Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: The Cinderella Project by Stan Crowe

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.

I learned about The Cinderella Project a couple of weeks ago during its blog tour. The cover caught my eye (how could it not-kudos to the cover designer), and the reviews I read had wonderful things to say about it.

I really liked The Cinderella Project, and I think a lot of the reason was because it was so different from others in this genre. It is written from the male point of view by a male author. Although not the norm, it worked very well for this story. Also, Nick is such a fun main character. He has very appealing qualities for a romantic lead, but he's also somewhat . . . nerdy? His occasional scientific responses made me laugh out loud.

Physical beauty was only skin deep. It was nothing more than the product of a properly shaped skeleton overlain by just the right proportioning of muscles. Her slightly-lidded eyes needn't be mysterious if one just understood that she was merely relaxing her orbicularis oculi. Her lips might look pleasant as she smiled, but that only meant that her incisivi labii were shaped in a balanced symmetrical way that indicated good overall health and muscular development. She was a healthy specimen, sure. That meant she probably had lower health insurance premiums. Right. Nothing more than show. Nothing.

Not to worry, there isn't a lot of medical terminology in this novel. The usage is rare and well done.

Nick's project was so different. His experiments (which included reading lots of romance novels and watching romantic movies, in addition to conducting experiments on couples in love) provided a hilarious mental picture.

The glimpse into graduate school life was really interesting. Long hours and living on a very tight budget really brought out the struggle and sacrifice that is including with earning a doctorate degree. But that sounds much too serious. It was included and gave a great picture of Nick's life, but the overall book is fun and entertaining.

I highly recommend The Cinderella Project. It's a great, clean romance.

*Thanks to publisher Breezy Reads for sending me the e-copy for review.

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