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
Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.
I adored this story. It was very craftily written and loved how the cinderella theme was an outline for certain events in the book. The narrator was excellent and I will definitely buy more from Eloisa James. Well worth the time and money for an esape.
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!!!!
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
This was indeed a charming love story. It's an adult take on the Cinderella story, and a nice one. There is some explicit sexual descriptions, but otherwise the story is, well, sweet and emotional. I particularly liked the heroine, who was a no nonsense sort of girl.
There were only a couple of things that took a star off this book for me. First (and this could just be me, I've been reading alot of paranormal and fantasy lately), there seemed to be remarkably little action. The book was focused on the love story to pretty much the exclusion of all else. I suppose I just really like the dynamic of the villein and the villein in this story (the wicked stepmother, of course) disappears into the insignificant background shortly after the book begins. That sort of left a vital antagonist from the original Cinderella story on the sidelines, and that didn't work so well for me.
The narrator did a good job on everything but the male character voices. Never mind the accent (which I agree is missing something), but Gabriel's gruff sexy voice sounded more like a croaky whisper. This by no means makes her performance a failure, but it's a small irritation that comes up every so often and makes me want to grind my teeth every time.
Overall, I'm happy I got the book, and listening to it was worth my time. It's a feel good happily ever after romance, and if that's what you're looking for, you've found it right here.
The word to best describe this audiobook is charming. It is not a deep story of historic romance, but it is not a shallow retelling of fairtytale. It is a really entertaining story that has to be treated like a fairytale. The romance is extremely descriptive and captivating. If not taken too seriously, this story is an absolute delight and the voice work is superb, though Gabriel does always sound like he was about to die of throat cancer at any moment. I would recommend this book to anyone who needed a nice cheerful light novel.
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I enjoyed this book alot. Eloisa is such a good hstoric author. The narrator was ok. But I am a big fan of Rosalyn Landor. I believe the book would have been ever a better listen with her voice
~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~
I love Cinderella stories and this one was sweet, romantic, and definitely for adults. The sexual tension between Kate and Gabriel builds beautifully in this story and it kept my attention throughout. It isn't so much a historical romance but for those of you who also love the story of Cinderella you will love this! I thought the narration was good. Each character had its own unique voice which I liked. Well done!
My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a great Cinderella story. It has so many great characters & excellent story line. This book is a beautiful love story, sensual, exciting, tender & sweet. I absolutely loved it.
I don't ever do spoilers. I will say the moment he realizes he can't live without her made me cry. The leading man is every girls dream!
You won't be disappointed!
Read from February 04 to 17, 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed this Cinderella retelling. It's the first general-market romance novel I've read in some time in which the author actually took the time to develop the relationship between the hero and heroine before they fell into bed together (first time was more than midway through the book). I also quite liked both of the characters, and each was well-developed with unique personalities. This was my first Eloisa James book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of them.
UPDATE: Apparently this was a one-off for me with Eloisa James. I tried reading the subsequent books in this series and while I did finish When Beauty Tamed the Beast and it was okay, I quit The Duke is Mine only part of the way through because I couldn't stand the heroine. In reading reviews of her books, it seems like those who love the later books in the series (or other books by James) didn't like this one very much. So if you've read and enjoyed other books by EJ, apparently this one is a departure from her normal writing style.
I rarely read historical romances anymore, but I did this one. The characters were very likeable and, as a reader/listener, I felt for the plight of Kate who had to fight for all people of her estate, at the expense of her own happiness.
I liked that the evil stepsister was not evil at all and the stepmother deserves a big wart on the end of her nose. I liked that Kate was not one of those shy wallflowers who only comes alive when she meets the prince.
The narrator was even better than the story. Very enjoyable.
Wonderful story, one of my Eloisa James favorites. Sensual and sweet, great book!
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