Title: Cinderella Screwed Me Over
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: October 22, 2013 (first published April 30, 2013)
Acquired Via: Sizzling PR
Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She's sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she's happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she's culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.
Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?
Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.
Okay, I think it's safe to say that it's pretty official that I'm a Cindi Madsen fangirl now. I started reading her books because we had fun on Twitter, and we were in a book club together. (You know, being supportive and such.) However, her writing style is so snarky and fun, her characters are strong and well constructed, and the romance is sweet and believable. I will be reading her books from now on by her strengths as a writer alone. But you must be reading this to see what I think about Cinderella Screwed Me Over, right? (Just tell me to get on with it.)
Cinderella Screwed Me Over is Cindi Madsen's latest adult novel and showcases the witty, charming journey of Darby Quinn from being cynical to finding love. What I like best about Darby is that she's not a poor, broken soul that has a horrible past with me. She's a successful, hard-working woman who has just been on a bad luck streak with men. I especially like that she's not a man-hater, but someone who has realistic expectations. I also love that her job is so important to her and that she has her own life. I would totally be friends with Darby.
The love interest, Jake, is just as good of a character as Darby. He's a good-looking, successful individual, but doesn't feel the urge to throw it all by the wayside for a relationship. These people take their careers seriously, and I love that. In his pursuit of Darby, he was firm but not pushy or stalkerish. Jake let his interest be known, but he didn't beat her over the head with it. There's nothing more comforting to read from time to time than a healthy relationship.
One of my favorite aspects of the book was the fairy tale case studies that Madsen put at the end of some of the chapters. These were Darby's way of highlighting some of her favorite fairy tale men and the men from her past that was similar to them. She then applying why things didn't work out. One of my favorite ones was the Beast. Darby's ex-boyfriend, Boone, had a foul temper just like the Beast from the fairy tale, but it's something not as appealing to real-life women. She was smart enough to realize that the temper was a problem and left the relationship, as opposed to Belle who stayed around waiting for her fairy tale prince to change. It's awesome that Madsen points out that this sort of thing is not healthy in our society.
I think Cinderella Screwed Me Over is my favorite book by Madsen to date, and I can't wait to read more of her novels. Lucky for me, I have some of her young adult works at my house. I have no doubt that I'll be just as impressed as I am with her adult work.
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About the Author
Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, bestselling short romance Falling for Her Fiancé and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the novel from the publisher through Sizzling PR in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.