Once Upon a Christmas Eve

A Maiden Lane Novella

Unapologetically warm fluffy fun; I truly enjoyed this novella by Hoyt as it was somewhat sweeter than I expected and yet without losing any of her usual wit.

And is there anything lovelier than a reformed rake who adores his grandmama? Perhaps, but not much is, in my book.

I liked the Sarah kept Adam on his toes - that's most of the fun of rakes, after all, watching them get taken down a peg or twenty, but I also liked the Adam was always aware of Sarah's worth. None of that "waking" to her amazingness, thank you very much.

Just enough spice to keep things interesting and heartwarming enough for any curmudgeon stop being a Scrooge, I loved Once Upon a Christmas Eve and look forward to more like it in the future.

Book Blurb for Once Upon a Christmas Eve

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 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.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2017 4.50