- File Size: 1792 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Swerve (February 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076H81JMW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At the Stroke of Midnight is the first book in Tara Sivec’s new Naughty Princess Club series. These books are all going to focus on different women – I say couples, but let’s be honest, the ladies rule this kingdom – and could technically be read as stand-alones, but after reading this book, I can’t see how you wouldn’t want to read them all in order, since you get to know the other two princesses so well in it. At the Stroke of Midnight is written in first person perspective, from our fabulous heroine’s point of view.
My absolutely favorite part of this book wasn’t the romance between the heroine and her Prince Charming; it was the love story between the heroine and herself. She grew so much from the woman in the first chapter to the take-charge, brazen broad who she proved herself to be in the final chapter. Watching her shed her Stepford wife persona was fantastic; watching the effect her transformation had on the people who cared for her was everything. So, yes, the romance was great, but not the reason I loved this book so much.
While Cin was the shining star of this show – as well she should be – I’d be remiss to completely neglect her prince. I loved how he was with her. Knowing when to push her, and just how hard to do it. Supporting her completely in all her choices. He very much lived up to anything I could hope for a woman who’d been dealt the cards our Cindy had been playing.
While I’d always heard about how amazing Tara Sivec’s romcoms were, I’d never picked one up; I’d assumed I wouldn’t care for them because it’s not a genre I generally care for. Wow. If this book is in keeping with her other comedies I was sorely mistaken. At the Stroke of Midnight was smart, empowering, and a lot deeper than I would have ever guessed. I’d always loved her heavy, heart-wrenching books, but I think I’ll be adding her romcoms to my reading repertoire.
-Sexy take on a classic fairy tale. So, what if you took the structure of your classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, and Little Mermaid, and brought them into a modern day setting? And well, times are tough so let’s make them strippers? That’s what we have here and let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. Who knew Cinderella getting her chance to strut her stuff would be so fun?
-Cin’s character arc is strong. When the story begins, Cin is your typical uptight, buttoned up, Ann Taylor-wearing, pearl clutching, president of the PTA. Well, at least on the outside. She’s trying to hide the fact that her life has gone completely to hell. Her husband left her for the babysitter, took all their money and his parents think she has it. She can’t get a job (she married and had a baby when she was 19 and has no marketable skills), she has no money, and no one to turn to. Cin’s really going through it, but she’s so used to being a Stepford wife, she doesn’t know what to do, except continue to put up the facade of a happy family life. Basically, you’ll be convinced the stick wedged tightly up her behind isn’t going anywhere.
Then she meets Ariel and Isabelle, and realizes that what she really needs, is to stop worrying about what others think and do what makes her happy. Seeing her learn to let go, live her life and embrace herself was the highlight of the story for me.
-Good chemistry after a rocky start. Cin’s first meeting with PJ doesn’t exactly light the world on fire, but I actually enjoyed that the first part of this tale focuses on Cin and her growing friendship with Ariel (who is a hoot and a half!) and Isabelle. When PJ and Cin’s relationship kicks into gear, however, it is HOT. Am I a sucker for a good old fashioned orgasm with your clothes on. This is that kind of sexy.
-It’s all Cin, all the time. Strictly told from 1st person person, I would have loved to see even one chapter from PJ’s POV.
-The final “obstacle” between PJ and Cin wasn’t the strongest. There’s certainly a resolution to her ex’s douchebaggery, and it’s all in service to that, but it just didn’t make much sense if you take out the plot imperative. But oh well, the HEA is still satisfying.
Everything in Between
-Those friends are everything. Ariel is a scene stealer and I cannot wait for her book, and I actually liked the clever way Ms. Sivec incorporated so many of the fairy tale details into this contemporary romance. The worldbuilding works and left me wanting more.
The Bottom Line
I really enjoyed this funny take on fairy tale romance between PJ and Cin. If you love a good Cinderella-inspired romance with a bit of stripping for spice, look no further, this is the tale for you. I recommend it and I’m looking forward to this whole series.
I also sometimes felt like the jokes and one-lines were forced rather than natural parts is the conversation.
The story should have been researched better. I've never heard of a strip club that PAYS its dancers. From my own experience as an exotic dancer and from talking to many many others, the only thing I've heard of (in the U.S. anyway) is the dancers paying a portion of their tips to the club and usually also a part of every lap dance.
Finally, and this is a slight spoiler, but the stuff with Melissa, the 'threat', was just kind of unnecessarily tossed in there. It would not really harm the story to leave her out, or at least make her a catty stripper, because all those friendly, willing to help their competition strippers are a LIE. Exotic dancing is an extremely competitive job and dancers are often wary of helping each other out because it can so often be "every woman for herself." The princesses are far more likely to face jealous, back-stabbing competition than other dancers literally squealing to help them out.
Top international reviews
"Okay, I get it now. If he had said it makes his frickle hard, that wouldn't have been as hot."
The characters are fun, real and crazy (in the best possible way)! The one-liners in this book had me laughing so hard I snorted. I love the ladies in this book. Cindy is strong-willed, ballsey and sexy but years of oppression force her into the mould of a prude. It takes a crappy wake up call, new friends and a man who lights everything on fire with his smoulder to give Cindy the push she needs to take back control of her life. And she does it in style!
"You will tell me everything about why you walked over here an hour ago just to talk business and suddenly I find you riding him like Seabiscuit."
Fans of Tara's Holiday's series will also be happy to spot the little Easter Egg from two of our favourite Holiday's characters in this book.
This book is perfect for anyone who needs a side-splitting laugh with a heavy dose of grin-inducing romance, a hero to swoon for and three badass leading ladies (plus the other awesome ladies in this book) who pack punches, kicks and more dirty talk than a ship full of sailors. Fans of Tara's Chocolate Lovers/Chocoholics Series and Jed Had to Die will devour this book!
"My God, you have eye chlamydia! See, I told you it wasn't an urban legend!"
If you love princesses, but wish they were a little more 'real' you need to read At the Stroke of Midnight! I can't wait for Belle to tackle the Beast in book number two!! I'll be over here still laughing at this book while I wait, and ordering myself a few tequila t-shirts ;)
And honestly, this story was such a joy to read. As not only was it sweet, sexy and highly entertaining. But it gave me so many feels, and it's one I will definitely be reading again in the future.
And I'd happily recommend it and the series itself to others. As these stories are some of the best romantic comedies I've read in a long time.
It is comedy gold. From the first word to the the last I was in stitches as Cynthia, Ariel and Belle embark on new exciting and funny adventures.
At The Stroke of Midnight is a sexy new telling of Cinderella
Believe me when I say, you will never look at Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and The Beast the same - ever!
I was kept on the edge of my seat, laughing so much and just needing to know where the story would go next.
And ladies, if you don't swoon at the Charming in this story, well, there must be something wrong with you!
Oh, and when frickle meets frackle - dies!
Get swept up in the Wysteria Lane-ish antics of these ladies. You won't regret it.
I cannot wait for book 2!