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The Cinderella Rules [Paperback]

Donna Kauffman
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Jan 2004

. . . except Darby Landon, or so she thinks before meeting the three fairy godmothers of Glass Slipper, Inc. They guarantee they can bring out the princess in any woman. But they’ll have their work cut out for them with Darby, who’s more comfortable in jeans and cowboy boots than designer gowns. But when she’s called from her Montana ranch to squire her impossible-to-please father’s star client around the D.C. social scene, Darby has to turn into the queen of chic . . . and fast.

Between torture-chamber sessions of tweezing and teasing, and horrifying lessons on place settings, Darby finds herself drawn into a fairy-tale romance of the very adult variety with Shane Morgan, the devastatingly sexy (and reluctant) heir to one of the city’s largest companies. But when another Prince Charming arrives on the scene, Darby‘s caught between the woman she is and the woman she’s supposed to be, between two very different irresistible bad boys. Now Darby has to choose her own happy ending . . . and with the help of three very unusual fairy godmothers, this modern-day Cinderella is determined to stay dancing way past midnight—no pumpkins required.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553382349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553382341
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,006,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 11 Feb 2004
Donna Kaufman is a great author! Her books are so funny and unique! You need to read this!
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2.0 out of 5 stars This "glass slipper" doesn't fit 2 May 2005
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Sisters Darby and Pepper couldn't be more different. Darby is grounded and prefers the wilds of her ranch in Wyoming to the schmoozing of Washington DC. When Pepper calls her in desperation to take her place as the date of one of their father's business associates, Darby reluctantly agrees. Enter the makeover mavens from Glass Slipper, Inc. They specialize in taking even the toughest gal and turning her into a princess. They will have their work cut out with Darby.

Shane, the nephew of one of the founders snags a seat on the limo and instantly is attracted to Darby, and watches with amusement as she endures her makeover hell. The story starts out with so many possibilities, and is quite humorous. Then suddenly it becomes an industrial espionage story invovling Interpol and becomes so convoluted, that you just want to say "enough already!!"

I was disappointed - had she stuck with the original premise, the story would have been a fresh take on the fairy tales we grew up with. This one isn't on par with "Dear Prince Charming" or "The Big Bad Wolf Tells All" - might as well skip Cinderella, as this glass slipper does not fit.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Total plot failure 24 May 2004
By eiie - Published on
Does the romance succeed? Yes. But does the plot succeed? No. This novel leads you on and makes you think that the plot is actually about the heroine's love life and her strained relations with her own family. But the second half of the novel is clearly about playing "secret agent" and has little to do with the emotional development of the heroine. [...] Save yourself the dissapointment of this unsatisfying read and pick up a different book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good contemporary romance 2 Feb 2006
By Noelle - Published on
I had to take this book back to the library without finishing it because the characters really started to annoy me. One of the things that makes contemporary romances fun to read is that the characters are real people. They have flaws, like everyone else. This book was about two perfect people, with their two perfect lives, get together. There was no mystery...what you expected to happen, happened.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters - a fun read! 6 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on
The perfect romance for the summer. I loved getting to know Darby and Shane as well as the fairy godmothers. It was a blast. I disagree with a previous writer, concerned with minor details and would like to point out, it's fiction! This was definately worth reading and I can't wait for the "Prince CHarming".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun summer read! 4 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on
I have to disagree with a reader who posted previously. I am also a long term resident of the DC Metro area who found Cinderella Rules witty, sexy, and just plain fun. I've had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Kauffman at a local signing and happen to know she is a life long resident to the area. As to the inconsistencies noted? Department stores in this area are notorious for being understaffed and many is the time I've been overlooked, regardless of dress. This is also a work of fiction, and my feeling is, it only has to be possible, not probable. As for the centuries old stone mansion? Who knows. I guess artistic license doesn't bother me as much as it apparently does others. I'm more interested in a good story. Kauffman has written stories involving immortals and ghosts, too, but I doubt she actually interviewed any. Oddly enough, I managed to enjoy those stories just fine. I can't wait to read Dear Prince Charming in a few weeks. Go Glass Slipper, Inc.!
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