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Cinderella Screwed Me Over (Entangled Select) [Kindle Edition]

Cindi Madsen
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1619 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and a great story! 5 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

Cinderella Screwed Me Over is exactly the type of book to draw me in. It has a gorgeous colourful cover, and promises to be a fun read. As a big fan of Disney princess movies (they're awesome), I was even more intrigued by the blurb.

Darby was definitely an interesting heroine. She's intelligent, witty and a total cynic when it comes to love. She wasn't always, but she's been burned too many times by disappointing exes, that she's given up on believing in 'the one'. I loved that Darby was independent, and determined, but boy, did her cynicism wear me down sometimes. I can definitely understand why she's cynical about love, but after a while I was urging her to take a chance.
Jake is such a perfect hero for Darby. He's so charming, but in an honest and sweet way. He's the perfect antidote to Darby's cynicism, and if anyone has a chance at making Darby believe in love, it's him! Then you add how amazingly hot he sounds- perfect.
I loved watching Jake slowly bring Darby's walls down a brick at a time. They also had a very sweet chemistry, although the sexiness is behind closed doors.

I loved the way this book was written! The way the case studies of Darby's exes were seamlessly woven into the story was very clever and entertaining. I was always looking forward to the next one, and seeing which prince her ex would be compared to. It blends so well, and you don't feel like there's a lot of awkward time jumping, which can sometimes be a problem for flashback scenarios. The fairy tale tie-ins were brilliant!

My only real negative was that at times I was worn down by Darby's negativity. It makes for conflict between the characters, of course, but it could be a touch frustrating. Plus, I felt bad for Jake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarily Relateable 23 Oct. 2013
Darby is a cynic when it comes to love. Growing up raised with Disney movies featuring perfect princes and happy endings, swiftly moving on to Rom-Com's with the perfect guy and the happy endings, she's had one too many horrifically crappy boyfriends to still believe in love and happy endings promised by Disney Princesses and their Princes. So she's calling Cinderella out on her BS. In the midst of her best friend getting married, Darby meets Jake at her favourite restaurant. She's embracing a life of sobriety from guys, but Jake is EVERYWHERE. He even lives in her building. After a life of dating not so Prince Charming's, she's got a list of rules, gleaned from all her bad boyfriends, and he's got two strikes against him. Jake however, is unwilling to give up on her, and try as she might to fit him in to one of her case studies, she can't. He may just be her real life Prince Charming, but will she allow her walls to come down, her rules to break and finally find her happy ever after?

Okay the title of this book drew me in, because let's be honest, we've all sat watching Disney movie's as an adult and snorted at the happy ever after and perfect guys which we know do not exist in real life. "Cinderella screwed me over. And really, she doesn't deserve all the blame. Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty - whatever her real name was, she had, like three of them - they all added to it. This idea of happily ever after. Of finding Prince Charming. If you re-watch Cinderella now, you'll realize there are some similarities between Prince Charming and the guys you've dated." Is the opening of the book, and drew me straight in, I mean come on ladies we've all thought it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hoot!! 22 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
**ARC Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

Do fairy tales and Disney Princesses really screw us up from the moment we watch them? Do we grow up led to believe that all relationships and loves will be like the movies where everything will have its happy ever after?

Darby grew up watching the movies and hearing the stories like the rest of us, however after years of being in the dating game she has grown ever increasing disillusioned with the concept and of love and the happy ever after.

Each of her failed relationships she has put against fictional characters such as Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Prince from Cinderella and all the others. She has put in place rules with her dating. No men that tell lies, don't live in the same building or where she works or eats and countless other rules just to ensure that she no longer gets hurt in the relationship stakes.

Her best friend is getting married and Darby is alone again and has decided that men are just no worth it when she meets Jake. After coming to rescue with her shoe he pursues her, trying to get her to go out with him. He is slow yet steady in his pursuit and is never very pushy, but just enough to get her to agree to seeing him, even though he already has two strikes against his name.

Darby is cynical in love and is honest in telling people in what she feels, she doesn't lie and tells the truth the way she sees it. However she often finds herself in situations in which she is the only single woman there making it awkward when they start telling their own loves stories.

