Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Review: A Midnight Dance - Lila DiPasqua

Series: Fiery Tales #3
Genre: Historical romance (steamy)
Pages: 320
Published: August 2011
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Source: From the author

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:
Now this was a very hot fairy tale re-telling, but then it is not a fairy tale, it is a Fiery tale.  Yes it does say book three, but this is a stand alone novel, it is just the third re-telling of fairy tales.

Sabine has lost almost everything because of aristocrats. Her plan to save her family is damn right stupid, but it does show that she is willing to do anything. She is afraid, but still brave. She is loyal and not afraid of hard work.So even with her foolish plan I like her. 

Our hero is Jules de Moutier, a former aristo who wants his title and land back, and now he is a privateer. He may not show it at first but he is still a noble who looks down at the peasants and think they are lazy if they starve. I did like this side of him, the arrogant stupid noble, not because it was a good side, but because it was the true side. of course he would look down at peasants and think that his kind was the best. 

And the story is about how Sabine wants to steal from him since it was his family's fault they now can't pay taxes. But as always things do not work out, she has fancied him for ages and passion brews when they meet. This is an erotic historical romance after all. And they waste no time getting to know each other. Passion explodes of the pages so if you are looking for that then you have come to the right place. Because yes it is one steamy tale, they do have fun ;)

There is also the mystery of a missing sister, who ruined de Mouiter family name, and if these two can have a happy ending. And we all know they will get one and I must say I was very happy with the end they got. I shall not say why, but it was very fitting. 

It was a hot fiery tale where Cinderella got her prince, there were even glass slippers for those who wondered.

A hot one



  1. Hm, I do love fairy tale retellings.

  2. I haven't read many fairy re-tellings, but Cinderella has always been a favorite of mine, and if the hot factor is going to be included, then I'm game. LOL

  3. I do love fairy tale retellings, although you will be unsurprised that I prefer the m/m ones. ;)

  4. The cover itself makes me retch. I like fairy tales but I am not sure about fiery tales...or rather I am sure about their worth and my opnion is not very favourable. Glass slippers...what did they do with them? Drank champagne? Because these are no dancing shoes.

  5. Cinderella is one of my favourite fairy tales - I love that it's a fun read! :-)

  6. I'll have to add this one to my list; it sounds like an interesting read, I'm always up for fairy tale retellings, though Cinderella was never my favorite. :)


  7. Linda
    They are so much fun to read

    It was smokin´;)
    And it is not that much of a fairytale over it, but the general idea is there

    NO! I never saw that coming. You still surprise me, LOL

    There was little beads on them :)

    Just think of her in real shoes, poor thing, running down those stairs, falling, and the shoe breaking and slicing right through a major artery. What was the fairy tale thinking?

    It was fun...and hot ;)

  8. The Book Queen
    Never mine either for some reason, and I just do not know why...perhaps Disney should make a new cool version lol

  9. I do enjoy this genre and re-tellings too. I need to read this one. Steamy historical romance is perfect!

  10. i've been curious abt these books. wondering if they're too hot or not. i'm glad you liked it!

  11. I'm not a fan of Cinderella, but I do like the re-tellings. Oh this one does sound hot. I think I could read and enjoy this one!!

  12. Oh, a Fiery Tale! I think you've just coined a new genre - one that sounds hot and yummy!

  13. I have to be in the right mood for those steamy erotic books!

  14. I love fairy tale retellings! And this one has a great twist!

  15. Sounds like the story has multiple plot lines... I like that :)

  16. =D I love fairy retellings and I thnk I would really like this one. Great review!

  17. Oooo a fiery tale, I love that! A smokin hot fairy tale retelling sounds quite enjoyable:)

  18. Fun review Blodeuedd, thanks.

  19. Naida
    It sure was very steamy so give it a try ;)

    They are HOT with a big H, I can tell you that.

    Poor Cinderella is getting no love around here. But then nope she is not my fav either, but then I never liked one more than the other.

    LOL. Well it does sound like a very good word for a genre

  20. Staci
    Yes you can't just read them anywhere..I so did not take this along to lunch, lol

    They are just so much fun

    Well...I would not say that. It is pretty straight forward.

    I want to read more, because those old stories were just so good and I love when people play with them

    I do like it spicy now and again too, just as long it is not too spicy. i need a story too

    Thanks Aurian

  21. I haven't read her before but might have to now. Sounds like my kind of book. Fiery You are too cute.

  22. Ing
    Lol, it was not I who came up with it :)

  23. I so want to read this series now. I love fairy tale retellings and the hot ones even more.

  24. Jenny
    It was hotter than Hades :)=


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