The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise

Title: The Cinderella Deal                                        Author: Jennifer Crusie                                               Genre: Contemporary

Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs a makeshift fiancée to secure his dream job, and Daisy needs a short-term gig to support her painting career. And so the Cinderella Deal is born: Daisy will transform herself into Linc’s prim-and-proper fiancée, and at the stroke of midnight they will part ways, no glass slippers attached. But something funny happens on their way to make-believe bliss, as a fake engagement unexpectedly spirals into an actual wedding. Now, with Linc and Daisy married and under one roof, what started as a game begins to feel real—and the people who seem so wrong for each other realize they may truly be just right.

Crusie is my go to author for quirky characters and different Heroes and Heroines.   I will pick up one of her books when I just want something good to read.  I’ve been in a weird reading mood lately so instead of grabbing a new book to review and read, I got one of Crusie’s backlist books from the library.  Wow, don’t know why it took me so long to read this one.

This book has the tall, dark straight laced hero, and the free spirited, artist for a heroine.  I LOVED the fairy tale theme of Cinderella.  In this book it has one of my favorite themes – the “H/H  are forced  to marry but not really know each other.”  I usually see this in historical books, so I just love it when I come across it in contemporary.  At first Linc is embarrassed of Daisy’s clothes, her weirdness and messy ways.  She can’t stand his Darth Vader Black car, black clothes and modern furniture .  They are total opposites – but they just work.  She gets him to relax a little when she brings home a one eyed crippled dog, and he gets her to organize her life and start painting again.

This was a quick read of just under 300 pages.  I recommend picking this one up on a Sunday morning  to read for the day.  I laughed out loud and also shed a tear or two.

Grade: A


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