Fooling Around with Cinderella by Stacy Juba
Fooling Around with Cinderella by Stacy Juba is a charming romantic comedy following unemployed Jaine Andersen and amusement park owner Dylan Callahan as Jaine tries to convince her to hire her as a marketing director he didn’t ask for or know he needed. He agrees, but there’s a stipulation- Jaine has to fill in as Cinderella during summer park hours. This small arrangement quickly turns Jaine’s life upside-down; she’s not used to being in the spotlight, and a jealous employee is looking to ruin more than one career.
I really liked how this book opened, with Jaine pitching a job Dylan the park manager, wasn’t even looking for. I really admired Jaine in that moment, as nervous as she was, but her confidence in the workplace seemed to disappear around her sisters, which was a little disappointing. I also admired Jaine for stepping into a role that made her uncomfortable. She has her body issues as most women do, which should have made her relatable, but the author never mentioned what those issues were. Jaine just doesn’t see herself as pretty even though there’s nothing wrong with her. From the description we get, she’s a little plain but in no means homely. But there are also no visible scars, cellulite, stretch marks or even a pimple to cause her body issues. Perhaps it was a case of not seeing herself as she truly is after being compared to her sisters, but with the way she doubted herself, I thought there was something else. This could have been a much more powerful statement about all women being beautiful, but it fell a little short.
The plot is fairly straightforward and typical of the genre and I finished in an evening. It’s a funny, lighthearted and relaxing read, which is just what I needed. It’s written fairly well with no obvious errors and kept me hooked to my Kindle.
As for the other characters, I liked almost all of them, except for the mean girl, and Dylan’s parents. I did not like the way his parents treated him at all, and hoped that he stood up to them a lot sooner. I wanted to read more about the supporting characters, and assume the next books in the series will be about them. Dylan, as the other main character, didn’t seem to do a lot of growing up. He’s following the same patterns as his teenaged self, and when the time came for some growth and trust, he blew it. Jaine should have been a lot harder on him. The chemistry between them is steamy (though there are no sex scenes) and the banter is entertaining.
My Rating: 3.5/5
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