Ancestral Voices kEsn t want anything to do with himSarah St John had a bad experience some years earlier when she was almost ravished by a handsome charmer who when they were caught in a compromising position blamed her and said she led him on Mortified Sarah has shunned society ever since and absolutely detests rakes When Viscount d Arue shows up on the doorstep of the St John s country home asking for help because his carriage has been damaged the family extends their hospitality to both d Arue and his grandmother with whom he had been travelling Sarah is not at all pleased at the prospect of having a handsome charming flirtatious rake in the house and determines toeep her distance D Arue is of course intrigued by pretty much the only woman he s ever met who has resisted him and decides he might as well spend the next few days trading barbs with Sarah except it s he who ends up feeling discombobulated as he realises that the lovely spitfire has somehow got under his skinThere s no uestion that Ms Hoyt And Bid Him Sing knows how to write a sexy hero and d Arue certainly delivers on the sexy he s suave and smooth and completely contained until he s around Sarah and the cracks in his fa ade begin to show He obviously cares for his grandmother a great deal and his relationship with her is very well written and gives added depth and insight to his character But Sarah s disgrace is too obviously just a convenient plot device and a reason for her to dislike d Arue on sight A well bred young woman s reputation was incredibly important it s true but there s not enough here about what Sarah went through to make her attitude believableI suppose my biggest beef is to do with wasted potential Ms Hoyt is of course entitled to write her books the way she wants to and obviously the Maiden Lane series took a direction which ended up precluding her from writing d Arue a full length novel But my first thought after I finished reading was what a waste of a great character On a positive note I enjoyed the snippets from The Frog Prince that prefaced each chapter those were a nice little tongue in cheek nod to the complex legends that feature in the earlier booksOnce Upon a Christmas Eve can be read as a standalone as it doesn t reuire anynowledge of what has gone before Prepare to enjoy the banter as d Arue and Sarah cross swords and the sparks fly but overall this story suffers badly from what I call novella itis it s rushed and underdeveloped and if you re a fan of the series and have been waiting for a story about d Arue you might be just a tad disappointedNote The Kindle edition ends at around the 75% mark the remaining space is taken up by previews of other Maiden Lane titles I don t now why other readers rated this one lower than the other novella I just finished This is exactly what I would like to read in a shorter book all of it focused on the two main characters with little distractionAnd EH delivers I have always liked heroes that are a little bad but really good deep down inside This is what we get in D Arue Adam I also happen to love the name Adam my crush in 4th grade don t you
Know P A Very Solid Manly Name P A very solid manly name odds with his rakish reputation PerfectI like a heroine who distrusts beauty and
#flirtatiousness Dare I say it reminds me of myself And Sarah is just that But there #Dare I say it reminds me of myself And Sarah is just that But there chemistry that s undeniable and sometimes a spark is all it takes then the courage to blow i Sarah St John and Viscount Adam d Arue have crossed paths but it wasn t a friendly exchange because Sarah so clearly hated Adam on sight Sarah isn t fond of rakes gentleman who seduce and carouse without thought for the women they hurt But Sarah is about to get another lovelier version of Adam as their lives are thrown together this holiday season Adam is accompanying his Grandmother to their yearly Christmas destination in the country when their carriage breaks down in a storm They have no choice but to take shelter at the St John s imposing on them during their holiday festivities something Adam would love to avoid but he s worried about his beloved ailing Grandmother Seeing Sarah St John again is an irritation since she clearly despised him on their first meeting but he ll just have to make the best by teasing and tormenting her As he gets to now Sarah Adam is feels an irresistible pull towards this sweet infuriating woman I just love a good antagonistic romance and Elizabeth Hoyt makes them so much fun There s snips and snipes sexual tension brewing under the surface fun banter back in forth until Sarah and Adam realize they actually like each other But can Sarah trust Adam with her heart And is Adam *Interested In Forever Elizabeth *in forever Elizabeth s talent as a writer shines even in a short number of pages Once Upon a Christmas Eve is a steamy chemistry filled romance in a Winter wonderland setting perfect for the season A copy was Bones, Clones, and Biomes kindly provided by Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 35 starsA sweet holiday novella perfect for those who like historical romance shorts and appropriate for those new to the Maiden Lane series Though I own uite a few books in Elizabeth Hoyt s Maiden Lane series I haven t actually read any Inow I Bringing the Empire Home know However I m a sucker for a cute Christmas story so I decided to give this one a whirl My struggle with novellas especially ones where I don t have a ton of backstory is that they don t have time to really develop feelings I struggled with the rushed feeling pace with Once Upon a Christmas Eve However despite the fact that the feelings escalated too uickly I really enjoyed the enemies to lovers theme I love a hate sexual tension scenario and with a snowed in situation to boot it was especially satisfying I have to go back and see if my enjoyment of this one improves by reading the series but I still thought it was a cute easy to read novella especially if holiday stories are your thing I wish it had been even longer so I could have gone from like to love Copy provided in exchange for an honest review. Eaning 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 passionateiss If love is the true meaning of Christmas it's the one gift this mismatched pair can't wait to unwrap. 