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by Lila DiPasqua
My name is Lila DiPasqua, and tall, dark handsome heroes are my weakness. ;)
For those of you who don’t know me, I write steamy historical romance. My series, the Fiery Tales series, is all about seriously sexy, romantic retellings of classic fairy tales.
A MIDNIGHT DANCE (Berkley Sensation) is my version of Cinderella. There’s a strong, smart destitute beauty. A sinfully handsome, carnally-gifted “Prince Charming”. Oh, and plenty of scandalous behavior. *smiles*
I know there have been many retellings of Cinderella, but there has NEVER been a retelling like quite like A MIDNIGHT DANCE.
Here are five reasons you should read it:
1. You are like me and are hopelessly drawn to a tall, dark, gorgeous hero who has an edge of danger edge to him. Jules de Moutier is drop dead sexy. And he’s out for revenge, to find out who framed his father as a traitor to the Crown, and to restore his family’s good name. Having been stripped of his nobility, tossed out of the King’s Navy and disgraced before his peers, Jules is finally in a position to walk away from privateering. It’s taken him years, but he’s intent on using his newly captured silver treasure to help him reclaim his former life and clear his family’s name. All is going according to plan, until he crosses paths with a certain blond and beautiful desperate thief.
A MIDNIGHT DANCE, you won’t find a weak heroine! Our heroine Sabine Laurent, daughter of the late playwright, Paul Laurent, may be in dire straits, but she’s not waiting for anyone to rescue her. Like any practical woman, she’s taking matters into her own hands. She’s going to steal the silver treasure. Getting her hands on that kind of wealth will save her family—or what’s left of the eccentric lot. Namely, the balance of her late father’s acting troupe, his long-time mistress and her two spoiled daughters. Too bad she didn’t realize that the wealth she’d be stealing belongs to none other than Jules de Moutier, the object of her girlhood infatuation. She’s convinced she can seduce the rake and make off with a fortune.
3. You should read A MIDNIGHT DANCE if you like passionate, scorching hot love scenes. Sabine may blame her family’s downfall on Jules and his family, but his potent appeal is difficult to ignore and even more difficult to resist. With devilishly seductive Jules, it’s not going to be easy for Sabine to snatch the silver. The chemistry between them is white-hot.
4. You should read A MIDNIGHT DANCE if you like the classic beloved fairy tale of Cinderella. A MIDNIGHT DANCE has a ball, a glass slipper, a fairy godmother in the form of a loveable yet highly opinionated apothecary, a determined impoverished beauty and a man who proves to be the Prince Charming every woman longs for.
5. You should read A MIDNIGHT DANCE if you like an exciting read with intrigue and twists. With a surprising villain that will shock you. An ending that will make you sigh . . . and gasp in surprise.
A MIDNIGHT DANCE, our hero, Jules has a friend by the name of Simon Boulenger. You see, Simon was born a commoner. Dirt poor. But he’s come a long way.
Today he’s wealthy. And the commander of a fleet of privateer ships for his country. (Not to mention, one very sexy, historical bad boy. ;) He’s determined to elevate himself from his station of birth and become an official officer of the Royal Navy.
God knows, he’s more than qualified.
But he’s made one very powerful enemy. And he’s got a mysterious beauty that just might be the key to his heart and dreams.
Simon deserved his own book. He demanded his own HEA. And so, since I have a weakness for tall, dark and handsome men, I gave into him. :)
UNDONE will be released in April, 2012. This is my version of Rapunzel!
No, there isn’t a woman with long hair that the hero uses to climb. (Seriously, that’s got to hurt). But, like every other book in this series, I’ve taken those common elements we all love about this particular fairy tale, and given it my own fresh, different and romantic twist.
Here is the blurb for my upcoming April release:
Undone by Lila DiPasqua
A Fiery Tale novel - To be released in April, 2012
Inspired by the tale of Rapunzel, Lila DiPasqua offers a new steamy, emotionally charged historical romance in the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series . . . Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning . . .
Maintaining her ruse as a commoner, and trusting no one has kept Angelica safe. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger lands her right where danger lies. Now, this sinfully handsome man with arresting blue eyes and a polished manner thinks he’s saved her life, when in fact he’s placed her in great peril. She’s intent on keeping him and everyone else at arm’s length. Yet, the smoldering attraction between them is difficult to deny. And impossible to ignore . . .
As commander of a number of privateer ships, Simon Boulenger dresses and speaks like an aristocrat, and has obtained wealth. But he is still not a noble. Or an officer in the King’s Navy. His lifelong dream to elevate himself from his station of birth and attain a respectable place in society is dead. Worse, he’s ensnared in deadly scheme, and must get out. But how is he to stay focused on his dangerous mission when the mysterious beauty has him utterly intrigued? He can’t afford the distraction any more than he can resist the carnal hunger she stirs. Simon soon discovers that she’s not only a passionate soul mate, but a woman born into privilege. A woman he can never have. But they’re in too deep. Their hearts are at risk . . . as well as their lives.
NOTE: UNDONE is a stand alone novel. Like the other books in the Fiery Tales series, you can read them in any order you wish!
QUESTION: Tell me your favorite kind of romance hero. One random commenter will win a signed book from my Fiery Tales series (AWAKENED BY A KISS, THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED or A MIDNIGHT DANCE). READERS’ CHOICE.
“Hot enough to warm a cold winter night.” — Publishers Weekly
“Sure to delight!” — Jennifer Ashley, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author
“Wickedly passionate . . . a sensual treat.” — Sylvia Day, national bestselling author
“Sensuous and deeply romantic!” — Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author.
“The most luscious take on fairy tales I’ve ever read!” — Cheryl Holt, New York Times bestselling author
“Romance that touches the heart.” — Top Pick! - The Season Blog
A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua
A Fiery Tale novel
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...
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