I love how patient Jake is even as you can see her rebelling and still trying to push Jake away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five princess-worthy stars! 23 Oct. 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
I love Cinderella and Disney Princesses in general, so when K sent me this book, I was excited to get started but a little worried that it would either mock the objects of my obsession or not do them justice. I didn't need to worry.

Darby is a cynic who doesn't believe in happily ever afters, but she wasn't always like that. Once upon a time she was a girl who loved fairy tales, who watched all the Disney movies fanatically and even named her horse after Cinderella's. Once upon a time she was a girl who dreamed of finding her prince. Enter: life. After a series of failed relationships, Darby no longer believes in the kind of love that lasts forever.

I really loved how dimensional Darby's character was. She wasn't just a cynic; she was a romantic at heart who was terrified of getting hurt again. It wasn't that she didn't want to fall in love; she just wasn't willing to keep risking her heart only to experience the heartbreak when it was all over. Who can't relate to that?

Throughout the story, the author integrates "case studies" linking each of Darby's ex-boyfriends to a different fairy tale prince to point out how the story was flawed and certain characteristics just didn't work in real life. Example: Aladdin was a liar. Alan was a liar. In the fairy tale, all was forgiven and they flew off together on a magic carpet. In real life, Darby discovers Alan is actually married and his wife is pregnant. Doesn't exactly lead to "happily ever after." I loved this part of the story. Each study painted a picture and contributed one more piece to Darby's puzzle. Each relationship was different and taught her different lessons. The variety was great. Not all her ex-boyfriends were jackholes, some of them, for one reason or another, just didn't work out. That's life. Fun take on providing a lot of backstory in a way that was very entertaining to read.

As much as I loved Darby, I adored Jake, her un-invited Prince Charming. I loved how he was persistent without being pushy. He was patient without being a pushover. Of course it helps that he was confident, had a great sense of humor, and completely drop dead sexy. I loved that he wasn't perfect. You could see him getting frustrated at times with Darby running hot and cold, rightfully so. He obviously knew what he wanted and was willing to take the risk to go for it. I think that more than anything really taught Darby what true, real life love is all about.

I gave this book five big, sparkly, princess-worthy stars. The only thing I wasn't head over heels in love with about the book was that it ended so fast. I wish there had been just a little bit more to the end to provide a truly satisfying sense of "happily ever after" but all in all, I thought the book was entertaining and well written. The characters were wonderful and well developed and everything tied in really well together. When I came to the last word, I wanted to flip back to the beginning and start all over again. Definitely one for my favorites shelf!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and entertaining - like Disney for Grownup Girls 22 Oct. 2013
By Always YA at Heart - Published on
Cinderella Screwed Me Over is one of those books that is pure entertainment. If I had to sum it up, I'd say that it's humor at its best, like a Disney story for all of us grownup girls who still love fairy tales, whether you believe in them or not. Darby Quinn was one of those girls who believed in and hoped for the fairy tale, until she got burned one time too many.

"Cinderella screwed me over. And really, she doesn't deserve all the blame. Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty - whatever her real name was, she had, like three of them - they all added to it. This idea of happily ever after. Of finding Prince Charming. If you re-watch Cinderella now, you'll realize there are some similarities between Prince Charming and the guys you've dated."

The above statement is how the book starts and the whole basis for how Darby came to the realization on her 26th birthday that "Love is bull****. There was no happily ever after." She went so far as to create case studies relating her past relationship failures to the characters in fairy tales, which are absolutely hilarious.

For example: Aladdin Case Study: Allen/Aladdin. She then proceeds to detail the relationship and yes, compares the guy to the character. She ends the case study with - Time Wasted, then proceeds to list the amount of time she spends on the relationship. Then she finishes up with Lesson Learned, and lists everything she has learned from it and how it relates to her theory of love being bull**** and there not being any happily ever afters. Darby has a book full of these case studies, no joke, and they are hilarious.

