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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.

Topics: England, First in a Series, Cinderella, Retellings, Princes, Midnight, Social Class, and Sensual

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ISBN: 9780062005366
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I absolutely think this book was enchanting and a lovely and an amazing version of a Cinderella tale. more
A fun reversioning of the Cinderella story. Kate isn't quite a kitchen drudge, her stepsister, Victoria, isn't evil or ugly and her godmother, Henry, short for Henrietta, isn'ta fairy either. But the Prince is a Prince, and handsome and intelligent too. A fast, fun read.more
Lighthearted and sexy, James's take on the Cinderella fairy tale was a delight from start to finish. Kate and Gabriel are certainly honorable, but not without a dash of wickedness to keep things spicy.more
Ok, so this is maybe more 3 star then 4 star book, but I am a sucker for fairy-tale retellings. And I really liked how Eloisa James replaced fantastical elements of the story with something real and still maintained enough likeness to the 'Cinderella'. There is: 'a carriage that never was a pumpkin, though it fled at midnight; a godmother who lost track of her charge, though she had no magic wand; and several so-called rats who secretly would have enjoyed wearing livery. And, of course, there's a girl too, though she didn't know how to dance, nor did she want to marry a prince.'.more
A Kiss at Midnight
3.5 Stars

Synopsis
Treated like a servant in her own home, Kate Daltry does her best to prevent her stepmother from emptying the family coffers. Out of desperation, she agrees to take her stepsister's place at a country gathering where she meets Prince Gabriel of Marburg. Initially less than charmed by his elitist arrogance, Kate eventually succumbs with each delectable kiss knowing full well that she has no future with the prince who is in dire need of a dowry.

Review
Insubstantial fluff with the occasional sharp wit and funny moment.

Gabriel and Kate's chemistry is only so-so - their sex scenes have potential but are lacking a certain steaminess. Nevertheless, they are a likeable couple and their relationship is sweet despite Gabriel's questionable morals, and his ridiculous and distasteful flitting between Kate and his soon to be betrothed, Tatiana.

The castle and its wacky inhabitants are really what makes this a worthwhile read. From the lion with indigestion to the inebriated aunt, each and every minor character contributes to the endearing atmosphere of the book.

Overall, this book left me underwhelmed but the next in the series has received high accolades and I am looking forward to reading it.more
A fun romp, although I liked The Duke is Mine better. I particularly like that some of the side characters weren't completely stereotypical.more
This one's been showing up in my Amazon rec feed, and I love fairy tales so I thought I'd give it a shot. Nope. Not for me. Boys still have cooties, so I could barely see the book for all the eye-rolling I did.

Beyond that, all these women can't tell the difference between Victoria and Kate, just because of a wig and fake breasts? What, are they completely brainless? Even if they were blind, she's not making a particular effort to act like her sister.

The two main characters are likable, I suppose. Or at least, they would be likable if I were the sort of person to like romance novels. But they're both complete asses. It takes one to marry one, I guess.more
after reading the novella "Storming the Castle" I wanted to re read "A Kissat Midnight" Enjoyed it even more the second time. Was able to read it slowly and savor it second time around instead of the way I devowered it the first time. Storming the Castle was a great way to revisit Kata & Gabriel, the castle and have a happy beginning for Wick. loved it.more
This is the second book of Eloisa's I read and it didn't disappoint. In this book Eloisa recreates the fairytale of Cinderella with a more realistic flare. Kate aka the Cinderella is not that destitute. The evil stepsister isn't evil; just air headed and a lose woman. The evil stepmother actually a past whore. The fairy godmother isn't magical. The Prince has no kingdom. And the helpful creatures are three overly spoiled Maltese. In all things considering it's amazing Kate ever landed the prince at all in this story. In fact rather than try to keep Kate away from Prince Gabriel the stepmother practically delivers her to his doorstep with ambiance. This is because Victoria, the stepsister, gets herself pregnant. In order to be able to marry her, her fiancée has to get the approval of his uncle aka Gabriel. Lucky for all parties the prince is holding his betrothal ball and Victoria and Algie are invited. Thus the stepmother has Kate pretend to be Victoria for the event so that no-one will see that she got pregnant out of wedlock. So as you can see Kate had everything going against her. No magic or love was to be expected. It's her own luck that everyone see's through her disguise and Gabriel is intrigued. My personal opinion of the book was that if it wasn't the godmother Henry it would have fallen quite flat. Kate and Gabriel really didn't have that many dimensions to them. It would have been Gilmore Girls minus Lorelei and the town people. Rory isn't too terribly interesting on her own and needed Lorelei and the extra characters. Thus was the same with the book. Henry was brilliantly funny and helped push Kate to do things she would have never done. She was also the one to set her straight at times. Gabriel also needed Wick and the rest of his crazy relatives to keep him going. Otherwise i believe he would have ravished Kate or headed to a archeological dig leaving her in the dust. Probably both in that order. I do like Eloisa's writing style though. I'm not a big fan of too many sex scenes and so was appreciative of the fact that they were to the bare minimum. So final rating: 4 stars. Good story, plot, and characters. The thing was that the main characters were weak at times.more
I enjoyed reading this take on the Cinderella story. The author describes it as more fairy tale than historical fiction, and that seems right. The story was full of fuzziness of setting and improbable coincidences that really worked because of that tie. Kate (Cinderella) is the granddaughter of an Earl. Her mother was sickly but very rich, and her very good looking father married for access to that money, but not for love or affection. Her mother died, and her father immediately remarried a woman with a beautiful daughter (Victoria), about 5 years younger than Kate.Kate finds it necessary to stay around to protect the staff and the tenants on her father's estate, so her stepmother has a way to convince her to take part in a truly hare-brained scheme to pretend to be Victoria on a trip to see her fiance's extended family, including a prince!Yes, there are glass slippers, a ball, a previously unknown godmother (no fairies, though), a midnight escape... There are also funny little dogs, several steaming hot scenes, primary characters with some depth, funny secondary characters...A very fun read.more
I loved this take on the Cinderella fairy tale. In fact, it was better than the original story. The heroine (Kate) was not the simple, sweet Cinderella, but, rather, a young woman with plenty of fire, intelligence and wit, as well as a heightened sense of responsibility for her time. The Prince was everything a hero should be including perceptive with a good sense of humor. I was particularly glad that the stepsister was portrayed in a kind light and that she and Kate became close. The dialogue, not just between Kate and Gabriel, but between all the characters (and believe me, there were some characters:-), was outstanding. This was a light, breezy read (no dark angst in this one) and I highly recommend it.more
Oh, this was sweet, romantic and charming. Kate is bullied into pretending to be her stepsister Victoria and attends a prince's betrothal ball with Victoria's fiancée. The prince in question is the fiancée's uncle, and must approve of his marriage to Victoria for the marriage to go forward - which it must, as Victoria is just a little pregnant.Of course, Kate - with her frankness, wit and smirkiness - catches the prince's eye and he becomes entranced, despite the fact that his as-yet-unseen betrothed is on the way. And he NEEDS to marry this en-route heiress/princess (Russian royalty), as his estate is gobbling money and he has many mouths to feed. And Kate is broke. Or is she?James writes lovely characters, full of charm and wit, and their banter is funny and sweet. While this story is less historical and more fairy tale (which James explains in the author's note), it still has the 1800s details that I enjoy reading about. Kate and Gabriel, the prince, have a wonderful chemistry and I really enjoyed reading about their falling in love. While reading this one, I grinned, my heart hurt and I teared up a bit... Good signs for a romance novel!Recommended!more
A Cinderella story presented in a new and original way. So much fun to read with great characters and details!more
An interesting twist on the Cinderella story, recast as a Regency romance by the always-reliable Eloisa James.more
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Reviews

