lovely Christmas novella of how a rake meets his match with a bonus of a frog princess story in the chapter headings. Sizzle level is steamy. So when the holiday season is getting you frazzled make a cup of tea find a cozy spot to curl up in and enjoy the story of Sarah St. John and Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque. Publishing date Dec 5, 17.
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