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The Cinderella Fantasy

(Playing the Princess #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  40 reviews
A princess who has lost her faith in love . . .

Lucy Linden’s prince charming (a.k.a. her fiancé) disappeared three months before the Big Day. Determined to pick up the pieces, she dives into the world of online dating. But the only men interested in a woman whose day job involves playing Cinderella leave Lucy looking for an exit strategy before the main course. And the ma
Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 14th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
3.5 - "I'm going to deliver the fairy tale..." Stars!

Sara Jane Stone, begins her new Playing the Princess series with one of my favourite tropes; Brothers Best Friend.

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It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Sara Jane’s writing style and story-lines, she takes a standard contemporary romance trope and gives the story and characters her own unique spin. On this occasion we have three friends, all ex-Princesses at Disney World
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Sorry but this wasn't for me.

Review to follow.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Prince Charming Stars!

Cute read!

Full review to come
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it

With an adorable title AND a sexy cover Sara Jane Stone's The Cinderella Fantasy is one book I simply couldn't resist. Thankfully, The Cinderella Fantasy ended up being the perfect light-hearted weekend read - romantic, sexy, and funny!

Lucy Linden has learned one thing in the past few months - never settle for a prince charming who won't make you his top priority. Lucy used to think she had her whole life figured out - she had an okay career, a great group of friends, and a fiancé who was
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary, arc
Posted on What I'm Reading

If you have read any of Sara Jane Stone books, you will realize that The Cinderella Fantasy is a little different from her previous books. I actually would think that The Cinderella Fantasy would fall under the romantic comedy. It's a fun light story, that you wouldn't normally associate with Sara Jane Stone. It was an adorable read. We have Lucy who use to be a princess at Disney, but ended her career at the Magic World, because of her fiancee. However, he decided she
Kristen Johnson
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Cinderella Fantasy was a quick read that sucked me right into the fantasy of happily ever after.

Lucy was a fabulous character, she was fun, feisty, but also a strong believer in the fairytale fantasy where a prince charming was waiting to give her the future she dreamed of - unfortunately it seemed like too much of a fantasy with all the duds she's been seeing. It doesn't help that her brother and his best friend slash business partner are witness to the spectacular fails of her dating life
Jess Lawson
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Cinderella Fantasy by Sara Stone is so sweet. It is a forbidden love story. You know those stories where the heroine is the sister of the hero's best friend. I always love those. Most of the time you either love the couple as a whole or hate to see them mess up the friendship and family dynamics. Lucy and Jared are so adorable together.

Lucy has been recently heart broken and is ready to find her happily ever after. As a princess by day she knows it will be hard finding a man to take her ser
Isha Coleman
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Who doesn't love the fantasy? The princess finding her prince in a world full of negativity and doubters. Whether pint - sized or adult shaped we all hang our dreams of happily ever after on a childish fairy tale. With The Cinderella Fantasy, Ms. Stone modernizes a legendary romance into a realistic and witty walk down memory lane. Of course, no Sara Jane Stone tale would be complete without her special brand of seasoning to add spice to the canvas. Lucy and Jared are a reminder of why fantasies ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Author's Pal***

3.5 Stars

This was a fun fairy tale, and you believe in happy endings as you are reading, which makes it fun.

Lucy and Jared know one another, as Jared is the best friend and business partner of Lucy's brother. I love the slightly forbidden stories, and the ones where one of the couple is a friend of an older brother, or sister, always add an element of "you had better be serious" to the story.

I enjoy Sara Jane Stone's books, and I was thrilled to g
Lesley Robson
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't dream of meeting their real life Prince Charming, Lucy does and after kissing so many frogs she finally gets her prince in disguise as her brothers best friend. This is a heartwarming story about love and learning tot trust again. I loved this story and I couldn't put it down. It was well written and I loved the characters. I will definitely be reading more by this author in the future. ...more
Heather Nobbs
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the fairy tale of Lucy finding her Prince Charming in Jared. Lucy grew up knowing Jared through her brother Finn. After having her heartbroken Lucy tried online dating to find her perfect match. But it was one of her princess roommates that became her matchmaker/fairy godmother. I liked all the Cinderella overtones throughout the story. I loved Finn, Lucy's brother and Jared's business partner, and I am really hoping he gets his happily ever after soon. ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received an copy via my blog for promotional purposes only. The following are my thoughts and feels of the story.*

I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading this book. It's a lighthearted, fun romance that you'll really love. The story flowed seamlessly, like, it never stalled out, it kept me very interested; awesome plot. The characters were one of a kind and I'm really digging these side characters. I highly recommend this to any lovers of romance who are looking for a quick & breezy read.
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
This is my first book by this author. I am impressed with her work, I will definitely like to read more of it. I loved watching the relationship develop between Lucy and Jared, it was a lot of fun. I also loved that their jobs were part of the story and played a huge part in their love story. It took some effort on Jared's part, but it was so worth it in the end. I highly recommend this one. ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I became a fan of Ms Stone’s writing when I read her series titled A Second Shot. I was hoping this book, would be just as good. Trust me, it is.
The main characters, as well as the plot , are well developed and complex. Lucy Linden owns a company with her friends in which they offer fairytales to the children. Lucy was Cinderella in the Magic Kingdom, and that is her trademark. Even as an adult , she hopes for love and her prince charming, even though she already has suffered betrayal in the wor
Chantelle Bouffanie
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I've reviewed this book for United Indie Book Blog. This author is new to me. Lucy Linden owns a company with her friends in which they offer fairytales to children. Jared is her brother's best friend and a self-made billionaire. The characters are well developed as well as the plot. I highly recommend this book. I will go back and read some more of your books. I can't wait to see your next book. ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! This author is new to me. Lucy Linden owns a company with her friends in which they offer fairy tales to children. Jared is her brother's best friend and a self-made billionaire. The characters are well developed as well as the plot. I highly recommend this book. I will go back and read some more of your books. I can't wait to see your next book. ...more
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe
review to come. The problem with pdf is I kinda forgotten about this. sorry!
Juli Jansen kohl
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Cinderella Story by Sara Jane Stone did not disappoint. Loved it!
Lucy recently broken up from her cheating fiancé trying to find her prince charming and trying her hand at online dating. The only rule her brother Finn, and only family, has imposed is that she has the dates at his restaurant so that they can keep an eye one her in case it goes wrong. Her first attempt blows up in her face and she escapes to the kitchen and is rescued by Jared, Finn's business partner and lifelong HOT friend.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The Cinderella Fantasy is a cute and sweet (if somewhat silly at times) contemporary romance. The idea of three friends and roommates who have their own business which lets them dress up as princesses (birthday parties, hospital visits, etc.) is a unique one, and I am interested to see what is in the works for the other two "princesses" (though is one of the books going to have "Mulan" in the title? Somehow I suspect not, which is a bummer :().

