Book Review: A Kiss At Midnight by: Eloisa James

A Kiss at Midnight

Publisher: Avon

Publish Date: 1 August 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review

Format: Ebook

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.

Review in 5: Sexy, Cinderella, Cute, Good, Did I say sexy?

Review: As you can all gather from the blurb this book is a sexy re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. I think Ms. James is very clever and did an expert job re-writing this story and adding her own regency(?) era flair. The characters are real and fit time period nicely. I also love the little details from Cinderella that Ms. James took the time to fit around in the story.

Our prince, well, he is dark, brooding, and sexy, in my mind he sort of looks like Wrath (from J.R. Ward's BDB series) so that definitely helped my interest in the story. I also loved the way that Kate is portrayed as homely by her own imaginings until she finds her center and beauty and then she truly IS more beautiful. I also love Henry, Kate's godmother, she is so horrible and wonderful all at the same time, I hope that I am that witty and just perfect when I reach my older years. I love her, she is my favorite character from the entire book, next to her husband Leo of course.

This story is made so well because of the power Ms. James has for writing truly magnificent characters. I love this story and I enjoyed meeting all these wonderful characters that will stay with me for a long time. I will never be able to read or watch Cinderella again without thinking of Kate and Gabriel.

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  1. She's on my "must try in 2010" list. I've read so many good things about her books. Maybe I'll start with AKAM. Nice review!

  2. Love fairy tale retellings and this one sound very steamy. Great review.

  3. Great review! I was a bit weary of this one, but now i'm going to have to pick it up. ^^


  4. Great review-I'm a sucker for a Cinderella retelling!


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