The Cinderella Project

Rated 3.83/5 based on 6 reviews
Committed to saving his marriage before it starts, doctoral student Nick Cairn embarks on a project aimed at finding the secrets of everlasting love. But when Moire DeLanthe, a smart and sassy research assistant, enters the picture, his Happily Ever After is put to the ultimate test.

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Published by Breezy Reads
Words: 68,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781938327032

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Review by: Donna Feyen on Oct. 29, 2012 :
This is a sweet clean romance written by a male and from a male point of view. I found the story line of Nick researching romance to be an unusual but it worked well and made for some very funny moments. For example when he meets Moire’ for the first time – “re-test element of surprise on response to stimuli” and “heart rate increased in response to newcomer’s smile”. Understanding his relationship with his parents and his parents’ relationship helped explain why he would stay with such a brat. Moire’ was a likeable character and you could not help but root for her. There were some LOL moments. See my review at More Than a Review for the level of sex, violence,etc.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katie A on Oct. 07, 2012 :
This is a fun easy read book. As it was written in first person I found at times it was lacking I was wanting more information either from his thoughts or to know what some of the other characters were really thinking and feeling. Even though it was predictable I wanted to read to the end just to see how it would all fall in place. I love that it is a good romance that values marriage and loyalty within marriage. It also shows just how blind we are when we are first in love and the importance of getting to know someone and ask questions before you commit.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: The Bumble Girl on Sep. 03, 2012 :
This book had me smiling ear to ear - it was so refreshing to read such a sweet and romantic story from a guys point-of-view. I was instantly captured by the title of this book and synopsis, and knew that it would be an enjoyable story.

Nick Cairn is a grad student on the verge of graduating, all he has left to do is finish his dissertation. But trying to use scientific methods on figuring out how and why people fall in love takes many dedicated long and lonely hours... his fiance, Ella, was far from understanding or interested in what he was trying to accomplish. But Nick was a good guy, he was always understanding, dedicated every free moment with her and did his best to live up to his expectations even though it seemed that she did nothing in return and he knew almost nothing about her, her family or her past.
I had to admit, I did have a hard time understanding how Nick was always so patient and trusting towards Ella. He had no idea how she supported herself or how she spent her time. But he knew how insecure she was and demanding, and he always did what he could to keep her happy. The blindness of true love? Or just dealing with it and keeping his promises?

And then Moire DeLanthe walks in. I have to admit, I fell for her from just reading her name - it fits her perfectly! The moment she spoke to him and he laid eyes on her, there was a spark. She oozed confidence and personality - so likable and fun! And of course the Nick is all in a tither and has to go into denial about what he is feeling for her, and the things that start to change with Ella...

It was quite humorous to read through some of the situations that Nick had to go through, his little misadventures had me laughing out loud! At times, things were predictable, but like all love stories, you can't help yourself to find out how it all ends.

For all of you that love light, clean romances - ala Nicholas Sparks, but without all the crying - you will certainly love this little story too!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shanda on Aug. 30, 2012 :
I LOVED this book. I had such a great time reading it. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this contemporary romance written by a man. The story is told in first person from the hero’s point-of-view. The reader gets the chance to hear the male main character’s internal dialogue as he struggles, succeeds, fails and recovers.

Grad student Nick is working on his dissertation and after hours of observing couples in romantic situations, watching hundreds of romantic movies, reading dozens of romance books, and studying nearly a thousand brain scans of couples in various stages of love, he is almost done with his research. When a beautiful woman that is not his fiancé shows up at the lab requesting to be hired as his research assistant, Nick is hesitant. He doesn’t want anyone potentially tempting him and distracting him from his devoted commitment to his fiancé, Ella.

Nick is a hard worker, a good student, and a great guy. I really liked him. He has a few thoughtless moments of being a jerk, which only made his character more believable to me as he stepped in it a few times trying to make up for those moments. He gets confused when his fiancé becomes overly emotional at times while planning their wedding, but makes a serious effort to keep the peace and show his love for and devotion to Ella.

I loved how the friendship between Nick and Moiré developed. I appreciated how devoted Nick was to his fiancé even though there were a few times I wanted to knock him upside the head. I loved the scene at the Italian restaurant, and the tuxedo shop, and the outdoor mall, and the park, and the cathedral. I laughed whenever male ego reared its head. I wanted hug Nick when he was hurting and frustrated.

The Cinderella Project pulled me in from the start and I enjoyed it even more than I expected. It was refreshing to read this male-written romance from a male point-of-view. I hope that it won’t be the last. I would love to read more books like this one.

If you like good, clean, entertaining romance I highly recommend The Cinderella Project. I gladly add this book to my “Favorite Romances” list and look forward to reading it again in the near future.

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Review by: Aimee Brown on Aug. 30, 2012 :
Have you read many romantic type books by a male author? I really haven't. Well, I can think of a few. (Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans) The Cinderella Project is written by a guy~ Stan Crowe. It is also written from a guys point of view. I actually thought that Nick sounded exactly like a guy. (surprise, surprise) Lots of times you read books by women authors and the guy just doesn't sound like a typical guy. You know? While I would definitely not rank this book up there with Nicholas Sparks, I will say that it was an enjoyable read. I am a girl who appreciates a good, clean romance novel and this one delivered in spades.

Nick is, I think, like many men. He is extremely focused on his project to the point of being nearly oblivious to everything else. Ironically enough, Nick's project is based on finding the secrets of everlasting love but he seems completely dense when it comes to this part of his own life. Although I will say that his loyalty (however blinded and misguided it is) to his fiance and that relationship is admirable. He didn't run after the pretty new girl the first time she blinked. I really did want to throttle Nick several times though.

Thank goodness there was Moire. Boy did she save the day, several times. Her character was fun and likable. This book would have been nothing without her. :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dmcmurdie on Aug. 25, 2012 :
Really cute, clean romance book. I really enjoyed this story. I would gladly recommend it to anyone that loves innocent romance novels. It was a fairly obvious plot, but still humorous and enjoyable. The characters are lovable. My only major complaint was the number of typos. It should have had another edit to get rid of those.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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