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 curse. 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.
Blood Prince is a series with a lot of potential. I loved the prologue. It wove an intricate story that I can’t wait to continue. Supernatural princes that are all flawed. Each one needing to find their princess for various reasons. That introduction made me want to get to know each one of them.
Etienne was cursed/blessed by a well meaning witch. Loupe was cursed by a werewolf. The story was unique, but familiar. There were enough differences in the story that it kept me guessing. Some of the story was borderline corny – some if it made me roll my eyes, but I still enjoyed it. There were things that happened that I wondered about (no spoilers – you’ll have to read it to totally understand), but all in all Before Midnight was a great start to a series that I will be checking out in the future.