A Kiss at Midnight, Eloisa James

Title: A Kiss at Midnight

Author: Eloisa James

Redonk Nutshell: Take-charge Cinderella meets her prince while in disguise

Official Synopsis: 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.

I was looking forward to reading this book, especially after enjoying its sequel in the series, When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I have a fondness for fairy tale re-tellings.  A Kiss At Midnight is a Cinderella-inspired story featuring Kate Daltry and Prince Gabriel.  Kate is the older daughter of the family, and she more or less assumes responsibility of the estate of her stepmother and stepsister.  Kate and her stepsister, Victoria, are actually very good friends, which is how Kate gets into her situation in the first place.  Victoria is engaged to her lover, Algernon, but in order for them to go through with the proceedings, they must be introduced to Algernon’s relatives and receive their consent.  After a silly accident with one of her dogs that leaves her with a swollen lip, Victoria asks Kate to go in her stead.  Kate reluctantly agrees.  Of course, the moment Kate meets Algernon’s uncle, the prince, there is a spark of instant chemistry.  The catch?  Prince Gabriel is betrothed to a Russian princess, of whom is very much an heiress and can support his newly inherited castle and estate.

I enjoyed Kiss, but it didn’t surpass When Beauty Tamed the Beast.  It was a fun and feisty tale, a fresh spin on the Cinderella story that felt new and intriguing.  While I liked this book, it’s not one that stuck with me.  There is good banter between the main characters, and the romance is lovely, but it wasn’t memorable.

Rating: C

Romance: 3/5            Raunch: 2/5

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