Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury. Their father, Paul Laurent, was a prestigious theatre owner, whose plays were frequented by both royalty and nobles. Sabine had dreams of her own prince charming- the handsome Jules de Moutier.
Then her family fell from grace and after her father's death, Sabine discovers she's inherited considerable debt and the responsibility of caring for her father's spoiled mistress and her two lazy daughters. She blames the Moutier family. But Sabine has plans to steal a fortune with the help of her father's acting troupe, plans including a seduction.
Can Sabine resist Jules's skillful mouth and tantalizing touch? Finding her task more difficult than she thought, Sabine must decide whether her desire for revenge is more powerful than her desire for her Dark Prince...
A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua is an entertaining and highly erotic historical romance inspired by the children's fairytale Cinderella. The characters drew me into their story and I found myself captivated by Sabine and Jules, the two lead characters. The romance is scorching hot with several titillating scenes. The dialogue is witty, sharp and at times bawdy and comical.
Sabine Laurent is a fantastic heroine; young, beautiful and well educated for a woman of her time, she's barely holding on to what's left of her family's property and has become the defacto head of her family. Bitter at the changes which have taken place in her family's fortune over the last eight years, which she blames on the Moutier family, Sabine is determined to hold onto the little they have left. When she hears two sailors talking about a huge silver treasure being brought ashore by their captain, she devises a clever plot to steal the treasure, pay off her family's delinquent taxes and use part of the remaining funds to locate her sister Isabella. A sister she believes is still alive and in hiding. Sabine is an honest person by nature but circumstances have driven her to desperation. She's willing to make whatever sacrifice is required to change her situation. She never thought she'd be stealing a treasure from the man she dreamed of as a child.
Jules de Moutier is a fantastic hero; young, incredibly handsome and a successful privateer, he's determined to restore his family's honor and position. As the oldest son of Charles de Moutier, he had been raised to a life of riches and privilege. He never imagined his father would be accused of participating in treason or that he and his younger brother Luc would be thrown into prison. Managing to escape his father's fate (hanging), both Jules and Luc find themselves without titles or property and have no choice but to become privateers. Believing in his father's innocence, Jules has spent the last eight years seizing treasures from the crown's enemies and plotting the restoration of his family honor and sizeable properties. He never envisioned he'd lose his heart to a silver eyed thief.
The scenes between Sabine and Jules are full of engaging dialogue and scorching physical chemistry. As they spend time together, Sabine and Jules begin enjoying each other's company and feel something other than defeat. Sabine begins to have second thoughts about stealing Jules' treasure, while Jules begins to think about a way to keep Sabine in life and in his bed. Neither realizes there are sinister forces lurking in the shadows determined to destroy their plans.
The secondary characters are well done and important to the story. We meet Louise, Paul Laurent's spoiled mistress and her two daughters, who are a financial burden for Sabine but make up part of what's left of her family. We also meet Valentin, the Marquis d' Argon, and a friend of the Jules' family, who knows more about the circumstances behind their problems than he pretends. There are also two villainous characters in the story, Cyr, the local tax collector and Leon de Vittry, the Baron du Lor, whose plans for both Jules and Sabine are less than honorable.
The story ends with the discovery of who was behind the Moutier family's fall from grace and with some startling revelations which force Jules to make some interesting decisions. Does Sabine get her Prince Charming? You'll have to read A Midnight Dance to find out. I look forward to seeing what fairy tale Ms. DiPasqua tackles next.
Someday her prince will come...
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.
Matching wits and wiles with a man of Jules de Moutier's seductive skill is not as easy as Sabine Laurent supposed. Soon, she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince...