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Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Ave the fiercest snowstorm to please her But when their carriage wheel snaps they're forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening infuriating and utterly beguiling woman he's ever metSarah St John really rather loathes rakes The self satisfied smirks The sly predatory gazes Oh and the constant witty banter rife with double m. This was lovelyReview posted on The Eater of Books blogOnce Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth HoytBook 135 of the Maiden Lane seriesPublisher Forever YoursPublication Date December 5 2017Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from GoodreadsAdam Rutledge Viscount d Arue really rather loathes Christmas The banal cheerfulness The asinine party games And worst of all the obligatory trip to the countryside His grandmother however loves the holiday and Adam loves his grandmother so he ll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her But when their carriage wheel snaps they re forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening infuriating and utterly beguiling woman he s ever metSarah St John really rather loathes rakes The self satisfied smirks The sly predatory gazes Oh and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning But in the spirit of the season she ll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home But as the snowstorm rages the Yule log crackles and the tension rises Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery passionate kiss If love is the true meaning of Christmas it s the one gift this mismatched pair can t wait to unwrapWhat I LikedThis novella was so cute I adore the Maiden Lane series and I love the holidays so this story fit my mood perfectly I tried to leave this one until closer to the publication date but I was just too excited about a holiday romance This is also the last story of the Maiden Lane which is eual parts exciting and heartbreaking Mostly heartbreaking But it s a great add on to the end of the series and I m left with a feeling of contentmentThis novella tells the short love story of Sarah St John and Viscount d Arue Sarah is the younger stepsister of Godric St John the male protagonist of book five Lord of Darkness She is spending the holidays with her mother younger sisters stepbrother sister in law and several other guests An unexpected guest arrives due to a broken down carriage and it s someone that Sarah despises Adam Rutledge is handsome charming rich titled and seemingly perfect and a notorious rake Sarah wants nothing to do with rakes after an embarrassing happenstance nearly ruined her reputation But for the few days that Adam stays with the St John family because of the broken carriage the snowstorm and Adam s grandmother s health Sarah begins to realize that Adam is not the careless rake she thought he was And Adam begins to realize that he wants Sarah and not just because she is so good at acting like she hates him The holidays are a perfect time for stolen kisses and warm embraces and blooming love stories As our protagonists find outAdam was introduced early in the series at least in book five for sure possibly earlier but I can t remember He flirted with Megs Godric s wife in book five and Godric hasn t really liked him since Sarah St John has never liked him But Adam is very much a misjudged man He is definitely a rake but he s actually a sweet guy underneath his playful wicked facade He is a good man despite his reputation Sarah seems innocent and sweet and boring just how she wants it Years ago she experienced an untoward encounter with a gentleman that could have led to ruin Years later she has continued to shut down courtships and turn away gentlemen because she doesn t want her reputation to be damaged Something about Adam makes her blood heat and not in a bad way Sarah may act prim and proper but she loves Adam s wickednessHate to love romances are my favorite and this romance was a wonderful example of the trope The animosity is obvious but there is simmering beneath the surface Adam and Sarah clash over and over and there is plenty of banter and wit in this story I loved seeing them fall for each other It was sweet and passionate with just enough chemistryI love holiday stories This novella is very much centered around Christmas with everyone having gathered at Hedge House for Christmas There is something joyful and romantic about the Christmas season and it shines in this book I am loving this year s holiday romances this novella included of courseThis story was short it s a novella but it is very lovely If you re looking for something short and sweet and swoony try this novella Usually I don t bother with them but this story was adorable Plus there are plenty of GodricMegs cameos And of course the novella ends beautifully I love Adam and Sarah together and I m so glad Hoyt wrote this novellaWhat I Did Not LikeNothing to complain about This novella was uite wonderfulWould I Recommend ItI definitely recommend this novella to anyone who has read any of the Maiden Lane books Like I said usually I don t bother with novellas because they re such a tease and way too short But this novella was very complete and didn t feel too short or rushed The romance was written so well and I loved the characters It was a refreshing sweet fun story to read and perfect for the holidaysAnd for those that have not read any of the Maiden Lane books of course I highly recommend the series and starting from the beginning at that But the novellas are also a great way to get into the series Short and sweet and completely uniuely Elizabeth Hoyt I personally think no one writes historical romance uite like Hoyt She has her own style and level and while I love many HR writers and their books I think Hoyt is one of the bestRating4 stars I m really sad about this series ending Duke of Desire is the last full length novel and the novellas that have been published this year are among the last short additions I am so hoping for a MaximusArtemis novella or epilogue or something Duke of Midnight was my favorite

