Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Arc Review: Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane, #12.6)From the blurb:

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.

Heather's rating:

A sweet holiday novella, perfect for those who like historical romance shorts and appropriate for those new to the Maiden Lane series.

Though I own quite a few books in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series, I haven't actually read any (I know, I 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 quickly, 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*

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