Darby is fairly confident in her theory and in her conclusions until she meets Jake, who causes her to question everything she has worked so hard to believe in. Jake seems like the real deal, and as hard as she tries to put him into one of her nicely categorized case studies, he just won't fit, which frustrates her to no end. When she starts to really like him, as stubborn as she is, she looks for ways to prove he theory and find something wrong with Jake. Jake on the other hand has the patience of a saint with Darby. How, I will never know, but he does, until she pushes too hard one time too many screwing things up, and she can't even blame Cinderella for it. Darby finally has to decide for herself if the guy she has fallen for is worth taking a risk on love again, and if he is, she's got to figure out how to convince him to give her another chance.

Does Darby get her happily ever after and her own Prince Charming? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out, and I'm pretty sure that you'll enjoy yourself and have a blast while you're finding out the answer. I know I did. Cindi Madsen has done a great job in writing a delightful and entertaining story that is filled with humor, romance, and is just plain fun.


Toward the end of dinner the conversation steered to his job. He loved talking about his job managing a store that sold golfing gear. To hear him tell it, he was the most important thing that happened to the store....I couldn't care less, but tried to pay attention anyway.
"I have to admit," I said when he finished a lengthy discussion on the types of drivers, "I've been golfing and it's about the most boring thing I've ever done. Old men drive around in golf carts pretending they're sporty and getting grouchy if there's any noise. It's like nursing home Olympics."
Nick's mouth dropped open. "It takes great athletic ability to know how to aim and drive the ball that far."
"I get more exercise shopping at the mall," I joked.

Jake stepped ahead of me and opened the car door for me. "I'm sure plenty of guys hit on you. Obviously, you're beautiful. But there's something different about you that makes me not want to give up."
"You don't even know me," I said.
"And whose fault is that?"
Two creases formed between Jake's eyebrows. "Cinderella's?"
"Yeah, Cinderella screwed me over." Without any more explanation, I got into my care and pulled the door closed, and fired up the engine.

The toddler started making this whine/moan noise while pawing at Tabitha. I know as a woman I'm supposed to have this innate love of babies, but the truth is, they kind of remind me of zombies. They stumble around, arms out, moaning. And if they get a hold of you, they suck the energy out of you.

When I first started putting my speech together, I'd searched online for help. Total waste of time. How was I supposed to read something aloud that made me gag? There was one quote that said, "Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see everything you need." Seems like a lot of pressure to put on someone And everything? Really? Like, do you have a cheeseburger in there because at some point, someone's going to get hungry.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Funny! 22 Oct. 2013
By Andrea T - Published on
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Cinderella Screwed Me Over is a book I have been waiting on for months. From the vibrant and eye-catching cover to the promise of a funny and charming story of a woman who's over the promise of fairy tales, I just knew that I would enjoy this book. And I did.

Cinderella Screwed Me Over (is that not the best title?!) was written in such a clever manner. Darby Quinn has had enough of the Disney-fed fairy tales we've all grown up on. After years of looking for a Prince and landing a frog, Darby is no longer buying the promise of a Prince and Happily Ever After. Over the years of heartache and disappointment, Darby has accumulated case files, comparing the men in her life to Disney Princes. From Prince Charming to Robin Hood to The Beast, you name a Disney man, Darby's boyfriends can be compared to each in some way, along with the lesson she learned. When she meets charming, gorgeous, and sweet Jake, Darby has a difficult time fitting him into a place in her case files. Jake wants a relationship, Darby insists she doesn't believe in long-term love. And though Jake proves himself time and again, she just can't quite take the leap and admit that maybe love isn't a bad word. Will Darby begin to believe in fairy tales, or will she push true love away for good?

Besides the romantic story, this really is a personal journey for Darby. I loved that Madsen took the time to focus on her as an individual and not just make this a story on winning a guy. Darby was a funny and winsome heroine, but also very headstrong and set in her ways. She was tough yet sweet, and I liked that she never lost either aspect to her personality even as she began to change. Jake was really a great leading man. I liked that he was so nice and charming, and especially that he was patient with Darby. These two had great banter, which is really a strong point for Madsen. A story that can make me laugh and swoon is always going to win with me.

