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Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane, #10.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane, #10.5)Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Once Upon a Moonlit Night
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane, #10.5
Pages:
Publisher: Forever Yours
Date: July 5, 2016

Summary:

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.

Review:

I have been reading the Maiden Lane series since the first book, Wicked Intentions, was released in 2010. They are very, very good, but can be dark and intense . . . not to mention heartbreaking.

This is not one of those books. Yes, it is a Maiden Lane. (Be sure and read Duke of Sin before this one. Otherwise, you’ll have no clue.) Yes, it is very, very good. Where it differs is that it is fun! And funny.

The main characters are Hippolyta Royle and Matthew Mortimer. Don’t you love those names? And those are not the best ones. My favorite character is Tommy Teapot. I’m not going to say anything about him because of spoilers, but he is the best.

Hippolyta has escaped from a kidnapper (that’s why you have to read the previous book) and Matthew finds her soaked and muddy on the side of the road. She TELLS him she is really a lady and a heiress, but he doesn’t believe her. And that frees her. She is not as constrained as she has always had to in her reactions and she loves it.

Matthew learns quite early on that she has a temper. It’s his fault. He says something unforgivable to her. After all, she is only a beggar, or a thief, or possibly a prostitute and he really, really wants to kiss her, but decides he better not, because

“And besides, he rather thought at the moment she might bite his tongue off if he stuck it in her mouth.”

Of course, eventually he does get his kiss and it looks like they are going to get their happily ever after. But Hippolyta does have a secret. Something that could ruin her and Matthew.

And she is being blackmailed.

This is a great addition to the series. It fits in with the other Maiden Lane books and I think introduces a character that we will see more of in a later book. At least, I hope so. I can’t tell you who it is because of spoilers (again), but I really liked him.

Duke of Pleasure is next and I already have it on preorder. The release date is November 29, 2016 and I cannot wait.

This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10)Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Duke of Sin
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane, #10
Pages: 364
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date: May 31, 2016

Summary:

A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery’s household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can’t resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

Review:

I went into this book thinking there was no way the author was going to make Valentine a believable hero . . . and she didn’t. He is not a hero, nor does he want to be. What he is is a man who suffered an abusive childhood and turned out no better than can be expected.

And I came to love him.

If ever there was a case of a “man saved by the love of a good woman,” that man is Valentine. Bridget Crumb, his housekeeper, has secrets of her own, but the sparks fly between them. I did have a hard time with a duke developing a serious relationship with a housekeeper, but Valentine has never followed society’s rules. I think Bridget was more bothered by the discrepancy in their stations than he was.

Although this book is set firmly in the world of Maiden Lane, there is no mention of the Ghost of St. Giles until the very end. Of course, as I recall, the stories have gotten away from that plotline in the last few books. There is every indication that is about to change. The next full book looks like it is going to focus on “the Ghost” once again.

And that is a striking point about this book. As much as I enjoyed Bridget’s and Valentine’s story, it is the secondary characters that were introduced that I am most interested in. In other words, I cannot wait for the next few books.

Which says a lot about how wonderful this series is to me.

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