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A Kiss at Midnight. Home · A Kiss at Midnight Author: James Eloisa. 20 downloads Views KB Midnight Kiss · Read more · Midnight Kiss. Read more. A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) by Eloisa James. I finished this [A Kiss at Midnight] two days ago. I read through it pretty quickly, and did find myself interested. A Kiss at Midnight book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales or happ.
With Kate and Linnet on one side and Olivia , Theodora , and Edie on the other, this 5x7 can be yours. And this isn't the only gorgeous card to be had! In describing relations between characters, I may wreck a book for you by making it clear who someone marries, or the outcome of a book. Please do not read about The Inside Take if you're wary of knowing who is paired with whom!
I got the word straight from MY non-Greek husband, who when confronted with this terrible truth, looked guilty and said: Yarrow House, the residence of Mrs.
Before her father died seven years earlier, she found herself sometimes irritated with her new stepmother. Daltry — who had held that title for a matter of mere months — started ruling the roost, that Kate really learned the meaning of anger. Anger was watching the crops wilt and the hedges overgrow because her stepmother begrudged the money needed to maintain the estate.
It was the pitying glances she had from acquaintances who never met her at dinner anymore. It was being relegated to a chamber in the attic, with faded furnishings that advertised her relative worth in the household.
It was fueled by humiliation, and despair, and the absolute certainty that her father must be turning in his grave. She stomped up the front steps girding her loins for battle, as her father himself would have said. Time was when she might have actually wondered if her stepmother known to the household as Herself was malingering, but no longer.
Not after years of false alarms and voices screaming in the middle of the night about attacks…which generally turned out to be indigestion. He nodded. Sour as she felt, Kate felt a pulse of sympathy. After his death, I moved the family to the far cottage.
But the butler was shaking his head. Kate closed her eyes for a moment. A day that had started out badly was only getting worse.
He smiled too easily. She generally managed to forget that she had once been mistress of the household. Kate had grown up sitting opposite her father at the dining room table, going over the menus with Mrs. Swallow, the housekeeper… She had expected to debut, and marry, and raise children of her own in this very house. But that was before her father died, and she turned into a maid-of-all-work, living in the garret. And now she was to come to dinner, in a gown that was out of date, and endure the smirking pleasantries of Lord Dimsdale?
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She ran up the stairs with a sickening foreboding in her stomach. The afternoon light fell over her shoulder, lighting her hair. It had a glare to it, that hair, a fierce yellow tint as if the strands were made of minerals. She was wearing a morning dress with a pleated bodice of lilac net, caught under the breasts with a trailing ribbon.
It was lovely…for a debutante. But Mariana could not abide the fact that she was no longer in her thirties. In fact, she had never really accepted the loss of her twenties. And so she dressed herself to create an approximation of Mariana-at-Twenty. For no woman yet has appeared twenty in her forties, and a deliciously sensual gown cannot restore youth.
The room was mounded with piles of light cottons and spangled silks; they were thrown in heaps over the chairs. Or at least where one presumed chairs to be. The room resembled a pastel snowscape, with soft mountains of fabric here and there. Her stepmother bounded up with a screech. I put a scorch mark on a white gown three years ago.
Kate carefully pushed the stack of gowns a little further away from her foot. Mariana waved her cigarillo disdainfully. Those people live on my land for practically nothing.
The least they can do is keep their own houses in good nick. That Crabtree woman is living in a pigsty. I happened by the other day and I was positively horrified. Kate sat back down and let her eyes wander around the room. Crabtree is both exhausted and afraid.
I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century. When I rip off my power suit, whether it's academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom.
Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life.
So I'm a writer, a professor, a mother - and a wife. My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence. We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy.
It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight, a cavaliere, as you say in Italian.
One more thing Eloisa is a friend, with girlfriends who are writers and girlfriends who are Shakespeare professors.
And girlfriends who are romance readers. In fact, she has something of a community going on her website. A Place in Time: If I had to suggest a date, this story would be set somewhere around , during the Regency.
