A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)
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A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales #1)

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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...more
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Harper Collins, Inc. (first published 2010)
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Rane
Once upon a time..not to long ago. A reviewer named Rane came across a book, but not just any book- a book with a beautiful cover in shades of the fairy tale Cinderella. Now Rane has read many good things about this book, and the stars bestowed upon showed it’s favor to other readers. So taking a chance, she picked up this book and took it home with her, hoping all turned out well, if not she could complain loudly.

Thankfully, Rane did not have to complain and saved her vocal cords the trauma. N
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

This is not your mama’s Cinderella story!

In A Kiss at Midnight we have a Godmother whose wisdom rivals any magic found in a wand, “rats” I wanted to love and cuddle and who’d be welcome at my house anytime, a stepsister who isn’t so wicked, and a step mother who is, a coach to whisk you away at the stroke of midnight, and a prince who is more than just charming, he’s a wonderful, honorable and a worthy human being – not to mention downright sexy!

This was such a delightful re-telling of the cl...more
The Holy Terror
Kate: "I'm old and ugly and poor and too skinny. Oh woe is me."

Repeats ad nauseum until practically the last page.

Gabriel: "I'm a prince but I'm also a man. I'm a man but I'm also a prince. I have responsibilities. Oh woe is me."

Repeats ad nauseum until practically the last page.

Both: "This is like a fairy tale, but life is not a fairy tale. You're like a prince/princess in a fairy tale, but life is not a fairy tale. If only this were a fairy tale ..."

Author's note: "This is very much a fairy t...more
Shawna
3 ½ stars – Historical/Fairy Tale Romance

I had a hard time getting into this book and the first 200 or so pages really dragged for me. To be fair, my lack of enthusiasm was, at least partly, because I probably just wasn’t in the right mood or frame of mind for it. My frustration for about a third of the story was that there were too many characters and just way too much going on, so things were a bit muddled. The main H/H, Kate and Gabriel, seemed to get a bit lost in the chaos and there wasn’t...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
4.5
My friends Catherine and Uniquelymoi recommended this book to me, and it is official: they can recommend books to me anytime!

I started this really late, like 10 pm late. I just wanted to read a bit before bed. Big mistake. I got so caught up that I didn't stop reading til about 2 am when I finished the book!

I'm not a huge fan of any new takes on classic fairy tales, so this never rated high on my to-read list, but with the reviews my friends had given this book, I bumped it up. I loved it. I...more
Felicia
I might be done with this genre of book. I wanted some brain candy and decided to pick one up after several months off the whole corset and rake thing. LOVE this author but this one did NOT do it for me, seemed a lot more predictable than her other Duchess stuff. Also, another reason why I'm over this genre is...

AGE 24 IS NOT OVER THE HILL AND OLD! OMG IF THAT'S OLD AND SHE'S "LOST THE SPARK OF YOUTH" THEN I"M AN OLD HAG! I DO NOT WANT TO FEEL LIKE AN OLD HAG WHEN I READ TRASHY ESCAPIST LITERATU...more
KarenH
When we were little girls, we all knew the story of Cinderella...the rags to riches to rags plight of an impoverished beauty who is granted one unforgettable night at a glorious ball with a handsome prince. That might have been a long time ago but none of us has forgotten the love story of Cinderella and her Prince Charming...and the most romantic "happily ever after" in fairy-tale land. A Kiss at Midnight is Eloisa James' gift to those little girls - all grown up now but still believing in the...more
Nisha
After hearing raves about this series (specifically When Beauty Tamed the Beast), I decided that I should finally read Ms. James' book. I knew going in, it was a take on Cinderella, and I was quite prepared for it. What I was not prepared for was Ms. James' writing. More on that, later.

Kate, our Cinderella, has a dead (philandering when he was alive) father, a vain and slightly evil stepmother, and a newly acknowledged beautiful, but kind half-sister. Through some convoluted situation where said...more
Dija
First half - 1 star
Second half - 5 stars


Seeing as it's a historical retelling of Cinderella, I was pretty excited about reading A Kiss at Midnight. It'd been a while since I'd read a good forbidden romance themed novel, but the beginning was dull enough that I was certain this one wasn't going to change that. Thankfully, the story became absolutely magical during the last hundred pages and saved this from being a complete disappointment.

