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Chasing Ella (Love Ever After #1)

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Every Princess needs a Prince Charming…

When a masked girl throws herself at Shawn Finch at a costume party, the hotshot football player assumes she’s just another girl trying to get his attention. Except she’s not just any girl. She’s his Cinderella, the nameless girl in the pale blue dress who got away.

Desperate to find her, Finch searches for his mystery girl with no l
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Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Penn Publishing (first published September 2017)
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♡Tonya♡
*ARC RECEIVED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

3.5 stars

I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of this cute little spin on a modern day Cinderella story. Complete with the evil step mother, two mean-girl step sisters and a "fairy Godmother" .

Ella (see what she did there) was sweet, smart and meek. She let the step mother/step sisters torture her for years because she felt she had no place else to go. I couldn't help but think "what the heck, get away from these psychos", but it's a sp
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Karin
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet modern day twist to one of my favorite classics. This is one of my favorite books by Jillian, it was just so cute.

Ella has had a unrequited crush on Shawn Finch since her freshman year of college but, is convinced he could never feel the same because she’s the loner nerd and he’s one of the hottest footballers on campus until one night she’s determined to get a kiss from him at a masquerade party unfortunately for her, her evil step sisters ruin her plans until a “stranger” steps in
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Cristina
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I liked this book so much!
Finally, I can rate a book with 5 stars after a while!
So... the first thing I noticed. It seems like the author liked The Great Gatsby way too much because the book was mentioned twice in the story and the main female character was named Ella Fitzgerald. What a coincidence, right?
What I can say is that this book was a dirty version of Cinderella. And I didn’t mind at all! All those hot words were a nice touch to the original story. And not only the words, but the
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Liber_Lady
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
WOW..

This was my first book by Jillian Quinn and I really really enjoyed it.

Chasing Ella is a fairy-tale retelling of Cinderella.. <3 <3 <3

We all know the story and the story goes exactly as the fairytale except for a few changes and much more romance and modern day challenges. Ella was a very strong character since she has been suffering through the hands of her evil step mother and 2 evil stepsisters.

Shawn Finch is our Prince Charming, and he truly is a Prince Charming...!! He is not
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Treena
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
A little way too much like Cinderella for me to really like this book. Some of the things that happened to Ella were just OTT for my taste. I kept thinking to myself --- "Come on girl, you're 21 going 22. You shouldn't be putting up with this crap." I found myself more intrigued with the other characters in the book and I want to hunt up their stories.
Hanna's Book Obsession
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
{I received this as an ARC in exchange for an Honest Review}

It was only supposed to be one kiss but it turned into so much more.

This book is so cute! You guys Ella and Shawn are adorable and so Hot!! I Love Cinderella she is my favorite princess and I love reading books based off of her. Jillian did an amazing job with this Cinderella retailing with making it into her own and still having the best aspects of Cinderella.

Ella has always wanted Shawn Finch. Why wouldn't she is is Hot as hell. One k
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Amanda
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-romance
Every Princess needs a Prince Charming…

I can’t tell you how much I love fairytale re-telling’s. Especially in this modern day life. Chasing Ella gives you all that, the Cinderella fairytale feels but the sexiness that comes with our modern day lifestyle.

Ella was the perfect Cinderella, she was so sweet and vulnerable. After being invited to a frat house masquerade party, she decides she is going to let loose since her identify will be hidden. She might finally get to kiss Shawn Finch, the popula
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Roanne Germaine
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CHASING ELLA is a beautiful modern retelling of my all-time favorite fairytale, Cinderella. This is about a nerdy College student, Ella, and a popular frat boy and football player, Shawn.

The first ever book I've read when I was four years old was Cinderella. I was so in love with this book that I always carried it in my bag all throughout nursery and kindergarten, even if I've also read other fairy tales. So, now, as an adult, I have a particular sense of protectiveness about Cinderella and all
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Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Jillian Quinn (another new to me author) took the Cinderella fairytale and gave it a modern twist in a full length novel... and I gotta say she did a beautiful job with every word she wrote.

Chasing Ella was a sweet romance with dashes of sexy that had me swooning, smiling, giggling, and falling head over heels in love. This book was quite captivating, more so than I expected it to be and a few times I found myself getting lost between the pages.

One kiss and one moment changes everything.
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Patrixia Lansangan
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was definitely a nice retelling of Cinderella. It was wonderful and interesting to read about Ella and Shawn.

