Review and Contest: A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua

A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua
Series: Fiery Tale (#3)
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Page: 368
Source: contest win at SOS Aloha Blog

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…

Review: I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about A Midnight Dance, so to say I was thrilled when I won a copy courtesy of a contest at the SOS Aloha blog might be an understatement. I’ve not read any of Ms DiPasqua’s other Fiery Tales, but now they are on my list of must-reads.

As I knew this was a retelling of Cinderella, I kept finding myself looking for hints of the original fairy tale. Fortunately they were there and even though there are enough differences for the story to be original, I had fun picking out the similarities (such as the glass slipper, the prince, the step-mother and so forth) while enjoying the freshness of the tale. 

I think I enjoyed the character of Sabine more than Jules.  She just seemed more relateable as she wasn’t from the aristocracy (she was Cinderella) and she was willing to do just about anything to to find her sister and support her “family” who have fallen in hard times during the French Revolution.  Jules motivations are to clear his family’s name and his position in society… which isn’t bad in itself, just harder to relate to especially when you’re also faced with Sabine’s struggle.  But the chemistry between the two is sizzling and I couldn’t wait to see how their Happily Ever After played out.

I strongly suggest this story to those looking for something a little different when it comes to a historical romance.  And for those looking for a spicy (or fiery) story, this one will be sure to please.

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Below is a Rafflecopter form for our contest for 2 copies of A Midnight Dance.  Lila has requested be limit the contest to US and Canadian residents.  If the form is not working, please leave a comment with your email address to be included (and mention the form isn’t working for you).  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, October 30.

And now that you’re done entering the contest, here’s the trailer from A Midnight Dance: