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
A nice in-between read that entertained my need for HR. Nothing really stuck out for me in this tale because it had the usual elements in most HR and the execution wasn't overly complex. The book went by really quickly for me and I look forward to reading the next installment.
Narrator: Susan Duerden
Good accent, good distinction in the character's voices, and great pace.
This may be my very favorite romance EVER. I love the cinderella take on the story and Kate, well....Kate is first rate and I adore her character. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who likes this genre. I also love English accents so the narration was perfect.
Fairytales never shared this much heat! Fun and heartwarming.
The rescue from the lake was a daring turning point.
Gabriel's hot wanton voice
Finding true love among the shard of the discarded.
A nice enjoyable Cinderella story. I enjoyed the book and I agree with other reviews as fluff for the ears. LOL
This was my first Eloisa James book and I found it to be a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend it!
Eloisa James books remind me of all the things I love about Susan Elizabeth Phillips books: witt, romance, a little heart break and interesting characters.
All of the characters had distinct, pleasing voices.
This book was an absolute joy to listen to! James does a great job creating a fresh take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales. However, be forewarned, like many of James' other books that it is definitely an "adult" read. Although calling it erotica would be too strong it is a very "hot" version of Cinderella. Lots of tension and build up that leads to a great ending. MUST read for any fantasy or romance reader. Very well done!
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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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