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Review: Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen

This was one of those that had been sitting on my shelf since last May when the author and I swapped books at a writer's conference. I've been trying to play catch up since all my writing leaves me little time to read. It's a way cute, mostly clean adult romance. PICK IT UP HERE.


Summary - 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?


What I Liked - It was a fun tie in of all the Disney Princesses without being your traditional story retelling. Jake was just plain dreamy. Sometimes I wanted to throttle Darby with all her insecurities and stubbornness. But if she was perfect, she wouldn't have any issues to overcome and that would make the book boring. I always love Cindi Madsen's brand of wit and humor. Sarcasm is one of her many talents. However, the heroine isn't so sarcastic that you dislike her. I also like that Jake was successful and very likely wealthy, but that wasn't at all a focus of the story. It just added to his Prince Charming-like qualities. Darby's brothers made me wish I had older, over protective brothers looking out for me when I was single. I feel like I went through a "Darby" phase in my early twenties, dating all the wrong guys, so this was relatable for me.


Appropriate For - Unless you like squeaky clean, this should be fine for you. Sex happens once and is closed door. The kisses aren't all that steamy. There are a couple of S***'s, but that's it for the swearing. Drinking isn't excessive and violence consistes of someone rather hilariously getting punched in the eye.


About The Author - Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She 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 pretty new pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, an overly-dramatic tomcat, & an adorable one-eyed kitty named Agent Fury.


I know Cindi personally and she's a cool chick. Check her out at www.cindimadsen.com.




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