This is a great little companion novella to Duke of Sin. It picks up the thread of what happens to Hippolyta after she escapes the clutches of the Duke of Montgomery. We saw her running away in the last book… and that is exactly what she is doing as this story begins. She’s bedraggled and covered in mud when she runs in front of Matthew’s carriage and begs for help.
Hippolyta has no idea Matthew is a newly appointed earl and he doesn’t believe her claims that she is a lady. It gives them both the freedom to act outside the bounds of propriety. It’s nothing too racy, but there’s some cute banter and sexual tension that build a bond between them in the short time they are together. Of course, the carriage ride doesn’t last forever, and the second act follows them as they return to their real lives and deal with the repercussions of their time on the run.
The story moves pretty fast, as novellas tend to do. There’s not as much time to get really attached to the characters. But thanks to our time with the heroine in the last book, she was a little more interesting. For that very reason, some readers may be disappointed that she doesn’t get a meatier story. Matthew was kind of flat, but was an ok hero: sexy in the right places and loyal when it counts.
A quick, entertaining read with a satisfying HEA.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Once Upon a Moonlit Night
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: July 5, 2016