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FINDING CINDERELLA (Hopeless Series #2.5) by COLLEEN HOOVER – Some of our fellow readers have their say!

We’ve just about run out of adjectives to describe how much we love Colleen Hoovers work.

This author has a way of enveloping us in her stories and truly has a gift when it comes to bringing characters and stories to life and Finding Cinderella was no different.

This Novella was beautiful,  captivating, witty,superb…..see what we mean?  We could go on and on and on but we thought we’d do something different with this review. Because this book was Colleen’s way of saying thank you to her readers for the love and support they’ve shown her since she first released Slammed, we thought it would be nice to give you guys the opportunity to tell Colleen what you thought of Finding Cinderella and in return, thank her for this wonderful gift.

Ummmmm…….. did we mention that Colleen gave this Novella to all her readers for FREE?

Before we go, we’d love to share this with you.  We recently asked Colleen what made her write this book and why, instead of publishing it, did she decide to offer it to her readers for free and this was her response……..

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COLLEEN:
Two reasons, really. The first is that it absolutely pains me to see comments from readers expressing that they’re looking forward to a book, but have to wait until payday. Or their birthday. Or Christmas. Eight dollars may not seem like much to some, but to others who are living on a budget, it’s hard to come by. I used to be one of those people who could only download the free books because eight dollars could buy my kids school lunches for a week. The second reason ties in to the first. My whole life has changed over the past two years and it’s hard not to feel a little undeserving for something so amazing. Sometimes I look around at all the great things that have happened and think, “What in the hell did I do to deserve this?” It’s hard to show gratitude through words when you’re as grateful as I am. I wanted my readers to know exactly how much they are appreciated and since it’s my stories they love, what better way to thank them than by giving them what they love for free. I just hope they like it!

TB:  Wow! We’re pretty sure they didn’t just like it….we’re confident they LOVED IT!!!  Yep, it was a 5 star read for us…..and what did you guys think?
We were overwhelmed with responses (way too many to fit in this post) and have included a selection below…….

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SYNOPSIS
This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

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TB followers REVIEW FINDING CINDERELLA

Megan Weise When I found out finding Cinderella was on kobo I went and got it. Also pre-ordered with amazon  but I wanted to read it like yesterday! To say Colleen Hoover is a genius is putting it lightly! She knows how to evoke emotion through the pages. This novella didn’t even feel like it was just that. I felt like I was reading a full length novel. Amazing, amazing is all I have to say. Grab it and read it!!!

Drew Elliott Absolutely LOVED Finding Cinderella. Colleen Hooverknocked it out of the park again

Nikki Larazo Finding Cinderella was HOLY COW!!! Colleen Hoover is one of the best authors in this generation. In my opinion. She just keeps getting better and better!!! I want more CoHo work!!!! Like now! And forever!

Danielle Grater I wasn’t really sure why Holder was friends with Daniel in Losing Hope. Their personalities just didn’t seem to match. I get it now, and I live Daniel!  Six is pretty amazing too!

Francisca Orellana I LOVED IT. They were absolutely made for each other, they were so alike and I just don’t know. I wish I had a relationship like theirs and I just loved six, she’s really, really strong and after… THAT they just deserve to be happy together and I just asdfghjhgfdsa loved it  thank you so much again for making such amazing books. Lots of love from Chile!

Laura Walker Amazingg!! I loved it!!! Wished it was longer thoo!!!

Pamela Christine Bunag funny beautiful and LOVE IT!!! I really do wish it have a pb it was really goood!! XD

Nasha Lama Finding Cinderella was AMAZING! I really love Daniel and again all those funny nicknames and the plot twist was fdasnlka perfect! it was short but I love it and love love this to be a present from Colleen  I want a Daniel now

Yesenia Nunez Colleen Hoover does it again!! LOVED Finding Cinderella. I want more Daniel!!! he is my fave

Nicky O’Keefe Another 5+ from coho!

Nessa Kreyling Love it!!!

Chloe Bianca Spitalnic It was absolutely perfect and I feel like she needs to write his whole story now! I butterflying loved it

Brianna Lee I LOVED this book! It was so good! Daniel and Six are amazing characters and I think Colleen is just AMAZING for writing us this story. I already reviewed this book and rated it definite 5 STARS!

