The Cinderella Makeover

The Cinderella Makeover

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by Hope Tarr

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Fashionista Francesca St. James has agreed to work as a "fairy godmother" on the reality TV show Project Cinderella, taking contestants from geeky to dreamy. When Francesca's archrival bets she can't transform the awkwardly sweet CEO to hot in under eight weeks, Francesca accepts the challenge.

As CEO of a tech company, Greg may have billions, but

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Fashionista Francesca St. James has agreed to work as a "fairy godmother" on the reality TV show Project Cinderella, taking contestants from geeky to dreamy. When Francesca's archrival bets she can't transform the awkwardly sweet CEO to hot in under eight weeks, Francesca accepts the challenge.

As CEO of a tech company, Greg may have billions, but what's it worth without a woman to share it with? From day one on the show though, he clashes with his gorgeous fairy godmother-yet off-set, he can't stop thinking about her. But this sexy woman is so far out of his league...and wants to change every single thing about him. It's up to him to show her it's more than clothes that make the man.

May the best man or geek win...

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The Cinderella Makeover 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Dia_Pelaez More than 1 year ago
Cute, quirky and a refreshingly quick read! I have always had a weakness for geeks and nerds so it was a no-brainer for me to pick this book for reading and reviewing. And I wasn't in the least bit disappointed! Story-wise, while the Cinderella plot-device has been used so many times in so many novels, this particular book managed to combine just enough quirk, sass, chemistry and transformation to make everything perfectly believable. The characters are endearing and relatable. While reading this book, I feel like I gained new friends. I especially like Francesca St. James for facing things head-on. She's strong and independent but she could also be stubborn and bull-headed when it comes to her career. The part I liked best about her is that she's able to recognize her short-comings and instead of just giving up, she strives to make everything right. This is especially true for her daughter. Then there's also our Cinderella - Gregory Knickerbocker. Imagine Mark Zuckerberg without whatsoever fashion sense, plus an extreme camera-shyness and you get Greg. He's totally owning in the tech-department, being the CEO of an expanding tech company, but completely clueless in terms of fashion, dating and love.  What I like about Greg is that even though he's a geek, he's not the super-shy kind. Sure, he doesn't like his pictures taken, but on any normal day, he could fit very well into being the guy-next-door type. Plus, it didn't hurt that he's such a smartass. Oh, and um, a fair warning: Abba is his favorite band. LOL. Personally, their first meeting was one of the most memorable scenes in the story for me. It was enjoyable to watch two people try to outwit each other. I don't want to reveal too much so I'll just say that Greg gets brownie points for being a smartass.  Also, I love how multidimensional both Francesca and Greg as characters are. Both of them have strengths, but they also have a lot of baggage, insecurities and vulnerabilities. Plus, hashing out these baggage as they got to know each other made their story believable. They didn't fall in love in a snap. Their feelings were allowed to take root and grow, that's why their story is believable. What else? Ah! The jealousy tactic! A little jealousy couldn't hurt anyone, and more often than not, a little jealousy could easily make people recognize feelings that haven't even thought they had. This was splendidly incorporated into the storyline so brownie points for that, too.  All in all, this book is quite enjoyable. It's the perfect book for a quick escape into the realm of fiction without being dragged into too much drama. 
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Cinderella meets the Ugly Duckling As I was reading The Cinderella Makeover, it kind of reminded me of Cinderella meets the Ugly Duckling. Here's why: When Francesca actually meets Greg for the first time she saw real potential with his looks, but he was too focus on his company that he didn't put much effort into his appearance. About a year later, Greg realizes that he needed to change something in order to find his soul-mate. Wow, kind of refreshing to have a guy like that. By throwing these two people on a Reality TV was an interesting way to get these destiny lovers together. I actually thought it was unique to have Francesca and Greg relationship start off from enemies and have them slowly progress to lovers (enemies-->frienemies-->friends-->lovers). Plus, I love how Ms. Tarr had to add Francesca's nemesis (Deidre Dupree) to the mix. Most of all I love Greg's ugly duckling transformation and his love for ABBA (yes, that 1970s band). He wasn't bad looking, but he was hiding from the world and afraid to take a chance on him.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought Greg and Francesca were great together. Of course, I was chuckling at parts (of course you have to when you have a guy singing ABBA songs) and I got a bit choked up. So, if you want to a story where Cinderella finds her prince charming in a form of an ugly duckling (by the way that ugly duckling did turn into a beautiful swan), you might want to take a chance on The Cinderella Makeover.(review copy)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and sweet, with a ton of chemistry.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
