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The Cinderella Deal

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  7,234 ratings  ·  648 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie brings humor and storytelling magic to this modern-day romance about a match with a dubious beginning—that is destined for a fairy-tale ending.

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 workaholi
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Bantam (first published October 1st 1996)
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The Cinderella Deal is a straight-forward romance, minus the secondary characters and complicated mystery plots in Crusie's later books. She manages to take the old fake marriage trope and add her own clever spin to it.

Daisy and Linc are both likable and very typical of Crusie's characters (him/straight-laced and her/bohemian). Even the pets developed their own personalities.

The banter between Daisy and Linc was entertaining and the sexual tension between the two had me glued to this book from
Just when I am ready to 'embrace' M/F contemporary romance again, I have to stumble into this BLAH story. At first I though, "Hey, I used to like Jennifer Crusie's older stories, so this might work". Especially since this is supposed to be a revised version. Oh, how WRONG I was!!

How wrong? Let me count the ways.

Yes, I know the blurb says it will going to be one-of-those-fake-wife thing. I'm good with that ... if only I can find each of the character as likeable. But nope, not at all. I think Lin
Loved the book, JC just has this very different style. The heroine is quite bohemian, she quit her teaching job to be an artist, lives in a mis-matched apartment with cats, wears weird loose clothes and is not the hero's type who likes blondes but she is his perfect fake fiancée and would help him get a teaching job at a college. Her transformation makes him want her but he knows she is a hurricane while he is all dull and boring, the heroine finds him stifling, he reminds her of her father who ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Once I got past the premise, I found myself completely enjoying this book. I mean, I don't buy the whole pressure on Linc to be all Stepford and to go so far as to propose his deal with Daisy. It just didn't work for me.

Fortunately, I knew that was going to be weak going in. As fortunate, I found myself liking both Daisy and Linc and their mutual maturation through the course of the story—after subtracting about ten years from their stated ages . . . okay so the surrounding story wasn't very sol
ETA: (9/17/10) I listened to this on audio narrated by Susan Boyce. The narrator has a nice, strong voice and does a fine job with the story. I usually listen to audiobooks while I occupy myself doing chores or walking. However, this time I simply listened to the last 2 hours of the book while sitting quietly with my eyes shut. It was a great way to experience the story, being immersed in it. Even knowing the ending, I felt the anxiety of both Linc and Daisy as they came to grips with their feel ...more
Daisy, a woman who has a messy apartment, messy clothes, and a messy life, is seriously in need of money. Her landlord came one day and found the cat Daisy just adopted. And he also came to tell her that she didn't pay her last month's rent. Lincoln, who was next to them, couldn't help but overhear her predicament and came up with a proposition. Daisy was to pretend to be his fiancée, so that he could land a job at Prescott. In exchange for helping her pay her rent ($300), and add in a thousand ...more
1.5 stars

This is a story that i can't even complaint on how much it disappointed me...

I picked it up because i just wanted a nice, fast read to just "cleanse" my mind for the next "earth shattering" story that happened to come my way!
So yes, i just wanted something fluffy to read! Something that would just leave me with a stupid smile on my face, and that i would mostly forgot in the following week.... o_O
Instead i got a novel capable of rousing my inner feminist...not that she needs being rous
This book was a wonderful surprise. I read the occasional romance novel for a fluffy lark but I'm picky about them. I read a couple of Jennifer Crusie's other books and liked them because they're funny, breezy and not always entirely formulaic.

The Cinderella Deal starts off the same as expected: girl (Daisy) meets boy (Lincoln), they dislike each other, Wacky Shenanigans force them to spend time together, and Hijinks Ensue involving uncontrollable attraction, snarky dialogue and several dysfunc
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Lincoln Blaise is a college professor and an author. He's also a stick in the mud and usually an ass. Whilst searching for better employment he tells a lie to the hiring board that he has a fiancee. When they want to meet her he better find one quick. who else can he come up with but a natural story-teller - the flake who lives downstairs. No not the friendly blonde that he's friends with and has had repeated carnal knowledge of her body, that would make sense. But instead the really wacky brune ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crusie fans, Kate Hepburn fans, romantics!
Recommended to Jennifer by: Tammy
This was really fun to listen to while knitting away on the tread mill. A straight up fun romance novel that harkens back to the old black and white slap-stick movies.

