Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen was exactly what I was expecting (links to Goodreads). Which isn’t a bad thing. It’s the romantic comedy novel that you would expect, which is what I was exactly in the mood for. This is a book that didn’t disappoint.
“I looked back at my relationships and noticed my dating life had been more like Con Air than Cinderella-you know, bumpy and full of bad guys.”
I really liked Darby Quinn, though she’s similar to most other female characters that have
‘sworn off men’. But she’s a great friend, smart, and has more than one layer, something that we get to see as the novel progresses.
Jake is the guy who comes along and doesn’t give up on Darby, though he isn’t pushy. He’s a good guy and he likes what he sees in Darby and he wants to prove that you can have a good ending.
The characters in this novel felt real and responded like I expected most human adults to react.
The plot wasn’t exactly something to scream about, but I think that’s because it’s supposed to be something that you imagine happening in real life easily. And I do with this novel.
The obstacles that Darby and Jake go through are realistic. There’s Darby’s experience and subsequent fears born from past boyfriends who in one or another let her down. There’s some things that Jake has to explain from his past, but they for the most part get through like mature adults. There’s both of them meeting friends and family.
Madsen did a good job with the plot line. Plus, Darby’s job sounds awesome.
“I could feel the threads forming, from my heart to his. Threads that would become strings, until I was all wrapped up in him and couldn’t separate myself from him without feeling like half a person.”
Madsen’s writing is really good. Everything made sense and flowed. There were no major grammar or spelling mistakes (which I’m still surprised I can find in a book today). She executed lighthearted and sweet with a dash of realistic drama really well.
Have you read this one? Have you read this author before?