- File Size: 3449 KB
- Print Length: 92 pages
- Publisher: Forever Yours (December 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2017
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DSTTRIK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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I'm not sure, but perhaps with this pairing of Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque, and Sarah St. John, Godric's sister, we have all the single population of Hoyt's series now mated for life? That in itself would be quite a feat because there were a lot of characters introduced as the stories progressed and Hoyt is to be commended on her imagination and ability to write so many entries in this series. Is it possible that now all of Maiden Lane has its HEA?
As for this story, it's a meh one for me. The only reason I give it 3 stars is for the ending to the fairy tale included. (Often I skip those fairy tales but this one I read, hoping it would be better than the short story it's included with. Well, it was, but only just.) D'Arque is one of those infamous rakes who seem quite proud of his rakishness. Sarah is a woman who was burnt once by an infamous rake and now wants nothing to do with the species. They had met once in London but neither enjoyed the experience. Sarah because she shuns rakes and d'Arque because he didn't like being shunned.
When d'Arque's carriage, carrying him and his grandmother to a family Christmas gathering, has a mishap, he is forced to seek refuge for himself and his now ill grandmother at Sarah's mother's home, where Godric and Megs are also spending the holidays. D'Arque feels an extreme pull of attraction to Sarah, which manifests itself in his talking rather rudely and crudely to her, with unsubtle innuendo and even overt crudeness at times, even within hearing of his grandmother. What's with the heroes of so many romances thinking they are being seductive by making sexually blatant remarks? The only thing he didn't do was expose himself or masturbate into a plant. We should be grateful for his understated behavior.
That's pretty much all there is to this story. Sarah discovers the good in d'Arque because he loves his grandmother and is affectionate to animals and hits a guest who is disrespecting her sister. Then she wants him to expose himself (and herself) and everybody lives HEA. Merry Christmas to All.
The story is quite generic, too. Viscount D'Arque's carriage breaks down as he is escorting his grandmother to visit relatives for Christmas, and he winds up an unwilling guest at a house party. While waiting for his grandmother to recover from pleurisy, he pursues Sarah, who is the oldest of Godric's half-sisters.
Sarah despises D'Arque, a first class rake, because she had a life-alteringly bad experience with a rake when she was younger.
D'Arque pursues her with annoying pick-up lines and crude innuendo. He is every man women meet in bars who make them roll their eyes as they try to avoid them.
But, she quickly changes her mind because he is kind to his grandmother and dogs, plus he kisses well.
He decides he loves her because she doesn't fall immediately for his charms and is apparently the only woman he's met who thinks he is obnoxious and sleazy.
The novella isn't bad, but I felt I'd read it a number of times before. Nothing beats a reformed rake, but this reformation seemed a stretch, as did Sarah's capitulation.
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