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The Cinderella Project (A Comedy of Love #1)

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  265 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Committed to saving his marriage before it starts, doctoral student Nick Cairn embarks on a project aimed at finding the secrets of everlasting love. But when Moiré De Lanthe, a smart and sassy research assistant, enters the picture, his Happily Ever After is put to the ultimate test.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Breezy Reads (first published July 5th 2012)
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Jul 12, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I really enjoyed an author interview Stan Crowe did so I requested a review copy of this book.

The Cinderella Project is a cute, clean romance that made me smile. Nick is a grad student trying to use science to figure out the secrets to love. He is fully committed to making his relationship with his fiance Ella last forever. While I had to admire his commitment to his relationship with Ella I found myself thinking some relationships just aren't meant to be.

I enjoyed being inside Nick's head as h
Molly Snow
May 24, 2012 Molly Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'll start by saying, while "The Cinderella Project" takes on a subject that runs deep, the book doesn't leave out cleverness, humor, attraction and fun. This book is termed a clean read, because sex is not a focus. Well, it's not even mentioned, so pass it along to your mom. The main character holds to values all couples appreciate: honesty, integrity, commitment and the belief in true love. And those values are just a part of him, so they come across in an admirable, boyscout sorta way... A ta ...more
Stan Crowe
May 28, 2012 Stan Crowe rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm obviously biased toward this work, but I think that's as it should be. I loved The Cinderella Project because while it was primarily written for entertainment, it explores the conflict of deep emotions versus values, and begs the question, "How much is our integrity worth to us?"

It's so easy to justify taking the path of least resistance, and Nicholas Cairn has every reason to renege on his promises. So why doesn't he? Is his word really worth the pain he goes through to stand by it?

Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Aug 13, 2012 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounding up

Have you read many romantic type books by a male author? I really haven't. Well, I can think of a few. (Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans) The Cinderella Project is written by a guy~ Stan Crowe. It is also written from a guys point of view. I actually thought that Nick sounded exactly like a guy. (surprise, surprise) Lots of times you read books by women authors and the guy just doesn't sound like a typical guy. You know? While I would definitely not rank this book up the
Sep 06, 2012 Englishrose rated it really liked it
Although romance and relationships are an integral part of this story, this book focused much more on what it means and takes to be in love and keep it alive. Nick is obsessed with trying to answer this question and is focusing his entire doctoral thesis on it, not that he has any ideas or we get a sense of what he's trying to prove, simply that he is researching the various possibilities. His drive comes from his past as well as his current situation. Namely being engaged to a wenchy-girl that ...more
Katie W
Jul 13, 2012 Katie W rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-clean
I thought this was a different book, in that it's from a male's point of view and was written by a man.

Nick is working towards his doctorate and does a big project on determining the secrets of an everlasting marriage/relationship. I love how each chapter started--with a snippet from his past.

Let me just say, Ella, Nick's fiance, is a piece of work!!! He is such a nice, kind, and patient guy to put up with someone like her. Nick is pretty serious and kind of old fashioned and is so worried if E
Dec 21, 2013 J B rated it did not like it
I firmly believe that this was written by a 13 yo girl who's never even met a man. No man I've known would think in this manner nor would one I'd care to know. While no major egregious grammatical errors the characters weren't ones I wanted to spend time with and the protagonist was an idiot! I won't bother with anything else from this author
Jul 16, 2012 Shanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, romance
I LOVED this book. I had such a great time reading it. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this contemporary romance written by a man. The story is told in first person from the hero’s point-of-view. The reader gets the chance to hear the male main character’s internal dialogue as he struggles, succeeds, fails and recovers.

Grad student Nick is working on his dissertation and after hours of observing couples in romantic situations, watching hundreds of romantic movies, reading dozens of r
Sep 19, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
I learned about The Cinderella Project a couple of weeks ago during its blog tour. The cover caught my eye (how could it not-kudos to the cover designer), and the reviews I read had wonderful things to say about it.