A Kiss at Midnight is my first read by Eloisa James and I'...more
Ilona Andrews
I really loved this one. I had it in paperback and bought it on Kindle because right now it's on sale for $.99.

What it is not: a serious, angst-filled historical romance.

What it is: a fun playful exploration of Cinderella theme against the backdrop of Regency England.


I'm a big Eloisa James fan, meaning if she wrote a book, I'm very likely to love it, so please do take me with a grain of salt.

Kate Daltry is a granddaughter of an earl. Her mother passed away and then her father, who was not a m...more
Catherine
What a fun book! There's just something special about reading a new twist on a classic story. The romance developed faster than I usually like, but I was expecting that going in. Cinderella doesn't spend months with the prince before falling in love, so how can I expect something different from Kate?

Katherine Daltry, or Kate as she prefers to be called, gets suckered into pretending to be her stepsister, Victoria, for a few days by her stepmother. Kate would be the first person to tell you the d...more
willaful
What a difficult book to rate... 1/2 bleh + 1/2 awesome = ?

A fairly faithful retelling of “Cinderella,” set in some vaguely Georgian/Regency-ish period, this is the story of Kate, a dispossessed daughter and Gabriel, a prince in need of a wealthy wife. The first half of the book reads like James was channeling Christina Dodd at her weirdest: a scattered, muddled, mishmash of characters, plot and conversations. There’s a bit of sardonic wit, but nothing that made me want to continue; I persisted...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Dec 05, 2011 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Dhestiny's and Rane's Reviews ...and Quinn's enticing quotes.
2.5-3 of 5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Did Not Finish

*WARNING: This review contains a SPOILER of a particular scene in the book which I had an issue with.*


This is a Cinderella re-telling.

I still haven’t finished this, after putting it aside for several months, and I’ve finally accepted that I don’t think I feel like finishing it. *sad sigh* :-(

I'm sorry, friends, I have tried to pick it back up a few times but just can't seem to keep reading.

I don’t know what happened....more
Quinn
In the author’s note in the back of this book, Eloisa James writes “A Kiss at Midnight, I cannot emphasize too firmly, is a fairy tale, not an historical novel.” I think this statement would have benefited from being at the front of the book. Whether that would have improved my enjoyment of the first part of this novel is unlikely, but I think I would have preferred that knowledge going in.

For the first several chapters of this novel (in fact, it was probably more like a third of the book), I wa...more
Manda Collins
Jul 16, 2010 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Eloisa James, Fans of Cinderella Stories, Fans of Masquerade Stories
Fabulous retelling of Cinderella with all the wit and charm one would expect from Eloisa James. I loved the little tweaks she gave to the traditional fairy tale elements--an earthy godmother, a not so ugly stepsister, and a not-quite-glass slipper. And of course there was more to the relationship between Kate and her handsome prince than just one evening together at the ball. From their prickly first meeting to their growing attraction to one another, their chemistry zings off the page. James do...more
K.
Really 4-1/2 Stars on this one! This was a VERY different take on the "Cinderella" fairytale. I really enjoyed Eloisa James character writing. Plus, she didn't make it "too easy" for a Prince to marry "out of class". Even though James could have done so by way of her reiteration at the end of the book in which she stated that she indeed intended for it to be a fairytale, and NOT a historical book. Nice job!

The audio narrator on this book is exceptional, and since there are quite a number of cha...more
Ruth
I received this book free through the First Reads giveaway at Goodreads.

Let me start by saying this isn't really a historical romance, and the author clarifies that it isn't in the epilogue. It is a retelling of Cinderella in a Regency setting. I was actually a bit hesitant when I realized it was a fairy tale. It just struck me as a bit cheesy and unoriginal. Then I figured since I received it free I owed it to the author to read it, and the next thing I knew it was 11pm and I was on page 250-od...more
Keri
This was an absolute delight to read. We have you down-trodden beautiful maiden, a gorgeous dark prince, an evil step-mother and a sweet step-sister. Oh yes and a fairy god-mother named Henry....all the makings for a sweet fairy tale and of course this was...with the required happy ending. Kate's step-mother insists that she go to a ball in her step-sister's place due to the actions of a dog. She goes to the ball and of course meets the handsome prince.

