Review: Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

Elizabeth Hoyt gives us one more Maiden Lane story to love in this short holiday read. The heroine is Sarah St. John (younger sister to Godric for those of your familiar with the series.) At 27, she is a bit old to be an unmarried miss, but a house party courtesy of her mother might find her the perfect husband. Then Adam, Viscount d’Arque, shows up at the front door. His carriage has had an accident with his grandmother inside and they need a place to stay. Of course, the St. John family can’t say no even if Godric would love nothing better than to send the man packing… after all, he flirted shamelessly with Godric’s wife back in the day and the memory is still irksome.

Godric isn’t the only one who wants Adam to get lost. Sarah is no fan either. She loathes rakes and she takes every opportunity to let him know that. Instead of putting him off, though, she intrigues him. Every other woman tends to fall at his feet. Her saltiness only piques his interest. Sarah has plenty of reason to be tart, we learn, and there is more to Adam than his reputation might lead everyone to believe.

The story follows their dance from enemies to lovers and it’s great fun. As a novella, everything moves rather quickly. And though this is the last hurrah for Maiden Lane (and it’s nice to see Godric and Meg) this wasn’t the big closure story you might expect. (You can find that in Once Upon a Maiden Lane.) This is just a sweet romance set in the world of all the characters I’ve grown to love. I actually kind of preferred it this way.

Bittersweet to say goodbye to a series I’ve loved for a long time, but at least it goes out on a high note.

*ARC provided by publisher

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Once Upon a Christmas Eve
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Forever

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