By Eloisa James
"Miss Kate Daltry doesn't think in fairy stories . . . or fortunately ever after.
Forced by way of her stepmother to wait a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and makes a decision he's something yet fascinating. A conflict of wits and wills ensues, yet they either be aware of their impossible to resist appeal will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to a different woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will satisfy his ruthless pursuits.
Gabriel *likes* his fiancée, that is a welcome flip of occasions, yet he doesn't *love* her. evidently, he might be *wooing* his bride-to-be, now not the witty, impoverished attractiveness who refuses to fawn over him.
Godmothers and glass slippers though, this can be one fairy story during which future conspires to smash any probability that Kate and Gabriel may have a fortunately ever after.
Unless a prince throws away every thing that makes him noble . . .
Unless a dowry of an unruly middle trumps a fortune . . .
Unless one kiss on the stroke of dead night alterations everything.
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They started to descend slowly to the chamber where the Faol people were gathered. There looked to be about two hundred of them, standing in silence, forming a circle. A uniformly striking people they were, and all had about them that same quality Iona had first noticed in Struan. Nature in its most primitive and beautiful form. The kind of beauty that makes you catch your breath. A stillness. A sense of danger, and with it a pull of excitement. Elemental. The word could have been created for them.
You will not refuse,” he said through gritted teeth. His guts twisted. Part of him didn’t want her to comply, for it would inevitably affect what made her uniquely herself—the part that deeply attracted him even though he had known her only briefly. He knew that the transformation would enhance her but somehow that didn’t seem to matter. Duty and desire. Normally they were intertwined. Struan cursed under his breath. What right had he to challenge the ancient ways? And for the sake of a mere woman, too!
He could taste it, acrid in his mouth. The first time she had wavered. Her eyes were huge in her heart-shaped face. He had to force himself to take his fur cloak from her, to pin it back around his own shoulders. Her own sweet scent had permeated it. The urge to cast caution to the winds and break all the rules grew stronger. What was wrong with him? ” Struan’s hackles rose. “At the full moon, all being well, there will be a Binding,” he said tersely. ” Iona’s voice shook. “Then you will know it is our way of accepting you, making you one of us,” Struan said, his eyes fixed firmly on the rapidly approaching procession.
A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, Book 1) by Eloisa James