Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen

Title: Cinderella Screwed Me Over
Author: Cindi Madsen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 400
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Print ISBN: 978-1-62266-031-5
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-030-8
Imprint: Entangled Select

Source:  eARC provided by publisher for honest review

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.

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He looks like Prince Charming to me :).
My Thoughts:  Cinderella Screwed Me Over is one of those books that is pure entertainment.  If I had to sum it up, I'd say that it's humor at its best, like a Disney story for all of us grownup girls who still love fairy tales, whether you believe in them or not.  Darby Quinn was one of those girls who believed in and hoped for the fairy tale, until she got burned one time too many. 

"Cinderella screwed me over.  And really, she doesn't deserve all the blame.  Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty - whatever her real name was, she had, like three of them - they all added to it.  This idea of happily ever after.  Of finding Prince Charming.  If you re-watch Cinderella now, you'll realize there are some similarities between Prince Charming and the guys you've dated.."

The above statement is how the book starts and the whole basis for how Darby came to the realization on her 26th birthday that "Love is bull**it.  There was no happily ever after."  She went so far as to create case studies relating her past relationship failures to the characters in fairy tales, which are absolutely hilarious.  

For example:  Aladdin Case Study:  Allen/Aladdin.  She then proceeds to detail the relationship and yes, compares the guy to the character.  She ends the case study with - Time Wasted, then proceeds to list the amount of time she spends on the relationship.  Then she finishes up with Lesson Learned, and lists everything she has learned from it and how it relates to her theory of love being bull**it and there not being any happily ever afters.  Darby has a book full of these case studies, no joke, and they are hilarious.  

Darby is fairly confident in  her theory and in her conclusions until she meets Jake, who causes her to question everything she has worked so hard to believe in.  Jake seems like the real deal, and as hard as she tries to put him into one of her nicely categorized case studies, he just won't fit, which frustrates her to no end.  When she starts to really like him, as stubborn as she is, she looks for ways to prove he theory and find something wrong with Jake.  Jake on the other hand has the patience of a saint with Darby, how I will never know, but he does, until she pushes too hard one time too many and screws things up, and she can't even blame Cinderella for it.  Darby finally has to decide for herself if the guy she has fallen for is worth taking a risk on love again, and if he is, she's got to figure out how to convince him to give her another chance.  

Does Darby get her happily ever after and her own Prince Charming?  Well, you'll have to read the book to find out, and I'm pretty sure that you'll enjoy yourself and have a blast while you're finding out the answer.  I know I did.  Cindi Madsen has done a great job in writing a delightful and entertaining story that is filled with humor, romance, and is just plain fun.  


Toward the end of dinner the conversation steered to his job.  He loved talking about his job managing a store that sold golfing gear.  To hear him tell it, he was the most important thing that happened to the store....I couldn't care less, but tried to pay attention anyway.
"I have to admit," I said when he finished a lengthy discussion on the types of drivers, "I've been golfing and it's about the most boring thing I've ever done.  Old men drive around in golf carts pretending they're sporty and getting grouchy if there's any noise. It's like nursing home Olympics."
Nick's mouth dropped open.  "It takes great athletic ability to know how to aim and drive the ball that far."
"I get more exercise shopping at the mall," I joked.

Jake stepped ahead of me and opened the car door for me.  "I'm sure plenty of guys hit on you.  Obviously, you're beautiful.  But there's something different about you that makes me not want to give up."
"You don't even know me," I said.
"And whose fault is that?"
Two creases formed between Jake's eyebrows.  "Cinderella's?"
"Yeah, Cinderella screwed me over."  Without any more explanation, I got into my care and pulled the door closed, and fired up the engine.

The toddler started making this whine/moan noise while pawing at Tabitha.  I know as a woman I'm supposed to have this innate love of babies, but the truth is, they kind of remind me of zombies.  They stumble around, arms out, moaning.  And if they get a hold of you, they suck the energy out of you.

When I first started putting my speech together, I'd searched online for help.  Total waste of time.  How was I supposed to read something aloud that made me gag?  There was one quote that said, "Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see everything you need."  Seems like a lot of pressure to put on someone  And everything?  Really?  Like, do you have a cheeseburger in there because at some point, someone's going to get hungry.

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 novelsAll the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, bestselling short romance Falling for Her FiancĂ© and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.

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  1. I saw this on Netgalley and was really curious about it. It looked like a really cute read, glad it was and you had fun with it. :)

    1. It is really fun. I think you would like it.

  2. You're the second who mentioned Disney in their review and that makes me want it bad! Loved this review!

  3. Yay! I'm so happy you loved this too, Ellen. Great review!

  4. This sounds like SO much fun! I love books like this and are perfect for dreary winter days to lighten things up a bit.

  5. This sounds really entertaining! I'm definitely eager to read this now.

    A great review Ellen! Thanks for sharing :-)

  6. Good review. I'd love to read this one it sounds entertaining.

  7. I am feeling this book more and more with each review. It sounds like the light and funny book I need nowadays. I have to check it out. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  8. Okay, this book sounds right up my alley. I love Disney, I'm a grown up, and I love fairytales.


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