For What It's Worth

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen


17254466Darby 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. ~ Goodreads | Author | Amazon

Source: E-arc provided by Entangled Publishing for my honest review

Review:
I wanted to read this book the second I saw the cover and title. It just screams fun and Madsen delivered.

Darby grew up dreaming of meeting her Prince Charming just like the princesses from all the fairy tales we’ve been spoon fed since childhood. But in a hilarious series of case studies Darby exposes the reality of love & eventual heartbreak, complete with lessons learned, one fairy tale at a time.

Cynical is an understatement when it comes to Darby but I loved her. She has good reason to be sour on love and she doesn’t believe in Happily Ever After, yet she’s not a bitch. Cautious x’s 1000 but not mean or callous which made all the difference to me. She’s still supportive of her best friend who is getting married despite her personal feelings on the subject and excellent at her job. She’s flawed but also has a nice independent streak that I admired. (& yeah - I'm pretty cynical too so I *may* have related to her quite a bit. lol)

Jake. *sigh* I love a good guy and he’s the best. He’s strong, confident and incredibly patient with Darby, letting her go at her own pace. 

Darby and Jake had sizzling chemistry but also a blossoming friendship. Those are the kind of romances that leave me convinced of the HEA.

Final thoughts: Super cute, quick read. I wish there were more books out there like this that mixed life lessons with humor and romance. Not everything has to be over the top angst and that made Cinderella Screwed Me Over a joy to read.

17 comments:

  1. This sounds like it would make a cute romantic comedy. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

    Also when did you change your background? It's so different than the other but pretty.

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    1. A few weeks ago (http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2013/10/lifebloggingand-new-look.html)

      It's a fun book and it would make a great TV show or movie.

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  2. ah this book sounds very cute . I am adding to the reading pile

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    1. I think you would love this one Julie!

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  3. Sounds fab. Like something I should pick up.

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  4. Yay! I am so happy you enjoyed CSMO, too! Darby was frustrating, but Cindi really made her endearing and lovable. And yeah, Jake was amazing. Great review, Karen!

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    1. Jake is so amazing that you want her to just get over it already lol but I totally understand where she was coming from.

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  5. this sounds like a lot of fun! I'm glad you liked it. Such an adorable title.

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  6. This sounds very cute. I'm pretty cynical also, so maybe I'd like it even though it's a romance. Seems like it has enough other virtues to it too.

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  7. This does sound like a fun book. I love that title... it draws me right in! LOL So glad it lives up to the cover and so it goes on the wishlist... :)

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  8. Love the title. Made me snort the first time I read it. And I like that the MC, while jaded on love, isn't bitchy about it, 'cause that can get old.

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    1. Yeah - jaded is ok but too much and you just don't care about the character anymore.

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  9. This sounds adorable, and I have friends who are over the moon for Cindi Madsen. I should probably give her books a try. :)

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    1. I read and enjoyed Demons and I still need to read the Cipher series,

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  10. Yes, I so enjoyed this one, and I totally agree with you re: Darby. She was such a refreshing character because she was crazy cynical about long term romance, but it didn't make her an OTT man hater or anything, like you usually see in books/movies with that type of plot. And I totalllly dug the slow burn romance.

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  11. I'm glad this was a fun as it looks. The title is hilarious and I'm always on the lookout for a quick and entertaining weekend read. I would expect instalove here and I'm super glad to be wrong.
    I'll read this one soon. Great review.

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