Author: Lila DiPasqua
Series: Book #3 in the Fiery Tales series
Release Date: 2 August 2011
Number of pages: 320 pages
Source: review copy provided by author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Kindle Store, Book Depository
Grade: 4 stars
Goodreads appetizer: Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy historical romance that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.
Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.
That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.
Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince...
My Thoughts: I am a fairy tale-aholic. Love them, can't get enough of 'em. I loved Lila DiPasqua's previous two steamy fairy tale anthologies, but was a bit miffed Cinderella (my favourite fairy tale) was missing. So of course when I heard that the reason for that omission was that Lila was planning on writing a full length novel retelling of it I couldn't have been happier and more excited! (Just telling you so you can picture the heightened state I was in when I finally got my hands on a copy of A Midnight Dance. :-)
"Your journals only further enforced what I already know about you," he continued. "How strong you are. How brave. How compassionate and caring. A woman who longs to live and love passionately. Freely. You don't need Isabelle to be whole. The woman before me is in no way lacking or incomplete. I see you as you are. And I very much like what I see."
She donned a cool expression and gave him a mocking curtsy."You've summoned me, my lord-most high? Will my lord tell me what he wishes from me? Or shall I simply continue to bask in his exalted presence?"Jules tightened his jaw.
Verdict: A Midnight Dance is a very well written, wonderful historical romance anyone can enjoy as it stands independent from the fairy tale. It has everything you could wish from a great historical romance: a strong and witty heroine, a dreamy handsome hero, touching love scenes, steamy love scenes and a lot of humour. Just don't expect a strict Cinderella retelling and then you won't be disappointed.
ps. If you'd like to read some steamy historical romances which bear a closer connection to the original fairy tales, do check out Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales anthologies (Awakened by a Kiss and A Princess in His Bed) they are both wonderful!