Monday, May 20, 2013

[Book Review] The Cinderella Makeover

Title: The Cinderella Makeover
Author: Hope Tarr
Date Published: March 11, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Source: ARC
Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★ 

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About the Book:
Fashionista Francesca St. James has agreed to work as a "fairy godmother" on the reality TV show Project Cinderella, taking contestants from geeky to dreamy. When Francesca’s archrival bets she can't transform the awkwardly sweet CEO to hot in under eight weeks, Francesca accepts the challenge. 
As CEO of a tech company, Greg may have billions, but what’s it worth without a woman to share it with? From day one on the show though, he clashes with his gorgeous fairy godmother—yet off-set, he can’t stop thinking about her. But this sexy woman is so far out of his league…and wants to change every single thing about him. It's up to him to show her it's more than clothes that make the man.May the best man or geek win…

Cute, quirky and a refreshingly quick read!

I have always had a weakness for geeks and nerds so it was a no-brainer for me to pick this book for reading and reviewing. And I wasn't in the least bit disappointed!

Story-wise, while the Cinderella plot-device has been used so many times in so many novels, this particular book managed to combine just enough quirk, sass, chemistry and transformation to make everything perfectly believable.

The characters are endearing and relatable. While reading this book, I feel like I gained new friends. I especially like Francesca St. James for facing things head-on. She's strong and independent but she could also be stubborn and bull-headed when it comes to her career. The part I liked best about her is that she's able to recognize her short-comings and instead of just giving up, she strives to make everything right. This is especially true for her daughter.

Then there's also our Cinderella - Gregory Knickerbocker. Imagine Mark Zuckerberg without whatsoever fashion sense, plus an extreme camera-shyness and you get Greg. He's totally owning in the tech-department, being the CEO of an expanding tech company, but completely clueless in terms of fashion, dating and love.

What I like about Greg is that even though he's a geek, he's not the super-shy kind. Sure, he doesn't like his pictures taken, but on any normal day, he could fit very well into being the guy-next-door type. Plus, it didn't hurt that he's such a smartass. Oh, and um, a fair warning: Abba is his favorite band. LOL.

Personally, their first meeting was one of the most memorable scenes in the story for me. It was enjoyable to watch two people try to outwit each other. I don't want to reveal too much so I'll just say that Greg gets brownie points for being a smartass.

Also, I love how multidimensional both Francesca and Greg as characters are. Both of them have strengths, but they also have a lot of baggage, insecurities and vulnerabilities. Plus, hashing out these baggage as they got to know each other made their story believable. They didn't fall in love in a snap. Their feelings were allowed to take root and grow, that's why their story is believable.

What else? Ah! The jealousy tactic! A little jealousy couldn't hurt anyone, and more often than not, a little jealousy could easily make people recognize feelings that they haven't even thought they had. This was splendidly incorporated into the storyline so brownie points for that, too.

All in all, this book is quite enjoyable. It's the perfect book for a quick escape into the realm of fiction without being dragged into too much drama.

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