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by Eloisa James

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 18th-century England

2010 Historical Love & Laughter Nominee

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This is James’ fractured Cinderella. There’s a horrid stepmother, a spoiled stepsister, dogs known as “the rats,” an unconventional prince and very intelligent Cinderella named Kate. The delightful tale is as smart, sassy and sexy as any of her other novels, but here James displays her deliciously wicked sense of humor, captivating her audience.

When her stepsister is scratched by her “rat,” Kate is forced to attend a ball where she meets Prince Gabriel. There is an instant attraction, but Gabriel is to marry a wealthy princess to save his kingdom while Kate is to go home to a miserable life.

Complicating matters is the fact that Gabriel likes his betrothed, though not as much as the sharp-tongued Kate. Then there’s Kate’s eccentric godmother, a pair of glass — well, not quite — slippers, several amazing surprises and that marvelous midnight kiss that could change everything. (AVON, Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: AVON

Published: August 2010

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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A Kiss at Midnight

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 11, 2011 - 10:15pm.

When her stepsister needs a stand-in at her betrothal ball, Kate Daltry is forced by her stepmother to take her sister's place.  There she meets Gabriel, an impoverished young prince who needs a rich bride to support his run-down castle and wayward relatives.  Even though he is drawn to Kate, Gabriel must marry the princess that his brother has picked for him.

This is a fun retelling of Cinderella.  I thought the first couple of chapters were choppy and wasn't sure where the story was going.  But this book is full of eccentric characters, a trio of Maltese known as "the rats", and a hilarious Godmother named Henry.  Don't be put off by the modern language in this story...just ignore it.  It's a fairy tale.  My rating:  4.5 Stars.