Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cinderella Screwed Me Over

This is the first book I've read by Cindi Madsen. I'm conflicted.

I think the premise is interesting. Darby has made case studies of all her past failed relationships as how they relate to fairy tales. Basically how fairy tales set her up to fail in romantic relationships as a teen and adult.

I liked the story and characters; the telling is solid. Serious chemistry.

It goes the route of smexy. We've got French kissing, heat and off page premarital sex. From a 'clean' romance perspective that stuff didn't bother me too much.

On the flip side, it's the dirtiest book I've read in a long time in terms of the language. I totally get that writers have choices to make when it comes to truthfully portraying the characters they create and bring to life on the page. Each character has to have a distinctive voice. Sometimes this means writers use four letter words to convey the character's thoughts and emotions. Such is the case in this book. It's not superfluous, but enough for me, who doesn't write like that and works hard not to think that way, to cringe every time a swear word appeared on the page. It probably averages once every chapter or two.

Would I read something else by Ms. Madsen? Possibly, but I'd hope to get a copy someone had blacked out the swear words in and hope the character 'thinks/talks' differently.

How do you feel about reading books with four letter words?

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.

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