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A Kiss at Midnight

(Fairy Tales #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  17,754 ratings  ·  1,602 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Avon
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Eleanor Shakespeare No. The series just has the land it's set in, in common. Each story has it's own heroine and hero in it so you can start at any book you like :) They …moreNo. The series just has the land it's set in, in common. Each story has it's own heroine and hero in it so you can start at any book you like :) They might be good for stand alones because it is different heroines and heros (but I can't say because I've only read this one so far). Hope this helps and have a good Christmas(less)

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Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Cinderella re-telling in Historical Romance? Count me in!

Except, well, Cinderella was always too much of a victim for me. So, when I met the heroine of this book, Kate, color me surprised. She fought with the evil stepmother constantly, and the only reason she would give in to the stepmother's demands was to protect the servants and tenant farmers. So, I liked her. Not doormatty at all. Plus, she was snarky.

In this story, she has to go to a ball disguised as her step-sister with her sister's f
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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
Whitney Atkinson
Yay it's over.

This isn't good and isn't bad but I lowkey only read it because I want to read the sequel, which is a Beauty & the Beast retelling. This one didn't really follow Cinderella at all and was a lil confusing and not smutty enough to make up for how much I was bored. Still, the writing was fun, but now I'm not even sure if the sequel is worth it because this was meh. We shall see.
I mean, it’s really great when a book messes up your emotions in this way. The downside to this though is that I can’t trust myself to review this properly. I’ll probably review my stances on love and dissect my feelings rather than this story.
The older I’m getting, the more I feel, ugh. Take me back to my stone days, please. I say whilst reading more and more romances.

Anyway the point I’m trying to make is that this story was pretty fuckin’ great. An amazing spin on Cinderella.
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

What an original and charming take on the traditional Perrault's storyline! But don't worry, you'll all the same get the selfish stepmother, the vacuous stepsister, a castle, a faux-glass slipper, a very particular version of "the rats" and an outrageously cheeky and meddling fairy godmother who gets the best lines.
Oh, and of course there are a prince and a down-on-her-luck heroine sharing a passionate and sexy romance.
Regency fluff at its best, with an engaging writing and sparkling dialogues.

Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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...

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
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2018
Really good retelling of Cinderella!

I loved both characters of Kate and the Prince of Marburg, Gabriel. Both were written to be witty, honorable and likable characters.
The chemistry between the two was well done and you could tell they were interested in each other, more then just lust. It really didn't start until about 40% in when they were actually interacting more with each other and the plot had been developed.
Lots of secondary characters in the book and I really enjoyed them as well, espec
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love fairytale re-tellings and even with this book taking liberties, it was very good and beautifully written. This is my second book by EJ, and I like her style. She hasn't reached the pinnacle of genius like writers Lisa Kleypas and Sherry Thomas in HR, but I enjoy her stuff and may very well need to read more of her work.
Gabriel was quite the sensual man, his characterization was so sexy, with his dark, long hair and sexy seductive accent. I adored his responsibility to his family in the mi
"'Let me sum it up for you: Kate, very sensibly, shows no interest in you. Frightened by the imminent arrival of your bride, you are now running shrieking in the other direction of the one woman who not only doesn't want you, but isn't eligible. Really, could you be a bit more original?'"

Synopsis: Cinderella must pretend to be Drusilla for a week so that Drusilla can be approved to marry a puff pastry named Algie, all while being seduced by the one man who needs to approve the union, Prince
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3.5 Stars I think. A slow start kept me from getting into right away, and it took me a little bit to start to feel anything more than 'meh' for Kate. But after it started to pick up, I loved it. Gabriel is awesome. Secondary characters are fantastic. And the romance is sigh worthy. Ending? Fant
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up finishing it but it dragged a lot in the middle!

Not sure why I couldn't really engage with the main characters.

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
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cant-marry-you
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
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
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! ...more
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
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
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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 happene
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'
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
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Paige  Bookdragon

Thought: I didn't know this book was a reread until the lion was mentioned. Ooops.


Did you know?

I'm in love with the secondary character. I started looking forward to read about Berwick , the hero's illigetimate brother who works as the majordomo to his castle. He's just sooo cute and he absolutely has a great sense of--(background noise) What? I didn't hear you..This should be a review between Gabriel and Kate?... But I love Wick!....Hmm.Hmmm....B-but this is my review.I gotta to---Ugh. Fin
Manda Collins
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
3 1/2 Stars!

The first half was kind of annoying to me, the second half was great! Very nice take on Cinderella! Happy reading!
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A close resemblance to Cinderella story with very remarkable changes.
I loved how the step sister was really nice this time.
I loved the Prince wasn't shown as an overly rich, benevolent or extra special rather one of the brother of the Great Duke.

The writing style was good and attractive.
Addie H
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh dear, I see so many of my goodreads friends loved this one, so here's an unpopular opinion.

It just didn't work for me. I was not charmed or drawn to Gabriel, their relationship or anything in between. Two many whimsical characters and story lines.

There is an impressive long tension / seduction scene that I have not come across before that pulled the book up from 1 star to 2 stars. But that's it - frankly I was a bit bored.


It took me AGES to finish it, and I actually gave up at about 30% -
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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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