I love a unique turn on a fairy tale romance and A Duchess By Midnight grabbed my attention on page one. Based loosely on the world of Cinderella, Drew is a reformed evil stepsister of the now princess Cynde. Drew yearns to be able to guide debutantes so that they make the right decisions. Ian Clayback, Duke of Lachlan’s reputation is in tatters, and he has been saddled with his eccentric sister and wild twin nieces. Ian and Drew are thrown together by princess Cynde to help solve their problems.
Drew’s story of redemption is beautifully told. I love how this terrible young lady turned her life around with the help of the person who was most wronged. Ian was a terrific character. Ian hates surprises and has to think things through, and the situation he finds himself in is anything but structured and calm. As strangers, there is an undeniable spark between Ian and Drew that grows more passionate as the couple spends more time together. Ian and Drew’s love story is sensual and endearing.
The basis of the plot was perfection. I loved Drew’s perspective. Her personality shone off the page. Ian was a flustered, lovable character. The side story of Ian’s enigmatic, distracted sister and her twin daughters of terror added depth to the story. The girl’s background slowly reveals how harrowing their lives had become and their resilience. The plot worked flawlessly. This is an easy-to-read, entertaining, light romance that captured my heart. A Duchess By Midnight is the third book in the Awakened By A Kiss series. Charis Michaels has placed herself on my instant read list with this adorable, captivating, sensual romance. This isn’t just a fairytale; it is an innovative, savvy, unusual journey of characters I have known since childhood turned upside down. I was pleased to see Drew get her happily ever after; her story of self-discovery brought an angle to Cinderella that I loved. This is a mesmerizing story that captured my heart.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: July 26, 2022