I absolutely think this book was enchanting and a lovely and an amazing version of a Cinderella tale. more
A fun reversioning of the Cinderella story. Kate isn't quite a kitchen drudge, her stepsister, Victoria, isn't evil or ugly and her godmother, Henry, short for Henrietta, isn'ta fairy either. But the Prince is a Prince, and handsome and intelligent too. A fast, fun read.more
Lighthearted and sexy, James's take on the Cinderella fairy tale was a delight from start to finish. Kate and Gabriel are certainly honorable, but not without a dash of wickedness to keep things spicy.more
Ok, so this is maybe more 3 star then 4 star book, but I am a sucker for fairy-tale retellings. And I really liked how Eloisa James replaced fantastical elements of the story with something real and still maintained enough likeness to the 'Cinderella'. There is: 'a carriage that never was a pumpkin, though it fled at midnight; a godmother who lost track of her charge, though she had no magic wand; and several so-called rats who secretly would have enjoyed wearing livery. And, of course, there's a girl too, though she didn't know how to dance, nor did she want to marry a prince.'.more
A Kiss at Midnight
3.5 Stars

Synopsis
Treated like a servant in her own home, Kate Daltry does her best to prevent her stepmother from emptying the family coffers. Out of desperation, she agrees to take her stepsister's place at a country gathering where she meets Prince Gabriel of Marburg. Initially less than charmed by his elitist arrogance, Kate eventually succumbs with each delectable kiss knowing full well that she has no future with the prince who is in dire need of a dowry.

Review
Insubstantial fluff with the occasional sharp wit and funny moment.

Gabriel and Kate's chemistry is only so-so - their sex scenes have potential but are lacking a certain steaminess. Nevertheless, they are a likeable couple and their relationship is sweet despite Gabriel's questionable morals, and his ridiculous and distasteful flitting between Kate and his soon to be betrothed, Tatiana.

The castle and its wacky inhabitants are really what makes this a worthwhile read. From the lion with indigestion to the inebriated aunt, each and every minor character contributes to the endearing atmosphere of the book.

Overall, this book left me underwhelmed but the next in the series has received high accolades and I am looking forward to reading it.more
A fun romp, although I liked The Duke is Mine better. I particularly like that some of the side characters weren't completely stereotypical.more
This one's been showing up in my Amazon rec feed, and I love fairy tales so I thought I'd give it a shot. Nope. Not for me. Boys still have cooties, so I could barely see the book for all the eye-rolling I did.

Beyond that, all these women can't tell the difference between Victoria and Kate, just because of a wig and fake breasts? What, are they completely brainless? Even if they were blind, she's not making a particular effort to act like her sister.