And on glass slippers: My biggest literary debt lies in Perraults version of Cinderella. Scholars generally think that Perrault mistook the wood vair fur for verre glass ; I reimagined his slippers as translucent, due to being created by stiffened taffeta. And a final word on Cinderellas: In the wondrously various world of Cinderellas, the prince always manages to find his cinders girl, and carries her off to his castle.
Sometimes, the evil stepsisters are banished, sometimes they become housemaids in the castle, and once in a blue moon, they transform into house fairies. View all 7 comments. Aug 12, KarenH rated it it was amazing Shelves: When we were little girls, we all knew the story of Cinderella That might have been a long time ago but none of us has forgotten the love story of Cinderella and her Prince Charming A Kiss at Midnight is Eloisa James' gift to those little girls - all grown up now but still believing in the When we were little girls, we all knew the story of Cinderella A Kiss at Midnight is Eloisa James' gift to those little girls - all grown up now but still believing in the magic of true love, handsome heroes and the perfect, fairy-tale ending.
This story doesn't have any paranormal tweaks It does, however, have a most charming prince who studies archeology and a palace full of odd animals and even stranger people who the prince has taken under his wing. What an enormous expense it is to keep them all and so Prince Gabriel is resigned to accepting his arranged betrothal to a wealthy Russian princess.
Kate Daltry has been living the life of a cast-aside relation for many years. Once her father died, Kate's stepmother completely took over their London estate and set about making Kate's stepsister the belle of the ton.
The stepsister, Victoria, manages to snag a peer but due to unfortunate circumstances, cannot accompany said peer to visit his uncle, the prince, to receive a royal blessing on the union.
Kate is forced to go in Victoria's place. From their first encounter, sparks fly between Kate and Gabriel - and a battle of wits ensues. They are, however, most intrigued by each other; and, managing to spend a great deal of quality time together, are helpless to falling in love.
Soon the battle of wits that brought them together transforms, over the course of the story, into a conscientious battle between right and wrong Add to this dilemma a princess who is not only beautiful but has a sweet countenance as well There are many laugh-out-loud moments and a few poignant, tearful scenes made that much worse because there really are no wicked stepmothers to blame for what can never be between Kate and Gabriel.
Evil thy name is fate Do not lose sight of your girlhood fantasy, however, as James works a little magic of her own to make things right. And don't be caught up with any historical inadequacies you find as James points out at the end of the book. Simply take it as it's been presented to you Perhaps, when you are finished reading the book, you will close your eyes and dream View all 14 comments.
Aug 01, Nisha rated it it was amazing Shelves: James' book. I knew going in, it was a take on Cinderella, and I was quite prepared for it. What I was not prepared for was Ms. James' writing.
More on that, later. Kate, our Cinderella, has a dead philandering when he was alive father, a vain and slightly evil stepmother, and a newly acknowledged beautiful, but kind half-sister.
Through some convoluted situation where said After hearing raves about this series specifically When Beauty Tamed the Beast , I decided that I should finally read Ms.
Through some convoluted situation where said half-sister gets bitten by her dog before meeting a prince who has to approve her engagement with her beau, Kate is 'encouraged' to dress up and play her half-sister to save the girl's impending marriage half-sister is preggers. And so, Kate accompanies the simple minded, Algie the beau to the foreign prince's castle.
Gabriel appears to be every bit of an arrogant, self-centered prince, who is engaged to marry Princess Tatiana. He develops a fascination toward Kate, first seducing her, then befriending her, and finally loving her. And we discover that the Prince is a much more honorable man than we assumed. To protect his dependents, he chooses to marry money instead of following his heart. Still, he cannot resist the passion between him and Kate, even as he knows that following it would hurt them both.
