Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane #12.6) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #12.6
Also in this series: Wicked Intentions, Wicked Intentions, Lord of Darkness, Darling Beast, Dearest Rogue, Sweetest Scoundrel, Duke of Sin, Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane #10.5), Duke of Pleasure, Duke of Desire, Once Upon a Maiden Lane
Published by Forever, Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
Adam Rutledge and his aged grandmother are traveling to an aunts house for Christmas when their carriage breaks down. Adam heads to the first house they see and it ends up being the home of Godric St. John’s (Lord of Darkness – ML #5) mother and the family is all there for the holidays along with some friends. They welcome Adam and his entourage and when they find out his grandmother is quite sick they welcome them for Christmas as well.
Sarah St. John has no desire to interact with Viscount d’Arque or any man who is considered a rake. However, the more she sees and talks to Adam the more she sees that though he has a reputation he’s actually a good man underneath it all. He’s soon melting the ice around her heart and a Christmas romance blooms.
This was a cute little novella. I wish that it had been a full-length story, however, because I felt that I needed to know both Sarah and Adam much more in order to feel all the melty tingles that I should have been feeling. Yes, the romance was good and of course Hoyt always writes a great story, but I wanted more in-depth info on the H/h! As much as I liked Sarah and Adam together things were rushed at the end and that bothered me. I also didn’t really get why Adam had to hate Christmas but I went with it. lol
Overall a quick, fun read and one I’d recommend. I mean, it’s Elizabeth Hoyt so of course I recommend it! 🙂
Rating: 3.5 out of 5