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A Kiss at Midnight | [Eloisa James]

A Kiss at Midnight

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    etbrink Bozeman, MT 05-02-12
    etbrink Bozeman, MT 05-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing book!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books I have ever listened too! This is your typical Cinderella story and I would recommend this book to everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-24-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars. The plot could have been better."

    It was a sweet, feel-good, enjoyable romance story. A nice escape. I liked the collection of various character types. It made interesting interaction. I wish some romance authors would do more of this. For that reason I rounded up to 4 stars rather than down to 3. There is the sweet, naive, not-too-smart, frequently-crying stepsister; the selfish cruel stepmother; the arrogant, starkly-masculine, beautiful prince who does not want to be a prince. He’d rather be on an archaeological dig. I liked that the prince did not like Kate when he met her. He claimed he wanted a biddable bed-able woman. I liked his best friend/majordomo Wick who was smart. Wick said for himself, he would be bored by a biddable woman.

    The prince and Kate spent a lot of time together which provided dialogue and relationship development that I liked.

    I liked the phrase: “he was surrounded by a veritable flowerbed of young ladies.”

    I was reluctant to read something based on the Cinderella story, but I was pleased with the twists and changes made by the author. It wasn’t a copy. The author’s note at the end says this book is not for readers looking for historical accuracy. This should be considered a fairy tale.

    The plot could have been better. The prince has a dilemma which he solves at the end. He should have considered and discussed that solution a lot earlier, but that would have ended the story too soon. Because of other positives I was willing to look past that.

    Don’t read this for hot sex scenes. It was odd, not romantic, and not very passionate the way she chose to give her virginity and the timing of that scene. It was sort of a quickie. Other scenes were warm rather than hot, but ok.

    The narrator Susan Duerden is excellent. I love the way she reads the prince. She makes him sound soooo seductive.

    Genre: regency romance - fairy tale style.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-20-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Naughty Cinderella"

    This is a retelling of a classic story. It does go off on a different direction than anticipated. Enjoyable to listen to.

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    Tracey Merchantville, Nj, United States 03-15-12
    Tracey Merchantville, Nj, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Take on Cinderella!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Kiss at Midnight to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the sense of being read a fairy tale is a wonderful feeling. The book is so descriptive that you can see the characters and the environment in your mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the twist on Cinderella. The ending is more romantic then the original Cinderella story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes are with the Stepmother and Kate's discovery of the true story behind her father's marriages. I loved scenes with the Godmother, Henry.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fairy Tales have grown up.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed listening to this story.

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    Amazon Customer Canada 03-01-12
    Amazon Customer Canada 03-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "One of the best books ever!"
    Would you listen to A Kiss at Midnight again? Why?

    Yes, It's is hilarious, and sweet, and hilarious and sad, and hilarious. The characters are fantastic and sooo charming.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It switched between Henry( Kate's Godmother) and Kate, I also loved Wick.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed her characterization of Henry, she was brilliant!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was laughing through most of the book, until Gabriel and Kate had to part...


    Any additional comments?

    This is really one of the best books I have ever read and listened to.
    Well Done!

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    Lea 02-26-12
    Lea 02-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Lots of fun"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Seen as a fairy tale, it was fun and enjoyable. It was a bit light on the character development.


    If you’ve listened to books by Eloisa James before, how does this one compare?

    It was lighter and less realistic.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a good job.


    Do you think A Kiss at Midnight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story itself couldn't be continued, but another fairy tale set in regency England might be fun.


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    Avis Kernersville, NC, United States 02-13-12
    Avis Kernersville, NC, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "So very romantic"

    I enjoyed this book so very much. It was lovely, funny, sexy and absolutely entertaining. The narrator was very good. Mrs. James is such a great story teller. She will keep you entranced...

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    Remodeler 02-13-12
    Remodeler 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best in the series but good"

    Funny spin on an old fairy tale. The story line is ok and the performance is very good. Others in the series are better than this one but still an ok buy.

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    Shannel Richton Park, IL, United States 03-18-11
    Shannel Richton Park, IL, United States 03-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read but by no means great"

    Not as good as the first book in this series but worth listening to. The main characters don't have much to recommend themselves. Plot is missing.

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    S NY 03-07-12
    S NY 03-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Exactly Enchanting..."

    I gave this one two chances, but still wasn't impressed. Didn't strike me as a love story. The hero felt he was losing control over his life by being forced to wed a wealthy bride, chosen by his brother, so he could use her money to support his many relations. He pursued the 'poor relations' heroine as a rebellious distraction. (Not exactly heart warming.) The heroine had been a champion for the underdog throughout the story until the end when she wanted the prince to choose her over the welfare of a castle full of his relations. (Not exactly noble.)

    Narrator was okay. Some of her female voices were a little squeaky though.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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