Jasmin Taylor I loved this book it had so much twists and sometimes it made me feel like I’d been kicked in the stomach it’s an emotional roller coaster and one of the best books I’ve ever read!

Bella Colleen Hoover is simply amazing. Her free novel Finding Cinderella just prove to me that she’s one of a kind writer. This latest novel of Hera is just beautiful. No words can describe how I feel after reading it and what’s clear is that I want more of their story. Daniel and Six just touch my heart with their story. Thank you so much

Joy Kriebel-Sadowski CoHo is brilliant! Only she could give us such a complete and beautiful story in a novella for crying out loud!

Issa De Vera Villanueva Thanks for giving us another fantastic novella colleen hoover…best of all, it’s free!

Cindy Holleran Loved it!!! Daniel was perfect!

Connie Bello-Carpenter Loved it but then again anything by Colleen Hoover is fab

Patty Tennyson OMG… I finished “Finding Cinderella” last night. Can I just say, I thought it was absolutely PERFECT?!!!! I’ve loved Colleen Hoover for quite a while and this book just proves how incredibly talented she really is!! I LOVED Daniel!! He was so freaking funny and HELLO, SWOONWORTHY!!!! This book was a PERFECT 10!!!

Whitney Astbury Finding Cinderella was amazing! My only criticism is that it ended. I would read about these characters until they’re old and gray. Love.

Barbara Rodriguez Stayed up late last night reading it and absolutely LOVED it!!! “CoHo” has a gift!!

Sarah Hayden Davey About to dive in!!! I can’t wait!

Christine Sy The story makes you laugh and cry and fall in love  .. thanks for the freeeee eboooook

Yvette Brooks I LOVED this book! Colleen Hoover can do no wrong! lol This book made me laugh and smile sooo big! I loved Six in Hopeless then i loved Daniel in Losing Hope so I’m not even surprised that i LOVED them together in this book  Simply wonderful!

Samantha Davis Finding Cinderella was amazing, as are all of Colleen Hoover’s books. I did not expect to get as into this story as I do all of her other books since it is shorter, but I absolutely did. I wish all authors would go the extra mile and give us more on the characters we love.

Danny Sogamoso asdfghjkl the book was perfect as all Colleen Hoover’s books, i loved them both in past books so i just love them more in Finding Cinderella, and it was all free, how awesome is that? i wonder if the giveaway is International.

Brianna Kaye Cupp LOVED IT!!!

Carrie Marie just finished. AMAZING!  i just had to put a comment on colleen’s fb letting her know – it was the perfect mix of everything. i sorta want to hug it.

Rosemary Smith Another bit of wonderful, by Colleen Hoover.This Girl can do no wrong.

Alison Mackie Lazewski Everything Colleen Hoover writes is brilliant. I’m not usually a novella fan, but Finding Cinderella is amazaballs.

Ariel Lola Ahh! So I adored Finding Cinderella just as much as the first two books. Daniel and Six are just asdfghjkl. I’m so glad Colleen decided to write this. It was just so cute and the feels! Gahh, I can’t even describe my love for all of Colleen Hoover’s books. Everyone needs to read them. Just go do it now<3

Amber Sheffield Got it on Friday when Kobo released it early and finished it that night. Loved loved LOVED it!

Grace Lamkin I loved this book! I haven’t read one of Colleen’s books that I don’t absolutely love! This one did not disappoint!

Yvonne Cervera Loved it but then again I love everything she writes!!!!

Amber Bennett OMG I loved the book! I need more Daniel and Six. I looooooooooooved the humor!! I was laughing so hard!! Way to go Colleen Hoover!!! This novella is quite lovely!!!

Ely Barocio I love the story, Daniel Wesley is perfect but I loved his parents more, because my mother is just like them, always looking for a moment to say something awkward…Losing Hope is definitely my favorite book from Colleen Hoover

Laura  I loved Finding Cinderella, it was cute and funny, it has the characteristics of a full length novel, it has drama and cute scenes that will not make you want to throw your kindle or roll your eyes. It has the perfect balance a novel must have. I loved the characters (Daniel´s parents mostly) and how the story was developed. A unbeatable must read!!

Lea Je Colleen Hoover did it again….amazing story, couldn`t put it down. Perfect chemistry between the characters. Definitely a must read!

