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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I think Susan Duerden is one of the best narrators. If you are into Cinderella type stories (with a slight twist), this one will not fail you. Very nicely done.
I loved this story. It had just the right amount of adorability without being sappy. It was an enjoyable, entertaining, light read with a ‘Happily Ever After’ ending. I loved the author’s adaptation of the Cinderella story and the fact that she made it clear this is a fairy tale not a historical novel. The personalities of the characters were diverting and humorous.
In addition, the narrator did a wonderful job on the voices. I hate it when female narrators make the men sound like dumb oafs when they are supposed to be intelligent and refined. How am I supposed to wish the heroin gets her man when all I want him to do is put on a dunce cap, go sit in the corner and please, please shut-up. I hope the others in this series are just as good – I can’t wait to get started!
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!
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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This is a retelling of a classic story. It does go off on a different direction than anticipated. Enjoyable to listen to.
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.
I loved the twist on Cinderella. The ending is more romantic then the original Cinderella story.
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.
Fairy Tales have grown up.
I truly enjoyed listening to this story.
Seen as a fairy tale, it was fun and enjoyable. It was a bit light on the character development.
It was lighter and less realistic.
She did a good job.
The story itself couldn't be continued, but another fairy tale set in regency England might be fun.
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...
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.
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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