35 stars for Viscount d Arue Rant give us the option to rate with half stars please Goodreads It wasok That s all I got This was lovelyReview posted on The Eater of Books blogOnce Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth HoytBook 135 of the Maiden Lane seriesPublisher Forever YoursPublication Date December 5 2017Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from GoodreadsAdam Rutledge Viscount d Arue 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 metSarah 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 iss If love is the true meaning of Christmas it s the one gift this mismatched pair can t wait to unwrapWhat I LikedThis novella was so cute I adore the Maiden Lane series and I love the holidays so this story fit my mood perfectly I tried to leave this one until closer to the publication date but I was just too excited about a holiday romance This is also the last story of the Maiden Lane which is eual parts exciting and heartbreaking Mostly heartbreaking But it s a great add on to the end of the series and I m left with a feeling of contentmentThis novella tells the short love story of Sarah St John and Viscount d Arue Sarah is the younger stepsister of Godric St John the male protagonist of book five Lord of Darkness She is spending the holidays with her mother younger sisters stepbrother sister in law and several other guests An unexpected guest arrives due to a broken down carriage and it s someone that Sarah despises Adam Rutledge is handsome charming rich titled and seemingly perfect and a notorious rake Sarah wants nothing to do with rakes after an embarrassing happenstance nearly ruined her reputation But for the few days that Adam stays with the St John family because of the broken carriage the snowstorm and Adam s grandmother s health Sarah begins to realize that Adam is not the careless rake she thought he was And Adam begins to realize that he wants Sarah and not just because she is so good at acting like she hates him The holidays are a perfect time for stolen isses and warm embraces and blooming love stories As our protagonists find outAdam was introduced early in the series at least in book five for sure possibly earlier but I can t remember He flirted with Megs Godric s wife in book five and Godric hasn t really liked him since Sarah St John has never liked him But Adam is very much a misjudged man He is definitely a rake but he s actually a sweet guy underneath his playful wicked facade He is a good man despite his reputation
"sarah innocent "seems innocent sweet and boring just how wants it Years ago she experienced an untoward encounter with a gentleman that could have led to ruin Years later she has continued to shut down courtships and turn away gentlemen because she doesn t want her reputation to be damaged Something about Adam makes her blood heat and not in a bad way Sarah may act prim and proper but she loves Adam s wickednessHate to love romances are my favorite and this romance was a
Wonderful Example Of Theexample of the The animosity is obvious but there is simmering beneath the surface Adam and Sarah clash over and over and there is plenty of banter and wit in this story I loved seeing them fall for each other It was sweet and passionate with just enough chemistryI love holiday stories This novella is very much centered around Christmas with everyone having gathered at Hedge House for Christmas There is something joyful and romantic about the Christmas season and it shines in this book I am loving this year s holiday romances this novella included of courseThis story was short it s a novella but it is very lovely If you re looking for something short and sweet and swoony try this novella Usually I don t bother with them but this story was adorable Plus there are plenty of GodricMegs cameos And of course the novella ends beautifully I love Adam and Sarah together and I m so glad Hoyt wrote this novellaWhat I Did Not LikeNothing to complain about This novella was uite wonderfulWould I Recommend ItI definitely recommend this novella to anyone who has read any of the Maiden Lane books Like I said usually I don t bother with novellas because they re such a tease and way too short But this novella was very complete and didn t feel too short or rushed The romance was written so well and I loved the characters It was a refreshing sweet fun story to read and perfect for the holidaysAnd for those that have not read any of the Maiden Lane books of course I highly recommend the series and starting from the beginning at that But the novellas are also a great way to get into the series Short and sweet and completely uniuely Elizabeth Hoyt I personally think no one writes historical romance uite like Hoyt She has her own style and level and while I love many HR writers and their books I think Hoyt is one of the bestRating4 stars I m really sad about this series ending Duke of Desire is the last full length novel and the novellas that have been published this year are among the last short additions I am so hoping for a MaximusArtemis novella or epilogue or something Duke of Midnight was my favorite 35 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewDisillusioned early on about rakes Sarah St John has always. A heartwarming stand alone novella from New York Times best selling author Elizabeth HoytAdam Rutledge Viscount d'Arue 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 br.
