Stroke of Midnight (A Dark Cinderella Novel #1) by K. Webster

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𝐵𝑦: K. Webster

𝐺𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑒: Contemporary | Dark Romance

𝑅𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝐷𝑎𝑡𝑒: October. 27, 2020

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Money can buy anything. And anyone.

As the head of the Constantine family, I’m used to people bowing to my will. Cruel, rigid, unyielding—I’m all those things.

When I discover the one woman who doesn’t wither under my gaze, but instead smiles right back at me, I’m intrigued.

Ash Elliott needs cash, and I make her trade in crudeness and degradation for it.

I crave her tears, her moans. I pay for each one. And every time, she comes back for more.

When she challenges me with an offer of her own, I have to decide if I’m willing to give her far more than cold hard cash.

But love can have deadly consequences when it comes from a Constantine. At the stroke of midnight, that choice may be lost for both of us.

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𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏’𝒔 𝑶𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔:
𝑺𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚|𝑷𝒍𝒐𝒕: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒐: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒆: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆|𝑺𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒎: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝑾𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A dark, depraved, and absolutely delicious Cinderella-ISH retelling!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 𝑂𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑅𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔: Stroke of Midnight by K. Webster is absolutely nothing like I expected! Told in first person dual point of view, although Stroke of Midnight does have some Cinderella-ISH vibes this age grab, erotica, forbidden romance is unlike any Cinderella remake I’ve ever read. HOLY FREAKIN HOTNESS!!! 🤤🔥🥵 While I’m not into the whole daddy or humiliation/degradation kink, the story completely hooked me and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. Just an FYI, because until I got to the last page I had no idea, Stroke of Midnight is NOT a standalone and leaves off on a HUGE cliffhanger.

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❝𝑰 𝒈𝒐 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒐 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒑𝒖𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏.”
“𝑨𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒊𝒙 𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒎𝒆.”
“𝑰’𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒓𝒚.❞

Man oh man, K. Webster doesn’t pull any punches, does she?! What an incredible author. Whether it’s mafia romances, erotica, MC, new adult, WHATEVER she pulls it off every time. It’s no different in Stroke of Midnight, it just works. Although she has dropped breadcrumbs from the original story, enough that readers will understand that it IS a Cinderella-ish retelling anyway, but she’s put her brand of sexy modern, erotic, and taboo twist on it and made the story completely her own. I love that Webster pushes boundaries and wants readers to step outside (wayyy outside of) their comfort zone and fall in love with romance and characters that aren’t what society would call “normal”. Who likes normal these days anyway? It’s 2020, that shit is overrated.

❝𝒀𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝑷𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝑪𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒅.”
“𝑵𝒐, 𝑰’𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒗𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚.❞

If you are a dark romance lover, not afraid of some unusual kink, and don’t have many triggers… then I highly recommend checking out Stroke of Midnight!

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💙 (𝐻) 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑜: Winston Constantine, head of the Constantine family, CEO of Halcyon, and a very, VERY wealthy man. Powerful, ruthless, demanding, dominant, Winston may be a lot of things, but he’s certainly no Prince Charming. Winston has a very particular taste for a certain kink and he’s willing to pay whatever he has to in order to have those tastes fulfilled. I am loving seeing Winston’s walls start to come down. Although I hardly think he will ever be a “soft” man, the searing jealousy and possessiveness he feels towards Ash is a big, ol’ red flag waving around telling me that this is about a whole lot more than just having a new plaything…

❝𝒀𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒎𝒆, 𝑨𝒔𝒉. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝑰’𝒗𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒔𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆.
𝑨𝒏𝒅, 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍, 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒏.❞

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❤️ (ℎ) 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑒: Ash Elliott, although Ash comes from a wealthy family, her new wealthier stepmother likes to be wined and dined and Ash’s dad is too busy making sure she’s happy to realize that his new wife’s sons think that their new stepsister belongs to them..

❝𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒅 𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒔. 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒔. 𝑶𝒖𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒖𝒄𝒌 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉. 𝑶𝒖𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚.❞

Bound and determined not to take a dime from her stepmother Ash decides to take matters into her own hands and figure out a way to financially support herself and get into college. Low and behold, Winston offers her the answer on a silver platter. But Ash has to decide what she’s willing to give him… because Winston wants everything.

