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Cinderella Steals Home (Cinderella #3)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  1,017 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
College baseball pitcher Doan Riley was always a good guy until things in his life started to change him. Now he’s reckless, angry and has a penchant for getting himself into trouble, though he’s always been able to find his way out. Until now.

Holly Shaw’s back in town for the first time in years, and she isn’t happy about it. She's only in Arizona because she has nowhere
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 402 pages
Published June 27th 2013
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Hm. Well. Uhhh. I'm not really sure what to say about this one. It was overall a really good story. I really enjoyed reading it.

This book really answered the question of "can you like a book and hate the main character?" for me. Yes. Absolutely. I strongly disliked Holly. She was mean, arrogant, and hated Doan for pretty much no reason. She seemed to think she knew everything. At the very beginning of the book when Holly was driving to her dad's house in Arizona she encounters Doan and a friend
Siew Ee
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Male and female protagonists meet under unfortunate circumstances; female finds male attractive but hates his guts; female is inevitably won over by male’s persistence and charm. This book, on the whole, is pretty formulaic, with the obligatory complications, uncertainties and teenage angst involved. Even so, I was moderately entertained. The only minor grouse I have is Holly’s refusal to put aside her prejudices and her righteous indignation over Doan’s flawed behavior at their first meeting an ...more
Kate McMurry
Fun YA/NA contemporary romance

Ten years ago, Holly was 8, her brother Justin 11, and their mother and father had a happy marriage. Or so Holly thought, until her father, a wealthy, pro baseball player, fell in love with another woman and asked her mother for a divorce. The family split in two, Holly leaving with her mother to live in Pennsylvania, and Justin staying behind with their father in Arizona. During the intervening years, Holly has seen her brother rarely and her father only once, when
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel a little bad about rating this book only 2 stars because I've rated worse books higher but I expected more from this book than I did from those others so I don't feel bad enough to change my rating.

Cinderella Steals Home was not a bad story, it just wasn't all that great either. It was the type of story I enjoy when I go in with low expectations and no interest in being emotional invested. That may sound like a jab but it wasn't meant to be. Sometimes that is what I'm looking for. I think
Goddess Of Blah
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the 2nd book in the series Cinderella in Skates starring Shane and Natalie. I loved how we got to understand Ice Hockey, Wisconsin's Germanic traditions and the chemistry between the two was hot.

However, in this story had far too many negatives:


1. The hero, Doan Riley's "secret" was pretty obvious and didn't warrant his attitude. (view spoiler)

2. The heroine, Holly Shaw's behaving was melodram
Makenzie Sayers
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My parents have been divorced for a couple years and I have been living with my mom in Pennsylvania and my brother, Justin, has been living with our dad in Arizona. Our mom soon got engaged then got married and decided to move to Italy with her new husband. I had no desire to move out of the US so my dad, his wife, and brother invited me to live with them. So I packed up my stuff and moved across the state to Arizona. When I pulled into the driveway at my dad’s house, I was greeted by my brother ...more
Jessica Vickery
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
What to say about this book?
Honestly I loved the story idea, the basics was really cutesy. But… It wasn't written that great, it was good but there were flaws, quite a few.
My rating is actually a 3.5 but I decided to go with a three.
I was looking forward to a baseball related book and it lacked. The characters were good but it took too long to really understand them or more to the point for them to come to the light. You can figure out early what happened to make them the way they are but you'
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary, 2014
So, the cover is definitelt gorgeous.

The book itself? I dunno, but I feel like it had a lot more potential. Don't get me wrong, the story is written well enough and the characters are likeable enough, but the plot is just underwhelming and it feels like there is barely any progression.

The stereotypical hate to love plotline doesn't get enough playtime imo and other issues are also only covered superficially.

