Upon a Midnight Dream (London Fairy Tales #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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A Regency retelling of Sleeping Beauty... 

"I release you..." were the last words Rosalind remembered before her world went black. Stefan, the future duke of Montmouth, no doubt thought his words were welcomed but he couldn't have been more wrong. Oh, he was handsome as a pagan Norse god, but that was unimportant when her life as well as those of her family hung in the balance. 

With less than six weeks left, Rosalind has stopped believing in the fairy tale, the prince on the white horse, and the stolen kiss that would awaken her from her worst nightmares. Resigned to her fate, she waits for the inevitable curse to run it’s course. 

"We must marry at once!" Stefan declared, fully expecting Rosalind to be delighted that he had come to save her, but he was sorely mistaken. Rosalind was no simpering docile female; she was a fiery temptress with a stubborn streak only matched by his horse, Samson. Insulting, infuriating, intoxicating and alluring enough to drive a man mad. Stefan found himself thankful for the curse that required him marry her, thankful for the betrothal contract he had so recently tried to release her from...With the fortitude of a sailor shipwrecked, abandoned, and a solider warring for his life Stefan decides to lay siege to the greatest prize, Rosalind's heart.


Upon a Midnight Dream was such a fun read. I can be kind of picky with my old timey romances, but this one was so much fun I just didn't care. Such a great read. The story was completely ridiculous in a way that I love so much. 

Rosalind has been promised to wed the heir of Montmouth. She also suffers from sleeping spells. She thought she was getting better, but then she falls asleep right when she meets Stefan, the new man she is to marry. Stefan who has recently come back to town. Stefan who his family believed dead as he was shipwrecked. Stefan who releases her from her marriage contract. 

Once they both decide to not honor the wedding contract bad things start happening. There is an old wives tale that there is a curse if the two families are not kept connected. If they do not marry before the end of the year all of their family members shall perish. Both of their fathers have already passed away, Stefan's brother is not doing well, it is just not looking good. And Rosalind has been sent off to die alone, her family hoping that if they stay separated from her the curse will not affect them. Finally it seems the only thing left to do is for them to get married so Stefan sets out at once to do just that. 

Oh Stefan was fun. Rosalind is not going to just marry him because of the curse. She wants to marry for love. She wants to be wooed. She wants romance and oh, poor Stefan. He just is not very good in the romance department. He tries, but Rosalind is just too beautiful. Whenever he is around her he cannot think straight. It was so much fun watching him try to win her over. Really ridiculous in all the best of ways. It made me laugh time and time again. I loved reading this story. Rosalind and Stefan were just perfect together. 

Also I did really like that even though they were both super attracted to each other Stefan refused to do anything but kiss Rose before they were married. Oh the conversations and situations Stefan gets himself into were just hilarious. I loved it. He just isn't sure what he is doing, how to win Rose's heart, but boy does he try. She doesn't always see it as such and tries to steal her heart against him, but it just doesn't work. She can't help but fall for the barbarian. It was really cute. Highly recommend this read as it is just plain fun. I can't wait to read more in this series. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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