Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen


Finding the one has never been so fun frustrating.

Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She's sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she's happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she's culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.

Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?

Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.


 Jake put his arm over the back of the couch. His fingers grazed my shoulder, then
he twisted them in the ends of my hair, sending a tingly sensation along my scalp “Nope.
Just had some experience with stuff like this before.”
“You think you’ve got women all figured out, then, do you?” I asked.
Jake shook his head. “No way. Every time you think you do, they change the rules on you. Like they could love the way you were yesterday and hate it the next day.”
“Every now and then, we change our minds. It’s our prerogative. The big secret is”—I leaned in conspiratorially—“sometimes, even we don’t know why. There are times after we pick a fight where we’re
as confused as you are. But there’s no way we’re admitting it.” I shrugged a shoulder. “That’s why we have boobs.”
Jake’s eyebrows shot up.
“See, after we’ve acted crazy, and the guy’s wondering what he’s doing with us, we use them to mesmerize him, so he forgets that we’re crazy.” I shot Jake my most seductive smile and leaned the assets in question against his arm. “And by the way, if you look at my cleavage right now, even though I’m the one talking about it, I’ll accuse you of not caring about what I say and of just treating me like an object.”
Jake swallowed hard, keeping eye contact with me, though I could tell he was fighting his impulse to look down. A mischievous glint flickered through his eyes. “And treating you like an object would be bad?”
“It depends on how big a deal you make about how smart, funny, talented, etcetera, etcetera I am first.”
Jake slid his hand behind my neck and swept his thumb along my jaw. “Have I told you how smart, funny, talented, and etcetera I think you are?”

“You think I’m going to fall for that when I just fed you the lines?” Before he could answer, I kissed him. Using his hand on my neck, he pulled me closer, forcing my lips open with his tongue. His other hand slid up my thigh, and even through jeans, my skin burned from his touch. 

Guest Post:

Cinderella Screwed Me Over is all in Darby’s point of view, so I thought we should get a little insight to Jake. So here’s the first time he sees Darby in his POV.

            The blonde wearing the red dress headed away from the office door of the restaurant, and Jake couldn’t help staring after her, wondering why she was by the office, and wishing he’d been closer so he could’ve intercepted her. There were a dozen other things he should be doing, what with the weekend rush at Blue, but it’d been a while since simply seeing a woman had caused his heart to pound the way it was.
            So he turned down the walkway after her, figuring part of his job was to make sure all his patrons were taken care of.
            She scooted aside for a large group heading down the walkway to be seated. When she went to step forward, her shoe caught and she wobbled slightly. She righted herself, but her shoe was still on the floor. Jake quickly moved to retrieve it, seeing an opportunity to talk to her.
            It wasn’t just on the floor, but stuck in a crack of the floorboards. “I think you lost this,” he said, removing it.
            “Yeah, it kind of stuck in there and… Let’s just say it wasn’t my smoothest move.”
            He straightened and smiled, a stirring going through his gut at her easy sense of humor. “Well…” He held the black shoe out to her. “Here you go.”
            “Thanks,” she said, taking the shoe. Balancing on one foot, she bent one of her long, sexy legs back. Jake placed a hand on her hip to steady her, and the contact caused his pulse to race and his mouth to go dry.
            She got on her shoe and put down her foot. She glanced from his hand on her hip, to his face. It probably should’ve made him let go, but he wasn’t ready to yet. “I didn’t want you to fall.”
            “I wouldn’t fall.”
            “You see how I might worry, since you did trip just a minute ago.” He grinned, enjoying teasing her a bit, hoping she wouldn’t take it the wrong way. When she smiled back, he knew he had to find a way to ask this woman out.
            “I suppose I do have that against me. Although I choose to blame the faulty flooring and not my coordination.”
            He reluctantly let go of her and extended his hand. “I’m Jake.”
            She put her hand in his and he curled his fingers around it. “Darby,” she said.
            “Interesting name.”
             “Interesting is one word for it. For a long time, I thought my parents chose it to torture me. People used to tell me that because of my name, they thought I was a boy.”
            Jake couldn’t help looking her up and down again, the sexy curves, the long legs made even longer by her tall shoes. “I doubt anyone makes that mistake now.”
            She blinked her big eyes at him, and a thrill went though him at being able to fluster her a bit. Yeah, he was definitely asking her out, and he wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

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About the Author:

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her
characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, and Demons of the Sun and adult romances Falling for Her FiancĂ©, Act Like You Love Me, and Cinderella Screwed Me Over. 

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Tour Schedule:

10/29:   Spotlight - Ever After Romance

10/30:  Guest Post - Lusty Penguin Reviews

10/30: 2nd stop - Interview - Romance with Flavor

10/31: Review - The Autumn Review

11/4:  Guest Blog - Romantic Reads and Such

11/5: Review - Bibliophilia, Please

11/6:  Spotlight & Review - My Book Addiction and More

11/7:  Interview - Perusing Princesses

11/8:  Guest blog - Crazed Bookie

11/9:  Review - In The Name of Books

11/10:  Review/Spotlight - LeBook Squirrel

11/11:  Interview - A Passion for Romance

11/12:  Interview and Review - Storm Goddess Book Reviews

11/14: Review - Fictionators

11/18:  Spotlight - Reader's Edyn

11/21:  Guest Blog - Books to Get Lost in

11/26:  Spotlight - Rose & Beps Blog

11/28: Guest Blog - Ramblings From This Chick

11/29: Guest Blog - Read Love Blog

11/30:  Interview - Book Bliss


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