A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua
Overview by Netgalley:
Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, 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…
One of the reasons I love historical romance fiction is because I learn so much about the past. As a young teenager, I fell in love with the Regency period…and then the Middle Ages…and just about every time period I read. Reading Historical romance novels had such an impact on my life that I ended up taking my undergraduate degree in history.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the historical information. The story takes place entirely in France in the mid 1600s. The Fronde has taken France by storm and the story revolves around the lives affected by it. “The Fronde was a civil uprising that started in 1648 and ended in 1653. Incited by power-hungry nobles, they almost dethroned their boy King. (Louis XIV was only ten years old when it began.) Louis was forced to flee Paris in the night with his mother and live in exile for a while. He never forgot what he and his mother endured during this tense, tumultuous time. He developed a lifelong dislike and mistrust for the aristocracy. Intent on being absolute ruler, he spent his reign intimidating them.” – Author note
Jules is a disgraced Aristo who is fighting to regain what he lost. Sabine has been a victim as well and her family’s downfall was due to the Moutier’s disgrace. It seemed inevitable that they would cross paths. I liked both characters, especially Sabine. She is sassy, clever and full of passion. Jules was slower to evolve than other characters, but I chalk that up to his upbringing. You can strip a noble of their title, but that doesn’t mean the mindset or the entitlement changes.
Lila DiPasqua tags her books as hot. And are they ever! While not erotica, the love scenes are intense and descriptive. Jules and Sabine seem to have a thing for doing it in the forests of France. If you like a book with crazy chemistry and characters that can’t get enough of each other, than this is the book for you! I actually can’t remember the last time I read a historical romance novel that had this many passionate scenes.
The love scenes and the history were not the only things that made me like and enjoy this book. The plot evolved really well. It was well thought out and the pacing was even. The mystery of who was behind the downfall of the Moutier family and Sabine’s continued tax problems was excellent. The author develops the mystery slowly and then it rises to a crescendo. I have to say that I was completely sucked in to the plot and was reading as fast as I could to figure out who was the villain.
A fiery, passionate historical romance featuring a time period new to the romance genre. A great read and one that will keep you hot while intrigued by the story.