Author: Eloisa James
Publication Date: July 27, 2010
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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’tlove 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.
<3!!! I mean, I cannot give enough stars, hearts, and exclamation points for this book. Fairy tale retellings are some of my favorites so, I had a feeling I would enjoy this, but I didn’t think I would enjoy it this much.
Kate is fun, funny and proud. And has an evil step-mother who I wanted to punch in the throat a few times. The step-sister, at first glance, seems like something that doesn’t fall too far from the tree. But, she is more layered than that, and I loved seeing her develop throughout the book. And the secondary characters, including Kate’s “godmother” were great.
Gabriel–well, he was hot, and he was generally good. But man, he was such an idiot at times. I mean, talk about clueless! There were a few times I wanted to punch him in the throat, but he made up for those times, in the end. My main issue with him was that he went to the ball (I won’t say more than that or where Kate was at the time, because I don’t want to give it away), but I get that -at the time- he was tied up with his duty. And being a man, it took him awhile to get his head on straight and understand what his real priorities were. But still, it annoyed me that Kate was, well., there and he was going back and forth, like she was a secret that he had to hide. (And yes, I know they had to keep things secret, but still, I wanted to scream at him at that point.)
This book provided a great balance of humor, sweetness and sexy times. And as I mentioned, the secondary characters and the way that so many of them were rooting for Kate, well it was just a true pleasure to read. Towards the end, when Gabriel told Kate what he and the others would give up to support the castle, and how he’d worked to get an advance for a book, all so he and Kate could get married and make it all work. She could barely tell him her news, he just kept going on and on! And his reaction when it finally sunk in made me giggle.
And Chapter 41, well that was just splendid.
Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Well, I don’t. Because it’s better to live like a flame, Kate, to know a man and love him, even if he can’t be yours, than never love at all.”
“He said it aloud, because there was no reason to be silent. “I am-undone. She has undone me.” And his hand closed around the glass slipper.”
And the scene towards the end, with the funeral pyre. It brought everything full circle, all their conversations and time they’d spent together. It was like watching movie when Kate saw him. It was glorious and had me twirling around the room in happiness, grinning like a love sick fool. I’m looking forward to reading more from this series, in the very near future!
*This book was a self-purchase and all opinions are my own*