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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 is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifteen contemporary novels. Her work has been published in twenty countries.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345530667
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Z0QV8S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By --corinne-- on 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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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By nicola on October 19, 2001
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 By Amazon Customer on 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Burns VINE VOICE on 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 By A Customer on January 1, 2001
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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