The two main characters are likable, I suppose. Or at least, they would be likable if I were the sort of person to like romance novels. But they're both complete asses. It takes one to marry one, I guess.more
after reading the novella "Storming the Castle" I wanted to re read "A Kissat Midnight" Enjoyed it even more the second time. Was able to read it slowly and savor it second time around instead of the way I devowered it the first time. Storming the Castle was a great way to revisit Kata & Gabriel, the castle and have a happy beginning for Wick. loved it.more
This is the second book of Eloisa's I read and it didn't disappoint. In this book Eloisa recreates the fairytale of Cinderella with a more realistic flare. Kate aka the Cinderella is not that destitute. The evil stepsister isn't evil; just air headed and a lose woman. The evil stepmother actually a past whore. The fairy godmother isn't magical. The Prince has no kingdom. And the helpful creatures are three overly spoiled Maltese. In all things considering it's amazing Kate ever landed the prince at all in this story. In fact rather than try to keep Kate away from Prince Gabriel the stepmother practically delivers her to his doorstep with ambiance. This is because Victoria, the stepsister, gets herself pregnant. In order to be able to marry her, her fiancée has to get the approval of his uncle aka Gabriel. Lucky for all parties the prince is holding his betrothal ball and Victoria and Algie are invited. Thus the stepmother has Kate pretend to be Victoria for the event so that no-one will see that she got pregnant out of wedlock. So as you can see Kate had everything going against her. No magic or love was to be expected. It's her own luck that everyone see's through her disguise and Gabriel is intrigued. My personal opinion of the book was that if it wasn't the godmother Henry it would have fallen quite flat. Kate and Gabriel really didn't have that many dimensions to them. It would have been Gilmore Girls minus Lorelei and the town people. Rory isn't too terribly interesting on her own and needed Lorelei and the extra characters. Thus was the same with the book. Henry was brilliantly funny and helped push Kate to do things she would have never done. She was also the one to set her straight at times. Gabriel also needed Wick and the rest of his crazy relatives to keep him going. Otherwise i believe he would have ravished Kate or headed to a archeological dig leaving her in the dust. Probably both in that order. I do like Eloisa's writing style though. I'm not a big fan of too many sex scenes and so was appreciative of the fact that they were to the bare minimum. So final rating: 4 stars. Good story, plot, and characters. The thing was that the main characters were weak at times.more
I enjoyed reading this take on the Cinderella story. The author describes it as more fairy tale than historical fiction, and that seems right. The story was full of fuzziness of setting and improbable coincidences that really worked because of that tie. Kate (Cinderella) is the granddaughter of an Earl. Her mother was sickly but very rich, and her very good looking father married for access to that money, but not for love or affection. Her mother died, and her father immediately remarried a woman with a beautiful daughter (Victoria), about 5 years younger than Kate.Kate finds it necessary to stay around to protect the staff and the tenants on her father's estate, so her stepmother has a way to convince her to take part in a truly hare-brained scheme to pretend to be Victoria on a trip to see her fiance's extended family, including a prince!Yes, there are glass slippers, a ball, a previously unknown godmother (no fairies, though), a midnight escape... There are also funny little dogs, several steaming hot scenes, primary characters with some depth, funny secondary characters...A very fun read.more
I loved this take on the Cinderella fairy tale. In fact, it was better than the original story. The heroine (Kate) was not the simple, sweet Cinderella, but, rather, a young woman with plenty of fire, intelligence and wit, as well as a heightened sense of responsibility for her time. The Prince was everything a hero should be including perceptive with a good sense of humor. I was particularly glad that the stepsister was portrayed in a kind light and that she and Kate became close. The dialogue, not just between Kate and Gabriel, but between all the characters (and believe me, there were some characters:-), was outstanding. This was a light, breezy read (no dark angst in this one) and I highly recommend it.more
Oh, this was sweet, romantic and charming. Kate is bullied into pretending to be her stepsister Victoria and attends a prince's betrothal ball with Victoria's fiancée. The prince in question is the fiancée's uncle, and must approve of his marriage to Victoria for the marriage to go forward - which it must, as Victoria is just a little pregnant.Of course, Kate - with her frankness, wit and smirkiness - catches the prince's eye and he becomes entranced, despite the fact that his as-yet-unseen betrothed is on the way. And he NEEDS to marry this en-route heiress/princess (Russian royalty), as his estate is gobbling money and he has many mouths to feed. And Kate is broke. Or is she?James writes lovely characters, full of charm and wit, and their banter is funny and sweet. While this story is less historical and more fairy tale (which James explains in the author's note), it still has the 1800s details that I enjoy reading about. Kate and Gabriel, the prince, have a wonderful chemistry and I really enjoyed reading about their falling in love. While reading this one, I grinned, my heart hurt and I teared up a bit... Good signs for a romance novel!Recommended!more
A Cinderella story presented in a new and original way. So much fun to read with great characters and details!more
An interesting twist on the Cinderella story, recast as a Regency romance by the always-reliable Eloisa James.more
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