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A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales) por Eloisa…
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A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales) (edição 2010)

por Eloisa James (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales)
Autores:Eloisa James (Autor)
Informação:Avon (2010), 384 pages
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First, this series can be read in any order. They're connected by a theme, but none of the characters overlap and none of the stories have a connection in time or place. They also belong solidly in the rom-com section of the romance genre.

While there is an obvious fairytale atmosphere to this story and plot points with their origins in the classic tale of Cinderella, it's not really a Cinderella retelling (for the record, the second book in the series is not really a Beauty and the Beast-retelling, either). The Prince is from a fictional German-like principality, but the book is set in Regency England. All the details of the Prince's culture and country are deliberately muzzy. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the story--it's not meant to be terribly realistic.

My preference is definitely for a serious, restrained, and historically accurate (-ish) romance, but even I couldn't help liking this story. The premise is ridiculous! Absolutely absurd. Yet, I didn't mind it at all, not even the cherry-red wig. Our heroine is sent to impersonate her half-sister (Victoria) at a house party so that the sister's fiance can get the approval of his uncle (the Prince) for his impending marriage. Right away, it's made very clear that our heroine doesn't actually resemble her half-sister and they're 5-years apart in age (which, at 18 and 23, is likely to be pretty obvious). So I had trouble with this plot point. Curiously, while it might have given the author some great opportunities for hilarity as Kate hobnobbed day after day with people who KNOW her sister and are becoming increasingly confused by her dramatic change in appearance, the story breezes past those possibilities. It's only referenced in passing and we never see our heroine conversing with anyone who questions her identity (except the Prince and her godmother who are just preternaturally clever enough to recognize she isn't Victoria).

There are several subplots to this story and so many side characters that I was frustrated by them. Too many characters who never speak or are rarely mentioned are given names. When a character is introduced with a name and backstory, I rather expect them to play a role in the main plot. In this story, however, the side characters pop up and then fade into the background, hardly garnering a mention and rarely (or never, in some cases) speaking a line. They have purpose, to an extent. In the case of Kate's longstanding servants who are given names but no lines and no plot, they serve to show her sense of loyalty to others and the loyalty she inspires in them. In the case of the Prince's many eccentric relatives, they serve to fill out the party, are part of the Prince's backstory, and give the prince his sense of duty and responsibility. Beyond that, however, none of them ever really interact with the protagonists in a meaningful way or drive the plot forward. For that reason, it's really hard to keep them all straight.

As in the previous Eloisa James book I read, the author chose to play games with the characters' names. In the previous book (the second in this series), there were doctors named Kibbles and Bitts, and her aunt was Zenobia, and so on. Silly nonsense. In this book, we got Biggitstiff, Toloose, an Algernon called Algie, and a woman named Henrietta who goes by Henry. I hate the cheap humor of the silly names and I super intensely hated Henrietta-Henry because every time the name Henry was mentioned, I had to remind myself that she wasn't one of the Prince's erstwhile male relatives, but the godmother. I just could not keep it straight. I saw other reviewers had complaints about the Prince's long dramatic given name, but that was actually correct for his royal heritage and the loosely-regarded time period, so no complaint there. But Biggitstiff and Toloose? Not funny. Every time one of these moronic name choices appears, it pulls me out of the story for a moment.

Now, the romance in this story gets no complaints from me. It was sweet. I loved that Kate arrived carrying a heavy burden of presumptions about how the Prince would behave and how he must look at the world. When they see one another for the first time, Kate glares him down, refuses to approach him for a greeting, and says nothing. She interprets him as arrogant and superior. While, privately, he was wondering why she was glaring at him and if she disapproved of his long hair. When they are seated together at a dinner en famille, Kate repeatedly asks the Prince questions about himself. She's so convinced the Prince is a conceited, manipulative royal that she insists he wants to talk only about himself, but in actuality, she's the one who keeps bringing him up as a topic. The first half of the book is filled with Kate's misinterpretations about his character and she's constantly telling him how she sees him, in a very unflattering light. He takes it with good grace and even considers whether any of what she says about him is true.