We get a great ensemble of secondary characters, the half-sister, Victoria; her beau, Algie he became quite adorable ; the Prince's all-seeing half-brother, Wick; the elegantly dressed, Toloose; Kate's Godmother, Henry; her husband, Leo I thought they were a great pair ; the dramatic Lady Effie; the three ridiculous yet lovable Maltese, Caesar, Freddie and Coco; the perfect princess bride, Princess Tatiana; and of course, the Prince's elderly relatives don't remember their names now, but they were fun.
All of them were wonderfully entertaining and EJ unwittingly endears us, readers, to them. But, like someone before me said, the first or more like pages were unfocused and kinda boring though not unentertaining, does that make any sense?
No real romance or even interaction leading to love takes place. James' writes in a very entertaining way, that at first seemed almost mean and condescending maybe that's just me, since this is my first EJ book. But after a while, I could appreciate the wit without being offended. She builds a fantasy world, rather than following the HR vein, and creates a fairy tale, embellishing with quirky, but lovable characters, sensational love scenes, and true emotion.
And that's what won me over and forced me to rate this 5 stars. I adored the last third of the book. The romance between Kate and Gabriel came alive and the drama picks up. I loved how no one was a bad guy and that everyone had flaws, even our hero and heroine.
Kate succumbs to her passion, despite the consequences though she enforces the usage of a french letter and Gabriel chooses duty while hurting his one true love. This was such a gorgeous story and I would recommend it to everyone who loves a fairy tale.
Fair warning, this is not a historical romance, even if there was no magic. I just hope that everyone else would enjoy this book as much as I did. Oct 17, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: The heroine is intelligent and strong, the hero is sexy and just a bit dangerous, and the secondary characters are delightfully charming. One of the best books I've read in years! View 1 comment.
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Jun 21, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: What a fun book! There's just something special about reading a new twist on a classic story. The romance developed faster than I usually like, but I was expecting that going in.
Cinderella doesn't spend months with the prince before falling in love, so how can I expect something different from Kate? Katherine Daltry, or Kate as she prefers to be called, gets suckered into pretending to be her stepsister, Victoria, for a few days by her stepmother.
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Kate would be the first person to tell you the d What a fun book! Kate would be the first person to tell you the deception wouldn't work, but she bargains her cooperation for help for one of the tenants.
After Kate's father died her stepmother started letting the estate run ragged and not doing properly by her tenants. Kate doesn't stay with her stepmother and stepsister because she couldn't go somewhere else. She could, she has nothing against going away to be a governess. She just can't stand to abandon her duty to her father's estate.
What would happen if she wasn't there to help at least a little? But duty can weigh heavy after a while. Kate is ready for a change. The beginning started rather slowly for me. I found myself bored up until we got to the castle. I wasn't discouraged though. I find that Eloisa James doesn't really shine until there's heavy character interaction and dialogue.
When that shows up the book just starts to pop! I was amused by Gabriel and Kate's interaction. They had so much humor and fun in their conversations. I loved all their flirting! Gabriel was the romantic and Kate was the realist. I thought it was hilarious when Gabriel quoted one of Romeo's lines to Kate and she ruins the moment by asking if he kills himself right after that.
The author kept a lot of the original story elements. There were glass slippers and a midnight ball and even some rats running around. Although the rats aren't literally rats, thank goodness! There's even a godmother, who has to be my favorite character in the whole book.
The godmother, Henry, has a sad past, but she doesn't let it rule her life and she's the best adviser that Kate could ever ask for.
She's open to whatever her niece decides, and even encourages her to embrace her naughty side once in a while. I loved watching her interact with her husband.
They seem like they have a great relationship, even if he does have a problem or two. I loved how honest Henry was about everything and how she was there for Kate no matter what.
I loved the talk she gave Kate about giving Gabriel one more chance to man up and then what to do if he didn't. I've wanted to give that speech to so many romance heroines!
If you're bothered by historical inaccuracies, let me help you out. The author discusses her free and loose use of period language in the Historical Note at the end of the book. I wasn't bothered by it, but you might be. This wasn't my favorite book by this author, but I still enjoyed it. I felt the relationship was underdeveloped, but what was there was a lot of fun.
