Title: The Cinderella Deal
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Publisher: Bantam Books
Read for: 2011 Chick-Lit Challenge
Blurb (from back cover)
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 fiancee 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 proverbial midnight hour approaching, will Daisy lose her prince, or will opposites not only attract but live happily ever after?
Normally, I love Jennifer Crusie books, but I was a little disappointed in this book. Daisy and Linc’s agreement seems to go off well, but it took forever to get to the part that I read most books for: the hook-up.
True, Daisy and Linc are together at the beginning, but they are simply posing as a couple in order for Linc to get a job. And the two couldn’t be further apart in terms of interest. Linc, who drives a restored car and cares what people think of him, thinks Daisy, an artistic and eccentric woman who loves strays, is a little nuts. Initially, they hate each other.
It takes a while for them to warm up to each other, but they do, and they become friends. It takes a while to get past the “friends” stage, but slowly we see Linc become jealous over Daisy’s newfound friendship with the local vet and Daisy’s blatant dislike of Linc’s young, blonde co-worker.
It takes a long time for them to finally realize their attraction (beyond physical attraction, I mean) to one another, and a little bit longer for them to act on it. The physical attraction happens pretty soon into the book, but they don’t act on it for ridiculous reasons.
The book was fluffy, cute, and short, but it still let me down.