In contrast to Kate's assumptions, the Prince is a good person. He is responsible and caring and considerate. He can be high-handed--insisting she go boating with him, despite protestations; pulling off her wig without permission; kissing her once after he had promised not to. Kate calls him out on these behaviors, and there are moments of introspection where he considers whether he is behaving badly. It's excellent writing and excellent character development. The Prince says "please" several times. God, yes. Perhaps I secretly want men to grovel, but it is a pet peeve of mine that the men in romance novels rarely apologize properly and rarest-of-all, rarely or never say please, even when they desperately want something. This man, for all his purported arrogance, says please. And I loved it.

What made this story great for me was the character's choices. At no point did either character make a terrible decision or say anything horrible or cruel to one another. They were both good people, both aware of the reality of their time period/situation, and made the choice to be together and love while they could. This story could easily be rewritten by another author into a tragedy. That they get their happily-ever-after in the end makes it all the better.

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  hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
A Kiss At Midnight is the first book in the Fairy Tale series that this amazing author has created for us. Now I have read most of the books in the series and have adored each and every one of them. I do have a weakness for the fairy tale theme, especially in the regency genre. For some reason, I had yet to have the opportunity to read this one. My favorite of the series was The Ugly Duckling, but I think this matches pretty close to it, as far as my enjoyment of the story goes. I was able to get this book for $5 on Audible on a daily deal they were having. Not too bad of a price for a audiobook.I found that I really liked the narrator and her accent used for this book was done very well. Although for some reason when I started reading this one, it didn't seem like a Regency style romance, it seemed to be from a earlier time period. I might just be crazy, but that was the impression I gained while listening to this one. Another plus to this book is that it has a "royalty" theme to it as well. This story goes along the basis of "Cinderella" and with a godmother, who is witty and charming and contagious. Where can I find one of those? She definitely knows how to meddle at all the right times and places. The stepsister in the book is sweet however the stepmother is pretty awful. I found that the author matched this story with the story of Cinderella pretty well, but it definitely has the sort of theme that is very different than you would think. I loved seeing her creativeness in her writing turn this story into a marvelous romance that captured me from the first moment.

The story begins like you would expect in a Cinderella based romance. Kate's father has died, and her stepmother has turned her into a servant and she is barely keeping the estate together. Her stepsister is going to be married, but her sister suffers from a physical issue, so she is forced to go in her place and dress and act like her sister with four little runts of dogs with her at all times. Then she meets the prince with whom she instantly dislikes. The prince in the beginning is very arrogant and conceited at times. He is a prince after all. We see two characters that in the beginning are in different phases, but as they start to really connect and passion flares between them; we start to see that they have a tender and sweet intimacy that the reader aches to have as well. They both come from very different past and circumstances, but I found that this story is based on the theme of Choosing what really matters, and everything else will fall into place.

A Kiss At Midnight is a truly wonderful romance that spins out a romance of delicious flavors, spicy scents and savory delights. A truly heart warming tale of glass slippers, princes, four mice. ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 18, 2019 |
Wonderful book. Wonderful, quirky characters.

A really enjoyable read. ( )
  JulesGDSide | Nov 29, 2018 |
This was such a fun audiobook and story. I must confess if I had read this, I think I might have been bored because there are long conversations about particular nonsense that aren't too important and could be condensed. But listening to it was enjoyable and felt like a play with the hysterical voices of the odd and nonsensical characters. The only real sensible character is the heroine who seems on the surface quite boring but I thought her ordinariness a good balance to the colorful cast. I also liked how the hero and heroine acted and understood their responsibilities and there wasn't any big misunderstandings between them to create unnecessary drama.

This isn't a book for you if you're into politically correct romances. There's an arrogant prince and heroine who's goal is marry and live a simple and content life. Plus some kind of forced seduction, not the bodice ripper type though. I liked it and felt the portrayal of females characters fit for the historical setting.

The ending was a bit erupt and explained very quickly. Overall, I would call this story a one big slow seduction. ( )
  leighannewrites | Nov 15, 2018 |
This the first book I have read by Ms. James.
I really enjoyed the first book of this series. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
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This book is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Carol Bly. She didn't care too much for the genre of romance — or so she said. But she read my sister and me fairy tales over and over, enchanting us with princes who swept in on white chargers and princesses whose golden hair doubled as ladders. She gave me my first copies of Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Pride and Prejudice. In short, Mom, it's all your fault!
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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.

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