Fooling Around With Cinderella

Fooling Around With Cinderella

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by Stacy Juba
     
 

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What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella's toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella's glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine's ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss,

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What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella's toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella's glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine's ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park's resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

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Publishers Weekly
11/02/2015
In this charming yet predictable romance, opening the Storybook Valley contemporary series, an ambitious young marketing executive applies for her dream job at a fairy tale theme park and ends up agreeing to assume the role of Cinderella for the summer. At first thrown off by the demands of the position, Jaine Anderson soon learns to love playing the part of a princess, especially as it allows her to spend time with sexy Dylan Callahan, general manager of Storybook Valley. Acknowledging the mutual attraction, they must nevertheless juggle their professional relationship along with a burgeoning romantic one. Meanwhile, Jaine’s sisters place their own demands on her time, including babysitting and wedding planning, pushing her toward a stress-induced breaking point. Naturally, the Cinderella tropes are both subtle and overt in this tale, as the heroine literally wears the glass slippers while deflecting the flirtations of the park’s resident Prince Charming. The romance is cute, heartfelt, and chaste, but the obligatory antagonist is all-too-easily overcome. Like a theme park, this story is pleasant, inoffensive, and satisfying, but lacking an edge. (BookLife)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781515390756
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/06/2015
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. Stacy is also the founder of the Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of authors with Cinderella-themed romance novels. When she's not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series.

