So, each month I will be doing a feature post for a book that I found extremely special and loved to bits. This will be my book of the month. I’ll be trying to get in touch with the author, ask them a few questions (which I will, naturally, share with my readers). I’ll be posting my review of the book and then, because the book managed to creep into my heart and stay with me, I’ll be having an awesome giveaway to celebrate.
Now, October’s book is written by the awesome and amazingly talented Cindi Madsen. Cinderella Screwed Me Over is the perfect read. In fact, I’m even going so far as to say it should definitely be featuring at your next Girls Night Out (or In). It has all the goodness of chocolate wrapped into it without the calories. It can’t get any better than that!
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.
Now here’s the best part…
I am giving this a 5 wine glass rating! (I mean, a million)
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
“If you rewatch Cinderella now, you’ll realize there are some similarities between Prince Charming and the guys you’ve dated. Cute, charismatic and kind of lazy. After all, what did the prince in Cinderella really do? He danced with Cinderella, thought she was pretty and picked up her shoe.”
I’ll admit it, I didn’t even know what this book was about when I signed up for an ARC. I didn’t read the blurb, because I was already sold. What sold me was the title. Never have I ever been as attracted to a title like I was to this one: Cinderella Screwed Me Over. I was sold on it because it’s the truth. Cinderella really did screw us over. In fact Disney did quite a number on all of us, and this is what Cindi Madsen expresses throughout this book.
I fell in love with this book by the end of the first paragraph. I was laughing so hard by the end of the third paragraph, that my drink was coming out of nose. And that was when I knew. I found it. The book I have been waiting for, the book that would help me take a load off, the book that I would force all my friends and family to buy, the book that will be wrapped up as gifts this holiday for so many women I know. And I couldn’t wait to spread the word.
“It was on my twenty-sixth birthday that it finally hit me. Love is bullshit. There was no happily ever after.”
Cindi Madsen takes a romance novel and she makes it funny. No, that’s not right, she makes it HILARIOUS. Although the romance element is predominant in Cinderella Screwed Me Over, she also focuses on the heroine’s personal journey. Darby Quinn is a cynic. She doesn’t believe in Love, Happily Ever Afters or Soul Mates. She’d love to give Disney a huge kick up the butt, for giving little girls unrealistic expectations regarding love and men. So she’s sworn off relationships. And she’s happy, thank you very much. That is, until she meets Jake. Who is everything you think Prince Charming would be, all rolled up into one perfectly sculpted, gorgeous specimen of a man.
“A pair of great heels was much more satisfying than a man. They lasted longer, and better yet, they didn’t leave me for someone prettier.”
Now, believe me, I would’ve caved easily, had I been at the receiving end of Jake’s affections, but I gotta hand it to Darby. Boy did she stay true to her beliefs, so true in fact that at one point I was ready to climb into the story and give her a couple of shakes. Then again, who would blame her? After all the crap men have put her through, it’s no wonder she’s so pessimistic about giving love a chance. To tell you the truth, I was just waiting for Jake to give up on Darby and high-tail it out of the story. But he wasn’t written that way, he wasn’t created that way. He stuck in there even when the most love-struck guys would’ve bolted.
At one point, I was laughing and crying at the same time. I gave quite a few audible “aww’s” and even gasped in frustration. I got angry at Darby, for misreading a situation, I got angry at Jake for allowing her to misread it. Then there’s the scene where Darby finally figured it all out and you just know, this is the book you didn’t even know you needed to read.
I applaud you, Cindi Madsen.
Now, i have a little treat for you all. I gave the brilliantly talented Cindi Madsen a couple of questions, and she answered all of them. Huge hugs and thanks go towards her.
How did you start writing? Have you always wanted to write, or did you stumble upon it by accident?
1 million and 7! Lol. This is the fastest book I’ve ever written because it just came to me. I could hardly type enough to keep up with the ideas, and I laughed at myself a lot. Which made me feel like a dork, but it was too fun to care 🙂
About Cindi Madsen:
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 YA author of DEMONS OF THE SUN & ALL THE BROKEN PIECES, and the adult author of FALLING FOR HER FIANCE, ACT LIKE YOU LOVE ME and CINDERELLA SCREWED ME OVER.
And for all my fellow South-Africans, you can get it right here at Kalahari.com.
It’s not over yet! To celebrate this magnificent book I am giving away 1 ebook (kindle only) for my international readers. And for my South-Africans I have a paperback copy that could be all yours!Simply post a comment telling me in what country you are, who you’re favourite Disney prince is and why, and which hunky celeb you think fits the bill and why. It’s as simple as that. Have fun!