♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ What a great fairy tale! When I first met Gabriel, I was unsure if I would like him… turns out I loved him. He was a very passionate man and I got all the good bubbly tingles when he and Kate were in a scene together. I felt his frustration when he was left longing for “his Kate”. Kate, in turn was a great lead. Fiery, witty and just a bit devilish. In essence a great match for his highness. The secondary characters were well developed and Henrietta and her husband Leo were hilarious!
This book had me laughing, sighing and just longing to know what would happen next. As this was the audio book, I was listening to some praise also needs to be directed to the reader. Susan Duerden is becoming a favourite reader of mine. She did a fantastic job! Lots of voices and lots of expression in them. So glad I picked this story up!
Here's the blurb:
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.