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The Cinderella Deal

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  12,166 ratings  ·  1,120 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie brings humor and storytelling magic to this modern-day romance of a match made anywhere but in heaven—but destined for a fairy-tale ending.

Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic ne
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published 2010 by Bantam (first published October 1st 1996)
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Jacob Proffitt
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
Once I got past the premise, I found myself completely enjoying this book. I mean, I don't buy the whole pressure on Linc to be all Stepford and to go so far as to propose his deal with Daisy. It just didn't work for me.

Fortunately, I knew that was going to be weak going in. As fortunate, I found myself liking both Daisy and Linc and their mutual maturation through the course of the story—after subtracting about ten years from their stated ages . . . okay so the surrounding story wasn't very sol
The Cinderella Deal is a straight-forward romance, minus the secondary characters and complicated mystery plots in Crusie's later books. She manages to take the old fake marriage trope and add her own clever spin to it.

Daisy and Linc are both likable and very typical of Crusie's characters (him/straight-laced and her/bohemian). Even the pets developed their own personalities.

The banter between Daisy and Linc was entertaining and the sexual tension between the two had me glued to this book from
I loved, loved this book. There is the fairytaile-y feeling, the romance is deep, there is humor, and two strays cats and a stray dog, what more can you ask?
The love-hate initial relationship is great and the development of the love story is even better. I would definitely recommend this book.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Just when I am ready to 'embrace' M/F contemporary romance again, I have to stumble into this BLAH story. At first I though, "Hey, I used to like Jennifer Crusie's older stories, so this might work". Especially since this is supposed to be a revised version. Oh, how WRONG I was!!

How wrong? Let me count the ways.

Yes, I know the blurb says it will going to be one-of-those-fake-wife thing. I'm good with that ... if only I can find each of the character as likeable. But nope, not at all. I think Lin
Adored this book, really romantic. I don't know how to explain it, but the style was different... somewhat old fashioned...profound!
I loved it.
I also love stories that start as a love/hate relationship.
1.5 stars

This is a story that i can't even complaint on how much it disappointed me...

I picked it up because i just wanted a nice, fast read to just "cleanse" my mind for the next "earth shattering" story that happened to come my way!
So yes, i just wanted something fluffy to read! Something that would just leave me with a stupid smile on my face, and that i would mostly forgot in the following week.... o_O
Instead i got a novel capable of rousing my inner feminist...not that she needs being
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
Easy read - just what I needed. The characters did not rush into a romantic relationship. It actually took a while for them both to overcome prejudices about each other. H is uptight with a lot of baggage and expectations. h has baggage as well - but keeps trying to overcome. Side characters are great and I like how the h brings perspective and color into the H's life. She is just what he needs against his better judgement. h makes quite a few concessions but she grows from it. H comes to apprec ...more
Amber’s reading
Audiobook review. A sweet romantic comedy with a fake relationship opposites attract trope. The heroine is the free spirited artist and the hero is the uptight college professor. It was short and sweet. The 3rd person narration made for a great audiobook listen.
Loved the book, JC just has this very different style. The heroine is quite bohemian, she quit her teaching job to be an artist, lives in a mis-matched apartment with cats, wears weird loose clothes and is not the hero's type who likes blondes but she is his perfect fake fiancée and would help him get a teaching job at a college. Her transformation makes him want her but he knows she is a hurricane while he is all dull and boring, the heroine finds him stifling, he reminds her of her father who ...more
Daisy, a woman who has a messy apartment, messy clothes, and a messy life, is seriously in need of money. Her landlord came one day and found the cat Daisy just adopted. And he also came to tell her that she didn't pay her last month's rent. Lincoln, who was next to them, couldn't help but overhear her predicament and came up with a proposition. Daisy was to pretend to be his fiancée, so that he could land a job at Prescott. In exchange for helping her pay her rent ($300), and add in a thousand ...more
ETA: (9/17/10) I listened to this on audio narrated by Susan Boyce. The narrator has a nice, strong voice and does a fine job with the story. I usually listen to audiobooks while I occupy myself doing chores or walking. However, this time I simply listened to the last 2 hours of the book while sitting quietly with my eyes shut. It was a great way to experience the story, being immersed in it. Even knowing the ending, I felt the anxiety of both Linc and Daisy as they came to grips with their feel ...more
Quirky Omega
What a cute book! And so relatable.
I am once again absolutely flummoxed why Jennifer Crusie gets such average ratings. Such is the unfairness of life.

The Cinderella Deal is pretty close to the actual fairy tale and yet, it is not. Daisy isn't an ordinary, suffering soul. And Linc's not the perfect and good saviour. They are polar opposites yet when they are put together, they're the cosiest and most perfect union. At the risk of sounding cheesy, my heart is still fluttering.

Daisy is the quintes
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it

You'll have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit when it comes to this romance.

I love Cinderella-themed stories. I mean, really love them. It's hard to mess it up when the theme itself is doing half the work for you. At least, for those of us who like it. The Cinderella Deal is only loosely that type of story. I liked some of the author's additions and changes to the theme.
The heroine is older than thirty, one of those colourful (inside and out) people. Her upstairs neighbour is a serious
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I guess it was okay. For some reason, I didn't like the characters very much. Both were very indecisive so..I dunno, I like my hero to be sure that the heroine is the only one he wanted and not go about how she's not his type and all that excuses. The heroine's the same. She wanted to fall in love with someone else. So I guess that on-going theme irritated me and prevented me from enjoying the story. ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Linc is in a spot of trouble, and he needs his neighbor Daisy’s help. They have a prickly relationship at best, but when Linc needs someone to pretend to be his fiancée, and Daisy needs to earn some real money, her art work not bringing in enough to live on, she agrees to his request. The dean at the college where Linc hopes to teach is enchanted by Daisy, but soon things escalate out of hand. Now it seems Linc really needs a wife to have any chance at being a full professor. Well, it’s not hard ...more
Jane Stewart
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 ½ stars. Fluffy, enjoyable, light romance. The characters were stereotypes but fun. It’s a nice little escape.