We got to meet Francesca, Ross's ex-wife and Samantha's mother, a few times in book one.  She was fun and sassy and oh so very Britsh.  As a famous photographer she traveled a lot, but is not looking to settle down and rebuild her relationship with her daughter.  Her ticket is a new reality show where she is one of the Greg's coaches.  Greg seems to have it all, but can't find love, so he enters a reality show to transform himself into a new person - with a little help from Francesca.  Their chemistry on the set is amazing, but when he finds out she made a bet on his success he turns his back on her.  With the end of the season quickly approaching, Francesca will have to pull out all the stops to get him to take her back. I adored Francesca.  She was arrogant, very much a clothes snob, and totally stereotypically british - I loved it all.  She was my favorite character from this series (although I haven't read the short novella yet).
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book The whole key to this book (to the series, in fact) is a pair of vintage Saks shoes. Ruby red velvet, they once belonged to a film star from the ‘30s and are rumored to bring good luck. I dream of shoes like this, especially the one-size-fits-all fantasy (much like the Travelling Pants). The Cinderella Makeover takes place on a television reality show, which led me to believe there would be a lot of conflict between the contestants – just like they portray on actual reality shows. In actuality, the story is not so much about the show as it is about the attraction between Greg and Francesca. There is a mutual attraction (natch) but no real conflict – other than a few minutes at the beginning of the book. The story begins with a rude and obnoxious geek trying to get one over on a professional photographer. I really didn’t understand this part of the story except as an explanation of why Greg has been through so many women (100 at his count). He is a rich, smart, handsome, successful man with no apparent interpersonal skills whatsoever. However, by the time he reaches the set for the reality show (Chapter Three) he has mellowed so there isn’t much antagonism between the two characters. I would have liked to see this played up more, to see more antagonism, maybe some sort of competition or one-upmanship between them. The characters themselves were typical romance novel headliners – beautiful, no flaws. From the synopsis on the book, I expected Greg to be a geek, but here the term “geek” is used loosely. He may be labeled as such in both the synopsis and in the story, but other than his obsession with computer code there is nothing particularly geeky about Greg. He is handsome and does not appear to be socially inept. There is no stuttering when he tries to talk to women, no tripping over his own feet or walking into things because he is fixated on his cell phone. Don’t get me wrong – this was a light, fun book to read. Yes, I would have liked more conflict between the characters and I do love me a good geek, but the romance was sweet. This is the story of two people who meet, connect, and slowly realize what they feel for each other. While this was the second book in a series, I would not have guessed it were it not for the shoes.
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shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
2.75 stars This story had a lot of potential, it just didn't reach it to its fullest. I loved the idea of a photographer and the nerdy type getting together. The idea was different from anything I had read before, but it fell flat in places. First, Francesca came across as selfish and snobbish. I though the selfish attitude would improve as the story progressed but it didn't. Although she did a bit of growth throughout the story, I really could not see her with Greg. This is not to say that Greg grew leaps and bounds, but he stayed true to himself and felt more real to me than Francesca ever did. I could understand where he was coming from and what he wanted. He was a bit messed up too, but who isn't? I just didn't see Francesca as genuine and that affected my overall impression of her. Second, the story is supposed to take place within an 8-week span where they would be shooting the episodes for the reality show. I understand that the show wasn't the main part of the story but I would have liked to see more interaction between Greg and Francesca and the other characters too. I can't help but think that the reason I didn't buy her development throughout the story was because I didn't get to see what Greg saw in her in those encounters. They were recapped from either point of view, but the dialog and interactions were not included in the story. Those that were included were enjoyable and did show a different side of both of them. It just wasn't enough for me to connect to them fully. All in all, The Cinderella Makeover was a fun, short read with a happily ever after. I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.