Mariela Rmfl Colleen Hoover has done it again

This was funny as hell, heartwarming and a real proof that even the most awkward, over the top, complicated guys well written and spectacularly matched with could become the most tender, loving and worth swooning guy on this planet.
Even though it was a quick read it had it all the fun, the angst and the shock that you would never expect to feel. I loved the jokes, the twist and all the sweet moments that two souls as twisted as this two could show and experience.
I know it’s a long shot but I really hope to know more about the future of this two charismatic couples in the near future…just a suggestion

Michelle Ramirez Such an awesome story I don’t know how you do it! I absolutely love Daniel and six’s connection! So much happens I just want more! please write more!! All your books , characters, and stories are amazing

Alina Stoica-Man OMG what an amazing story. The dialogue between Daniel’s parents made me laugh and it reminded me of how my hubby and I interact with our sons. It is such a lovely story. Finished it in about 3 hours

Francesca Caddell Such a great book I haven’t read losing hope but a great stand alone xxx

Brittainy Chantal Cherry grabbed it, loved it, cried.

Manda Kelley What a fantastic story!! Love all the characters from the series.

Courtney Overton Shepard I loved this story. The characters were awesome. It was nice to get to know them on a more personal level. I love a book that has a great story with some seriousness in it but that I still find myself laughing out loud at times to. Thank you colleen Hoover for gifting us all with an amazing book.

Maria Delgado-Pedraza One word… WOW! I get why she did it a novella, but man!, How I wish it didn’t end so quick! The curveball at the end, uff, didn’t see it coming. I hope to read more of Sky, Six, Holden & Daniel

Alithú Oliva Reyes I totally loved it!! Awesome story and characters! Love Colleen! She is amazing and i will always read whatever she writes

Kristy Hartmann-Goad I loved it!!! Another great novel by Colleen! They are the perfect couple. I loved how you threw in the jaw dropping moment. Wouldn’t expected anything less from colleen!! It makes me crave for more. Please.

Pam Levine Million I loved it! I started it on my train ride to work this morning and finished it on the way home. It was amazing.

Jas Dela Cruz I loved it! I expect nothing less from Colleen Hoover!  Such a shame it’s only a novella. The cover + story are so worthy to be a fully-fledged novel!   I sooo want to have a print copy (which is impossible :()
It had some dramas but I’m so happy that it was on a lighter note. And the humor!
MORE MORE MORE!

Thank you for Colleen for such a wonderful novella and for making it free!

Lori Johnson Loved it!!

Michele Serabian I absolutely loved it!

Danielle Morisse Schaaf It was awesome. Just finished reading it!

Amy Timmins Wells I haven’t read finding Cinderella. But I LOVED losing Hope. It was so good I liked it better then Hopeless. I will read it though love her book.

Rachel Newsome Loved it!!

Katie Bloch Pettigrew I absolutely loved it. And want so much more

Aimee Renner-Saunders Of course it was fabulous! It was aColleen Hoover book! You can never go wrong!

Christine Mateo I loved it. My girl crush for Colleen just got bigger, hehe.

Dena Oliva Lukowitz I absolutely loved this novella!! I never wanted it to end! Colleen Hoover can do no wrong in my eyes I adore every thing she writes!!

Amanda Sellers Lopez My sweet for the day was getting a free novella written by the talented Colleen Hoover, and it was awesome. My suck was that it was not enough! I want more about Six and Daniel, but it was another awesome story from Colleen Hoover.

Laura Lacy Dominguez FC was a beautiful story…Colleens talent is beyond words!! Thank you and please keep writing…p.s Come to Huntsville Alabama!!

Jacqueline Reid Love this book (: Love Six’s and Daniels personalities, how Colleen Hoover writes, and the wonderful storyline.

Hanna Pascall Because Colleen Hoover stole my heart when I first read the Slammed series, I went on to read the Hopeless series and she further secured it, now Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5), from since Losing Hope I have loved Daniel and this just reaffirms it for me, I loved his parents too! I was in a public place and was only smiling and laughing at the screen like a big idiot, well done Colleen!! You butterflying rock!! *feeling gleeful*

Yvette Cervera I LOVED this book! I read it in less than an hour but I wish it would’ve been 200 pages longer Daniel and Six are amazing together. It just made me happy.