Daisy is a former teacher who quit her job to become an artist and a story teller. Linc is a straight laced professor who lives in a very crisp, clean and organized world. (Think of a house decorated by Sharper Image and you will get Linc in a nut shell.)

Linc applies for a position at his dream college - and when he fears he will
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Fluffy, enjoyable, light romance. The characters were stereotypes but fun. It’s a nice little escape.

Daisy is an artist; she paints pictures. She also tells stories at local libraries and book stores. She buys clothes and furniture at thrift shops. Her home is full of color. She adopts damaged dogs and cats. She’s desperately in need of a thousand dollars for back rent and other necessities.

Linc is Daisy’s neighbor. He drives a black Porsche which Daisy calls the nazimobile
I didn't feel that this book was as strong as Jennifer Cruisie's other work. I didn't hate it, but it seemed to lack that spark that usually draws me into her stories and makes me laugh. In fact, this book didn't make me laugh at all. Or chuckle. I might have broken into a smile a couple of times, but even at moments that I knew were supposed to be funny, I just couldn't manage it.

In a nutshell, this is an oppositse attrack story involving a stuffy college professor and an oddball artist. In or
This book is a DNF for me.

I would have never picked this book. It was recommended to me by a friend. Honestly, the cover is flat-out awful. I would have never, ever read it based on that alone.

The tone was older. I smiled a few times, but that was pretty much it. There was none of the snappiness I like (probably why there was no man-titty on the cover).

Nothing worked for me, not the set up or the characters. Linc was a big douche. He'd slept with Daisy's friend and yet wanted Daisy to pretend to
I’m broke.Nothing new.
- Daisy
I’m so tired of worrying about everything.
- Daisy
Sometimes stories are just previews of coming truths.
- Daisy
People throw away too many things because they always want new. But if you look at old things, they have history and personality and spirit. The things that I have that I love best are the old things that I’ve rescued. They have stories of their own, and then I fix them up and they’re part of my story too.
- Daisy
I can’t hold on to the past, and I can’t keep do
This romantic comedy is recommended for those days when you have encountered one too many frogs who failed turn into loyal, charming princes…the days when everything seems to go wrong and all you want is a Happy Ending, however predictable and seasoned with clichés it is. The Cinderella Deal serves as good comfort food for those ‘I-want-to-stay-in-bed’ days.

Meet boho-chick artist, Daisy Flattery who believes in clash and contrast. She wears clothes in eye-watering colours, takes home stray dogs
reread, 3/13/15. well re-listen. :) still love this book just as much. I just love the whole story. I wish I could meet Daisy and have her tell me a story. :)

The first thing that comes to mind is WOW. I find Jennifer Crusie to be very hit or miss--with an emphasis on the miss. The only reason I still give her a chance is because I loved Bet Me so much. Until today, that was the only book by her I could say I loved. This book was terrific. It felt like it was written by the same author who wrote
Oswego Public Library District
The Cinderella Deal is a fun, flirty, and very steamy romance by Jennifer Crusie. The only thing Daisy and Linc have in common is that they both live in the same building. Daisy is a warm and free-spirited artist who happens to be crunched for money while cool and collected Linc has just scored his dream job – the only catch? He needs a fake fiancée to make his new boss happy, and quirky Daisy is the woman for the job. The Cinderella Deal is fast-paced and funny, with a lovable cast of character ...more
When a man comes to you for help, what do you do? You aid him of course! For a thousand dollars.
Or at least that was the idea when dear Lincoln Blaise came to ask Daisy Flattery to be his fiancée for a day.
Could this be the start of something real? Or will this fairy tale end after midnight?

It was so obvious. He was everything she was not and vice versa. He is serious, colourless, cold and strict while she is the definition of colour, warmth and intuitive actions.
Meet Daisy Flattery, a woman
It's been awhile since I have read a Jennifer Cruise book. I have always been a big fan of hers. After all the glowing reviews, I thought I would give this one a read. However, I felt it lacked the sizzle and tension and just downright fun her other books have.

I would say this one was just okay. I settled at 2.5 stars. Her other books are so much better
6/15 Reread: I love rereading Jennifer Crusie because I don't have to worry about the issues. I know things might be a over the top or ridiculous and I don't even care. It makes for great reading!

