Title: Once Upon a Christmas Eve
Series: Maiden Lane #10.7 (can be read as stand-alone)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Pages: 92 pages
Genre & Tags: Historical Romance, Novella, Christmas, Forced Proximity
Synopsis: 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.
“I’m afraid I’m rather used to females making themselves shameless for me.”Elizabeth Hoyt, Once Upon a Christmas Eve
My Rating: ★★★★☆
My Review: Once Upon a Christmas Eve is set in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series but it isn’t necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this one. It’s a very sweet story with a bit more bite than most historical romance novellas. My only issue is that it was a bit too short for the developed feelings to be believable.