Mary A Massengale Any book you write I will read and share with others you are a GREAT Author!

Lanaya Ramsey Amazing! I feel like I know those people. Like Sky and Holder came to life so did Six and Daniel! Loved it!

Kristyn Buie Love them all by her!! Would love it!!! She’s definitely my favorite!

Len Francisco I loved this book! I think I love Daniel as much as I love Holder. This is just a novella but it’s packed with funny, swoon-worthy and heart wrenching moments. Colleen is a genius!

Megan Robbins Colleen Hoover can do no wrong. She is definitely one of the most talented authors I’ve had the privileged of reading. Finding Cinderella was so good, I loved it

Sarah Griffin What I thought  There aren’t enough adjectives to do it justice!

Cynthia Ericksen Gasparro Loved it! Short sweet and very powerful. The perfect companion to Hopeless and Losing Hope.

Jessica Gonzalez Salazar OMG it was amazing I loved it… Very well written… I want more

Wendy Kincaid I read this book while my father had bypass surgery today. It was great to be transported to Daniel and Six’s world. Thank you Colleen Hoover for helping me get through a really rough day. Also, can’t wait to meet you October 26th at BAM in the Grapevine Mills Mall; Grapevine Tx.

 

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THE HOPELESS SERIES
(TB Reviews)

Hopeless Series

HOPELESS
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

LOSING HOPE
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

FINDING CINDERELLA – Free Novella
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

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BAD IDEA by DAMON SUEDE

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SYNOPSIS
Some mistakes are worth making.Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe? 

BAD IDEA is available to purchase below
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 Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

 Gitte & Jenny : 4 Stars

Gitte: Damon Suede has a way with words, no question, he’s a great storyteller. I love his writing style, his astuteness, his sense of humour and the emotion he indisputably draws from his readers. His characters find their way into my heart every time without fail, making me laugh, cry and swoon. The whole ‘geek’ aspect as a selling point? Well sign me up, because I’m a regular! Oh and I have to mention the heat factor, it was passionate, hot and surprisingly sensual.

I was desperate to start Bad Idea, and on the whole, I loved it, I fell in love with both Silas and Trip. Don’t get me wrong, they both drove me crazy at times, especially Trip. However, they both had a lot of growing up to do, before each could successfully embark upon any type of long standing relationship. Each had a journey of self-realisation, learning from each other by highlighting the self-professed traps and stumbling blocks needed to be overcome.

“I don’t need a secret identity to live my life. I’m not a caped crusader. I’m just a guy with a pencil.”’ – Trip

Jenny:   As you know G I’m the same as you. When we heard Damon had a new book on the horizon we were beside ourselves…when Bad Idea hit our Kindles we were ecstatic and itching to get stuck in because we knew this author would deliver and he did. His storytelling is compelling and always contains the perfect balance of humour, heat and heart.  He has a way of describing a feeling or a scene with such vivid imagery that you feel part of that moment. He brings his story and characters to life in such a way you can almost see playing out inside your head. I fell completely in love with the characters in this book, both main and supporting. I have to say, the supporting characters balanced this story superbly.

“I’m pretty, I dunno, crappy at being gay. I never really wrapped my head around what I was supposed to be doing. Like everyone else got a memo I didn’t.” – Trip

I will say that although I did find parts of the story a little confusing and I’m not sure if it was just me or the subject matter, but despite that I was immersed in the journey of Trip and Silas throughout. Bad Idea encompassed the intensity, the conflict, the passion and the emotion of these two characters.

Gitte: So…Trip and Silas. What a couple! They were individually refreshing and unique and together even more so. And I loved that!

Trip is cautious and I suppose morose, an awkward people pleaser who doesn’t adapt well to unknown social situations. I mean, his first date with Silas had me cringing but I was wanting to pull him out my kindle and just hug the life out of him and tell him to relax and take a breath.  He’s the funny geek who finds himself to be happiest in his own company or in familiar territory. Trip is neurotic to say the least, he’s a creature of habit who is extremely unsure of change and rocking the boat. Yet, give him a pencil or throw the possibility of nookie with Silas his way and there is no uncertainty on what Trip wants and it’s as if his whole personality changes…he turns into the kinky geek.

