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    Awesome, amazing, and a must read!

    An outstanding and fabulous historical romance novel written by the New York Times best selling author Elizabeth Hoyt. I received an ARC from the publisher Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley for an honest review. Hippolyta Royle is dirty, muddy, and doesn't look anything like a lady when she stops a carriage to ask for help. Matthew Mortimor is coming back from his travels to assume the role of the Earl of Paxton and helps the woman who he assumes is either a beggar, an actress, or a whore and doesn't believe her story about being a rich heiress. I loved and enjoyed reading the enthralling and exciting story with charming and lovable characters. Read the highly recommended love story of Hippolyta and Matthew.
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    Another fabulous instalment in this superb series!

    I am once again astounded at how the Maiden Lane series never gets stale! Back from India, on his way to London, Matthew Mortimer sees a dishevelled woman running uphill, with fox hounds on her heels. Hippolyta is avoiding an unwanted marriage to the horrid Duke of Montgomery, who had her kidnapped from her own room. Worse is, she has no idea why the Duke is bent on having her: he doesn’t love her nor does he need her money. Hippolyta sees a carriage go by, and when she asks for help, Matthew laughs at her! He actually laughs at her! She is covered in mud, filthy, in tatters, rain dripping off her, and yet Hippolyta never loses her aristocratic manners. And Matthew continues to be rude, however very easy on the eyes, thinks our maiden. Matthew doesn’t believe she is not a whore, a beggar or a scammer, and he humours her until… Whatever characters she choses to write about, Elizabeth Hoyt never fails to charm and thoroughly entertain, and ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT is a perfect example. The novella flows at a lively pace, the dialogues are truly exceptional: dripping with sarcasm and at times positively hilarious; their exchanges are memorable. Hippolyta’s backstory is enthralling, she has been back in England for a very short time, and for once, she feels she can be herself, and she is wonderful. There is one unforgettable moment when she tells Matthew off, and you feel like cheering Hippolyta. Matthew is not unpleasant in any way, he just doesn’t believe her. In fact, Matthew is the kind of hero I like to read about. And through these vastly enjoyable conversations, they get to know each other, and it is simply wonderful to watch this superb romance blossom. There are also a few quite spectacular plot twists. It is truly amazing how much Ms. Hoyt can cram into a novella, as beautifully written as always, and readers familiar with the Maiden Lane series will eat it up, and for those who are yet to read this brilliant author, ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT is a perfect way to get acquainted with the fabulous Elizabeth Hoyt. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    An Enjoyable Between the Books Novella

    This is a short novella that falls between Duke of Sin and Duke of Pleasure in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. It picks up Hippolyta Royle’s story exactly where it left off in Duke of Sin, which was a bit of a cliffhanger, with her out on the desolate Yorkshire moor, trying to reach safety. Enter Matthew Mortimer, a brand new character to the series, who becomes Hippolyta’s reluctant savior. I liked Hippolyta for her spunkiness in the face of adversity, as she navigates through some difficult circumstances, but she can also be sweet as well. Although he’s initially reluctant to get involved and doesn’t believe Hippolyta’s story about being a kidnapped heiress, Matthew turns out to be an admirable protector. I also adored little Tommy Teapot, Matthew's pet mongoose. In spite of things being a bit rushed and the plot not being as well-developed as Elizabeth Hoyt’s full-length novels, Once Upon a Moonlit Night was still a pretty enjoyable read.
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    Nothing is as it seems in this story...

    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.
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    Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

    3.5 stars--ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT is installment 10.5 in Elizabeth Hoyt’s MAIDEN LANE historical romance series. This is Hippolyta Royle, and Matthew Mortimer’s story line. Some of the events of ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT run parallel to the events of book ten –DUKE OF SIN. If you are a fan of the series, you will recognize Hippolyta from the previous two to three story lines. Told from dual third person perspectives (Hippolyta and Matthew) follows the escape and rescue of Hippolyta Royle. In the previous installment Hippolyta was held prisoner by the Duke of Montgomery in a blackmail scheme aimed at her mother. With the help of the Duke’s housekeeper Mrs. Crumb, Hippolyta found herself on the run, and into the less than companionable carriage of Matthew Mortimer- a cartographer and explorer struggling in debt. What ensues is a quick cross country adventure wherein Matthew believes his carriage mate is nothing more than an educated whore or actress, and Hippolyta finding some solace with the man by whom she had been rescued. The relationship is quick to develop due to the novella length of the story, and days to weeks will pass without preamble or reveal. From declaration of marriage to threats against his new wife, Matthew Mortimer becomes Hippolyta’s hero, and the man with whom she will fall in love. The $ex scenes are intimate and romantic without the use of over the top graphic text or imagery. ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT answers the question about what happened to Hippolyta following her escape from the Duke of Montgomery. Because of the length of the novella, the character development is lacking although some of Hipployta’s background and family history are revealed. I would have liked to know a little more about Matthew’s story and his travels. The epilogue fast forwards the story line one year. The premise is an entertaining and quick read that looks at mistaken beliefs, betrayal and revenge.
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