Cinderella is a story that everyone knows and everything was pretty much expected from the story but that doesn't take away the sweetness no matter how many times you read it.

This was a modern day age version of Cinderella and it was cute and wonderful <3

Book Snob Sue
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cute
I want to first say, that I loved the dedication of this book, so sweet. Second, I absolutely adored this book, refreshingly sweet. This was a great modern spin on Cinderella.

Ella has a huge crush on Shawn, who is one of the well known football players. They have a steamy kiss together at a party, with a little help from her neighbor. After she runs out, Shawn tries to find her...and he seems a tad crazy to his friends. Ella is a tutor and she ends up tutoring Shawn, their sweet chemistry is li
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ViolinVixen
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Someday My Finch Will Come... Okay, wrong fairy tale, but seriously Shawn Finch is the sweetest and most lovable book boyfriend that I’ve read in a very long time. I would love to ride off into the sunset with this man. On a bus. I mean, who does that? He’s amazing. 3 buses each way! Swoon!

Once upon a time there was a smart, beautiful girl named Ella. She lived with her evil stepmother and stepsisters and while they squandered the last of Ella’s father’s fortune, Ella waited on them hand and foo
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Janice Somers
Not only did I enjoy this story, I loved it. Modern day Cinderella and it was so good.
Evil stepmother and stepsisters take over Ella's home after her father dies. Clarissa (evil stepmother) sells everything and even Ella's car and buy's what ever she wants and gives Anastasia and Natasha new cars. Ella is expected to keep house and yard care up and for this her college fees are taken care of and she receives a small stipend also for school.
To make a bit of money she also tutor's students with fa
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Rebecca Austin
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trsor
Ella Fitzgerald lives with her evil step-mother, Clarissa, and step-sisters, Anastasia and Natasha. Since her father died she has no freedom and is forced to live under her step-mothers control until she is able to graduate from Strickland University. She has had a crush on football star Shawn Finch for years but knows he is out of her reach.

Shawn Finch plays football for Strickland University but the star player is in trouble unless he gets his grades up. Unlike most of the students that attend
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Misty
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Chasing Ella is a fairy-tale retelling of Cinderella.

We all know the classic story of Cinderella right? Chasing Ella goes exactly like that story just with a more steamy romance and modern day challenges.

When I finished this book last night I immediately got on Goodreads and gave it 5 stars however, after I slept on it and thought about it some more today I decided to give it 4 stars for a few reasons.

This is a case of insta love a
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Book Bitches And Alphas
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I WANT MY OWN FAIRYTALE!!

Jillian Quinn did a remarkable work in retelling this modern version of Cinderella!

Evil stepmother and stepsisters who squandered away all her father's riches?A heroine forced to live the life of a servant? A prince charming to her rescue? You get it all,with some interesting twists and turns the author has weaved into this story.

It all starts with a kiss at a....house frat party!

Ella finally made a move on her crush Shawn Finch,the hottest football player at school.Kno
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Books Laid Bare
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I know many have stated that this was a modern twist on the classic Cinderella and I have to say that for the main part I would have to agree but please don’t get hung up on that because this is so much more than that, it is thoroughly modern and refreshing.
Swann is the college football superstar and Ella is the shy but clever student that isn’t even anywhere near being a member of his social circle but when they end up at the same party and are almost goaded into sharing a kiss, their lives sud
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April Symes
This is a modern day retelling of Cinderella. Ella has had this huge crush on Shawn Finch since she was a freshman in college but doesn’t think he could ever see her because he is this super jock while she is this super nerd. But one night she’s determined to get a kiss from him at this masquerade party unfortunately for her, her super evil step sisters ruin her plans until a “stranger” steps into help. Her step sisters are just pure evil and have made her life a misery and then add the step mot ...more
Kate Avery
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have discovered that I love retellings so I was actually quite excited to read this one, luckily it didn’t disappoint. a modern day

In case you didn’t catch it, this is a modern-day version of Cinderella, it has all the elements that keep the original story alive, the evil stepmother and stepsisters, meeting at a party and her disappearing leaving “prince charming” wanting more, the search for the mystery girl and even a fairy godmother of sorts.

The mix of the original story with Ella and Shawn
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Brandy Roberts
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this modern day Cinderella story , chasing Ella drew me in to were I was hooked waiting to see what was going to happen . I'd highly suggest that you read roughing it's first not mandatory but the couple in it are mentioned , Shawn and Ella are well written hero and heroine they deserved one another , we get a lovely neighbor with a secret , and of course the evil step mother and her little demon children are vicious the perfect villains . The first meeting between Shawn and Ell ...more
Kari Hansen
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ella is living the nightmare not the fairytale. She lives with her stepmother and stepsisters but she is more maid than family. While they spend all the family’s money she tutors so that she will be able to pay for her tuition at Strickland University and dreams of her Prince Charming Shawn.

