Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I did not expect to sit down and utterly fall into K. Webster’s Stroke of Midnight. I mean, this is K. Webster so I absolutely expected some forbidden feels and some dirty, dirty copulation. Opening Stroke of Midnight, I was ready, ready for more of what you love about K. Webster.
And it’s there. Oh, how it is there in this book. If you love K. Webster, you need to grab this one fast BUT before you do, you need to know a few things. Oh and if you have never read K. Webster, run and grab this dirty, dirty modern-day retelling of the Cinderella story. It’s the version of Cinderella that you never knew you needed in your romance-reading lives. So here goes:
- This is book 1 in a duet, I believe. This is not a complete story. I didn’t realize that when I was reading it. As the story hit 93%, and we hadn’t reached the “ball” yet, I knew I was in trouble because Webster leaves you hanging. Oh, how she leaves you hanging. There is still so much more to the story, and I can’t WAIT for Prince Charming, book 2.
- Ash Elliott and Winston Constantine are so deliciously dirty. If you go into this book looking for a higher message, it might be in this book under ideas about power and authority. But it’s used in a way to titillate you, not challenge your thinking. The chemistry between these two is off-the-charts, and you will need a panty change when you’re done.
- The true villains of the story could trigger you, so if you are sensitive to consent issues, then you should be prepared. Honestly, it made the traditionally villainous step-siblings even ickier than the popular renditions of Cinderella. Whereas in that version, Cinderella is made lowly through servitude. In this one, she is made lowly because she’s an attractive young woman with horrible triplet step-brothers who seek to “protect” her through pain. It feels all kinds of wrong, and your heart leaps for her safety in a way that it doesn’t with the traditional forms of Cinderella. In my mind, there is brilliance in that plot device.
- You will not be able to put this book down. There is something about Winston and Ash together that you can’t help but root for. As such, you press forward to a hopeful happy ending. Unfortunately, you will not find it in this book, but I’m still optimistic for them. I believe, however, that there is still more story that will feel heavy and complicated before the revelation of a future for them. One can only cross their fingers for it, though.
Again, I picked up K. Webster’s Stroke of Midnight knowing some truths about her storytelling, but I didn’t realize how much her book would engross me. I read it in one sitting because there is so much fire and chemistry and story between Winston and his “Cinderelliot.” I cannot wait for Prince Charming in January, which makes the next few months torturous. But again, I think Winston would love that.
In love and romance,