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Knocked-Up Cinderella

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  75 reviews
I’m a walking contradiction.
School principal who liberally drops the F bomb.
Fiercely independent yet willing to auction myself off for charity.
Serial monogamist who’s down for a no-strings one-night stand.

Except now I’ve gone from one-working-ovary to co-parent in the time it took a stick to turn blue.

F. Bomb.

Ian Donovan may be a richer-than-hell venture capitalist, but he
Published November 12th 2018 by Entangled: August
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Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Julie Hammerle Fans, Older Characters, Romance
4 No Need for Glass Slippers Stars
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As someone who reads a lot of Romance, it can sometimes feel like a whole segment of the population is left out. We have YA books, New Age books, and our standard Contemporary Romance books chocked full of women worried about turning 30. There has been an inching towards characters who may be 32 or so... but mainly there has been this idea that those who are in the throes of romance need to be under 35.

Well, it seems some authors and publis
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arcs, romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I have previously read some of Hammerle's YA romances, and jumped at the chance to read an adult contemporary by her. Well, the results are in, and I loved this book!

Five Things I Loved About Knocked-Up Cinderella

1. Erin was a stupendous heroine. Her first appearance on page had me laughing, but she wasn't just funny. She was smart, witty, driven, and independent too. I could totally see myself being friends with her.

2. I had zero problems shipping Erin and Ian. I enjoyed seein
Ivy Deluca

I liked the setup of this story - as a mature woman, I adored the fact that the leads are both 40, they have full lives outside of the romance that impact the story, and they each learn to change their lives because of their baby, putting aside the past to reach for that future. I thought the pregnancy aspect, especially considering it’s an older heroine experiencing it for the first time, was a fresh take that I don’t see eveyr day. Many times, if I read a romance with older heroes and heroines
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I will start this by saying I don't read romances. I don't read them because there is no suspense. The love interests are introduced right away, and you know they will get together in the end, no matter how many red herrings are thrown into the mix.

So, going into this, with my eyes wide open, I have to say that the writing was fresh, to me. The characters, were well formed, for the most part.

Erin is a good, strong woman, a PhD, who is the principal of the private school, of which Ian is an alum
Cocktails and Books
This was a cute read, but I really wanted more for Erin and Ian.

I liked how their relationship was built on friendship first, which was shaky at the beginning, but then slowly grew to something more. But I didn't feel like the friendship took a logical jump to romance since these two spent so much of the book apart and they really hadn't taken the time to truly get to know each other. It felt like that really would have been important considering they were having a child together. Instead, this
What happens when Ian Donovan, a bad boy, globe-trotting, venture capitalist millionaire coughs up $40,000 for a dinner date with an elementary school principal just to rescue her from a date with a pretentious creep? Well, they decide to have a one-night stand (because sometimes a gal just wants to step out of her control pantyhose and grab life by the baubles). Unfortunately something went wrong with one of the condoms and now our feisty, foul-mouthed heroine Dr Erin Sharpe is going to have a ...more
Richelle Robinson
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I saw this book on my newsfeed and the cover caught my eye. I went on NetGalley and the book sounded like something I would read and I took a chance. I have to say as soon as I opened up the book, I was laughing out loud on the first page. I LOVED Erin. She is no nonsense, funny, tells it like it is and has a good heart. Ian is your typical charming, rich playboy with tons of baggage. After Ian bids on Erin at a school auction, they agree to have a one night, no strings attached, adult night. Er ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

This was a fun surprise. A contemporary romance with mature main characters, no manufactured drama, and a happy ending. The title wasn’t the greatest but that’s minor. This new to me author is someone I will keep an eye out for.
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

When I saw Julie Hammerle looking for reviews of her soon to be released seasoned romance (romance for the 40 and older set) Knocked-Up Cinderella it sounded like a story I’d really enjoy so I requested it and I’m so glad I did. Julie is a new to me author and this is her first adult romance although she has written several YA books. I loved this story of two 40 year olds who meet in an unexpected way and afterward find their night left them with a memory they’ll have forever…a child. T
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a portrayal of a 40 year old woman who is principal of an elite school and gets pregnant after a one night stand. That it the nuts and bolts of it but the layers of who these two are we're shaped by past experiences and fierce independence. I liked the mature characters although I felt Ian was getting too old to never of had a relationship. So awful was that almost to the moment of Erin giving birth that Ian and Erin remind themselves that they don't need anyone. Not awful romantic until af ...more
Rachel Abbate
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ughhhh this book was just so dang CUTE but also funny, snarky, and sexy!!

