Review: Stroke of Midnight

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was my first book by K. Webster and I think after reading this one, I am going to have to add a lot more of her books to my TBR. For those romance fans that like things on the kinkier, taboo side – this book is going to hit all those levers for you.

Meant as a kinky Cinderella retelling, you’re going to meet Ash Elliott and Winston Constantine. Ash is 18 years old and was hoping to go to college when her newly remarried father used all of her college fund to buy special presents for his new wife. The step-mother is an evil socialite with triplet boys who are Ash’s age and even more sinister than she is. Ash takes a job working as a maid at the office of Winston Constantine who is the most powerful man in town. Winston catches her on tape screwing around in his office during her over night cleaning escapade and is furious. But when he approaches her in person to reprimand her and fire her, he finds himself too turned on by her to go through with it.

Instead they begin an arrangement where she does kinky activities for him that include degredation and submission, while she reaps the benefit of being paid handsomely for it. With her financial worries aside, their relationship continues to grow into something a lot more involved than just the arrangement they started with.

Even though Ash is only 18 and Winston is 36, they have the perfect complimentary dynamic. It’s an unspoken DDLG relationship that they both thrive on. She gets to learn so much about herself, which actually disgusts her until she realizes it’s quite normal in the kink world and Winston has finally found someone that he can share his desires with.

One of my favorite things about Ash is that even with her young age, she is very self aware and intelligent. She thinks critically about everything that happens around her and she wasn’t written to be one of those characters that just lets things happen to her and becomes a damsel in distress. She knows what she wants and she doesn’t let anyone bully her into it. Even her relationship with Winston is on her terms, she has every ability to say no and does when she knows its the right thing for her.

Conversely, Winston is domineering, controlling and elegant in his mannerisms. He cares deeply about his girl and always does everything with the intention of helping her grow within herself. That is some of the beautiful point of BDSM and DDLG is that they are very supportive roles. All the kinks involved are meant to please both partners in their own way and Webster did an amazing job at representing those elements in a positive light.

There are also plenty of monsters in this story. Not to mention the terror triplets which are Ash’s step brothers are the most vile and evil individuals. Their only focus seems to be ensuring that their new step-sister is as miserable as possible, while the boys’ mother does everything she can to protect them. These are all of the elements that make this a Cinderella re-telling.

Keep in mind that this book ends on a cliff hanger that should be wrapped in the January ’21 release of Prince Charming. I can’t wait to read it and will be patiently biding my time in other books while I await the release of this one.

Let me know in the comments below what you think about taboo and kink romance novels. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I think they challenge us to think more openly about various relationship dynamics, even if it’s not your preferred genre.

About K. Webster

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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