At this point, I think it is fairly established that I am a big fan of Madsen's work. Although I go in certain I will enjoy the book, I am surprised again and again by just how much. It seems that her writing suits me perfectly, or maybe I am perfectly suited to her writing. Either way, Cinderella Screwed Me Over is another charming book from Cindi Madsen. My favorite yet.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella Screwed Me Over 22 Oct. 2013
By Jasmyn9 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Cinderella Screwed Me over is the hilarious tale of a woman who no longer believes in true love. Darby has gone so far as to write case studies for the various princes and why they aren't as good as they seem. The case files were amazing, not only did it let Darby's personality shine, but it was a great way to shine a light into her past without the traditional flashback/reminisce scene. After awhile you begin to understand why Darby is so set against ever falling in love again.

On the anniversary of her one year off men, she meets Jake and instantly assumes the worst about him. But Jake is something special, he is the one that doesn't want to give up. He sees something special and unique in Darby and won't accept no for an answer. He is willing to give Darby all the time she needs to come to her senses and realize love is real.

With numerous ups and downs in their non-relationship the book was impossible to put down. It's humorous scenes and incredible dialog made the characters jump right off the page. I absolutely loved everything about it.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost couldn't finish the book - she spent the whole time fighting the relationship ; he was too good for her 4 Feb. 2014
By Reading as much as I can - Published on
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Darby is a beautiful, smart, funny and talented woman. She is an interior designer.
She meets the owner of her favorite restaurant, Jake, and immediately there is chemistry between them.
I love humorous books - they are my favorite.
Darby has a few funny one liners, some funny barbs exchanged b/w friends; but overall, I didn't find this book funny.

Darby goes through and describes her unsuccessful relationships, describes why they didn't work and uses them as reasons why she doesn't want to commit herself in a serious relationship. Instead of learning from them and moving on, she uses them as a hard-lined check list of what not to do. (don't like men who are in love with their cars, etc.) It's not funny. It comes off as short-sighted and immature, inflexible and unkind.

Jake is perfect. He is talented, smart, gorgeous, cooks, is kind and thoughtful. He is also open to a relationship and relentlessly (in a sweet way) pursues Darby, even though she puts down a relationship with him at every turn. I think it's supposed to come off as funny, cute or endearing, but it's annoying. If Darby cannot see how great this guy is - then she doesn't deserve him.

Darby is typically sweet. She cares about her clients, her family and her friend. She finds herself falling for Jake, but she keeps throwing a wall up between them. If Jake were a real person, he'd move on by the third time she threw up the wall.
Darby comes off as cynical and narrow minded.

There are so many parts in the book where Darby is arranging her day to be able to avoid Jake. If they are not even in a relationship and she cannot even handle being honest with him, and she avoids him - what will things be like when they are committed to each other? She runs away instead of hitting things head on.
At 70% into the book, she is still waffling between throwing herself at him (kissing him, etc), then turning around and avoiding him and telling him she won't ever commit to anyone. Ugh.

Throughout the book she compares men to various Disney prince characters. Supposed to be funny, but it fell flat.
At 80% into the book, she is still testing him, pushing him away - denying a relationship.
At this point, I just want him to dump her and move on. She does not deserve Jake. He is so loving, trusting, sexy, smart, talented and perfect boyfriend material. What does he see in her?

I only finished the book to be able to write a review. Not finishing a book and still writing a review just didn't seem right.
But the book only got worse for me. Why does she keep doubting him. Testing him. Pushing him away.

The other characters in the book cannot save this story.
I am glad that other people enjoyed the book so much. The author's writing flows well. There are some humorous scenes. Not laugh out loud, but enough for me to pocket a few phrases to use on my friends.

This book is safe for younger readers - no sex scenes. Some heavy kissing.

If she pushed him away for 30% of the book, then the other 70% was giving him the benefit of the doubt- it would have been fine. But at 90% of the book, where she is on a date with someone else and thinking of moving on??? Nope - she dragged her doubt too long.

Jake IS a prince. Darby is no princess.
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