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❝𝑵𝒐, 𝑨𝒔𝒉, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒐𝒎. 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒂𝒔 𝒇𝒖𝒄𝒌, 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒎𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆. 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒐𝒃𝒔𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒕. 𝒀𝒐𝒖, 𝒎𝒚 𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅, 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒘𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒃𝒔𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏.❞

Ash was a bit naïve sometimes and I kind of wanted to shake her and tell her to MAKE THE DANG PHONE CALL!, WHY IS HE COMING FROM UPSTAIRS?, TOWELS… REALLY GIRL?!? But I liked her, she was feisty and I found myself laughing out loud at some of her and Winston’s text conversations. Even though Ash is most definitely not a girl that can be bossed around or told what to do, she craves the way Winston commands and dominates her. Plus her bank account is continually growing after every encounter. I liked that she wasn’t afraid to let go and push past boundaries with him, Winston opened up a whole new world to her and she dove in headfirst.

Oh and let’s not forget ‘Shrimp’! The girl has a dang pet bird! When do we ever read about characters with pet birds?! I’ll tell ya I’ve read few and far in between books where the character has a pet bird, I guess it’s the whole Cinderella talking to animals thing? Lol

❝𝒀𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒖𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒆.”
“𝑾𝒉𝒚’𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕?”
“𝑩𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒕𝒉.❞

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🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 𝟓/𝟓 𝑅𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 & 𝑆𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚: There’s a bit of a push and pull between Ash and Winston, he’s into all these kinky things and that lifestyle is a whole new world for Ash and although she definitely enjoys it, she doesn’t think she should so she’s somewhat fighting a losing battle against herself in that aspect. It’s mentioned a time or two that Winston has been hurt in the past and those walls of his are a mile high, but the more time he spends in Ash’s company, the more those walls start to come down. The chemistry between the two is intense and the steam is explosive.

❝𝑲𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒚 𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕-𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒔, 𝑪𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒐𝒕𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰’𝒎 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒂 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑶𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒐𝒘 𝒐𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒌𝒊𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏.❞

K. Webster… you dirty, dirty bird! Lol, no really though, SHEESH! 🥵 My jaw was on the ground reading some of this stuff and I’m not even into the whole Daddy or degradation kink but some of these steamy scenes and the things that came out of Winston’s mouth had even me all hot and bothered and blushing like I should have been clutching my pearls or something!

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❝𝑰’𝒎 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒊𝒏 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖, 𝑾𝒊𝒏. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕, 𝒊𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒊𝒕?”
𝑩𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌.
“𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒆 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕𝒔.”
“𝑰 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕.❞

❥👤 𝟚 👤❥ 𝑆𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝐶ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠: I can’t not mention the evil stepbrothers. The Terror Triplets. I can’t wait to see how all that plays out but I have a feeling that Winston is far from done with them and that they are far from done with Ash… I know “technically” they are villains of the story… but I can’t help but want more from them. Not with Ash, obviously because she was made for Winston but I could totally get down with an F/M/M/M story with some other lucky (or is it unlucky? I’m a dark romance reader so I can’t tell anymore) lady… Hint, hint K. Webster… Just saying, I’d read it. 💁‍♀️

❝𝑯𝒆’𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚 𝒎𝒆. 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒆, 𝑰’𝒍𝒍 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒉𝒊𝒎.❞

And then we have step-mommy dearest, Ash’s conniving wicked stepmother. She couldn’t be bothered with Ash unless she was talking down to or criticizing her until she got wind that Ash was hanging around Winston and now that she thinks she can use her stepdaughter as a ladder to get her social climb on, she’s suddenly showing her face. Disgusting, vial woman. I’m hoping she gets what’s coming to her.

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🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪 𝐶𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑓ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑊𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔: HUGE CLIFFHANGER!!! Not just a little one either you guys, I’m talking BIG… like big as Winston’s *ahem* LOL. I have an idea in my head about one of Winston’s colleagues and the Morellis, but that’s just one of my theories. Either way, I have a feeling things are about to become explosive between the Constantine’s and the Morellis and that Ash is going to find herself caught right in the middle of it all. Sheesh, my jaw is still on the floor. That ending was super intense and although I did think it was going to go a little differently (I didn’t know that Stroke of Midnight was not a standalone) I loved it and I can’t wait to see what goes down in book two, Prince Charming, I have a feeling we’ve only seen a glimpse of how bad our bad boy prince can be!

⚠️ 𝑇𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑊𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔: There are difficult subjects that could be considered triggers. E.g. dubious consent, daddy, and humiliation kink. If you would like to know more, feel free to DM me!

❝𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝑰’𝒎 𝒂 𝒘𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒑𝒖𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒛𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒃𝒆𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈.
𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝑰 𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒛𝒆 𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒃𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆.
𝑾𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒏 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒆.
𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒗𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒏…❞

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