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.
When a girl who has struggled with love and countless bad relationships meets what seems to be the perfect man, it is quite understandable for her to be a skeptic.
Darby Quinn doesn’t quite believe in romance anymore. Forever, undying love and happily ever afters are phrases she considers tacky and fake. Nothing good lasts forever is her firm belief thanks to her past filled with disastrous relationships.
“I looked back at my relationships and noticed my dating life had been more like Con Air than Cinderella, bumpy and full of bad guys.”- Darby Quinn
Jake Knight is the too-good-to-be-true guy who takes a liking to Darby and can see right through her. He pursues her and it is obvious that he wants to tear down all her skeptical walls. Full of charm, good looks and a never-give-up attitude, Jake gets Darby to believe that love exists and sometimes we have to kiss A LOT of frogs before finding our prince.
“Touche Cinderella. Touche.”- Darby Quinn
Rules, rules and more rules- That should be the tagline of Darby’s love life once she meets Jake. Being a skeptical is easy if you’re single but when Darby meets Jake, she starts questioning all her beliefs on love. Any girl would be drooling over Jake, thanking her lucky stars for having found a guy like him. Darby, on the other hand, questions everything he does and compares him to every single ex-boyfriend she’s ever had, looking for excuses to not fall for him. Her countless case studies between Fairy Tale Princes and Ex-Boyfriends are hilarious and they help you understand her character better. However, I don’t believe that she is impervious to romance, I just think that while some of us still wear our hearts on our sleeve, no matter how many times it’s been shattered, Darby learned to keep hers intact until she gets proven wrong; but keeping your heart bulletproof is not so easy when the right guy comes into the picture.
“Maybe if you’d have looked for a reason to be with me instead of dump me, you would’ve found one.”- Jake Knight
I loved Jake, I absolutely loved Jake. He was charming, sweet, understanding, patient, surprisingly good at ranch work and a great business man. He made me swoon with his gestures, sigh with his words and wish for a Prince Charming (or a Jake) of my own.
Since I have encountered the crappy selection of mostly bad apples in the love aisle, to say I didn’t understand Darby and her reluctance to “true love” would be a lie. I could probably relate and understand her more than most. That doesn’t mean this book didn’t leave me with a happy, satisfied smile in the end.
If you want a fun, lighthearted read with plenty of humor, look no further. Cinderella Screwed me Over is just IT!!!
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About the Author:
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 books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, and Demons of the Sun and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, and Cinderella Screwed Me Over.
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