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The Cinderella Substitute

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In the two years since the tragic car crash that killed his fiancée, Nathanial (Nate) Mayer has successfully avoided another relationship. His family and especially his twin sister Nathalie are worried.

Jennifer (Jenni) Blake is Nate’s personal assistant. Hired after the accident, she has had her own problems to deal with, including the deaths of her adoptive parents and th
Published 2012 by Astraea Press (first published 2006)
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Hannah Fielding
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a modern-day love story about two very troubled people – Nate and Jenni. Told from both their perspectives, you really understand where both are coming from, how both their pasts continue to affect their lives in the present and how neither can admit their true feelings. Their professional roles as boss and personal assistant are the masks behind which they both hide, self-conscious of their separate personal situations – yet their caring attitudes towards each other show through. B ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
My review is cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

A survivor of a tragic car accident that killed his fiancée, Nate doesn’t feel that he should ever get involved with another woman. That’s why he gets along so well with his personal assistant, Jenni. Jenni knows that having dinner together just means having dinner together, not anything romantic. But lately Nate can’t seem to stop himself from noticing how desirable Jenni is. And when Jenni, whose adoptive
Donna Weaver
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
What my stars mean:
5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it.
4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.
3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.
2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.
1 Stars--I hated it.

In the two years since the tragic car crash that killed his fiancée, Nathanial (Nate) Mayer has s
Romancing the Book
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Reviewed by JoAnne
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book

At only 115 pages the story ended very abruptly with a few loose ends which may be resolved in another connected story. Even though the author doesn’t tell you it’s a connected story, I have read other books that have the Mayers family in it. This is Nate’s and Jenni’s story and their attraction and their fighting of it always seems to take a giant step back after taking a baby step forward. Their working rela
Georgiann Hennelly
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It has been two years since a tragic car accident killed his fiancee and Nate has successfully avoided getting involved with another women. His family is worried about him. Jennifer is Blakes personal assistant. She was hired after the accident. She has her own problems to deal with. Her adoptive parents died leaving her with debts for their nursing care. But that pales into insignificance when she finally traces her birth mother. Nate starts to see how desirable Jenni is. When she finds her bir ...more
Elly Wendy
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh, good grief. These things should come with warning labels, lol. This gentle romance is far removed from my normal types of reading material. I borrowed it accidentally in a quick grab. Still, I did not return it after the first few minutes. No, I listened to the whole thing (luckily it was short ;) and even chuckled and felt for the characters in their bafflement and clumsy efforts to express themselves, things with which I'm all too familiar. Since I have little patience with romance novels, ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jenni Blake is Nate Mayer's P.A. They've worked together quite well for sometime. What happens when they actually begin to see each other as real people?

This story is really sweet. It was nice to see Nate open himself to Jenni and for her to gain some confidence. I really liked seeing the two fall for each other. The adoption part of the story was interesting as it forced the two to spend time together. And while it's different, it didn't feel like a good fit.

I also got a sense of deja-vu. I thi
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Light, contemporary romance. Jenni and Nate are the two main characters (very likable). Jenni is seeking for her birth mom, and trying to keep everything organized and running smoothly for her boss (Nate). Nate is seeking to forget what happened to his fiancée 2 years ago in the accident, and has poured his soul into work. The plot was not any surprise to me and ended a little too fast, but overall, it was a great read that I enjoyed. The prose was well done with hardly any editorial mistakes. D ...more
Jenni Blake has always been the dutiful personal assistant for Nate Mayer, over the past two years his dependence on her has strengthened since losing his fiancée in a horrible car crash. Nate begins to see a different side to Jenni when she seeks out her birth mother, but Nate is not ready to let go of his pain of losing his fiancée because he feels responsible. Jenni is falling for her boss, but his mixed signals has her questioning if he can ever move forward or will continue to live in the p ...more
Dawnee Andrews
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute fun story. Rated G. Had some sad heart wrenching parts. Ended too abruptly for me though. Lots of attraction but miscommunications... If it were not for the dual POV, I would have never thought Nate had feelings for Jenni, or the other way around had it not been for the POV of both of them.
He still seemed to be caught up in guilt and love for a deceased ex... And she still has emotional issues with adoptive parents.. And a Birth mother who reappeared. Lots of loose strings that could have
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Jenni and Nate have a cohesive working relationship that has bloomed into friendship. Friendship that takes on a new meaning when Jenni gets a letter and an anniversary with huge impact on Nate's life comes together around the same time.

There seemed to be gaps in the dialogue but otherwise easy to follow. Getting to the point was a bit like going in a circle or two.
Donna Huber
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
If I had to sum this book up in one word - bland. I also thought it odd that the person reading the book (I listened to the audio) didn't have an English accent. The setting is England and the characters are English.
Haizle The Princess Williams
This was a mediocre story. As soon as things got good, the story kind of dissolved. There is no tie in to the title at all, besides one refernce at the very beginning to wishing for a fairy godmother. I suppose it was kind of cute. Maybe a teen would like it.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh. Trite & predictable.
Brooke -Brooke's Books
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Short story. Cute. Ended a little abruptly.
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Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This sweet romance was a page-turner. Once I started it I HAD to read to the end. The main characters were very appealing. Another winner from Nell Dixon!
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