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A heartwarming stand alone novella from New York Times best selling author Elizabeth HoytAdam Rutledge Viscount d'Arue really rather loathes Christmas The banal cheerfulness The asinine party games And worst of all the obligatory trip to the countryside His grandmother however loves the holiday and Adam loves his grandmother so he'll br. 35 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewDisillusioned early on about rakes Sarah St John has always given Adam Rutledge Viscount d Arue the cold shoulder When he shows up unexpectedly at her home and is forced to spend Christmas the complicated feelings she s always had start to get even complicatedAdam would do anything for his grandmother even spend a week celebrating Christmas at the St John residency Thinking to entertain himself challenging Sarah he soon finds it backfiring on him as he s the one left feeling outgunned The last installment in the Maiden Lane series you could easily pick this up as a standalone you would miss an early glimpse of d Arue in a previous book but there is really no connection to the series overall Sarah St John should have been utterly forgettable This is a novella slightly under 100pgs and I m here to tell you that you re going to end up feeling cheated The weather is cold there is a search for some holly and an ending Christmas Eve ball but I did think this lacked a solid holiday read feel However this doesn t matter because the reason for the season is d Arue Nothing else The absolute caring way he treats his grandmother was shown brilliantly and provided some depth of character His sheer sexiness though steals the show He s able to keep himself rather emotionally contained except when he gets around Sarah and then we get to see cracks form in the fa ade I live for the cracks He s sexy smooth sparking and a bit unraveling when he s with her and I loved every second of it Sarah St John loathed rakes Sarah was the perfect combination of stiff and melting when she was around d Arue Her past hurt helps us understand why she tries to keep d Arue at a distance but it also ends up feeling rushed and forced as the emotional pain isn t given enough room to develop with the small page count I loved how she stepped up to d Arue s challenging but also how she softened to his touch Her family round out the secondary characters and I missed seeing interactions with her sisters as I think this would have filled out her character even Careful sweetheart he rasped in her ear his breath brushing her neck and it was strange because she could ve sworn there was real concern in his voice you nearly fell at my feet just then There s some mini trials and tribulations going on in this novella but the core of the story and why you re going to want to read it is the interaction between Sarah and d Arue They are the couple who give you shivers up and down your spine They snap spark crash and melt together in a way that make you want to reread their story as soon as you finish I will spend time of my life than is healthy wishing the author had chosen to write a full length novel for them There s a point where d Arue says I want you He fought to keep his voice level Civilized In every wayThe way this is dragged out of him had me thinking of Sebastian St Vincent In a full novel I think d Arue would have seriously challenged St Vincent in the eyes of many romance readers for favorite rake Hoyt is very good at small impactful emotions and outside the main couple s relationship there is a scene where Sarah s sister starts to blame herself for a man s actions and after her family support their mother says the line I shall have to warn my friends about him This may be a case of what s in the news timing but this little scene hit me in the feels The women s network created out of necessity caring and bravery In the past and present sometimes we women have been the only recourse and this added scene is again one of the numerous reasons I read romance it understands tells and celebrates us women Look issues get brought up and moved on from uickly d Arue s parents death and the ending is so outrageously abrupt Seriously Hoyt gives us one of my favorite proposal lines ever and then slammed me into a the end wall I loved what Hoyt gave me of d Arue almost as much as I hated how little she gave me of d Arue At the end of the day though if you re looking for a uick escape d Arue won t disappoint He broke their kiss and laid his forehead against hers Make me stopI can t she whisperedThen we re doomed he said his voice husky and low For I m unable to stop myself I want you Day and night and all the time in between I want you

Elizabeth Hoyt ✓ 4 Read

Eaning But in the spirit of the season she'll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home But as the snowstorm rages the Yule log crackles and the tension rises Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery passionate kiss If love is the true meaning of Christmas it's the one gift this mismatched pair can't wait to unwrap. I don t know why other readers rated this one lower than the other novella I just finished This is exactly what I would like to read in a shorter book all of it focused on the two main characters with little distractionAnd EH delivers I have always liked heroes that are a little bad but really good deep down inside This is what we get in D Arue Adam I also happen to love the name Adam my crush in 4th grade don t you know P A very solid manly name at odds with his rakish reputation PerfectI like a heroine who distrusts beauty and flirtatiousness Dare I say it reminds me of myself And Sarah is just that But there s chemistry that s undeniable and sometimes a spark is all it takes then the courage to blow it into a full blown fireWell done Ms Hoyt

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  • Once Upon a Christmas Eve
  • Elizabeth Hoyt
  • English
  • 04 May 2019
  • 9781478968207

About the Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long suffering husband



10 thoughts on “Once Upon a Christmas Eve

  1. says:

    35 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewDisillusioned early on about rakes Sarah St John has always given Adam Rutledge Viscount d'Arue the cold shoulder When he shows up unexpectedly at her home and is forced to spend Christmas the complic

  2. says:

    35 starsA sweet holiday novella perfect for those who like historical romance shorts and appropriate for those new to the Maiden Lan

  3. says:

    Much as I’m a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series I’m not a great fan of novellas and after having read and been somewhat 'meh' about Once Upon a Maiden Lane I was going to give this a miss But the fan in me said “you

  4. says:

    This was lovelyReview posted on The Eater of Books blogOnce Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth HoytBook 135 of the Maiden Lane seriesPublisher Forever YoursPublication Date December 5 2017Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from GoodreadsAdam Rutledge Viscount d'Arue really rather loathes Christmas The banal cheerfulness The asinine party games And worst of all the obligatory trip to the countryside

  5. says:

    Sarah St John and Viscount Adam d’Arue have crossed paths but it wasn’t a friendly exchange because Sarah so clearly hated Adam on sight Sarah isn’t fond of rakes gentleman who seduce and carouse without thought for the women they hurt

  6. says:

    This was a nice uickie but I’ve waited so long for Viscount d’Arue’s story I just wish he’d had his own full length novel Ugh

  7. says:

    It wasok That's all I got

  8. says:

    I don't know why other readers rated this one lower than the other novella I just finished This is exactly what I would like to read in a shorter book all of it focused on the two main characters with little distractionAnd EH delivers I have always liked heroes that are a little bad but really good deep down inside This is what we get in D'Arue Adam I also happen to love the name Adam my crush in 4th grade don't you know P A very solid m

  9. says:

    Very disappointed in this The leads here deserved something much They were compelling characters and were a fitting pairing that had been antici

  10. says:

    35 stars for Viscount d’Arue Rant give us the option to rate with half stars please Goodreads

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