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Fooling Around With Cinderella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming book that made me smile. If you are looking for a fun contemporary romance, you have found it in this book. While it is an adult book, it is a clean romance and one that you can share with your teens.
Boundlessbookreviews 11 months ago
I was provided a copy of Fooling Around with Cinderella in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read this; normally I wouldn’t have chosen this for myself, and I would have missed out on a 100% charming and heartfelt story. Jaine gets charmed into playing Storybook Valley’s full time Cinderella, and part time Marketing coordinator, by her very handsome and lady killer boss, Dylan. She isn’t too thrilled by the prospect of playing Cinderella, but wants to be a team player in order to get the full time Marketing position. The funny thing is Jaine wears so many hats; she kinda resembles Cinderella in her real life. She has two sisters that don’t appreciate her, and are constantly dumping things on her that they should do themselves, including watching a child! “I’m Cinderella the scullery maid, who no one appreciates.” Life at the Storybook Valley brings many things to Jaine; friendships, betrayals, romance, love, heartache, and great joy. Fooling Around With Cinderella was a great story about a woman learning to stand up for herself, find out who she is, and maybe find her prince charming on the way. I very much enjoyed this very sweet and charming story. I’m giving it 4 boundless stars....Sara
BookSnuggle 12 months ago
"Fooling Around with Cinderella" by Stacy Juba is book one in the "Storybook Valley" series. This is Jaine Andersen and Dylan Callahan's story. Jaine's life resembles the classical fairy tale of Cinderella. She is always doing something for someone else and never for herself. You can't help but fall in love with her plus she is funny too. Dylan is the general manager at his parents amusement park. He is trying to make changes to increase their business. Dylan's parents still want to do everything the way they have always done it. Jaine ends up working for Dylan. There is a definite attraction between them. There are some really funny scenes in the book. Jaine seems to be able to just go with the flow no matter what happens. If you are wanting to read a cute, clean, and sweet romance, then this is for you. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA had me cracking up, swooning, and wanting to throw a few punches (not literally) throughout the story. I adored the characters and the entire situation. There was charm, chemistry, family, friends, humor, and even a villain. If you enjoy chick-lit, this is the perfect story for you! Jaine who gets to play Cinderella, nicknamed "Cindy" during her stint as such, was strong and creative, but also had some insecurities. I loved the opening scene were she toes off with Dylan. I also loved seeing her transform and gather a back bone. She was a fabulous character. Dylan was also great. Charming, a little impulsive and flirtatious, also insecure in some ways while he tries to make up for his past, attractive and smart. Both characters had their flaws, but evolved a little through the story and fit so fabulously together. I also loved a lot of the other characters and sweet moments they had, especially Dylan's grandfather. There were some characters that threw some tension into the story as well and even though I didn't necessarily like them, they played their roles well. I wasn't sure about the cover, but the synopsis sounded intriguing enough and so I gave it a chance. I'm really glad that I did! I loved the pacing of the story. I loved the way the author let the characters fumble, but also shine. I loved the sweet moments, the laugh-out-loud moments, the tense moments. I loved the theme park and the way fairy tales were interwoven in the story. It was such an enjoyable and entertaining read that felt light, but also had some depth. I'm looking forward to finding out who the heroine and hero is of the next story and how they'll get their happily-ever-after! Content: Some mild swearing - otherwise clean. Source: I would like to thank the author for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Fooling Around with Cinderella is an adorable romance complete with nasty sisters, a fairy godmother, prince charming, and a witch. I really enjoyed Jaine throughout Fooling Around with Cinderella. She’s a loving character with spunk and perfectly fits into this role. Dylan’s character is a but less than the perfect Prince Charming which really is much more fun. Their romance is sweet and the drama surrounding them makes for a great story. You won’t want to miss this contemporary rendition of the classic Cinderella! More About Fooling Around With Cinderella… Author: Stacy Juba Source: Website Request from Stacy Juba Publisher & Date: November 6th 2015 by Thunder Horse Press Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance ISBN: 9781515390756 Pages: 224 pages Grade: A Ages: 6+ Steam: YA Setting: Catskills, New York Series: Storybook Valley #1
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
This was a cute fast read for me it moves slow and didn't hold my attention. I kept expecting it to take off but for me it never did. The story has a good plot with a twist on the villain. The chemistry between Jaine and Dylan is wonderful. Jaine lets her family use her and she gets no credit for what she does for them. I did not care for her character she did grow on me as the story went on. I thought at times the story moved to slow and at other times it moved to fast. I am not sure what I expected but the author did not pull me in and lost me. Other readers have loved this I guess I missed what they found. Please do not take my word for it take a chance and give it a read yourself.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Jaine goes after a job that doesn't exist. It turns into more of challenge than she expected. She ends up playing Cinderella in a local theme park and her childhood nemisis also works for the company. Challenges indeed!! This is a cute read. I enjoyed so many aspects of this book. Jaine and her sisters, learning about how to play Cinderella(did not know there was so much that went into it) Jaine and Dylan, all of these just make the story. I loved that Jaine is such a go getter and hard worker. She and Dylan make a great team plus they have wonderful chemistry. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. If you like chick-lit, this book is a great read at a great price. I received this novel from the author for a honest review
gaele More than 1 year ago
