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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen
Published by Entangled: Select on October 9, 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC (342 pages)
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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.
This is a Contemporary Romance narrated by Darby Quinn, a thirty-year-old who no longer believes in love. She’s an interior decorator and has all of her exes catalogued into neat case studies to help her avoid making the same mistakes again.
I absolutely love the premise of Cinderella Screwed Me Over. I’m sure we can all relate on some level about Disney princesses, Rom-Coms, and romance media in general giving us unrealistic expectations about love and relationships. Well, Darby took it to a whole other level. She fit all of her exes into the prince archetypes and came to the conclusion that relationships are not forever. You can have fun for awhile, but then someone is going to get hurt. Then she met Jake and has to put all of her notes to good use, but epicly fails at following her own rules.
It took me a little bit to get into Cinderella Screwed Me Over, because Darby came across as quite unlikable in the beginning. She’s described as honest, which is great, but she’s actually just rude. She blurts out whatever comes into her mind and has no filter. On their first meeting, she immediately calls Jake a liar because he said he’s the owner of her favorite restaurant. Apparently, in her mind, all men are liars, and restaurants are not owned by anyone. They just exist for her eating pleasure. The restaurants, not men. Although…anyway. She makes quick judgements about people to fit her world view. She was just a mess, but thankfully she gets it together when she puts her foot in her mouth one too many times.
Cinderella Screwed Me Over is super predictable, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I read enough Romance novels that the formula doesn’t bother me. This is a story we all know too well: Jaded person swears off love, then falls head over heels. Jake was good for Darby. I loved that he called her out on her crap. I was nearly cheering during their inevitable breakup (can you even break up with someone if you swear you’re not dating?!), which is not something I ever do. But she needed to hear everything that he had to say.
In the end, I did enjoy Cinderella Screwed Me Over. I love fairy tales and this was a fun anti-fairy tale twist.
“No man is an island because he’d never survive. Men are like overgrown babies. Women, on the other hand–well, without men, I think we’d be relatively problem-free. I could totally be an island.”
If I had to act needy and helpless to keep a guy, then I’d rather not have one.
I know as a woman I’m suppose 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.