He is a sweet and caring prince at heart a...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This book was weird. That is the only way to explain it. Too many characters left underdevoloped, a plot line that just kind of disappears, unanswered questions, and just strange dialogue. Nevertheless, I found myself hopelessly addicted to the last half of the book.
Melissa
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Cheryl
This was a sweet Cinderella-type tale that was a delight to read! There were several characters whom I really liked in the story.

First of all was the Prince, Gabriel. He was charming and funny and very naughty! I just loved the way he chased Kate, the heroine, around his castle. Trying to get her to kiss him, stealing her away to his room, having her wear disguises just so they could find a moment alone! To me, he was very swoon-worthy!

Next worth mentioning was Kate's godmother, Henry. She was...more
Jill Myles
Can I just start by saying I freaking love this cover like mad? I love that it's beautiful, dramatic, conveys exactly what kind of story it is...and it is accurate, right down to the heroine's dress and hair. Love that.

So...this book. Really, really enjoyed this one. For those familiar with James's backlist, this has all the humor and witty repartee that she has become known for. However, for those that complain about the 'round robin' feel of the Duchesses series, this book has one couple that...more
Elizabeth
A KISS AT MIDNIGHT is simply enchanting! The heroine is intelligent and strong, the hero is sexy and just a bit dangerous, and the secondary characters are delightfully charming. One of the best books I've read in years!
Duchess Nicole
What a beautiful story! Eloisa James does a lovely job of staying true to the whimsical, ultra romantic aspect of a fairy tale in this retelling of Cinderella. And boy, was it romantic!

Kate is the orphaned girl, with the evil stepmother who basically strips her wealth and status from her after her father's death and passes it on to her own daughter. I like how this element of the story was portrayed. The step-family isn't really evil, they're simply selfish. The step mother isn't even a big par...more
Yodamom
Audio-Cinderella is not the simple easy going girl of past tales. She has a fire and common sense that will not allow her to fall under a mans rule. Sure, this tales has the evil step mother and a step sister, but all is not as it seems here either. The rats/mice well they are maltese dogs that yap and misbehave. The fairy godmother is a real woman. There is no magic, no mythical beings or pumpkin carriages. The prince is a broke playboy, of course a very handsome one. What romantic tale would w...more
Maggie
Another lovely retelling of a classic from Eloisa James. I loved the last third of the book and couldn't out it down.

Looking forward to read the rest in this series!
Katyana
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edzkie♥§*.*§♥
4 stars!



I like it but not as much as When Beauty Tamed the Beast & The Ugly Duchess!! Aside from the wicked step-mother, the loving Godmother,the glass slipper,the pampered but not evil step sister, dogs replaced the rats, & the prince the whole story is completely not your Cinderella Fairy Tale. Ms. EJ made two likable character in this book. I like the rapport between the Gabriel & Kate. Less conflict but nevertheless entertaining. Just a feel good book and a Happily Ever After:)

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Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I'm fairly new to historical romance but this was very disappointing fare from what I perceive to be a popular author of the genre.

Though funny at times, I found this book to be insubstantial and inconsistent fluff with a couple I didn't think were "made for each other" at all. The Prince wasn't drawn in a very favourable light (you get the feeling he's a useless arrogant rake) until we're told he has a degree from Oxford in archaeology and the weight of responsibility on his shoulders which me...more
Beanbag Love
Ultimately the anachronisms depressed the rating of this one. That and the thin plot holding up the over-stuffed and over-long story.

Eloisa James is a new find for me. This series is all based on fairy tales and, as such, I do expect them to veer away from traditional historical novels. But I cannot accept a Regency era woman saying someone should "man up". Sorry, it takes me right out of it. And that's not the only one. There are several.

I'm usually okay with anachronisms when they don't go to...more
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat...more
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