What a cute story, light, quick reading and hard to put down! Fooling Around with Cinderella by Stacy Juba is a great escape story, with just enough angst and plenty of moments to bring smiles. Jaine is running out of her employment benefits and patience with her sisters. Babysitter, wedding planner, talk her off the cliff therapist and all around doormat to her twins, she’s decided she needs a change. So on a whim, she sends a resume to her favorite childhood theme park, offering her services as a marketing manager. Dylan has just taken over the general manager position at his family’s theme park, Storybook Valley, in the Catskills. Catering to all things family fun but really geared to the under 7’s, his family ‘doesn’t like change’ and his mother’s relationship with Gabrielle (Jaine’s high school nemesis) who has eyes on the GM job doesn’t help. When you add in Dylan’s grandmother Lois (the original Cinderella with a very specific set of rules) and the reputation that Dylan coveted as a young child eager to leave, his family is thinking she’s another conquest and unworthy of a chance. From sisters who rival the evil steps to adoration (and uncomfortable moments) with four year olds, re-housing gnomes and a sabotage, the story moves swiftly to conclusion with a lovely glass-slipper moment to bring it all together. Fun, light and just the ticket for those cold and rainy days when some laughter and love is what you need. I received an eArc copy of the title from the tour company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Caterina_Neko More than 1 year ago
This might not have been an exact retelling of the famous story of Cinderella, but that exactly was its beauty! When Jaine sign ups for an interview in the amusement park of Storybook Valley for a marketing job position she never expects the events that will soon start unfolding. Her extremely handsome new boss Dylan, offers her a temporary position as the central princess star of their park, Cinderella, until fall, when she can start fully working as the marketing coordinator. In need of a job, Jaine reluctantly accepts his offer. From them on, things just kept getting more exciting by the minute! There is a rather big amount of things I loved about this book. The main characters, the slow and gradual building of Jaine and Dylan's relationship, which seemed so real and natural, the similarities with the popular fairy tale. Everything was amazing! Jaine is a young, independent woman, that has been looking for a job, ever since she was left unemployed. When she was at a young age she lost her mother, and now that her father remarried another woman and left to leave with her, Jaine is left with only her twin sisters and her young niece in her life! Her sisters might not be the evil twins of the original fairy tale, but they were a little selfish and self-centered, while also being closer with each other and not with Jaine. Dylan wasn't the son his parents originally wanted to take over the management of the park. But, the course of events forced him to take over. Having previously been a "bad boy" he didn't wanted to prove himself worthy his parents' disappointment. This is why the attraction between him and Jaine, that was imminent right from the beginning, complicated things... This was an awesome and very authentic story, with a magical fairy tale twist, and I enjoyed every minute of it! All in all, 5 stars for an original retelling of one of my favorite stories!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) The book starts out with Jaine desperately trying to find a job. After pitching herself to a theme park, she is offered a job...but only after a summer of playing Cinderella. I love a good fairy tale and this was an expected bonus for me, because it was kind of two in one. Not only does Jaine pretend to be Cinderella, but her real life shows some similarities to the princess's life. Jaine is a great character. She shows a lot of grit when it comes to proving herself worthy for this new position. How many women with a college degree would agree to dressing up every day and immersing herself into Cinderella's world? She knows what she wants and does what it takes to get it. That determination carries over into her love life. She's got two great guys to choose from--Prince Charming and her boss, Dylan. Following her heart is the best course of action, but not necessarily the easiest, as a little mystery crops up in the workplace. I really liked with Jaine, as she's very selfless and does what's best for those around her. Sometimes, she gets stepped on a little too much, especially by those whom she loves the most. The romance in the book is great! Everyone deserves a second chance, or even a third, and it was fun to watch the relationship blossom and mature. There are some great secondary characters as well, that really make this fun setting all the more intriguing. I love the enthusiasm they each have for this theme park and its success. The story flows at a good pace and there are a few surprises in store for the reader. This is a great read for Cinderella lovers. Content: mild, clean romance (kissing); mild-moderate language; no violence. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Jaine Andersen thinks she has found the perfect job at her local theme park – ‘Storybook Valley’ working as their Marketing Co-ordinator. On meeting her potential new boss, Dylan Callahan, Jaine finds that her heart is all in a flutter with Dylan’s astonishing good looks and sexiness. After a stellar of an interview, Jaine is offered the job. There is one catch however, the position isn’t available until November. In the mean time, Dylan thinks that he may just have the perfect job for her, playing the part of Cinderella. With the option of staying at home until November running errands for her twin sisters who put everything, including child care and planning a wedding onto her, Jaine decides to accept – I mean how hard could it be? "Fooling Around with Cinderella", is a relaxing, easy read that is pure chick lit. It is a sweet story with plenty of fun-loving and comedic moments throughout. Jaine (spelt with an i so that she wouldn’t get called ‘plain Jane’), is a loveable young woman. She is hard working, determined and stubborn and once she has an idea in her head, she won’t let it go. Her feelings towards Dylan keep on rising to the surface, but a relationship with the boss is a definite no-no, especially when he’s still proving to his parents he can manage the park, and Jaine is trying to stay on their good side, if they have one? Dylan, you get the feeling used to be a bit of a ladies man, before he lost his job and ended up managing the family owned theme park. He’s desperate for his family to see that he can run it successfully. He loves Jaine’s ideas and wants to put some in to place, as long as there is enough money in the kitty. He came across as a very sexy young man, who has his head screwed on, and knew where his loyalties lied. He’s also seemed to be quite sensitive. The book plays out like a fairy tale, with over demanding twin sisters, a fairy godmother, a prince (or two), and a forbidden love. We also have an evil witch, Gabrielle, although I would of loved to of seen her have more of a role in the book. If you’re after a quick read, that will pick you up and put a smile on your face then "Fooling Around with Cinderella" will certainly do that for you.