Review: At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec (Naughty Princess Club #1)

 

At the Stroke of Midnight (Naughty Princess Club Series #1) is available NOW!! Read my thoughts!

 

 

Meet the Naughty Princess Club: a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that introduces readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that ensue when three women start a new business to make it rain.

Once upon a time Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the President of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money…and the babysitter.

Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party on Fairytale Lane, she meets two other “princesses” also facing money troubles: antique store owner Ariel and librarian Isabelle. When the women are invited to wear their costumes to a party where they’re mistaken for strippers, Cindy, Ariel, and Belle realize that a career change could be the best way to make their money problems go bippity-boppity-boo.

But can structured Cindy approach a stripper pole without sanitizing wipes? And could the blue-eyed anti-prince that has been crossing her path become Cindy’s happily ever after? At the Stroke of Midnight is a hilarious, empowering story where princesses can save themselves while slaying in stilettos.

 

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WOW. Tara Sivec can have you bawling your eyes out with her emotional stories and then laughing until your stomach hurts and tears leak from your eyes with her romantic comedies. This book is definitely the latter but aside from being a hilarious and light read, it is also unbelievably empowering and relevant. Tara never ceases to amaze me with her writing superpowers. She is so versatile, I love her!

At the Stroke of Midnight is not just another retelling of Cinderella. It is modern, original, full of vulgar language and over-the-top characters. There’s a damsel in distress but it is not the prince who saves the damsel. In this book the damsel, Cynthia, saves herself with the help of her two new and equally fierce and independent friends, Ariel and Isabelle. After Cindy’s husband runs away with their former babysitter and millions stolen from his own family’s business, she loses it. She has a teenage daughter to take care of, bills to pay, a stick up her arse, former in-laws who somehow expect her to have the millions her cheating ex-husband stole and as a cherry on top, she’s having an existential crisis. Luckily her noisy, crude, spitfire-of-a-neighbor Ariel and the quiet and super smart Isabelle are there to help her through it all, to help her remove that stick from her behind and even get her a sex life in the process.

I’ve never read a retelling like this one. It is something I never even imagined could exist but at the same my mind is like “why has this never been done before?!”. It is a real life fairytale. It has no filters and it is a little crazy and over the top at times but that’s life. It is more a story about women empowerment than it is romance I would say but there’s still plenty of romance within the pages. And the hero is definitely dreamy and swoon-worthy!!

If you love reading light and funny books about a character’s journey to self-discovery then pick up this book. It will make you feel like you can conquer the world no matter what the universe throws your way. I guarantee you’ll laugh like you’ve never laughed before and blush from the top of your head to your toe nails.

 

Massive thanks to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

 

4 / 5 flowers

 

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

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