“Eloisa James writes with a captivating blend of charm, style, and grace that never fails to leave the reader sighing and smiling and falling in love.” —New York. Get Instant Access to A Kiss At Midnight (Fairy Tales Book 1) By Eloisa James # 48ef9a EBOOK EPUB site. PDF. Read Download Online A. Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything. This Audio Excerpt for A Kiss at Midnight, narrated by Susan Duerden, begins where the book.
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A Kiss at Midnight. Home · A Kiss at Midnight Author: James Eloisa. 20 downloads Views KB Midnight Kiss · Read more · Midnight Kiss. Read more. A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) by Eloisa James. I finished this [A Kiss at Midnight] two days ago. I read through it pretty quickly, and did find myself interested. A Kiss at Midnight book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales or happ.
Problem is that dear Archies cousin is a prince, no less than his Highness, Gabriel Augustus-Frederick William von Achenberg of Warl-Marburg-Baalsfeld, at a fabulous ball on the family estate. Until one of the rats Caesar, to be precise bit poor Victoria. Right on the lip.
And the wound is ungodly ugly so much so that the Daltry ladies are afraid that the Prince will be shocked, appalledand cancel the engagement. And, for reasons that must go unsaid, its direly important that he not call off the betrothal. So, Kate of the freckles, uncoiffed hair, work-worn hands and homespun garments is enlisted to be Victoriato be presented to the prince in the guise of her sister.
So, from the cinders, Kate rises anew, and graces Archies arm, masquerading as who she is not. Princes are equal to men in Kates eyes and she refuses to fawn over the royal bachelorwhich only spurs the impossible attraction he feels for this woman, who is decidedly not what or who she seems to be.
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This is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy every chance that Kate and Gabriel might have for a happily-ever-afterunless one kiss, at the stroke of midnight, has the power to change everything. 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. After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.
Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers.
In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report. It's rather like having two lives. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance; I'll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference.
It's like being Superman, with power suits for both lives. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. The Taming of the Duke April has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century.
When I rip off my power suit, whether it's academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life. So I'm a writer, a professor, a mother - and a wife.
My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence. We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy.
It was sweet, and sultry and so wonderful. Now, onto my favorite scene. A Kiss at Midnight I don't think I've ever done this before, but this was great. Our prince planned a night for Kate that she would never forget, and the best part was watching him strip. I say "watching" because it was so sinfully easy to visualize.
It's always the alpha male having his woman strip for him, then he shucks his pants and climbs aboard not that I don't enjoy that! But here, he had Kate waiting in his chambers while he dressed for dinner, and he stripped in the most delicious way ever. The simple act of taking off his cufflinks became erotic when Gabriel turned his wrist over to Kate.
Standing in only his shirtsleeves, with the front tenting up, and Kate not quite sure what to expect was great. But when he dressed in his silk breeches, and couldn't get his erection to go down, because Kate couldn't stop staring at it..
The ending was sweet, and the love story between the two was achingly beautiful.
I haven't cried over a book in a while, and several times I had tears dripping down my cheeks. But I also laughed out loud several times with Kate channeling Cesar Milan the dog whisperer for the little "rats. Kisses at Midnight So, thank you to Catherine and Uniquelymoi for this wonderful book, and I blame you both for me only getting 4 hrs of sleep!
View all 45 comments. 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. Secondary characters are fantastic. And the romance is sigh worthy. Fant 27 November View all 9 comments. Kisses at Midnight. Earths Earliest Ages. Nov 05, Katherine rated it it was ok Shelves: 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? 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 Ch "'Let me sum it up for you: 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 Charming.
First of all, despite what the author would like you to think including a rather desperate pleading for you to think so in a historical footnote , this is SOOOO not a Cinderella retelling. This is just another historical romp through the Regency era, albeit a bad one.
The bare bones plot of Cinderella is there, but everybody else is horrible. Prince Charming is a cad, Cinderella is annoying, the Stepmother acts like she ascended from the 13th Realm of hellfire and damnation, and Victoria the stepsister is decidedly not evil.
If Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey and this book met, they would have a lot in common.
Algerernon, nicknamed Algie by Victoria you nicknamed him after a type of fungus, really?!! And best of all…. And I thought North West was bad. This is absolutely ridiculous. Not only that, can you imagine what a pain in ass it must have been for the servants to try and fetch the dude when he was a kid.
To Cad or Not to Cad? I never did find him appealing as a romantic hero, particularly towards the end, but I guess that was just part of his complicated character.
It sort of played out like this: Nevermind, please do kiss me. Yanks off his shirt to showcase his washboard abs: What was I saying?
Rips off her dress: It was so ducking infuriating. She was rather sweet. And what does Gabriel do during their coming out ball for their engagement. He locks Kate in his bedroom, runs down to the ball, and then proceeds to run up to his tower two or three times in order to give Kate the best orgasms of her life. It tainted my idea of Gabe and Kate as a couple permanently, and coupled with the fact that this was supposed to be a Cinderella retelling made the book just ridiculous.