I had a hard time suspending my disbelief in the beginning but I loved the rest. I completely fell in love with the story!

Willow Brook
This re-release of a 96 Crusie was fun and also interesting to see the unique voice she had even then. The Cinderella Deal is a simple, straightforward romance with a marriage of convenience, no less. But any plot cliches are easily overshadowed by the classic Crusie characters. Daisy is a free spirited artist/story teller who is barely scraping by and beginning to wonder if she needs to revamp her life. Linc is her uptight neighbor, the totally wrong guy for her who is actally totally right.

The whole "pretend to be married and actually fall in love" is an old standard in the genre, and I was looking forward to seeing what spin Crusie gave it. Unfortunately, this is one of her weaker efforts, I think. Fortunately, even a mediocre Crusie is often better than many other romances.

I have to admit, I didn't like Daisy much from the beginning. She's kind of an immature idiot. Fortunately, she grows up over the course of the book, becoming a real adult instead of staying in Manic Pixie Dre
Duchess Nicole
I read this because Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorite contemporary romance books. If you haven't read it, and are a fan of the genre, you should definitely give it a go!

The Cinderella Deal ended up being very sweet, light on the angst, and had an altogether different feel than a lot of contemporaries. Daisy is a flighty, happy, and completely loveable woman. I think I aspire to be as carefree of a spirit as she is. People naturally gravitate toward her exuberant nature, and I gravitated
Fluffy Flowers
I've been reading Jennifer Crusie's books for years but I missed this one way, way back. Thankfully they reprinted it because this fairytale is a romantic comedy that is fantastically entertaining!

The friend who lent me this book said the main character reminded her so much of me that she just started substituting my name for hers. She insisted that I read this book first, before the others in my towering stack. I'm so glad I did!

Our heroine loves all the things that I do: thrifting, crafting,
Cute story. Linc in a moment of pure crazy claimes to be engaged to get his dream job. He hires his downstairs neighbor to play the role. They go their seperate ways after a succesful charade. Then he needs to produce a wife. He makes the same deal this time for a whole year. They get married and fall for each other. Its a bit sad to watch Daisy try so hard not to embarasse Linc.

The second half of the book reminded me of "Kiss an Angel" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I should look up which came f
Daisy Flattery is a unique free spirit who has quit her job as a teacher to try to make a go of it as an artist. She loves cats, has a messy apartment, and wears crazy clothes. Daisy also loves to tell stories. She is having financial trouble, but all of that is about to change when her neighbor asks her to pose as his wife.

Lincoln (Linc) Blaise is an uptight history professor. He is up for his dream job at a college in Ohio, but it is clear that he will not get it as an unmarried man. He lies i
Mrs. Missive
Ok so sue me...I have a serious thing for the "I need a pretend wife...fake marry me." plot.

The Cinderella Deal is Crusie's crack at this premise...which I have seen in LOTS of other books, and it gets me every time. The difference being this time they ACTUALLY get married, which I think was taking the book a little out of the realm of reality. Pretend to be married for a night for $1k....I'm with you. Move to another city, marry him for real, and give up your're pushing the believab
Wicked Incognito Now
One of Jennifer Crusie's earlier books--I didn't realize I had missed one.

It was enjoyable, with the fun and wit that I love from Crusie.

I listened to this in audiobook form, though, and I didn't enjoy the narration. The narrator used voices for the characters that I found irritating and distracting. But then, I'm not a big fan of audiobooks to begin with. I read faster than I listen, so it makes me impatient to listen to the story. I only purchased this in audio form because we were going on a
This was just a straight forward fluffy romance..Two people who get together basically for business reasons. Then discover maybe opposites really do attract, and learn that sometimes The things you thought you did want, really aren't.I found this book sweet and real, people have to make compromises, But not change completely who they are. This is my first book by this author, but I think I'm going to try another.
I'm not normally a romance reader, but I was inspired to pick up this title after reading the post Why Smart Women Read Romance Novels, and guess what? I liked it! I liked the plot, I loved the setting, the characters were interesting to me, and, this cannot be overstated: I loved, loved, LOVED that the heroine was "round" but not charming "despite" that. Also, a romance novel that drops the name "Margaret Sanger" gets an automatic win from me. I was impressed, and I was invested in the story. T ...more
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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