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 fiancee, 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.
©2010 Eloisa James (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
First of all, I read romance novels to escape, not for historical accuracy. I liked both the hero, heroine and their interactions in this story. The narrator was great at giving distinctive voices for each character.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I absolutely loved this book. It was such an easy listen and the story was very sweet. It's definitely a grown-up "fairytale" and NOT a historical romance. There isn't much of a plot but it's still a fun and enjoyable read. The narrator was amazing!! I was happy to learn there are more books in this series....I can't wait for the next one.
NYT writer of romantic suspense with a serious addiction to audiobooks.
This is a fabulous fairy tale of a book, with delightful characters, suitably steamy encounters, humor, and wit, and Susan Duerden does a wonderful job of reading. I'm in love with her hero's voice!
Firstly, to comment on the narrator; I normally find myself struggling to ignore the narration, but this reader is better than most I've listened to with one criticism. I didn't care for Gabriel's accent. I don't know if it is an accurate one for Warl-Marburg-Baalsfeld but I found it distracting and would have prefered more feelings than accent. but maybe that's just me.
As far as the story, it is a nice light take on the traditional cinderella fairy tale, with characters one can grow to like. the hero is a bit on the self centered side and the heroine not so perfect herself, but you can see the characters develop sutlely and they have nice dimension. I must admit, I liked some of the secondary characters as much as the main characters, particularly Wick and Harry and especially the "rats". I didn't quite understand the pickle eating dog referances, but those minor details aside, I enjoyed this audio book over all.
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What a great version of the Cinderella story. It's a new take on the story, more adult, more intense, equally romantic. I must admit that the first half of this book dragged a bit, too long with nothing significant happening. If you start getting bored, please keep listening because it will be worth it. The second half Of the book is amazing!! Oh what a heartbreaking love story! A bit of Cinderella, a bit of Romeo and Juliet, a bit of Kamasutra!!! I recommend it.
Narration: this is the first book I've listened to by Susan Duerden. She's definitely not on my favorite narrators list. Her male voices are not good. She would almost whisper to make some characters sound different and I didn't like that. Also her English accent is so strong that parts of the story where difficult to understand. Even though I didn't particularly like this narrator I would listen to other books that feature her to see if she gets better.
This is my first book by E. James, and it won't be my last because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the characters, the plot and the slow reveal of information about the characters that kept me reading to see what would happen next. I mean, of course you know the end of the story since it's based on Cinderella, but it was nonetheless enjoyable to see this author's spin on that tale. The characters did and said things you hoped they would do and there was fun throughout. There was flirtation, daring and building passion that led to a sweet romance. I'd definitely recommend this book to historical romance readers.
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I almost give up listening after the first chapter, a little slow in the beginning, a then it got better. I end it up falling in love with the characters, the narrator is very good and the story line is like a fairy tale. Can't wait to listen to the next one.
Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
I loved this book more than I ever expected. It is utterly compelling, enchanting, overwhelming, heartbreaking, sexy and simply PERFECT. It stirred all my emotions, from sadness and despair to exhiliration and euphoria!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! The best of Eloisa James. Excellent narration by Ms. Duerden.
Skeptical of yet another Cinderella story, I decided to purchase this book. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed every minute of listening to it. I'll have to admit this is one of E James's better books I have read recently. Contrary to my expectations, I feel she did an amazing job of building charecters and story telling with a twist of humor. Great job and unexpected!!!!
What really impressed me about this book was the narration. This is the first time I've heard a female narrator get the male voice right. The main character, the Prince in this novel sounds truly sexy and believable. Men talk in shorter sentences with a difference cadance, I believe. This narrator did more than just lower her voice. The story is also entertaining and takes a different approach to the Cinderella story.
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