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Jaine meets Dylan when she applies to work for his company, Storybook Valley. She explains to him why he needs a head of marketing. He says he needs a Cinderella. So they compromise. Jaine is already feeling like she is underwater with her twin sisters making her feel like the drab and forgotten little sister. One is getting married and using her to plan it, and one is using her as a babysitter. Dylan has something to prove his family as well. He is always being sold short. They never give him credit for how hard and how often he is working to keep the family company afloat. That is where Jaine comes in. It does not hurt that he is incredibly attracted to her, or does it? This is such a sweet and terrific version of a popular fairy tale. What a great start to the Storybook Valley series. I personally loved that the characters had so much to offer one another. This book gives you the "feels" and tells an incredibly warm story too. ***This ARC was given in exchange for an honest review only.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet story! I really enjoy reading modern versions of fairy tales, so I was excited to get my hands on this one. Ms. Juba does a clever job of twisting the traditional elements of the Cinderella story to make this contemporary retelling. More than once I didn't even realize the connection to the original at first, but once I did it made me smile. I can't wait to see what directions she'll go with the rest of the series--so many fun options! Like any self-respecting fairy tale, this story is told from the main character--in this case Jaine/Cinderella's--point of view. I loved that she didn't sit back and wait for things to happen to or for her, instead she went out and made her own chances and opportunities. She sent out a cold resume to a theme park that she'd loved going to as a child, and managed to talk the general manager--Dylan, aka the "real" Prince Charming (because of course there's a guy who plays the prince in the park)--into creating a brand new position just for her. There's just one teensy, tiny catch. It won't be full time until the fall...and in the meantime, she has to supplement her part time hours spent in the office in costume, playing the part of--you got it--Cinderella. Jaine's never seen herself as the princess type, and isn't a fan of the elaborate costume she has to wear or the long list of details she has to remember in order to stay in character. She's also determined to show that her other position--the one she hopes will be her "real" job--is one that's going to prove invaluable to her new employers, so she's pulling out all the stops on planning a new promotion to bring families into the park. On top of all that, her sisters expect their single, unattached sibling who "only has a cat to care for" to help them out with--well, just about everything they don't feel like doing themselves. (Hmmm. I wonder who the ugly stepsisters are in this scenario? ;)) And then there's the probably inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. She should probably suppress those. Except she doesn't really want to, and Dylan doesn't either... This version of Cinderella has everything the story needs--an overworked, under-appreciated heroine, a fairy godmother, a magical transformation, a handsome prince, the left-behind forgotten footwear...even the stepmother and "evil" sisters are here, though the true villain turns out to be someone outside the usual suspects. To top it all off, it's a sweet romance that you'd feel comfortable letting your younger teen read. Did I mention I'm looking forward to the rest of the series? :) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Fooling Around With Cinderella by Stacy Juba is a fairy tale romance. Jaine Anderson wants a job so she visits Storybook Valley amusement park, a park she has been going to since she was a child. She pitches a new marketing role at the general manager, even though there isn’t a job opening and, in return for creating the job, Dylan Callahan talks her into playing Cinderella at the park for the rest of the season. As well as the work involved in coming up with new ideas for the park, Jaine slips into the role of Cinderella, tries to plan her sister’s wedding, and fights to keep her job and her place in Dylan’s heart when she comes up against someone who doesn’t want her around. Can Jaine reign amidst the chaos of her life? Can she pull off the biggest role she will ever play? Enter Storybook Valley to find out. Fooling Around With Cinderella by Stacy Juba is a great, fun book. Ms Juba has created a storyline with a solid plot and characters that are realistic. The situations Jaine finds herself in are situations that any one of us could be in – perhaps with the exception of playing Cinderella, but then who knows! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a bit of everything – mystery, romance and humour – and is written in a way that draws a reader in, envelopes them in the story, and makes them believe that they are actually there, walking alongside the characters as they play their part. The characters grew with the storyline and became one with it, developing perfectly throughout the book. I’m looking forward to reading book 2 now, to see what Jaine can get herself into next time!
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Unemployed Jaine is balancing wedding planning, babysitting, and looking for a marketing director position. When she pitches her ideas to Dylan Callahan, the general manager of a local family theme park, he is impressed and hires her on the spot. Problem is, Jaine will have to be the theme park Cinderella until the season ends. Since Jaine could easily imagine her boss as Prince Charming, and the way her sisters treat her like their personal servants, she feels like she already fills Cinderella’s shoes. Why not live in her castle too? After reading the blurb for this I knew it was a must read, and turns out, I was right. This was a great update on a classic that everyone loves. Jaine made a great Cinderella with all the insecurities she had. I loved the story, but it felt rushed once Jaine’s secret was revealed. I was craving so much more. But then again, isn’t that what makes a great story. **I received this book in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Fooling Around With Cinderella is about Jaine Anderson and her plan to be a new marketing planner for a local amusement park but instead becomes Cinderella. Dylan Callahan family has been running the park for the past three generations and when he steps in as general manger, the park isn't doing so well and when Jaine offers to help get more people in the park, he takes the offer but not before Dylan makes Jaine spend the summer being Cinderella. As the summer goes on, with Jaine's twin sisters being hard to please and with a former rival wanting Dylan's job, the summer ends with a big bang and with everyone getting what they never saw coming! I like this book and I can't wait to see what is to come for the people in the park and what happens with Jaine & Dylan! This is the perfect but quick book you can read in one sitting and it is surely to be a big hit along with the series that is to come! Thank You to Stacy Juba for writing such a good book that I can't wait to see what is next!! I received this book from the Author in exchange for a honest review.