Daisy is an artist; she paints pictures. She also tells stories at local libraries and book stores. She buys clothes and furniture at thrift shops. Her home is full of color. She adopts damaged dogs and cats. She’s desperately in need of a thousand dollars for back rent and other necessities.

Linc is Daisy’s neighbor. He drives a black Porsche which Daisy calls the nazimobil
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I hope for something more (after Agnes and the Hitman, here is my review) but still, I have had a nice time.

It was funny.
And this was a romance with a little deeper view into human nature.

But to me, there was no space for a evolving love. I felt that first I had: "they don't like each other" and then: "they love each other but don't know it is mutual". And then they found out that it was mutual and we had happy ever after. You could tell, the story consist
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Lincoln Blaise is a college professor and an author. He's also a stick in the mud and usually an ass. Whilst searching for better employment he tells a lie to the hiring board that he has a fiancee. When they want to meet her he better find one quick. who else can he come up with but a natural story-teller - the flake who lives downstairs. No not the friendly blonde that he's friends with and has had repeated carnal knowledge of her body, that would make sense. But instead the really wacky brune ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This turned out to be a surprisingly quick, funny & romantic read! Linc's name got on my nerves at the beginning until I found out his name was short for Lincoln, DUH DAISY!! & of course I loved Daisy's name. **I wonder why?** :)

Linc & Daisy are total opposites and would never even consider speaking to one another until Linc realizes that he needs Daisy to pretend to be his wife so he can get his dream job at a university. Daisy & Linc go through their ups and downs as they unravel their deceiv
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved, LOVED this story. It was cute and romantic and funny and a wonderful HEA. Very satisfying! Right up there with “Bet Me”.

Some graphic sex but no profanity.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, audiobook
DNF - 1*

2* for the story with a -1 for the narration by Susan Boyce. It was like listening to a female robot who was programmed by william shatner and then told to try and sound more natural. Utter failure. Accents came and went. There was zero emotion added and lots of strange pauses and stops. I really really tried to get used to it and I might have managed if I had not wanted to hit the h with a stick. An artsy fartsy woman is fine. A compulsive liar who calls it "storytelling" and justifies
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 audiobook stars for me. This was a cute quick listen for me. I have enjoyed this author as a nice palate cleanser after longer more serious books. This is sweet and while it certainly lacks depth it was good. Both MCs were great together and who wouldn’t love those pets!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: libby
Because I liked "Charlie All Night" so much, I was excited to get into another of Jennifer Crusie's books. "Charlie All Night" is not even in the the top 10 books that Crusie has written, and I liked it so much so, when it came to reading another Crusie book, I chose one that seemed to have a lot of favorable reviews: "The Cinderella Deal". What's not to like? I love a forced marriage trope, and this one seemed primed for me.

However. I mean, the two star rating should tell you how I felt about i
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Picked this up on a whim at the library (the library which has for inexplicable reasons decided to get rid - or perhaps lost - it's copy of Bet Me. Why Ottawa library, why?). Thirty pages in I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd read this before, then I realized, I hadn't, but it's very similar to another Crusie: Strange Bedpersons. Also, an opposites (aka conventional v. free spirit), one of whom needs a short-term fake fiance for business reasons. Except this stops being short-term, and rolls ...more
Madelyn W
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, mindless read I found in a box of thrift-store-bought books, and now I know why it was left there. I have no problem suspending disbelief for the joyride that is the "fake relationship" trope, but I have several problems with the book overall.

The characters are freaking wallpaper. Perhaps eye-catching or intriguing at first, but thin, one-dimensional, and easy to peel away. Daisy Flattery (GROAN) is our Southern Belle in self-insert clothing who just wants to paint and collect ugly fur
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful surprise. I read the occasional romance novel for a fluffy lark but I'm picky about them. I read a couple of Jennifer Crusie's other books and liked them because they're funny, breezy and not always entirely formulaic.

The Cinderella Deal starts off the same as expected: girl (Daisy) meets boy (Lincoln), they dislike each other, Wacky Shenanigans force them to spend time together, and Hijinks Ensue involving uncontrollable attraction, snarky dialogue and several dysfunc
May 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a DNF for me.

I would have never picked this book. It was recommended to me by a friend. Honestly, the cover is flat-out awful. I would have never, ever read it based on that alone.

The tone was older. I smiled a few times, but that was pretty much it. There was none of the snappiness I like (probably why there was no man-titty on the cover).

Nothing worked for me, not the set up or the characters. Linc was a big douche. He'd slept with Daisy's friend and yet wanted Daisy to pretend to
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Sometimes impulsively picking up an audio book based on the synopsis alone works. Other results in this. Basically, your typical opposites attract storyline with main characters suffering from parental issues (which in turn makes them commitment-phobic) and lust. The main character randomly goes on about how much she loves the book of Job (and apparently she has a copy of it lying around? Like, just of the book of Job. Not a Bible) and Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon and for a moment ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It's been awhile since I have read a Jennifer Cruise book. I have always been a big fan of hers. After all the glowing reviews, I thought I would give this one a read. However, I felt it lacked the sizzle and tension and just downright fun her other books have.

I would say this one was just okay. I settled at 2.5 stars. Her other books are so much better
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.

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