View all 4 comments. Jun 26, Ilona Andrews added it Shelves: I really loved this one. What it is not: 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 I really loved this one.
Her mother passed away and then her father, who was not a model father and definitely not a model husband, also passed on, but not before he remarried, leaving everything he owned to his wife.
Contrary to what people believe, being an estate holder wasn't a carefree hands-off position.
An estate owner was a landlord to farmers and estate management required knowledge of economics, agriculture, and accounting. Sadly, Kate stepmother lacks that knowledge, but she is quite awesome at shopping, a habit which Kate, who is now dealing with managing the estate, has difficulty supporting. Unlike her mother, Kate's step-sister Victoria doesn't have a mean bone in her body, but she is passive and easily influenced.
Now Victoria is in trouble: Angie is a great match, from a good family, and he loves Victoria, so all they have to do is to obtain approval of his uncle and they would be off to the wedding chapel. There is only one problem: Angie's uncle is a prince and Victoria has managed to get an infected boil on her face.
Now she and her mother talk Kate into pretending to be Victoria, just long enough for the prince to approve the wedding. You can see where this carriage is going, right? Kate is a strong-willed heroine, with a bit of a martyr complex, but I thought it added to her character.
The Prince is hot and well, princely. I loved Henrietta, the not so fairy godmother, and the little rat-dogs. This being a comedy, there were a couple of nods to popular culture, but there is also a kind of timelessness to the characters, a sense that clothes and customs might change, but human nature is the same. I found it very reassuring. For example, at some point a plump older noble woman suffers a wardrobe malfunction, f and I thought the people's reactions were hilarious.
All men immediately jumped to their feet and looked elsewhere, scandalized, while women treated as just something that happens, in that practical way women deal with these things. At another point drunk young noblemen manage to capsize their boat, because if you put a bunch of young guys, alcohol, and a boat together, I don't care if they are ancient Romans or twenty first century MIT students, somebody will end up in the water.
All in all, it was a lovely read. I started it around ten thirty at night and was done by two, and I was greatly entertained. If you never tried Eloisa James, definitely try this one - at 99 cents, it's a gift.
View all 5 comments. 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. View all 7 comments. Aug 12, KarenH rated it it was amazing Shelves: When we were little girls, we all knew the story of Cinderella That might have been a long time ago but none of us has forgotten the love story of Cinderella and her Prince Charming A Kiss at Midnight is Eloisa James' gift to those little girls - all grown up now but still believing in the When we were little girls, we all knew the story of Cinderella A Kiss at Midnight is Eloisa James' gift to those little girls - all grown up now but still believing in the magic of true love, handsome heroes and the perfect, fairy-tale ending.
This story doesn't have any paranormal tweaks It does, however, have a most charming prince who studies archeology and a palace full of odd animals and even stranger people who the prince has taken under his wing.
What an enormous expense it is to keep them all and so Prince Gabriel is resigned to accepting his arranged betrothal to a wealthy Russian princess. Kate Daltry has been living the life of a cast-aside relation for many years. Once her father died, Kate's stepmother completely took over their London estate and set about making Kate's stepsister the belle of the ton.
The stepsister, Victoria, manages to snag a peer but due to unfortunate circumstances, cannot accompany said peer to visit his uncle, the prince, to receive a royal blessing on the union. Kate is forced to go in Victoria's place. From their first encounter, sparks fly between Kate and Gabriel - and a battle of wits ensues. They are, however, most intrigued by each other; and, managing to spend a great deal of quality time together, are helpless to falling in love.
Soon the battle of wits that brought them together transforms, over the course of the story, into a conscientious battle between right and wrong Add to this dilemma a princess who is not only beautiful but has a sweet countenance as well There are many laugh-out-loud moments and a few poignant, tearful scenes made that much worse because there really are no wicked stepmothers to blame for what can never be between Kate and Gabriel.
Evil thy name is fate Do not lose sight of your girlhood fantasy, however, as James works a little magic of her own to make things right.
And don't be caught up with any historical inadequacies you find as James points out at the end of the book. Simply take it as it's been presented to you Perhaps, when you are finished reading the book, you will close your eyes and dream View all 14 comments. Aug 01, Nisha rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. More on that, later.
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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 After hearing raves about this series specifically When Beauty Tamed the Beast , I decided that I should finally read Ms.She looks like she's about to be blown tumbling into the ocean Fairy Tale Retelling: The step-family isn't really evil, they're simply selfish.
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. She is a tenured professor of English Literature at Fordham University who also writes best-selling Regency and Georgian romance novels under her pen name..
Jun 26, Ilona Andrews added it Shelves: I really loved this one.