Yes, it's a quick read but I think I'd have preferred it if there was a bit more to the s
Marly Quitorio
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I didn't plan to read this book and I didn't even read its synopsis I just downloaded it so, when I started reading... mind as well finished it right?

well, for me there's nothing really interesting bout this book and what kept me going was the reason that I just wanted to know Doan's secret and when I finally knew... my initial reaction was just "ok. so, that's it??!" but as a whole it was really ok the idea and all the characters were ok and the other readers might just find it amazing!
Too snobish. Hardly believable - what kind of custody is that anyway??? Siblings that barely recognize eachother, daughter that has vague memories of her father... A father that is RICH and can easily afford to pay for plane tickets or money for car gas to send his daughter or arrange some kind of meetings/holidays to see eachother. I mean, c'mon, that's rubbish - not even emails, pictures anything??? And that's just a part of it...I don't want go any further...
2.5, this was middle of the road until the end which just: ugh. Doan didn't really have an excuse for acting the way he did & the (view spoiler) was such an eye roll moment

I just learned this is part of a series, so I'm tempted to read Cinderella in Skates, because they were cute in this book.

Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars. I liked the idea of the story and the characters were good, but I felt the story was forced. Doan and Holly's relationship felt off. Then there's the ending and the accident. I didn't get the point off the accident at all they could have had that conversation any where, not in a hospital room. And what person goes from waking up in a hospital bed to who cares I was hurt in the accident I want to talk about our relationship. It just didn't make since.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I felt that the book made such a big deal about Holly leaving Arizona and the tension between her and his father and brother, and it didn't felt real, first because they never explained what happened between Justin and Holly, moving with your mom to another state doesn't mean you stop talking with your brother and only see him once in over a decade, and Justin and Holly never talk about their relationship

I liked that Nat and Shane made a little appearance in the story, I didn't expected that
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
From 63% to 100% I just skimmed. BORING.

Mother marrying an Italian count? Ugh. Fine.

Glossing over dad's infidelity because everything worked out for the best? Ugh. Fine.

An 18 year old girl who hasn't touched a baseball in YEARS playing on a summer league team with college guys? Wtf? Ugh. Fine.

Doan pursuing Holly for most of the book and then suddenly being all "I don't let people get close to me". NO. Just no.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. But I didn't love it.
I wasn't a big fan of Doan, maybe because he wasn't really the boy-next-door I've been enjoying recently.
But I did really like Holly. She stood up for herself but, grudgingly, changed and was happier and could admit that she was wrong.
Overall pretty good. I would recommend this. :)
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I thought the romance was cute, but there was nothing overly spectacular about the story as a whole. Plus, it shouldn't be that easy to get a summer job! She didn't even interview her for crying out loud. Not realistic; fictional or not.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All of these Cinderella Books by Carly Syms are absolutely amazing. I recommend this to every girl or guy (if they want to read about a girl playing a guys sport or being on an all guys team) but it's very inspirational.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports-romance
I was disappointed in this story. It could have been great but the storyline was convoluted and lame. Nothing was really resolved but then again then wasn't much of a problem to begin with. There wasn't much of a romance storyline and it was too simple.
Crystal Feaster
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I Loved the idea of the book but some parts could have been written better where is the sizzle you know what I mean also didn't like how it would skip to two days later either...... like we kissed and bam two days later lol
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Holly is a most aggravating character. She is self centered, a complete drama queen and quite an ass. I don't know how Doan tolerated her cause he is a sweetie. Her bad behavior spoilt this book for me
Tayla Nicholas
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid story with a sweet ending
Jul 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
The story felt too superficial + lacked any depth.
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
loved it!!!! Hate when you get to the last chapter and realize your almost done :/ lol
Sheena Weber
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
too confusing
I like the idea of the plot but I felt it was a little rushed especially the ending... There were some characters that I wanted to know better and their relationship with Holly.
Fairy Tale Junkie
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-love
Cute story but pretty dragging.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Carly Syms is a twenty-something-year-old graduate of Wisconsin and Northwestern. She was born in New Jersey where she wrote her first book in the second grade and fell in love with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars a few years later, sparking her love affair with football that led to CINDERELLA IN CLEATS.

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