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Storming the Castle (Fairy Tales #1.5)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,238 ratings  ·  174 reviews
What Miss Phillipa Damson needs is a good, old fashioned knight in shining armor. What she has is a fiance she never wanted and a compelling urge to run away. But if she manages to escape, will she find her happily ever after?
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Storming the Castle was such a sweet, funny, touching, steamy, romantic story, and I’m so glad I read it! I had grown very fond of Wick in A Kiss at Midnight, and while this story was definitely too short, I was happy to see him in action again.

And just as we had in A Kiss at Midnight, we get another very strong, enjoyable heroine in Phillipa, who knew her own mind and isn't afraid to do whatever necessary to live her life on her own terms. Together, she and Wick made a very charming, sexy coupl
Laura the Highland Hussy
4.5 flames

This was such a cute little sequel to A Kiss at Midnight. It's only about 67 pages and it's about Wick, Gabriel's brother. He's the illegitimate son of the Grand Duke, remember? Gabriel's half-brother.
Well, he finds the new nursemaid for his newborn nephew just absolutely intriguing.

Our new nursemaid Miss Phillipa is running from her fiance...but not for any reason we'd normally see. The story opens with Rodney lying flushed in the hay after he'd grabbed Phillipa and
Phillipa has a problem: she’s slept with her betrothed and knows that she never, ever wants to do it again. But he’s a future baronet and the pressure to marry him is intense. When she hears that the princess of a neighboring castle needs a nursemaid, it's the escape route she needs.

At the castle, Phillipa meets Berwick, the devilishly handsome and rather surprising majordomo of the castle. “He has lovely eyes, rather brooding, as if life wasn’t giving him what he wanted. That had to be because
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Sweet, nice, enjoyable romance story.

Phillipa and Rodney had been friends since childhood. Their parents want them to marry. Phillipa does not want to marry Rodney and runs away. She loves babies and hears that the nearby Prince and his bride have a newborn baby with problems. Phillipa goes there to work as the baby’s nursemaid. She meets Wick the butler. Wick is the Prince’s half brother. He feels he can never marry a lady due to his servant-station in life.

This was a fun short ebook and is the story of Wick, Gabe's illegitimate half-brother from A Kiss At Midnight. This was a sweet little romance as well. Ms. Phillipa realizes that she is going to be marring a frog if she doesn't go find her prince...or at least run away from the prince of a frog.

When she hears that the local princess is having issues with her baby prince, Phillipa knows how she can escape. She hurries off to the castle to help the princeling, but man did you ge
This is my first time reading anything by Eloisa James, the writing style was to my liking ... ect. I know I haven't read this series in order since I started with a novella but it was okay, nothing catastrophic happened ^^

I liked both Wick and Philippa, their instant attraction wasn't something new, but I liked how they found ways to be together, kissing after putting the baby to sleep, sneaking around and kissing, somehow it made feel warm-hearted, you know when you see two people so in love s
Dec 31, 2010 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebook
This was a fun, sexy short story that follows A Kiss at Midnight and gives us the yummy Wicks happily ever after. Phillipa has been betrothed to Rodney since they were children and he proclaimed his love for her, but as the story opens and they consummate their the stables....Phillipa realizes she can not marry him. Ever. As she does not want to do that ever again! She hears how the new prince and princess are having difficulties with their new baby and runs off to help with the ...more
Tammy Walton Grant
I LOVE the way Eloisa James writes her 'fairy tale' historicals.

You know from the first page that it's a fairy tale you're reading. Her prose is whimsical in tone, lyrical and amusing without being trite and she spins a compelling tale.

For everyone who thought that Wick from A Kiss at Midnight deserved his own story it should almost satisfy - my only problem with these story/novella/fill-in things is that they usually are too short.

A sweet, charming story with an HEA that might put a lump in yo
This falls into the just alright realm. I really enjoyed the first book of the series and this started out with a lot of promise, but it loses something in the shorter format. It never quite lives up to it's potential.