The ending was a bit too cutesy for me, but I don't blame the author for wanting to go out with a very sweet HEA for her fairytale. The "bosom friends" were hilarious. I need to google to see if they really did that! View all 30 comments. Mar 20, willaful rated it really liked it Shelves: What a difficult book to rate The first half of the book reads like James was channeling Christina Dodd at her weirdest: And it did indeed.
When Gabriel and Kate begin to seriously interact, the story becomes the most wonderful, tantalizing seduction, with scenes so intimate that you hardly notice that at first they barely touch. There was no annoyance on my part that this couple takes forever to get into bed; I could have read them seducing each other with words for much longer. The man who has to marry someone else is one of my very favorite historical romance tropes, and I love the suppressed pain we see in the Prince, as he struggles to do what he sees as his duty: I met her, and now But since the parts that were good were just so, so good, I have to recommend it.
Dhestiny's and Rane's Reviews It was enjoyable enough to start off with - was pretty cute, in fact, but at the same time, was all too easy for me to put down and felt slow.
It made me incredibly uncomfortable. I have forgiven cheating in books, before, because I had truly connected with the characters, felt really strongly for them, and was able to forgive them a grave mistake. But with this? It did not sit right with me. I just didn't feel it fair to any of them. I also feel bad for giving it 2. I will give your other books a go, though. I did, however, love these quotes below that Quinn had shared in her Goodreads status updates and which enticed me to read this.
There were some tingly moments between the hero and heroine, but just not enough interaction between them, for my liking, for me to connect with them and care about seeing their Happily-Ever-After.
It was vastly improper. Kate pulled her gaze away. Their kiss was as untamed as the garden they stood in. It was the kind of kiss that skirted the edge of propriety even though his hands stayed at her back, and hers around his neck. It skirted propriety because they both knew the kiss was like making love, that there was an exchange, a possession and a submission, a giving and a taking, a forbidden intimacy. View all 25 comments. Aug 16, Dija rated it liked it Shelves: First half - 1 star Second half - 5 stars Seeing as it's a historical retelling of Cinderella, I was pretty excited about reading A Kiss at Midnight.
It'd been a while since I'd read a good forbidden romance themed novel, but the beginning was dull enough that I was certain this one wasn't going to change that. Thankfully, the story became absolutely magical during the last hundred pages and saved this from being a complete disappointment. A Kiss at Midnight is my first read by Eloisa James and I'm disappointed to say that the writing was altogether lackluster and the story wasn't as interesting as it could have easily been.
In addition, the chapters' endings were extremely abrupt and I found myself re-reading them several times before convincing myself that I hadn't missed anything important. This made me feel rather disconcerted throughout the book. Gabriel was absolutely wonderful, but Kate's personality didn't impress me at all. The side characters, however, were well-rounded and lovable especially Henry and Wick and made the story much more lively than it would've been otherwise.
The ending was fantastic and everything I'd initially expected from the novel. Unfortunately, it took such a long time to get there that it did little to change my overall impression.
To sum it up, A Kiss at Midnight was a boring and entirely forgettable story, which could have been a lot better if not for the slow beginning and Kate's dull personality. The next book When Beauty Tamed the Beast is a retelling of my favorite fairy tale though, so I'm pretty sure I'll be continuing with the series. For more reviews, visit my blog: View all 15 comments. Jun 14, Duchess Nicole rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a beautiful story! Eloisa James does a lovely job of staying true to the whimsical, ultra romantic aspect of a fairy tale in this retelling of Cinderella.
And boy, was it romantic! Kate is the orphaned girl, with the evil stepmother who basically strips her wealth and status from her after her father's death and passes it on to her own daughter. I like how this element of the story was portrayed. The step-family isn't really evil, they're simply selfish. The step mother isn't even a big par What a beautiful story! The step mother isn't even a big part of the story. And the step sister is basically oblivious.
