Storming the Castle: An Original Short Story with Bonus Content

Storming the Castle: An Original Short Story with Bonus Content

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by Eloisa James
     
 

An exclusive eBook original novella with bonus excerpts from A Kiss At Midnight and the forthcoming When Beauty Tamed the Beast from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Featuring the handsome and mysterious Wick from A Kiss At Midnight.

What Miss Phillipa Damson needs is a good, old fashioned knight in shining

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An exclusive eBook original novella with bonus excerpts from A Kiss At Midnight and the forthcoming When Beauty Tamed the Beast from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Featuring the handsome and mysterious Wick from A Kiss At Midnight.

What Miss Phillipa Damson needs is a good, old fashioned knight in shining armor. What she has is a fiancé she never wanted and a compelling urge to run away. But if she manages to escape, will she find her happily ever after?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062074058
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Series:
A Fairy Tales Novella
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
56,238
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

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Storming the Castle: An Original Short Story with Bonus Content 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 305 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book quite a bit. I would have preferred a full length story for them. It helps that I read "A kiss at midnight" before I read this book. You then know more about the main male character and the people that live in the castle. A nutty family, but entertaining.
Rune2011 More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book with likable characters. It felt like along the way that there was a lot of backstory that we should have known from a prequel. I did not look up the info to see if there is an earlier book or not, though. The story was going right along when it seemed that all of a sudden the author decided to end the book so she rushed an ending out. It was not a bad ending, just felt rushed.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
What a great read! really enjoyed it. I could really connect with the characters. Can only recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd recommend any book in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a romance reader, but I found this light and very enjoyable. It is a short story, but it packs a punch. I really like Phillipa, she is smart and kind. I like Wick too, although I wanted to kick him in the rear. I won't spoil it for you, but I am happy she wasn't forced to marry someone she didn't love.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Book #1.5 in Eloisa James' Fairy Tales series, this is a novella. This is the sweet and very romantic story of Wick, Gabriel’s brother from A Kiss at Midnight. Wick (short for Berwick) is the son of a grand duke “born on the wrong side of the blanket.” He and Gabriel are extremely close and Wick has voluntarily installed himself in Gabe’s life and employ as his majordomo/butler. He has a gentleman’s education but can never hope for true respectability in Polite Society. He is a reserved and honorable man whose sensible counsel and cool head manage the castle and royal family. Miss Philippa Damson of Ha’penny—love these names!—gave her virginity to Sir Rodney Durfey, her betrothed since childhood. Only after they’ve done the deed does she realize her grave mistake, so she plans an escape when she discovers that the Princess’ new baby has taken ill at nearby Pomeroy Castle. Her uncle is a physician so she has learned about medical care in addition to her lady’s education and she’s confident that she can help the royal family as a nursemaid. I love the way Philippa “storms” the castle with her no-nonsense, take-charge attitude. She shocks and delights Wick—and it doesn’t hurt that she’s beautiful, too. She discovers the infant has “collywobbles,” a stomach upset and proceeds to settle in until he’s well. Wick is immediately taken with her “silver-colored” hair as well as her quirky manner but he quickly discovers that she is a lady of quality escaping something, and he determines to find out what it is. And so Wick and Philippa begin a courtship of sorts as they take care of the infant with their midnight strolls in the portrait gallery of the castle. She comes to learn his true identity and he learns her secret. “It was as though the obscurity of the night gave them sanction to be their true selves.” So he’s a bastard grand duke’s son and she’s a lady working as a servant, and both are ruined in the eyes of society.  Wick feels he cannot possibly marry a gentleman’s daughter since he’s both a bastard and a servant, even if he is of royal blood. But, of course, he’s torn when he falls for her and rationalizes that it might be possible if the servant is a lady. It sounds a little convoluted, but it’s a very cute plot as each feels they are not good enough for the other. The Prince and Princess, Kate and Gabriel, are grateful for Philippa’s help. Gabe is as devoted to Wick as ever and Philippa notices their close relationship. ”’Yet he can’t manage without you? Would he not wish the same happiness for you?’” As in all of Eloisa James’ stories, there are many humorous, laugh-out-loud moments. Life at Pomeroy Castle is very casual, unpretentious, and family love is abundant. “‘You may be in a castle, among royalty of sorts…but I’m afraid you’ll find, Miss Damson, that we descend to the lowest type of behavior while in private.’” Memorable moments: “‘If I were a man, I’d be a doctor, and no one could tell me what to do.’” "He smelled delicious, like lemon soap and something else, like the wind on the moors." “‘I know the type. I think it goes along with the English ancestry. I expect he hunts, and delights in shouting absurdities like tallyho.’” The ending is wonderful and reminds me just why I read and love historical romance.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. I liked Wick in the earlier novel in the series, and really liked Phillippa as well.  They had great chemistry, an exceptional storyline for a novella. Really enjoyed it, wish there were more books in  the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All her works are excellent.. this is no exception.
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Very enjoyable story!!!
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Thhis is one of the best and most romantic short stories ever..phyl p
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K_Holt More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! I read this novella prior to A KISS AT MIDNIGHT, and found the background well explained and easy to follow. Characterizations were very well done, delightful humor, well-motivated choices in hero and heroine. I'm rapidly collecting ALL of Eloisa's books!
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Great story of a woman betrothed to a man her whole life and suddenly she realizes after bedding him that he is not what she wants. She runs away to a castle to desguise herself as a nanny and truly falls in love. Not what after her maidenhood is gone?
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