Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach’s occupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he’s in for much more than he bargained for . . .
At first Matthew Mortimer doesn’t believe Hippolyta’s story, that she’s a fabulously wealthy heiress who’s been kidnapped. He assumes she’s a beggar, an actress, or worse. But once his new travel companion washes the mud from her surprisingly lovely face, and they share a breathtaking kiss, there is no turning back . . .
REVIEW: Let me begin by saying that I am currently on book #4 of the Maiden Lane series, and since this novella is about a recurring character who shows up in ‘Lord of Darkness’, ‘Duke of Midnight’, ‘Darling Beast’ and ‘Duke of Sin’, I have yet to meet her and actually, I’m looking forward to it because I liked her a lot. I also liked the hero who was trying so hard not to care about our heroine.
If you’ve read ‘Duke of Sin’ [and I did not, yet], you were more familiar with the plot that originated in that book and continued here so we could find out what happened to our heroine as she is on the run for her life and is rescued by our hero.
As novellas go, this one was fast-moving and very entertaining. I do wish we had just a wee bit more time with both of these characters, especially with Matthew, but despite it, I still enjoyed the story and do recommend it to all the fans of this series.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
AUTHOR BIO: Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.