Lucy's dating disasters were fun to read (thigh gap
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucy Linden has always believed in the fairy tale when it comes to love, until her finance leaves town with a nurse he's being seeing behind her back. So she starts dating men from online dating apps at her brother's restaurant, which provides an escape route. But all of them are proving to be disasters, which her brother's best friend/business partner, Jared Mitchell happens to be witness to one of, and he decides to help her. And all of a sudden, the workaholic businessman decides to try to be ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do real princesses use online dating? Lucy does. The expectations of being a Disney Princess has taught her all the restrictions while in costume. She and two friends have created their own fantasy by providing the perfect party for little girls. When out of costume she wants to find a forever man. Her dreams are of her brother's business partner, Jared. He wasn't long term. He was a wealthy playboy with different women every week.
Jared used to think of Lucy as a younger sister. Not anymore. She
Romance Between The Sheets
I picked up THE CINDERELLA FANTASY because I was after a quick and lighthearted read, and that’s exactly what I got. I liked it enough, but after I finish this review, I will probably never think about it again.

My biggest dislikes were the excessive number of fairytale/fireworks/magic references made throughout the story, and that the ending comes up on you really fast.

My biggest likes were that Jared was upfront with Lucy’s brother about his feelings for her, and her brother was supportive of t
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok, this was a fun romance for me to read. I love the premise, Lucy plays Cinderella for parties and events. She started doing this at the most magical place on earth, Disney, but gave it up to follow her fiancé to another city. Well, she is then surprised when he moves north without her but takes one of the nurses he worked with. Lucy believes in the fairytale but as she keeps failing in the world of online dating, well, she’s beginning to wonder if her prince is really out there. Jared is Lucy ...more
Brittany (The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
Lucy's job is to play a princess. She used to be Cinderella at Disney but now she runs a successful party business with two other former princesses. After her prince left her for another woman, she has turned to the world of online dating to find her true prince. Jared is her brother's billionaire best friend and business partner. She has known him her whole life and knows that his dating history is that of a playboy. When he can't convince her to give him a chance, he creates his own profile to ...more
2.5 Short review. Mixed feelings. I absolutely adore Jared, he was a great book boyfriend from the moment he was introduce to the last page, it's not hard to fall for him. Lucy on the other hand goes from being a likable character to a character that I didn't think deserve Jared. She seem more interest in having a fairy tale romance then in having a real relationship with Jared.

**Spoiler alert**
She gets mad at Jared because he didn't come up with the plan to join a online dating app to pursue h
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucy plays a princess by day and is looking for her prince charming by night. While having her brother and his best friend and business partner watch over her. Too bad his partner pushes all her buttons, since he is not even in her league.

Jared stopped thinking of Lucy as a little sister when he got a good look at her legs. She attracts him on several levels, but he does not want to mess up a good friendship with her brother by acting on that attraction. Still, he cannot help the way he feels.

Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book. This is not your typical Cinderella
story. So forget that. This is wonderfully written but it is a
short book so my review will be to.

This is Lucy's story and she plays Cinderella for little girls to
see them smile. And this is Jarred's story too as he is her
prince or would like to be. She has been hurt in the past and
now she is trying to move on but the online dates are not so
good. That is when Jarred steps in to save her and he sees
more and is determined to get her.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
***I received an ARC for an honest review
Lucy is looking for her prince charming after thinking she had found him and it turns out she was wrong. Jared is her brother’s best friend and business partner. Lucy had known Jared since she was a little girl. He’s always been just a fantasy, with his good looks and quick wit and he treats her like his little sister always looking after her if her brother isn’t around. She never thought anything would ever come from it. Jared is a player, he could never
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this story. Lucy, a Disney Princess, friends with two other princesses and they are having such a hard time finding their very own Prince Charming. Who would imagine that Lucy's prince was sort of under her own nose the whole time, in the guise of her bother's best friend and business partner. I loved Jared. He was so determined. But it wasn't all glass slippers and sweet kisses, there were some really frog moments along the way. The writing voice in truly magical. I recei ...more
This is supposed to be the first book in the series, but so far after 2 years, no dice.

So, I usually love SJS, but this story fell short for me. The premise was interesting, but the love story moved too fast. One minute the hero is sitting in a restaurant kitchen eating a taco, the next he's in love the with his best friend's sister that he's known since they were children. Of course he's a driven, workaholic billionaire.
I would rank this with a mediocre Harlequin. Sorry.
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Sara Jane Stone lives near New York's Hudson River with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, a lazy Burmese cat, and a very active dog. When she is not finger painting with the kids, she loves writing sexy stories, staying up past her bedtime reading red-hot romance, and chatting with her readers on Facebook. ...more

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