Review: A Kiss at Midnight Eloisa James ★★★★

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
Genre: Historical Romance, Fairy tales retold
Series: Happily Ever afters #1
Publication Date: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0061626845
Page Count: 372

Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales... or happily ever after. Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince... and decides he's anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancé, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn't love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have for a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble...

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune...

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

REVIEW

This retelling of Cinderella was surprisingly sweet and funny. The funny part I wasn't really expecting. There's a lot of poking fun at all the stuff and nonsense that goes into the fashions of the time (whatever time setting that might be- we are never told and it doesn't really matter, it's not a historical novel, it's a fairy tale!) And also the couple themselves are just funny characters, especially Kate. She really stole the show.

And what a show it is! She's having to pretend to be her own step-sister to attend a betrothal party, along with her sister's fiancé, since her sister is unable to attend due to a swollen lip. This is not the ideal time to meet the man of your dreams, whilst not being able to be yourself, supposedly being engaged to the man you brought with you, and especially since the man of your dreams just happens to be the prince who's betrothal party you are attending!

Who ever said love was easy...

 “I did it,” Gabriel said, conversationally. “I met the woman, the only woman for me. I met her, and now . . . I’m going to meet my wife.” 

We all know the story and this retelling of it was very well done. Nothing too deep and meaningful; just a light, fluffy fun read. And sexy too! I really enjoyed it on audio and can recommend you trying it out this way.

4 Stars! ★★★★

1 comment:

  1. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)9 May 2012 at 22:26

    Thanks for the review! On my shelf.

    ReplyDelete

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