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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.Operation Cinderella (Suddenly Cinderella, #1) by Hope C. Tarr
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on October 7, 2012
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (252 pages)
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Manhattan magazine editor Macie Graham always gets her story—and she’ll do anything to uncover the dirt on famous radio personality Ross Mannon. After he smears her article on his show, nearly costing Macie her job, she devises a plan to masquerade as a modern-day Cinderella and get her revenge on the infuriating Texan.
All Ross wants is a woman with old-fashioned values to be his housekeeper and role model for his troubled teenage daughter. When the perfect woman shows up, Ross is relieved—until he finds himself drawn to his gorgeous, red-stiletto-wearing new employee. “Martha Jane” is opinionated and sexy, and Ross is intrigued…and more than a little turned on.
Macie thought Operation Cinderella was foolproof, but Ross, with his rugged good looks and southern charm, proves to be as perfect behind-the-scenes as he does in public. But when she finally uncovers a secret that could destroy Ross's reputation, she faces losing her job or losing the fairy-tale ending she didn't even know she wanted.
Operation Cinderella simply rubbed me the wrong way. It’s an opposites attract, nemesis to lovers Romance. Although Ross doesn’t know that they’re opposites or nemeses, since Macie is undercover to write an expose on him for her magazine after he trashed one of her articles. He’s ultra conservative and has some serious issues with teenage sex, and teenage girls in general, so he wants a live-in housekeeper/nanny for his daughter who will uphold his old school values. Macie is anything but old school, but she fakes it to get into his life. Needless to say, her plan fails and they fall in love and live happily ever after.
My main issue with Operation Cinderella was Ross himself, and not just because he’s a Republican–he actually wins a Republican of the year award, ew. He hires a woman to be a role model for his fifteen year old daughter. As far as I could tell, the only thing the girl did wrong was wear too much makeup, have a few piercings, and wear ripped jeans. Otherwise, she’s a normal teenage girl. Later into things, Ross is lamenting about being an awful father because he forgot to pick her up and she wound up in a car accident. Then five minutes later he whisks Macie away to have sex because his daughter probably isn’t going to wake up anytime soon. THEN, Macie reveals her issues with sex, and his response is basically that she just hasn’t had sex with him (and it works). Gross.