So it takes away the villain aspect and lets you focus on the romance. Kate is such a wonderful woman. She's accepted her lot in life, though she knows that she deserves better. But she's found a satisfaction and contentment that is admirable.
She doesn't think much of her looks, as they are vastly different from what is considered beautiful. She's been worked skinny, with tan skin and callused hands. Of course, she doesn't see herself as everyone else does. But one thing leads to another, and she is sent to pose as her sister at the home of a foreign prince. Here we meet Prince Gabriel, a man whose responsibilities weigh heavily on his honorable shoulders.
He, of course, is drawn to the brown skinned, scrawny woman. He cannot fathom why, but he finds himself seeking her out. She unwittingly brings out his mischievous, playful side. And she doesn't fawn over him, which at first annoys him. Then he realizes that he is allowed to be himself, and that he is falling for this honest, beautiful, mysterious woman claiming to be someone she is not.
Yet his duty to his family and country inhibits their relationship, until time runs out. Gabriel must make a final decision, possibly the most important one of his life. By the time I got to the part with the inevitable glass slipper, I was madly in love with this book. It's absolutely, lusciously romantic. Just the kisses are erotic. I can't imagine why you're here with me, but I know that you should be in your castle with your guests. Here's one more: Wonderful story, told by one of my favorite historical romance authors.
And this book proves why.
I am so glad that this is the first of a series. View 2 comments. Feb 07, Quinn rated it really liked it Shelves: Whether that would have improved my enjoyment of the first part of this novel is unlikely, but I think I would have preferred that knowledge going in. For the first several chapters of this novel in fact, it was probably more like a third of the book , I was scratching my head wondering how it could have possibly garnered so many glowing reviews.
It did not capture my interest, was clunky to read and seemed to be lacking direction and style. But when things picked up, they really picked up.
There was delightful dialogue, an eclectic cast of secondary characters including three wonderfully rendered dogs , and some of the most lusciously described kisses I have had the pleasure of reading, leading to a truly memorable and undeniably sexy episode which in itself was worth the price of admission. Thankfully, this is a fairytale for adults.
Our prince is not free to marry as he chooses due to his pressing and significant financial concerns. There is no possible way he could even consider our impoverished and possibly illegitimate heroine as his potential princess, despite his fascination for her.
I started out not particularly liking either of our lead characters, but I warmed to Kate fairly quickly, with her frank and outspoken nature, her wit and intelligence. Gabriel took a little longer to warm to, but when I did, he made sure it was worth the wait. Their scenes together were wonderful. If you have yet to read this novel and decide to give it a try, make sure you persist past the halfway mark, because a treasure awaits.
View all 17 comments. Oct 08, Manda Collins rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fabulous retelling of Cinderella with all the wit and charm one would expect from Eloisa James.
I loved the little tweaks she gave to the traditional fairy tale elements--an earthy godmother, a not so ugly stepsister, and a not-quite-glass slipper. And of course there was more to the relationship between Kate and her handsome prince than just one evening together at the ball. From their prickly first meeting to their growing attraction to one another, their chemistry zings off the page.
James do Fabulous retelling of Cinderella with all the wit and charm one would expect from Eloisa James. James does a fabulous job of building their appreciation for one another and that combined with their wanting makes their HEA not only expected, but inevitable. These two belong together, and unlike the all too brief original fairy tale, James tells us, beautifully, why.
This is going straight to my keeper shelf. As soon as I download my own copy--this one I read was an ARC loaned to me by a friend who, oddly enough, wants it back; Loved. May 30, Keri rated it really liked it Shelves:Eloisa James - Kiss Download Destination In this story, she has to go to a ball disguised as her step-sister with her sister's fiance to get his uncle, the prince's, approval for the marriage.
Don't answer that, Rob! Anyways, a great story with a lovely cast, I really liked it. Dec 03, M. View 2 comments. Please do not read about The Inside Take if you're wary of knowing who is paired with whom!
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