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Review & Giveaway: ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS EVE (A Maiden Lane Novella) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once Upon a Christmas Eve (A Maiden Lane Novella)

by Elizabeth Hoyt

Published by Forever (Grand Central)
92 pages
Genre: romance; historical romance
4 / 5

My Review:

Elizabeth Hoyt is readily recognized as a must-read historical romance author. If you are new to her or perhaps aren’t sure if you’d like historical romance, this breezy, surprisingly sweet (and HOT) novella is a pretty fabulous introduction to Hoyt’s writing.

The premise is simple: Adam, the Viscount d’Arque, hates Christmas. All of that forced cheer and phony emotional pretension disgusts him. There is another, deeper reason behind his dislike, and it gives some depth to him. His opposite, in nearly every way, is Lady Sarah, a young woman who enjoys the spirit of Christmas and despises rogues like Adam. When the two are forced to spend the holidays together, Things Happen.

Hoyt puts you in the spirit with her teasing the romance between these two. Their banter is purposeful and witty, and you can see how each starts to rethink their preconceived notions of the other. Even with its slight length, Hoyt includes a couple of pretty spicy sexy times.

Veteran fans or new-to-her readers of Elizabeth Hoyt will enjoy this toasty Christmas novella.

Blurb:

A heartwarming stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!
Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, 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 holidayand 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 met . . .
Sarah 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 unwrap.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories. Since then Elizabeth has written over twenty books to critical acclaim including three contemporaries under the pen name Julia Harper.

Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the ever faithful Mr. Hoyt.

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Giveaway:

Review copy provided from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.