A Midnight Dance is the third book in Lila DiPasqua’s Fiery Tales series and the first full length novel in the series. I enjoyed the first two books both of which consist of a collection of erotic novellas loosely based on popular fairy tales. I’ve been looking forward to reading a full length novel from this author.
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…
In the beginning, I didn’t think I would engage with the heroine right away and sort of had the impression that she would be very delicate and emotional. But we soon find out that Sabine is a pretty sturdy heroine in that she is determined to do whatever is necessary to reclaim her family security and find her missing twin sister. She and her cousins have come up with a scheme to rob a band of privateers and use the money to pay the taxes owed to the crown and make good on the debts left by her father after he passed away. When things don’t go exactly as planned, Sabine thinks quickly and readjusts the plan and in the process ends up offering herself to the commander of the band of privateers. It just so happens that he is the man that Sabine was in love with for years until his family was the cause of her family’s downfall. Now she hates him, and wants revenge but finds it difficult to deny her physical attraction to him.
Jules is highborn and comes from a family that once enjoyed riches and all the luxuries that come with being born into the aristocracy. When his father was falsely convicted of being a traitor, Jules and his family lost everything. Now Jules has turned to privateering for his country to earn enough money to reclaim the lands that were taken from him and clear his family name. But when he crosses paths with a would-be thief that tempts and entices him and he loses focus momentarily and nearly falls victim to Sabine’s plan. But Sabine readjusts her plan, and places herself in the custody of Jules. Physical attraction and previous romantic feelings get in the way as she schemes and plots to steal his fortune and get her revenge.
This is not your momma’s bedtime story. Lila DiPasqua writes some very erotic scenes and plenty of them starting very early on in the story right on the forest floor. The erotic scenes are very sexy and intense and I was surprised, and pleased that the author was able to introduce such a passionate and convincing physical relationship so early on in the story.
As I said, I didn’t think I’d clique with the heroine at first but her no-nonsense attitude about getting the job done even if it meant giving up her virginity to the childhood crush she has come to hate actually endeared her to me. It’s a much bigger deal that I make it sound but I liked that Sabine kept the big picture in focus without becoming overwhelmed with regret and guilt. And even though her scheme was utterly silly because she could never get away with it, Sabine still came off as a crafty and smart heroine.
While the beginning focuses on the developing relationship between Sabine and Jules, the action gets going later on in the book with the mystery surrounding Jules’s father and who betrayed him. I was a little surprised at how villainous the villain actually was and this part of the story was quite dark in comparison to the atmosphere of the rest of the story where the secondary characters add a light amount of comedic flare with their involvement in the scheme to steal the treasure. I was unprepared for the dark twist and stark contrast to the overall tone of the story.
I enjoyed Lila DiPasqua’s first full length erotic romance in the Fiery Tales series. The erotic scenes are written well, the romance is sweet and the protagonists and secondary characters are fun and likable.