A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales #1) by Eloisa James

Blurb

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 fiancée, 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 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.

RHFL Classifications

Historical Romance
Regency England
Heat Rating: 3
Rating: 4 Stars

Review by Lizzie English

A Kiss At Midnight, is a romantic take on the fairy tale of Cinderella. Kate’s world was turned upside down when her father married another right after her mother died and since then has been living as a servant. Yet at the same time she runs the estate that her step-mother has let fall into ruin. Her life is turned around even more when she’s forced to go to a ball that her sister is supposed to go to. Her sister who is engaged, and compromised which her mother doesn’t want broadcast around the Ton. So Kate is forced to don her sisters clothing and wigs in order to pass off for her.

The development of the relationship of Kate and her Prince is a bit boring. Sweet, but boring. It’s constant bickering and Kate putting herself down because of her age, her station and everything else. The only redeeming factor is how the Prince treats Kate. The bad thing? Gabriel is engaged to a far off Princess who is on her way to their engagement ball. This is a constant over them as they try to hide their feelings from growing farther. Especially since Kate is still supposed to be her sister.

Romance wise this is such a lovely story. It’s slow and painful until it actually happens and that’s exactly how Kate is feeling toward it, so the reader feels it as well. The romance is basically in one part of the book, and gets on with the plot of the story. Which at this point in time has gotten really muddled. Gabriel is basically doing two things at once, everyone is coming and going and it’s really hard to figure out exactly were it’s going.

There are plenty of Cinderella allusions in this story, from the step-sisters (which takes it to a new level). The Godmother who is anything but fairy. There’s even a pair of glass slippers! Of course that takes a more realistic approach as does the rest. There are enough similarities to call it a Cinderella tale, but it’s a good thing it’s just not a romantic retelling which I think makes the story.

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