Shawn is a star football player and he can have any girl he wants however he is getting tired of the one night stands and wants to find his princess.

A masquerade ball has Ella dressed in a blue gown and she s
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MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(3.5 stars)

Jillian Quinn gives us a very spot on modern day representation of Cinderella; Ella living a life of servitude, but allowed to attend college, treated like a second class citizen in her own home by her step-mother and step-sisters. Getting that one chance to go out and pretend to be someone else, just for one night, Ella jumps at this chance. With a little help from her helpful neighbor, Ella makes it just in time to turn Shawn Finch's head. Ella, of course, has to
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She's a Lip Biter
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a light hearted, sweet modern fairy tale! Jillian Quinn is the queen of modern fairy tales and this CinderELLA story is just one example.

Ella is at the mercy of her stepmother and two stepsisters who truly are portrayed as every bit as evil as the original tale..or worse! Mrs F, her neighbour, is a true delight and helps when it is most needed. Shawn is a big brawny footballer who is failing the academic side of college until Ella tutors him.

The chemistry between the two lead characters is
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Mindy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Ella is a girl you can't help but love, she's struggling so hard to bite her tongue when her step-bitch mother and step sister ordering her around her own house. Finch is the football player that is just trying to make it through college until he's picked up by the draft, hopefully. Ella has had a crush on Finch, like every other girl on campus, and her one chance to meet him is at the masquerade party thrown by his frat. Finch is enchanted by the mysterious girl in t ...more
Stephanie Ditmore
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I absolutely love fairytales and Cinderella is my all-time favorite and I loved the spin that Jillian put on this story to bring it into the present day. Shawn is hot, sweet, charming and knows how to treat women. Ella, beautiful, sweet and loving, unlike her step-mother and step-siblings. They have everything and share nothing with Ella, Ella give them everything and when is it going to be her time? When will she find her prince charm
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Amanda Pierce
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily received an ARC for an honest review. Alright I know that if you're reading the reviews, you're unsure if you want to read another spin on the classic tale of Cinderella. I'm hear to tell you that like many others I've already read this year, Jillian Quinn has put her own spin on it, and you don't want to miss out on this fabulous story!! You'll be sighing wishing that one day your prince will come or in this case your very own Shawn Finch!! Jillian Quinn has upped the standards fo ...more
Monica
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion**

Everyone loves a good fairy tale. Every little girl dreams of Prince charming. Here we have a modern retelling with all the important things we remember - evil stepmother and sisters, charming handsome guy, fairy god mother, a ball and a pretty gown...
Oh my gosh I love Finch. I've wondered about him through a few of Jillian's previous books and was super excited to get his story. And she didn't disappoint. Finch is a hot football player ne
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A Woman
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Chasing Ella, by Jillian Quinn. It's my first book by Quinn, and I liked it. I thought it was sweet and cute.

Chasing Ella is a modern twist of Cinderella. It's well written. Very well developed characters.
Ella Fitzgerald and Shawn Finch are a match made in heaven! So cute when they explore each other and what they feel.

"My mother was right. She's always right. Just one look is all it takes to feel that connection to this strange girl."

One of the few problems I have with this story is that Ella
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Stina Andersen
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Chasing Ella, by Jillian Quinn. It's my first book by Quinn, and I liked it. I thought it was sweet and cute.

Chasing Ella is a modern twist of Cinderella. It's well written. Very well developed characters.
Ella Fitzgerald and Shawn Finch are a match made in heaven! So cute when they explore each other and what they feel.

"My mother was right. She's always right. Just one look is all it takes to feel that connection to this strange girl."

One of the few problems I have with this story is that Ella
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Michelle
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 5-star-read, arc
This is a modern day take on Cinderella and I absolutely loved it. Not only do we get the sweet Ella we get the wicked stepmother Clarissa, the mean stepsisters Natasha and Anastasia, and of course we get Prince Charming Shawn Finch. I love how after Ella and Finch kiss at the masquerade party Finch desperately wanted to find Ella, not realizing she was right in front of him at his tutoring session. Will Ella get out of the life of servitude she's been living since her father passed away? Chasin ...more
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