I really liked The Cinderella Project, and I think a lot of the reason was because it was so different from others in this genre. It is written from the male point of view by a male author. Although not the norm, it worked very well for this story. Also, Nick is such a fun main charac
Dec 19, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Nick Cairn is working on his doctorate and had three months to finish it. "The stated goal was to understand why supposedly 'perfect love' could go tragically wrong. I wanted to know if there were obvious warning signs on the entrance ramp to the freeway of romance screaming, 'Caution: dead end ahead!' The official literature always gave the usual, unsatisfying answers. I just knew there had to be something more, something deeper." (p. 2)

Moiré De Lanthe shows up in his lab one day and claims to
Dena (Batch of Books)
This was a quick, light read. I really enjoyed the story. It is told from the viewpoint of a man, which I really liked because it isn't very common for a romance novel. Nick, the main character is the perfect guy that any girl would love to have. He is kind, honest, and sincere. He wants to have a fairytale marriage where he and his wife love each other unconditionally for the rest of their lives.

It quickly becomes obvious that Nick's fiancee does not share his dedication and commitment, but Ni
Oct 31, 2012 Lucinda rated it liked it
I debated between 2 1/2 and 3 stars. Why do I hate the cover? Because I want to have my own mental picture of the hero, not a 'pretty-boy' model who doesn't quite relate.
It's a cute story even though Nick is annoying at times- being committed and loyal are noble virtues but how clueless can you be? It's obvious to everyone (except Nick) that Ella is a brat. In contrast, Moire is almost too conveniently perfect (and the name- is it supposed to be French-inspired or not? 'Moiré' would be more appr
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a fun romance book told in the male point of view.

Nick is in grad school working on his doctorate in psychology. He is engaged to a very selfish and self centered woman. He is determined to be committed to her and make it work in spite of her faults, because no one is perfect.

He has an unexpected young woman seek to be his research assistant. He is hesitant to take her on, but she is great at swaying him to her point of view. She is amazing. I kept waiting for him to get rid of the bad f
Maria Hooley
Dec 13, 2013 Maria Hooley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cinderella Project was an enjoyable read. The chemistry between the hero and his lab assistant is wonderful, and I enjoyed reading as the story unfolded. The only thing I think that distracted me is that I could sense where the plot was going long before it unfolded, and that kept me from enjoying it as much as I would have liked. The train-wreck climax is pretty evident, so I did have trouble accepting that the hero would keep trusting his fiance when there were so many warning flags thrown ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Tifferz rated it liked it
This blurb caught my attention and was excited to read this story. It held my interest and I really liked Nick he was honest, loyal and over all a good guy. I was surprised with his relationship with Ella. And I did have a few moments where I wanted to kill him. But that has happened in a number of stories I have read. I liked Moire and her sassy personality and how kind she is. The twist in the story was predictable. It was fun to see how Moire and Nick interacted. This story does not contain a ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I got this book for free and I still want a refund! I knew this book was going to be awful by page 3 and am not really sure why I kept reading. I was in the mood for something light but what I got was flimsy, unforgivably dense characters, an utterly predictable plot and a couple hours of my life I can never get back. The only reason I'm publicly admitting to having read this is to warn others. Run, run away!
Dec 17, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
Blah. I wouldn't say I had high hopes for this book (it was a freebie), but it started out promising. I was interested in reading a romance by a male author (since a good romance is rarely written by a man), but it was a little dull.
Dec 15, 2013 Misty rated it really liked it
WOW Such a sweet clean romance. I really loved this book.
Mar 03, 2014 Hilary rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tales, romance
Obnoxious characters. Strange premise. Needs an editor.
Nastassja Loots
Feb 05, 2014 Nastassja Loots rated it it was ok
The Cinderella Project by Stan Crowe is the first book in the A Comedy of Love series. It follows doctoral student Nick Cairn, who is writing his dissertation on the secrets of everlasting love. Nick is engaged to what seems to be the perfect girl, and disillusioned by his parents’ apparent loveless marriage, Nick is determined to discover the recipe for a perfect marriage in order to secure the success of his own. When smart and sassy Moiré de Lanthe walks into his lab and informs Nick that she ...more
Feb 08, 2017 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet book.
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
Jul 13, 2012 The Bumble Girl {Margie} rated it really liked it
This book had me smiling ear to ear - it was so refreshing to read such a sweet and romantic story from a guys point-of-view. I was instantly captured by the title of this book and synopsis, and knew that it would be an enjoyable story.

