3 out of 5 Stars
Macie Graham is a journalist looking for her big break when an article she writes for On Top magazine is ripped to shreds by Republican radio personality Ross Mannon. Needing something big to redeem herself, Macie takes the opportunity that falls into her lap—a job as housekeeper and nanny for Ross’ fifteen-year-old daughter.
In order to get the job, Macie turns her cutting edge rebellious style into Martha Jane Gray—a small town woman who shares the same beliefs as Ross. With Operation Cinderella underway, she has six weeks to find some dirt on Ross and write the exposé of a lifetime.
What neither expects is the attraction they find to the other.
Operation Cinderella is a decent story, but it could have been better. I enjoyed the vast differences in Ross and Macie’s values, which kept the reader wondering how they would overcome these and end up together. The problem was that I didn’t feel like they ever did overcome them. They just pushed everything aside and decided that loving each other was enough and they would find a way to make it work.
The timeline was problematic for me. There were large chunks of time that were skipped over, and it wasn’t clear how much time had passed. Also, it felt like the author left out a lot of details of their budding relationship by skipping so much time. I didn’t feel as invested in their romance as I could have.
The main issue was the ending. It didn’t do it for me at all. I realize Ross’ values meant he would want to make an honest woman out of Macie, but his marriage proposals seemed completely out of left field. It didn’t seem realistic to go from not speaking to engaged in a matter of minutes. On a related note, I could have done without the epilogue. It didn’t fit the rest of the story.
Overall, the story was well written with only minor editing mistakes. I did stay interested until the end, even if I didn’t enjoy how it ended.