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A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
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bookshelves: historical-romance, virgin-heroines, regency, retellings
Read from June 13 to 14, 2012

A Kiss at Midnight
3.5 Stars

Synopsis
Treated like a servant in her own home, Kate Daltry does her best to prevent her stepmother from emptying the family coffers. Out of desperation, she agrees to take her stepsister's place at a country gathering where she meets Prince Gabriel of Marburg. Initially less than charmed by his elitist arrogance, Kate eventually succumbs with each delectable kiss knowing full well that she has no future with the prince who is in dire need of a dowry.

Review
Insubstantial fluff with the occasional sharp wit and funny moment.

Gabriel and Kate's chemistry is only so-so - their sex scenes have potential but are lacking a certain steaminess. Nevertheless, they are a likeable couple and their relationship is sweet despite Gabriel's questionable morals, and his ridiculous and distasteful flitting between Kate and his soon to be betrothed, Tatiana.

The castle and its wacky inhabitants are really what makes this a worthwhile read. From the lion with indigestion to the inebriated aunt, each and every minor character contributes to the endearing atmosphere of the book.

Overall, this book left me underwhelmed but the next in the series has received high accolades and I am looking forward to reading it.
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Quotes Lauren Liked

Eloisa James
“If you don't mind a word of advice, one never asks a lady to set her own price. If you have to ask, the answer will always be more than you can afford.”
Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight

Eloisa James
“He's male. I've noticed that sometimes the brains simply get left out of the package.”
Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight


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