Ms. Phillipa Damson is part of the gentry and all her life she's been told how lucky she is to be loved by the lord she grew up playing alongside. Only she doesn't feel lucky and no one's ever asked her if she wanted to be married to him, they just assumed that would be the case. S
1 stars

This novella tells the story of Wick’s happily ever after. Wick is a prominent character in the first book in the Fairy Tales series, A Kiss at Midnight. While I enjoyed the first book and the second book in the series I found this novella sort of disappointing. Maybe it was because of the length (98 pages), but I didn’t feel like the characters were developed at all. Wick, we know from A Kiss at Midnight, but we have no idea who Phillipa really is besides that she is a woman in an unhap
My review on the entire Fairy Tale series can be found here:

As an added bonus James wrote a novella to pair with A Kiss at Midnight entitled Storming the Castle. It revolves around Wick, Prince Gabriel's illegitimate half-brother/butler. Kate and Gabriel have just had their first child, Jonas. Jonas is unfortunately a sickly baby getting thinner and thinner which has set the castle in a tizzy. Wick has sent away for nursemaids and doctors hoping someone will be able to he
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Nov 05, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Li
Love the White Knight saving the princess? This story is for you. In Storming the Castle, I bought it so I could read about Wick. He's the bastard brother of Gabriel in the first book of this series. I like Wick and wanted to know what happened to him.

This story is more about his future bride than about him. Or should I say, the choices Phillipa makes once she is "ruined". I liked Phillipa because she was a girl who woke and decided to take control of her life. She didn't wait for a white knight
*2.5 stars*

This one was just ok for me. First, it was too short. I felt like Wick deserved more of a story. Second, Philippa was just no a heroine that I particularly cared for. She was too wishy-washy. I'm glad things worked out in a HEA kind of way but it just wasn't a favorite of mine. I probably will continue with the series though.
Sometimes perceived obstacles are all that it seems-- it's how you see it and decide what to do about it. And it takes a certain amount of bravery to risk and overcome such problems. This novella reestablished that we make our own happy endings. Fiction makes it look easy and well worth it. Gads.
Paige  Bookdragon

I've finally got Wick's story. So love it.
This was a nice little follow on to A Kiss at midnight, but it seemed to lack something.

The story was nice and was great to see Wick get his HEA, but it could have easily been a lot beefier in story. And that's why I couldn't bring myself to give it 5 stars.

Shame really as there was a great premise and a lot of potential in doing a full novel on this. Lots of time was skipped over and one minute Phillipa was just at the castle and next she was integrated fully.

Oh well!

Now to tackle the next one
Manda Collins
Dec 21, 2010 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Fairy Tales, Fans of Royalty Romance, Fans of Eloisa James, Fans of Masquerade Stories
Shelves: historical
Miss Phillippa Damson is a practical young lady who comes to the castle to offer her skills as a nursemaid to the frazzled Prince and Princess for their sickly newborn. And from the moment he sees her, Wick, the Prince's major domo, who also happens to be his brother, is taken with her. But she, like Wick, is not what she seems. A lovely, earthy, genuinely moving novella that will satisfy everyone who ended A KISS AT MIDNIGHT wishing that Gabriel's wry brother Wick could have a story of his own. ...more
Sheila Melo
Novella the Follows A Kiss at Midnight

STORMING THE CASTLE is the sequel novella to A KISS AT MIDNIGHT. It is the story of Wick who is the illegitimate brother of Prince Gabriel. He meets Phillipa Damson who is running from her fiance. Although she is a lady, she ends up taking up residence in the castle as a nursemaid helping to care for Gabriel and Kate's son.

This story is interesting because Phillipa runs from her fiance because after agreeing to have sex with him, she realizes that she doesn
I started this series out of order, reading "When Beauty Tamed the Beast" first. After loving that one, I quickly downloaded the rest of the series and started with the first book in the series. This book is #1.5, taking place after the events in "A Kiss at Midnight". I love the idea of gently retelling the fairy tales, and was delighted that Wick, one of my favorite characters in AKaM got his own story! Like AKaM and WBTtB, the banter between the characters, not just the Hero & Heroine, in ...more
Bintang 3

Kisahnya sangat universal walau sederhana dan tanpa konflik yg berarti. Mengangkat tema cinta dan perjuangan mendapatkannya ditengah tengah kehidupan zaman dimana skandal dan serangan maut masyarakat bangsawan terhadap hal hal yg menentang norma dan aturan yg ada, cinta dua anak manusia yg berbeda status.

Saat detik kesadaran kalau dirinya tak mencintai tunangannya, Philippa melarikan diri dari rumah ayahnya ke sebuah kastil yg menawarkan pekerjaan sebagai pengasuh anak dan tempat berlin
Elle Schroder
A short sweet read. It had some classic Eloisa James humour, particularly pertaining to the hapless Rodney. It features characters from A Kiss At Midnight, but can easily be read as a standalone book.

