Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Forever Yours
Series: Maiden Lane #12.6
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: December 5th 2017


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 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 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


A nice little novella that fits well into the series. It does also work as a standalone, though I personally probably enjoyed this more because I read the series.
It's the perfect cute and fluffy to get some historical holiday cheer with some smut. It's rather short, too short for my taste. Which while we at it is my biggest issue with this.
I liked this a lot. But then it was over.
Way too fast.
Literally just got into the characters, queue smut scene and boom! HEA.
I was left wanting more. Lots more.
What we got, however, is a lovely little novella featuring Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque, who made an appearance in the series before this, getting his HEA.
I am not complaining about what's there rather what is not there.
While there is some interesting character building, which is a feat considering how short this is, the plot feels rushed, especially at the end.
The moment when Adam has his epiphany (which could have been a bit stalkerish creepy as well btw) was a bit... well... too sudden.
So loved the storyline, but it was too rushed. Enjoyed the characters, but was left wanting more.
Cute little novella, which leaves me hoping that Hoyt is going to write another novel for the series.


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