‘No way could he or Silas live up to any expectations they had about each other. Only strangers can be perfect.’ – Trip

I have to say, this guy had me wanting to throw my arms around him one minute then wanting to slap some sense into him the next. Trip had to redeem himself tremendously to me by the end of their journey!!

“Maybe your resolution is to stagnate in a swamp of loneliness, despair, and anxiety.” – Jillian

Now, Silas came across the exact opposite. I have to say Silas took that special place in my heart. He was larger than life in many respects. He loves and lives with passion yet he lives and makes decisions on his own accord. Not necessarily thinking that they may not work for another. In this case Trip. I have to say though that Silas had a heart of pure gold, he’s a giver and he’s fun and at times this made me resent Trip because by all accounts Silas’ intentions were pure and self-less and came out of love, respects and admiration. Silas showed true loyalty even when it was inadvertently misjudged.

“S’important to have old friends…They remember who you were before you made yourself up. That’s what my Dad used to say….They keep ya honest and call your shit.” – Silas

It was obvious just how much these two characters cared for each other, a case of opposite attracts I suppose. The differences in their characters highlighting the other which sparked the tension, the friction, the jealousy and the differing viewpoint in taking from life what you most desire by taking chances and daring to be who you truly are.

Jenny:  Trip was the consummate geek and his allergy issues and his overall social awkwardness endeared him to me even more. He felt real and like you I swung between having overwhelming feelings of affections one minute and complete frustration with him the next but I found him to be such an interesting character.

“Thanks.” – Trip
“For what?” – Silas
“This. You……..I dunno. Coming over. Being amazing. Nothing. Anything”. – Trip

He did have to work hard at one point to win my favour back that’s for sure. But I got him and all his quirkiness and the conflict he was feeling.

I adored Silas and like you, this man completely stole my heart. The two seemed like such opposites, yet together they seemed right….two halves of each other’s missing piece if you like. Together they made sense. If only they could see what we, the reader saw, but getting there is half the fun and although my heart ached a time or two I really did enjoy the ride.  The passion between these two was palpable indeed.

“You can’t lose what you never had, you can’t keep what’s not yours and you can’t hold on to something that doesn’t want to stay.” – Jillian

The supporting cast of characters, the depth of the characters and the story as a whole completely won me. The story did feel weighted down in parts with the comprehensive references to the comic world and at times the story felt as if it dragged in parts as a result, though it soon got back on track and I was once again enveloped within the pages of this book.

“If you love life, life will love you back.”

Damon Suede will always be a 1click author for me. His knack of making you feel a part of his story, a part of his characters world and the emotion he elicits from his written word will win me over time and time again and Bad Idea was no exception.  A beautiful story that had me smiling, heartbroken and elated. Yep, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up.

“You know…you’re going to have to get used to the idea of being worth looking at. You are, y’know.”

Gitte: The only issue I had really was all the comic talk. It became a bit too much for me and detracted from the characters and their journey…I suppose it left me confused sometimes. I had to stop and look some of the references up as I just wasn’t understanding them. Absolutely, I found it interesting, and at times I saw the messages that came across within, however, I found it very wordy and it took me out of the story. Trip and Silas’ journey and character development almost seemed halted at times by the detailed aspects. In my opinion some of it could have been cut for a better flowing story. However, I would say this was only an issue for the first 60-ish % because suddenly the personal story really took off again as it became more about Trip and Silas, together and apart, after a heart-breaking moment that had me hiding behind a pillow and reading with one eye closed. Bad Idea completely grabbed me again and I couldn’t put it down for anything.

Taking my issue aside, I have to say that I absolutely love this Author and he didn’t disappoint as he made me fall completely in love with Trip, Silas and their story. Damon got every emotion out of me again, with laughter, and tears borne out of both sadness and frustration. I also loved the secondary characters especially Jillian and Max, I thought they all played a great part of this story. Max, in particular, just had me from the get go as he reminded me in so many ways of my own nine year old son. When did kids become so clued up at that age?

“Having a kid is like having your heart walking around outside your body for the rest of your life.” – Jillian

Overall, I thought Bad Idea stood out as being original and unique in both concept and style and despite my stumbles because of my own limitations I’d say without a doubt this is a must read!

“You just find something you would die for and live for it instead…” – Rina

 

 

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