Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise

Title: The Cinderella Deal
Author: Jennifer Crusie
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Daisy & Linc
Release Date: October 2011 (re-release from 1995)
Publisher: Bantam Book
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I picked up this book on a whim and it was everything that I hoped it would be. It was fun. It was romantic. It was light. It was entertaining. I read it in about three hours so it was an easy read late one night too.

Linc & Daisy are as opposite as two people can be. They live in the same building and quite honestly, can barely stand each other. Daisy is filled with light and color and is an artist. Linc is black and white and is a history professor. Linc's normal interests in women runs to very put-together petite blondes, but when it comes to him getting his dream job, he needs someone a little softer and more homespun...Daisy fits the bill. Daisy is a starving artist who makes up stories within her paintings and as a story teller, but right now, that isn't paying the bills. As a result, when Linc offers her $1000 to play his fiance for a weekend so that he can get a job at the college he wants to work at, she jumps at it. She looks at this as just another story, albeit one that she is living just for the weekend.

After the weekend is over, Linc gets his job, moves to the college town, and they go their separate ways. The problem is, that single weekend impacted both their lives and now they are each missing the other's presence in their lives.

I loved the whimsy in this book. Daisy is a different kind of character always living in her stories and art. She draws people to her wherever she goes and definitely unsettles Linc's very structured life. The problem is that she is living his story, not her own, and along the way is losing a part of herself. It's just a fabulous story about finding yourself and your passions and following them. I truly loved it!!

1 comment:

Julie said...

This sounds fun! I think I'd like it. :)