Review: Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream
Series: Blood Prince #1
Rating: 3 stars
Loupe always dreamed of getting married. She yearned for a caring husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence at home with her stepmother and two stepsisters, a man who would love her forever. Those dreams ended the day she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s a mindless beast on the night of the full moon—a condition that forever prevents her from sharing a marriage bed. Not even the attentions of a handsome and endearingly strong prince can convince her that the life she wants is still possible.
Etienne is a prince in need of a werewolf. A werewolf himself from birth, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw—literally—for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly turning him human. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf, one who was not born with the beast inside, can save him from becoming human. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the cure.
Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul can take his mind from his goal.
Love cares little for the best laid plans or the impossible. A grand ball. The stroke of twelve. A magic “slipper.” All kinds of things can happen when you don’t leave the ball…Before Midnight
Take what you know about our favorite rags to riches story, Cinderella, throw in a few werewolves, a witch's curse/blessing and you'll have Before Midnight. Prince Etienne is losing his ability to change and will soon leave his werewolf days behind. He knows his time is limited, but cannot seem to stray away after a chance meeting with Loupe. He cannot get her out of his mind and when she comes to him with a wolf issue, his true feelings begin to grow. Loupe wants to get away from her horrible life with her stepmother and stepsisters. Loupe and Etienne fight their attraction to each other, but fate continues to bring them together. Will this tale have the happily ever after as Cinderella and her Prince Charming? You'll have to read to find out! While a quick read it is a cute, fun story that will brighten a gloomy day.