Was it realistic? Not in the slightest. Well-to-do young ladies who are betrothed to baronets don't accompany doctors on their rounds, not even if the doctor is her uncle. They don't sleep with their betrothed before marriage, especially in the stable. They don't take a job as a servant to give them
Phillipa Damson has been engaged to a Baronet since she was a child. Now that the wedding it drawing near, she knows she will never love Rodney and cannot marry him. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Phillipa runs away to a nearby castle and poses as a nursemaid for the sickly baby at the castle. The Butler, Wick, knows this woman cannot be a servant and must be a lady. That doesn't stop him from falling in love with her. But Wick knows that a lady and a servant can never find true lo ...more
Jane Night
Dec 24, 2013 Jane Night rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Please note: I consumed this book as an audio book so my spellings are guesses and my not be quite in line with the book spellings for character names.

I was really surprised how good the ratings for this book were. I really hated it. I find Eloise James fairly hit or miss. Some of her stuff I love. Some I don’t care for. This is the first I really hated. Usually, even in her stories I don’t care for I can still see the stylistic and creative beauty that makes me keep coming back to James’ storie
Very sweet fairly tale with a great HEA.
Book #1.5 in Eloisa James' Fairy Tales series, this is a novella.

This is the sweet and very romantic story of Wick, Gabriel’s brother from A Kiss at Midnight. Wick (short for Berwick) is the son of a grand duke “born on the wrong side of the blanket.” He and Gabriel are extremely close and Wick has voluntarily installed himself in Gabe’s life and employ as his majordomo/butler. He has a gentleman’s education but can never hope for true respectability in Polite Society. He is a reserved and honor
Let me say one thing: I love Wick! I thought he was a bit slow to see the light in this story, but because of the constant reminders of is not so noble birth, I will cut him some slack for not wanting the love of his life to suffer from nasty words.

As for our heroine, I empathized with her plight somewhat, but I also thought she was a bit immature and shallow. She was supposed to be 20 but she acted even younger than that upon finding out that sleeping with her betrothed, Rodney, was not as roma
Okies... this might not have really been a 3... more like 3.5 or 3.75. I so need more stars, goodreads!

This story is a companion to "A Kiss at Midnight" and not really a fairy tale retelling, other than the princess falls in love with the shephard theme.

This time, the story is about a girl, Phillipa, running from her fiance to find a temporary position as nursemaid to Kate and Gabriel's croupy son. She sees Wick and it's basically love at first sight.

Yeah, I could have flagged that as a spoiler.
Although I have not read the story that takes place before this novella (A Kiss at Midnight), I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. It opens with a lady allowing herself to be seduced by her soon-to-be husband and coming to the realization that she doesn't love him and doesn't want to marry him. Therefore, after learning a nearby prince and his wife are having trouble with their new screaming bundle of joy, she runs away to become a nursemaid. There she falls in love with the prince's half brot ...more
Lita Bouquard
In Storming the Castle you meet a secondary character whose story was told in Kiss at Midnight. I have always loved fairy tales and am enjoying Eloisa James' versions of old favorites. Wick was the "butler" whose was born on the wrong side of the blanket. As brother to the prince he sacrificed so much of himself to serve the household. Wick - educated, handsome, but a bastard can't marry a lady but deserves one. Phillipa has been expected to marry Rodney a future baronet and decides to have sex ...more
Tantri Setyorini
So this time Frog Princess..or Frog Prince?
I enjoy this story more than I enjoy A Kiss At Midnight. And it's not too short. This story is almost perfect.
So this the story about Wick the butler and half brother of Prince Gabriel from A Kiss At Midnight. I have to say that since I read Gabriel's story, I always think that Wick is more fun and cooler than his brother.
But when I read this book, I changed my mind. Wick is not just cooler than Gabriel, he's hotter too. He's smart, good looking, well m
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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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“Gabriel actually laughed. "Luckily for Philippa, she's beautiful enought that another man will come along who has the balls to accept what she's offering.” 3 likes
“I have bought a house, but not possessedit." She was quite sure that the look in her eyes rivaled that of any light skirts on the streets of London. "And I am sold, but not yet enjoyed.” 3 likes
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