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The Cinderella Deal [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Crusie
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Book Description

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 neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs to have a fiancée in order to capture his dream job, and Daisy is game to play the role. But something funny happens on their way to the altar that changes everything. Now, with the midnight hour approaching, will Daisy lose her prince, or will opposites not only attract but live happily ever after?

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Jennifer Crusie
“Crusie’s talent [is] for writing wacky romantic plots that shine with generous amounts of humor and enormous good cheer.”—Library Journal, on Faking It
“With humor, irony and a whole lot of wit, Jennifer Crusie straps in her readers and takes them on a memorable ride. . . . She is a masterful storyteller.”—Romantic Times, on Fast Women

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About the Author

Jennifer Crusie has written fifteen novels and one book of literary criticism, edited two essay collections, and contributed over thirty essays to magazines and anthologies. Her work has been published in twenty countries.

Product Details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345530667
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Z0QV8S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Crusie at her Best! April 24, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book yet! This is my favorite contemporary romance of all time! Smart, sexy, funny, human....My HIGHEST 5-star rating. I can't rave about the quality of writing in this book enough. Great setting, characters, story-- A small, perfect, pleasing gem.

Eccentric Daisy Flattery collects thrift-store furniture, stray cats, and wishes her life were as interesting as the stories she tells.
When her upstairs, uptight, but incredibly gorgeous neighbor Linc Blaise needs a fiancee to clench a position as a history professor in a small-town college, he, against his better judgment, can't think of anyone who could lie better than Daisy Flattery, professional storyteller (and starving artist).
Linc, a workaholic, with his chrome-and-glass furniture and black Porshe has his life just the way he wants it. He finds himself maddened but attracted-against-his-will to Daisy, with her stray cats, cracked Tiffany lamps, and compulsion to embellish her life at faculty gatherings.
When Linc and Daisy conveniently break up after Linc is hired for the position at the college, the chair of Linc's department makes it clear that a fiancee/wife was part of the bargain. Linc is sufficently compelled to make a temporary "Cinderella Deal" with Daisy that will change them both.

This book is so good the above synopsis doesn't do it justice. Jennifer Crusie's other novels provide the best example of her unique, sharp dialogue. Daisy Flattery-Blaise is a frizzy-haired, granny-dress-wearing romantic and also a feminist. She won't change who she is to please Linc or anybody else. The melding of these two characters is riotous, clever, and pleasing.
FYI: Published in 1996 by Loveswept, this romance is now out-of-print, but well-worth finding. It is the length of a serial romance.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a pumpkin October 19, 2001
By nicola
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best romances Ive ever read. A story of a real (and unorthodox) woman who meets a real (and orthodox man). A wicked stepfather, a pretend marriage and a procession of animals keeps the story out of the minds of the characters and in the imagination of the reader. Funny and touching with no incidences of rape, undue influence, physical abuse and victorian morality poipular in traditional romances. A good read for real women.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & tender October 1, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Cinderella Deal" is a beautifully tender and moving romance. It may be one of Crusie's earlier works, but her inexperience isn't obvious. Crusie manages to inject both funny and touching moments into a wonderfully developed romance.
Linc and Daisy are two very different people, and at first they aren't sure whether they really like one another. But gradually, Linc begins to appreciate Daisy's warmth and compassion, and Daisy notices Linc's steadfastness and deep-rooted passion. Gradually, they come to truly know and love one another in a very special, moving way. This is -not- your typical genre romance.
Both main characters are well-developed, as are the secondary characters. The earnestness of the characters, and Crusie's incredible gift for conveying emotional depth, make this truly a wonderful romance.
"The Cinderella Deal" is a prize, not just for Crusie fans, but also for those who love a good romance. It's also a hoot! I truly hope that the publishers realize what a possible audience they have for earlier Crusie titles ... and gives us some reprints. Personally, I am thankful for interlibrary loan!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a script for a 1980's TV sitcom... February 1, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The premise is pretty basic: Conservative professor makes up a "fiancé" when interviewing for a new job at a small Ohio college. Out of sheer desperation he asks his quirky neighbor to pose as his bride-to-be. Things heat up when the "pretend" relationship ignites some very real feelings.

It was hard to warm up to the two main characters. Linc Blaise is the poster boy for a 1980's yuppie male, complete with track lighting and chrome and leather furniture. Daisy Flattery doesn't fare much better. With her baggy thrift shop clothes, velvet hat and sloppy apartment I was getting a distinct "bag lady" vibe. It's as if the author is screaming "See, she's UNIQUE; she's DIFFERENT" but it feels like she's trying too hard. As the story moves along they do develop a certain chemistry; Linc begins to thaw and Daisy tones down the flaky artist persona. There are a slew of supporting characters and while a few are rather funny most are pretty forgettable.

This was a quick read and I have to say my feelings were pretty neutral. It wasn't bad but nothing about the story stands out or sets it apart; a fairly predictable contemporary romance. If you like your characters "over the top" then you might enjoy this more than I did. If you are new to Crusie I'd recommend you look into some of her later work like `Bet Me' or `Welcome to Temptation'. The characters are more three dimensional and they really showcase her talent for smart and funny dialog.

Some mild sexual content; no strong language.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great funny book! January 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like all of Crusie's books, The Cinderella Deal is hilarious and original. Lincoln Blaise is a stuffy professor who needs a wife to get a job at Prescott College. Daisy Flattery needs a break to get a jumpstart on her artwork and to keep the wolves at the door. They make an arringment to stay married for a year and then they will divorce. Like all Crusie novels, trouble ensues. This is a really great book. I definitly recomend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Easy read, good, happy ending. I finished it in one sitting. I'd like to me read more from this author.
Published 3 days ago by Nancy Handzel
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Cinderella Story!
Daisy Flattery is a free as it can be character. Makes you want to be her. I love the way she is so giving, free-spirited and willing to take on a challenge. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sapphire Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars While The Cinderella Deal isn't my favorite of Jennifer Crusie's works...
While The Cinderella Deal isn't my favorite of Jennifer Crusie's works it's one of my favorite of what I'd call her "second tier" novels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ST
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all of Jennifer Cruisie books.
Published 2 months ago by Wolfie
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't disappoint
Jennifer Crusie doesn't disappoint with this shorter work. If you know and like her work, you'll like this earlier work of fiction.
Published 2 months ago by Laura Ann DiDonna
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun from Crusie
Crusie's fast paced amusing story lines are always a winner. Guaranteed every time to entertain.
Published 3 months ago by Smartee
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern fable with a happy ending. Mental popcorn
A modern fable with a happy ending. Mental popcorn. but don't we all need a fluffy treat now and again! I enjoyed it very much.
Published 3 months ago by rachel Keane
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember when
Okay I don't QUITE remember when, but I remember why.
I remember my first Jennifer Crusie book and I remember that before I even finished it I'd bought a copy of every book I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hellen
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy read
Light & thoroughly enjoyable
Published 4 months ago by catlou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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More About the Author

Jennifer Crusie was researching her dissertation on the differences in the way men and women tell stories when she got sidetracked into writing romance novels.

Her first book was published in 1993 (which pretty much finished off any hope of her getting that PhD) and her twenty-second book, Maybe This Time, came out in August of 2010, all of which she considers a minor miracle, especially since she is also a New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestseller and a two-time Rita award winner.

Jenny is currently working on her new Liz Danger mystery series. She is a very happy woman.

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