Operation Cinderella

Hope Tarr
Operation Cinderella
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
October 2012
Book 1 of Suddenly Cinderella
Contemporary Romance

Manhattan magazine editor Macie Graham always gets her story—and she'll do anything to uncover the dirt on famous conservative radio personality Ross Mannon. After he smears her article on his show, nearly costing Macie her job, she devises a plan to masquerade as a modern-day Cinderella and get her revenge on the infuriating Texan.

All Ross wants is a woman with old-fashioned values to be his housekeeper and role model for his troubled teenage daughter. When the perfect woman shows up, Ross is relieved—until he finds himself drawn to his gorgeous, red-stiletto-wearing new employee. "Martha Jane" is opinionated and sexy, and Ross is intrigued…and more than a little turned on.

Macie thought Operation Cinderella was foolproof, but Ross, with his rugged good looks and southern charm, proves to be as perfect behind-the-scenes as he does in public. But when she finally uncovers a secret that could destroy Ross's reputation, she faces losing her job or losing the fairy-tale ending she didn't even know she wanted

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Dec 24, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
91 people found the following review helpful
Happily Ever After, Prince Charming, Ruby Slippers. Do they truly exist or are they a modern fairy tale?

OPERATION CINDERELLA should have been one hell of an exposé, only it didn't end the way Macie Graham envisioned it to. Ross Mannon ranted about her article in his radio talk show, and she needed him to pay. To get the dirt on him, she got herself hired as a live-in Nanny for his fifteen-year-old daughter. But when she had her phone interview with him for the position, she realized that they had lots in common, and instead of actually being interviewed, they were having a good phone conversation.

Ross is a father who had no clue what was going on with his daughter. Fine, he had shared custody with his wife, but he merely had his daughter with him one month in the summer and on rotating holidays. When his daughter showed up at his apartment outside of visiting schedule, he embraced her and hoped that she would open up to him so he could find out why she would run away from home. But that didn't happen. When he saw a magazine article entitled "Forget the Fairy Tale: Teen Sex is Fact, Not Fiction" (the very article that Macie had written and which he'd later trashed on his radio show), prepping young girls about protection, birth control and condoms, he jumped the gun and panicked. So he thought that the live-in nanny could be sort of like a fairy godmother who would help him with his daughter. And yes, maybe help him "spy" on her, too.

When Macie finally moves in with Ross and Samantha, she tries hard to see if he has any skeletons in his closet, but it seems he is as clean as a whistle. Not only that but she was coming to actually like him, as he is a nice man. Yeah, Samantha (the daughter) can have her little rants but Macie sees herself in her. She knows that what Samantha is doing is all an act, that though Samantha may act like a tough young woman, deep down she is hurting. It reminds Macie of her past and of her relationship with her parents, the dark secret of why she herself rebelled and ran away from home. She also finds herself attracted to her employer, but then, she discovers a secret on his laptop, a secret that could destroy his reputation. Would there be a Happy Ever After ending for Macie and Ross?

This is my first read by Hope Tarr, and I totally love her writing style. OPERATION CINDERELLA was delightful and full of laughter, happiness and love. You have a modern day Cinderella story with Prince Charming, the slippers, the ball and even the fairy godmother, but in this one, it's her fairy godfriends. I loved how I was able to get to know Macie and her past, and I love seeing how she and her family were able to overcome their past and be a family again. I love that Ross is a good father and how he is so open with Macie about his life. The chemistry between Ross and Macie is sensual and true.

OPERATION CINDERELLA was just awesome! I can't wait for the other characters that were introduced in this book to have their own story.
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