I immediately loved Ian and Erin as our main characters as well as their storyline. I also liked that they were in their early 40’s instead of the usual mid-20’s/early 30’s rom-com characters.

I had absolutely no problem reading this in just one day and I totally recommend this if you’re in the mood for a fluffy contemporary romance! The ending also made my heart practically explode from happiness!!!

Thank you to NetGalley a
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Erin's gone from one crappy relationship to another. In her forties and ready to take her life back, she decides that a one-night stand is exactly what she needs to take her life back. She's ready to focus on herself and have fun. However, what she wasn't expecting was for that one night to lead to her being pregnant. Especially to a man that is not only her boyfriend or husband, but to a guy who has to desire to ever tie himself down to anyone, even a kid.

Erin has always wanted to have kids but
Elizabeth Neal
Erin, the new principal, isn't one you'd typically associate with such a position. She drops the F bomb, of course not in front of the kids, a lot. She's independent, always has been, yet she lets them rope her into participating in a charity event for the school. Which means she must wear pantyhose and suffer being uncomfortable until it's over. Deciding hiding out is the best option, her plan is ruined by a gorgeous man who wants to talk.

Ian is there, one of the elite, to donate, and of course
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
From the moment I heard about the concept of this novel, I knew I wanted to read it. I liked the idea of older characters (~40 year olds) being romantic leads and I liked the idea that the heroine, Erin, had the agency to not “need” her baby daddy, rich man-child, Ian, and that her strength could be a source of attraction to him.

My issues are with the characterization of the protagonists in this novel. I found it incredibly difficult to believe that they were in their 40s. Don’t get me wrong, I
It’s been a while since I have indulged in chick lit. I forgot how sugary and cute they can be. And predictable. Boy and girl meet, things go well, throw in some drama, kiss and make up, and TADA! HEA. Simple, predicable formula. It’s kind of like watching the Hallmark channel, just funnier. Don’t get me wrong because there is nothing wrong with any of this…so long as you have all the right ingredients. Which, I am happy to say, Knocked-Up Cinderella has.

Quick run-down of the story: Erin is a sc
Amanda Stelter
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I got this book as an arc from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing so thank you to both of them for providing this arc to me for my honest review.
This book is about a 40 year old woman who is recently divorced after a bad relationship. Erin ends up having a one night stand with Ian, the town’s playboy who is married to his job. This one night stand leads to Erin deciding that she is going to stay single for a while and get her life back on track. This is all working out fine and dandy until sh
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
I haven't read Julie Hammerle, she is a new tome author. I'm not even sure what to say, I loved the idea of this book, like I really liked the characters were older then the average character in other books we read, Erin and Ian are in there 40's knocked and confused.

I am a massive romance junkie, I love al my books with heavy plot of romance, and yet this had romance In it but It felt weird, there relationship they created was a friendship, I don't know in the beginning I felt there chemistry a
2.5 stars

Well, this was a sweet slow building romance about having the courage to take a chance on love. Even if you are a committed bachelor for life or someone who is deathly scared of getting her heart broken.

I rather liked that the characters are both older than the norm. It's actually refreshing reading about mature adults. Erin is a strong, independent heroine who isn't all that convinced about Ian, who might be good looking but still have to do some serious work to get her affection.

Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5/4 Stars

Get ready to laugh your butt off with Knocked-Up Cinderella, a chic-lit-ish contemporary romance.

Erin is 40, recently single and killing it as the new principal at a private elementary school. She loves what she does, but now it also includes schmoozing and fund-raising and that’s how she finds herself dressed as Cinderella and ready to be auctioned off for a date.