Nick Cairn is a grad student on the verge of graduating, all he has left to do is finish his dissertation. But trying to use scientific methods on figuring out how and why people fall in love takes many dedicated long and lonely hours... his fiance, Ella, was far
Kate Christensen
Jun 19, 2015 Kate Christensen rated it did not like it
This is a book about Nick, The Almost Clinical Psychologist, who doesn’t understand that he’s in a parent/child co-dependant relationship with Ella - a spoiled brat and liar. Sounds like that education was money well spent, Nick.

This was – hands down – the worst book I’ve read this year. It was worse even than the book about the two kids that send their invisible friend back to Scotland in a floppy disk.

The descriptions!

“…I took the time to let the sourdough melt in my mouth as the flavors of th
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Nicholas "Nick" Cairn is working on his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Nick is happily engaged to Ella and December wedding is planned. Nick's doctorate thesis is on romantic concepts from beginning of the romance to maintaining that romance. Enter Moire De Lanthe, she is asking to be Nick's research assistant but Nick doesn't understand why she wants the position despite the topic. Nick is questioning his motives towards Moire and wondering why he doesn't have this reaction towards Ella. As ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Adriana rated it liked it
Doctoral student Nick Cairn is determine to discover if love has a road map to success. As a matter of fact he is writing his thesis on it. Between the long hours researching, watching sappy movies and reading romance novels Nick hasn't had much time for his fiancé Ella. And she is not happy about it. Maybe with a little help Nick can dedicate more time to Ella and their wedding planning. Although the woman seems determined to shorten his time more and more each day... Then Moiré De Lanthe walks ...more
Tracy Decresie
Feb 11, 2014 Tracy Decresie rated it liked it
So many mixed emotions about this book.....I guess two quotes from the book could kind of sum it up:
"For a guy that's supposed to be so smart, you sure are a moron." and
"...highly undignified, completely hilarious."
There were times in this book that were really great and then there were times that seemed to really drag and repeat. I guess the fact that I completely hated Ella from her first sentence, means that the characters hooked me, but Nick absolutely frustrated me with his cluelessness. Fo
Roseanne Wilkins
Oct 08, 2012 Roseanne Wilkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
The first thing I noticed was the cover. Who wouldn't want to read a book about such a hot guy? And it was posted under clean romances, so I knew it was okay to read. As I expected from reading the other reviews, THE CINDERELLA PROJECT is a clean, sweet romance. It took me a few chapters to adjust to the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, but they help round out the story. By the time you finish the book, they all make sense. This is a twist on the Cinderella story but through a modern pri ...more
Andrea Smith
Oct 04, 2012 Andrea Smith rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is a fun sweet romance with a twist of the Cinderella story. I enjoyed reading it from the "Prince's" point of view. It was different and refreshing. I loved that it was clean and placed an emphasis on commitment and the value of marriage. I thought Moire's description of love in marriage was spot on. The characters were real and easy to relate to. Although there were a few inconsistencies and typos that pulled me out of the story, The Cinderella Project was an enjoyable read. I' ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Charissa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Fun story about a doctoral student—Nick—who is researching romance, trying to figure out how to guarantee a perfect marriage and love that will last so he doesn’t end up like his parents. With a beautiful , needy fiancée and a witty, talented assistant, his emotions are yanked back and forth as he battles with his intense honor that won’t let him even consider backing out of a commitment, and his budding friendship with a compatible woman.
Jan 03, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quite-enjoyed
First off, having a romance novel written by a guy was just too cool to pass up. It gives a refreshing new perspective that I really enjoyed. And I just love the character development of Ella. She is such a bitch princess, you want to jump into the story and have a row the second you listen to her stupid mouth! LOL I loved the story line and how everything is not quite as it seems. I enjoyed this book a lot (not that you would notice in the few days it took me to read it).
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