Title: A Kiss at Midnight
Author: Eloisa James
Genre: Historical Romance
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 fiancee, 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.
What I think:
The story begins with a prologue like this:
This story begins with a carriage that was never a pumpkin, though it fled at midnight; a godmother who lost track of her charge, though she had no magic wand; and several so-called rats who secretly would have enjoyed wearing livery. And of course, there's a girl too, though she didn't know how to dance, nor did she want to marry a prince.
I absolutely love the prologue. Although, I couldn't help but to feel that the beginning (starting from chapter 1) was quite slow. But, the story gets interesting as I read along. I could see that the author was trying to develop the relationship between the characters.
I absolutely love the humorous banter between the characters. It has a few spontaneous, wit dialogue and sexy, romantic moment. It was quite refreshing to read another remake of Cinderella. A must read book for all fairy tale & Cinderella fans.