Ian is a workaholic. He only has time for work, work and his two best friends who also happen to be his business partners.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was exactly what I needed right now. A lovely, sweet, romantic story. I liked Ian and Erin a lot. I loved that they were both in their 40's (although, I have to admit, they acted very immature for their age sometimes and that annoyed me). Them falling in love was very nicely done and believable as it didn't happen overnight but it took time for their affections to grow. I really appreciated that. The only reason this didn't get 5 stars from me is the fact that I think Ian got off easy in my ...more
Mari's Struggle is Real
Who knew Prince Charming was a lurker? After catching Cinderella scratching her derriere, (the dress was itchy!) he bids on her and wins a date to save her to agony of having to dine with another stuffy man. Erin aka Cinderella, is a principal at a private school, and loves crappy TV. Dinner leads to some dancing which leads to some more dancing between the sheets and the next day Erin thanks Ian aka Prince Charming for the good “dancing” and kicks him out of her bed. Ian isn’t used to being kic ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cute read. Older heroine is knocked up by a work-a-holic commitment phobe. Will they be able to come together for the baby? Or go their separate ways?

This is very light on steam so if you like that you will probably enjoy this. I did not really feel the connection with these two. They seemed more like good friends.

Copy provided in exchange for a voluntary review

Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I know I might be in the minority here but I honestly expected to enjoy this book more than I did. The storyline was good and the characters were okay but the story moved at such a slow pace. The story seemed to drag a lot. If the pace was just a little bit faster, this book would have been much better for me. There were funny moments, steamy moments and a little drama between Erin and Ian. Erin has struggled for years with her now ex Dirk to get pregnant but who thought a night with Ian would g ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A completely fun read, complete with your 40 year old workaholic, never will commit hot male and his 40 year old PhD private school Principal who drops F bombs like rain drops and has sworn off men and relationships. The two meet at a Halloween fundraiser for the school she works for. Irritated by her costume, yes she's dressed as Cinderella hides behind a tree outside the ballroom to reach up under her dress to give herself a good scratching not realizing she isn't alone and watched by the all ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 11/13/18.

I abso-freaking-lutely loved this one!

I've read almost all (read: I missed one--how did that happen?) of Ms. Hammerle's YA books, so when I saw this title and her name with it, I got all grabby-handy. Seriously. I didn't even read the blurb.

And I haven't regretted it a bit!

I loved that:

-the characters are 40 (even if Ian doesn't always act it)

-the romance is slow burn--verrrrry slow burn, because they're both pretty settled into their own lives (a
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled and Julie Hammerle.***

Knocked-Up Cinderella, by Julie Hammerle, was such a fun book. I absolutely loved it. Erin is a 40-year-old principal who’s just out of a long-term relationship. She’s tired of falling for the same type of guy and decides to have a one-night stand with Ian Donavon. Ian is a venture capitalist, a strictly “no strings” guy who’s married to his job. It’s all well and good u
Peggy Jaeger
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr Erin Sharpe is 40, a Ph.D and a school principal. She's also the queen of the bad relationships, so when she finally asserts her independence and says she's going to live a lifestyle that lets her enjoy her sexuality and forget about every finding Mr. Right and having a family, she means it.
What's that saying about the best laid plans?
As soon as Erin decides she's a free spirit, she finds out she's...pregnant from a one night stand ( well, actually 3 times the same night, but with the same gu
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
When Ian Donovan, a bad boy, venture capitalist millionaire comes to her rescue, Erin Sharpe is more than thrilled to have a night on the town with the man who saved her from a creep at an auction. After an enjoyable night of dinner and dancing the pair decide to continue their night of fun back at her place. Which leads to some between the sheets fun... and a few weeks later an unexpected positive pregnancy stick. Both agreed the night they met that they weren't looking for forever, but when fa ...more
Kristina Birch
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new twist on Cinderella! Erin doesn’t lose her shoe at midnight but she does lose her new plan for her life...and gains a baby!
Julie Hammerle’s Knocked Up Cinderella is a fresh new take on the one night stand that doesn’t go quiet as planned. Two 40 year old professionals find themselves pregnant and unwilling to trust each other or themselves when it comes to love. Hammerle’s writing style is fast-paced and snappy but she isn’t afraid to confront the realities of dating and love past your mi
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Erin is a forty something woman, single and a school principle. She meets Ian at a fun auction by which time they decide to have a one-night stand (because sometimes a gal just wants to step out of her control pantyhose and grab life by the baubles).

This is where the story moves forward as she gets pregnant and decides to do things on her own. she doesn't need a man to rely on where as Ian is a globe-trotting, bad boy venture capitalist millionaire who coughs up 40k dollars for a dinner date wit
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Julie Hammerle is the author of several books from Entangled Teen and Entangled Teen Crush. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows ...more