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A MIDNIGHT DANCE ( from the Fiery Tales series—steamy, romantic retellings of classic fairy tales, Berkley Sensation, Historical Romance) is a retelling of my favorite fairy tale of them all—Cinderella.
Our cinder-girl, Sabine Laurent has had a mad crush on the gorgeous heir of the Marquis de Blainville, Jules de Moutier, since she was fifteen and first spotted him at her father’s prestigious theatre. She’d dubbed him her “Dark Prince” because at nineteen he was tall, dark and oh so handsome.
Years later, her opinion of him as soured. The problem is, when they meet again as adults, Jules’s even more devastating to behold.
You see, Sabine blames her family’s ruin and dire straits on Jules and his family now. All she has to do is pose as a courtesan named Elise and feed him the tainted wine. She plans to use her acting skills in this seduction, and has enlisted the help of her eclectic blended family—which includes the balance of her late father’s acting troupe, and a “fairy godmother” in the form of a loveable, yet highly opinionated apothecary.
If only Jules’s tantalizing touch didn’t wreak such havoc on her senses. With a devilishly seductive “Prince Charming” like Jules, it’s not going to be easy for Sabine to snatch the silver. Add a healthy dose of intrigue, surprising twists, scandalous behavior, and a couple destined to be together, and you have A MIDNIGHT DANCE—a Cinderella story that is as steamy and exciting as it is romantic. Let the seduction begin!
This letter below is one Sabine would have written to Jules during the time she was a teen—when she was writing countless entries in her journal with about her beloved Dark Prince. (By the way, Jules does stumble across her journals years later. And he does read the touchingly tender entries about the Dark Prince she wrote so long ago. He just doesn’t know it’s about him. ;)
To my dearest Dark Prince,
I first beheld you when you attended Father’s comedy two weeks ago. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you since. I will admit here, on these pages alone, that I was completely aquiver and hopelessly enthralled by your every moment.
Your smile shines brighter than the sun! Yet you looked through me, as one would the wind. I brushed past, but you did not see or feel me. How I ache for a look or a touch. Oh, heaven would be a kiss from your lips! Nothing on this side of the stars would be finer.
I must admit, I have never felt this way. Not ever! I have seen enough stolen kisses at the theatre. I am confident I can do it well. I am told you are beyond my reach. That I dream too grand. But aren’t dreams supposed to be grand? Alas, I am afflicted with a heart that won’t be reined in. It reaches out to you, my Dark Prince. I cannot wait until I am formally introduced to society. I have dreamed of that ball. And our dance. I will be the one in the golden-colored gown.
Check out Sabine and Jules love story in A MIDNIGHT DANCE.
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…
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