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 ruthless ambitions.
Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’t love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.
Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.
Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .
Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .
Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.. – Goodreads
When I started my mass exodus to the world of historical romance, it came to my attention that I had to read Eloisa James. Which, thankfully I have previously when she re-told Beauty and the Beast, but of course I did, it was Beauty and the Beast. Besides that I have no memories of James, not including this article from earlier this year When I fell into a lull when there no audiobook on my holdlist ready, I decided to.
A Kiss at Midnight is the re-told story of Cinderella, a story I love being re-told. A Cinderella Story? I could rewatch that movie over and over again. Kate is more than Cinderella though. She is a bit snarky, she’s over her stepmother and her step-sisters. Her father died and at the beginning of the novel, we find out he is not the man Kate believes him to be. Kate however has made her own family, even though she isn’t aware of it. People have her back, even though she doesn’t see it, because she believes she can protect herself. While I openly am all for girls protecting themselves, people still need friends, or whatever they count as a family.
Kate is sent to the grand ball in place of her step-sister. Ignoring the fact they look nothing alike, and are five years apart, Kate’s stepmother is determined to make this work. What no one expects is Kate and Gabriel to start to fall for each other. Gabriel is promised to another woman, purely based on her dowery. While this isn’t shocking, because this is common practice, and he’s fine with it. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for someone who doesn’t care that that he’s a prince. He’s used to people fawning over him and Katie is snarky and keeps him on his toes. He likes this.
What occurs is a slow, soft love story. Kate stays snarky and the Prince doesn’t know what to do with that. So many people let him get away with things because he’s the Prince, that he’s confused when people call him out on it. These are the love stories that I adore. Polar opposites who clearly love each other and ultimately notice it themselves.