Elizabeth Hoyt º 5 charactersGiven Adam Rutledge Viscount d Arue the cold shoulder When he shows up unexpectedly at her home and is forced to spend Christmas the complicated feelings she s always had start to get even complicatedAdam would do anything for his grandmother even spend a week celebrating Christmas at the St John residency Thinking to entertain himself challenging Sarah he soon finds it backfiring on him as he s the one left feeling outgunned The last installment in the Maiden Lane series you could easily pick this up as a standalone you would miss an early glimpse of d Arue in a previous book but there is really no connection to the series overall Sarah St John should have been utterly forgettable This is a novella slightly under 100pgs and I m here to tell you that you re going to end up feeling cheated The weather is cold there is a search for some holly and an ending Christmas Eve ball but I did think this lacked a solid holiday read feel However this doesn t matter because the reason for the season is d Arue Nothing else The absolute caring way he treats his grandmother was shown brilliantly and provided some depth of character His sheer sexiness though steals the show He s able to Building the Cold War keep himself rather emotionally contained except when he gets around Sarah and then we get to see cracks form in the fa ade I live for the cracks He s sexy smooth sparking and a bit unraveling when he s with her and I loved every second of it Sarah St John loathed rakes Sarah was the perfect combination of stiff and melting when she was around d Arue Her past hurt helps us understand why she tries toeep d Arue at a distance but it also ends up feeling rushed and forced as the emotional pain isn t given enough room to develop with the small page count I loved how she stepped up to d Arue s challenging but also how she softened to his touch Her family round out the secondary characters and I missed seeing interactions with her sisters as I think this would have filled out her character even Careful sweetheart he rasped in her ear his breath brushing her neck and it was strange because she could ve sworn there was real concern in his voice you nearly fell at my feet just then There s some mini trials and tribulations going on in this novella but the core of the story and why you re going to want to read it is the interaction between Sarah and d Arue They are the couple who give you shivers up and down your spine They snap spark crash and melt together in a way that make you want to reread their story as soon as you finish I will spend time of my life than is healthy wishing the author had chosen to write a full length novel for them There s a point where d Arue says I want you He fought to eep his voice level Civilized In every wayThe way this is dragged out of him had me thinking of Sebastian St Vincent In a full novel I think d Arue would have seriously challenged St Vincent in the eyes of many romance readers for favorite rake Hoyt is very good at small impactful emotions and outside the main couple s relationship there is a scene where Sarah s sister starts to blame herself for a man s actions and after her family support their mother says the line I shall have to warn my friends about him This may be a case of what s in the news timing
But This Little Scene Hitthis little scene hit in the feels The women s network created out of necessity caring and bravery In the past and present sometimes we women have been the only recourse and this added scene is again one of the numerous reasons I read romance it understands tells and celebrates us women Look issues get brought up and moved on from uickly d Arue s parents death and the ending is so outrageously abrupt Seriously Hoyt gives us one of my favorite proposal lines ever and then slammed me into a the end wall I loved what Hoyt gave me of d Arue almost as much as I hated how little she gave me of d Arue At the end of the day though if you re looking for a uick escape d Arue won t disappoint He broke their iss and laid his forehead against hers Make me stopI can t she whisperedThen we re doomed he said his voice husky and low For I m unable to stop myself I want you Day and night and all the time in between I want you Very disappointed in this The leads here deserved something much They were compelling characters and were a fitting pairing that had been anticipated since book 5 of the series This was a short novella and it was way too rushed and wholly unsatisfying Also the accompanying fairy tale was annoying definitely my least favorite fairy tale of all her books This was a nice uickie but I ve waited so long for Viscount d Arue s story I just wish he d had his own full length novel Ugh Much as I m a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt s Maiden *Lane series I m not a great fan of novellas and after having *series I m not a great fan of novellas and after having and been somewhat meh about Once Upon a Maiden Lane I was going to give this a miss But the fan in me said you might as well you ve read all the others books in the series that is so I did read it and I should have stuck to my guns because Once Upon a Christmas Eve is rather a disappointmentVery few authors IMO really now how to get it right when it comes to novellas Courtney Milan is always the one that comes to mind who DOES get it right and most of those I read tend to be rushed and lacking in depth plus the current vogue for getting in at least one sex scene regardless of page count means there is even less time spent developing a relationship And that s the case hereWhat makes it worse however is that the hero Adam Rutledge Viscount d Arue popped up as one of those secondary characters who took on a life of his own in an earlier book in the series and many fans including me had hoped Ms Hoyt was planning to make him a hero in one of the later books in the series Sadly that didn t pan out and instead we ve got this woefully underdeveloped tale of a hardened rake who falls in love in the blink of an eye with a young woman who intrigues him because she hates rakes and do. Ave 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 metSarah St John really rather loathes rakes The self satisfied smirks The sly predatory gazes Oh and the constant witty banter rife with double