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Meet the Naughty Princess Club: a brand-new audiobook series from USA Today best-selling author Tara Sivec that introduces listeners to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity - and romance - that ensue when three women start a new business to make it rain.

Once upon a time, Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the president of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money...and the babysitter. 

Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party on Fairytale Lane, she meets two other “princesses” also facing money troubles: antique store owner Ariel and librarian Isabelle. When the women are invited to wear their costumes to a party where they’re mistaken for strippers, Cindy, Ariel, and Belle realize that a career change could be the best way to make their money problems go bippity-boppity-boo. But can structured Cindy approach a stripper pole without sanitizing wipes? And could the blue-eyed anti-prince who has been crossing her path become Cindy’s happily ever after?

At the Stroke of Midnight is a hilarious, empowering story where princesses can save themselves while slaying in stilettos.

©2018 Tara Sivec (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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A good listen with a distracting caveat

I'll start by saying I generally enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. If you've ever read a Tara Sivec book you know to expect funny sarcastic characters, odd situations and lots of swear words. This book has all three but in a much tamer way than what I remember from the her. I still mostly enjoyed the series.

It does have one "fatal" flaw that severely distracted me every time it went back to this point. The books make a large deal about the 3 main women choosing to become "strippers" to help make ends meet. The story also makes a big point to show that its okay to do whatever you need or want to do and that if you enjoy something you should do it regardless of what others think. I really like that concept, but what I don't like is how the book wimps out on the actual strippers part. It just feels really weird hearing about the main characters nerves and fears when essentially there dancing in sexy bathing suits. Every time they bring up the stripping it distracts me from the story and just forces me to think "Would this really embarrass you at this point" or " why would you pay so much for these strippers when you can get the same thing from a PG 13 movie for pennies." Every other aspect of this book is very adult and I love that but this sort of prudish burlesque that they refer to as stripping pulls me out of the story every time it comes up and since its a main focus of the story I have to stop alot. Im sure this won't bother most readers and they will have a fun ride with this series but for me this one little aspect just sort of pulled me out of the experience and I could never fully pull myself back in.

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Fantastic!

Super funny story - the humor was a bit over the top at times but still absolutely hilarious. This is a really unique take on a Cinderella story and I loved it. Unlike other fairtytales, in this one the princess didn't wait for a prince to rescue her, she rescued herself. I loved that Cindy took control of her own life and did what she had to do for herself and her daughter. She was a kick-ass heroine and this book had a fantastic women's empowerment vibe. Narration was really well done! I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more in the Naughty Princess Club series!!!

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Hilarious and worth every penny/ credit

I really enjoyed this performance and story. It made me laugh out loud, cheer for the protagonist, and feel anxious when things progressed. The story draws you in and keeps you entertained. I constantly had a smile on my face.

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Just what I needed.

I've had a really rough couple of weeks and this story and narrator were exactly what I needed to bring a smile to my face and joy in my life. Thank you. <3

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Wow!

I could not stop laughing, I was brought to tears, a lot. I just love Tara Sivec's books! ❤ A great Cinderella Story! ❤❤
A Big Fan of you Tara!

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a great start

I loved this book. It is a great start ,to a series with a very interesting twist on your classic fairytales. It is a book full of great characters that keep you engaged in their stories. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. It is a book I highly recommend.

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Lots of fun!

Downloading the next in the series! Love the corny twist on the fairytale theme. Not sure about Ariel’s story. She’s a bit too snarky... I’ll likely listen to that one, too, though.

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Not Quite a Fairy Tale.

The almost constant winning and meekness of the main character in the first 18 chapters drove me crazy! Too much of the book was dedicated to painting a picture of a perfect Stepford Wife, emotionally beaten down by her husband and redesigned into her mother-in-law’s concept of a proper wife. Instead of building sympathy for the character it actually left me wanting to slap her silly and return the audio book! Luckily I didn’t.

The whole book was told with good humor and fun side characters. In the end she grows into her own person and just like in fairy tales gets her Charming Prince.

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Muther of all pearl clutchers gets her HEA

That was a fun, raunchy, milk through the nose good time. Cyn was the perfect Nicole Kidman, pearl clutching stepford wife until her husband left her and her buttoned up world falls apart. I loved the princess sisterhood with Cyn, Ariel, and Belle and each of their unique characters. Every uptight gal with a stick up her bum needs a nutcracker like Ariel to push her buttons.

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This book was definitely stronger on the comedy than romance side, with the romance being a slower, grind-ier burn for a story involving stripping. I feel like dual narration might have helped with the chemistry. Even though this is rom-com, I found the 180 from Cyn the prude to Cyn the mouthy, shouty biyatch a tad unrealistic, as if Sex in the City’s Charlotte morphed into Samantha (one or two blow-ups, I get, but once the floodgates open, she never stops). Finally, the conflict and fairy tale ending laid things on a bit thick.

But, when a book promises strippers and princesses, you’ve got to be able to go with the eyeroll. I will definitely move on to the next two books. For similar stripper rom-com hilarity that skews more on the sexy than funny end, I recommend Good Time by Jana Astin. For more of Tara Sivec’s work, I recommend Jed Had to Die.

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Cinderella

absolutely loved it funny, sweet, witty. The narrator was perfect! one of my favorites!

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  • joyly55
  • 11-28-20

Great romcom

Really loved this story and the narrator did a fabulous job of bringing all the characters to life. Highly recommend this laugh out loud romcom and will be listening to the rest of the series ❤

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  • 07-28-18

Laugh out loud funny all the way !

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This is my first book by Tara and I absolutely loved every single word such a funny feel good book telling the story of Cinderella with an new edge but beware you will laugh so hard so be careful where you read !

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  • Bonnie B
  • 10-06-19

Cheap & Cheesy, but Not Bad

This book is really just what you think it'll be. Very cheesy and terrible writing other than the ah, intimate scenes. This novel rides on titillation alone, so if you want a short and fun read, then this is a good one for you.
The overuse of fairytale references is in short, the very worst thing about this novel. Fine, make her name Cindy Ella and sure, give her a couple similar points of reference. But absolutely everything in this book is a replica of the fairytales, which I found overused and kind of lazy in terms of developing an original character. We have Cindy, Arial, Belle, Eric, Beast and Princeton James Charming. We have the business, Castle Creative. We have a missing shoe. We have light blue lingerie, which sure, is no ball gown, but we get the idea. I found the constant references embarrassing and overused, and would have preferred to read the story of an original character without the references.

The performance was pretty good, all things considered.

Allover, it was enjoyable enough and I'll probably read the others from this series. Not proud of it, but that's the fact.