Knocked-Up Cinderella
I’m a walking contradiction.School principal who liberally drops the F bomb.Fiercely independent yet willing to auction myself off for charity.Serial monogamist who’s down for a no-strings one-night stand.Except now I’ve gone from one-working-ovary to co-parent in the time it took a stick to turn blue.F. Bomb.Ian Donovan may be a richer-than-hell venture capitalist, but he’s no Prince Charming ready to sweep me off my feet. Good thing I don’t need him. I’ve been doing fine on my own for forty years, and I’m not about to start changing that now.Ultrasounds, swollen feet, midnight cravings? Bring. It. On.But why is it when you finally swear off men, you meet one who’s too sexy—and determined we can make it work?F. Bomb.

Knocked-Up Cinderella Details

TitleKnocked-Up Cinderella
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Knocked-Up Cinderella Review

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4 No Need for Glass Slippers Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeAs someone who reads a lot of Romance, it can sometimes feel like a whole segment of the population is left out. We have YA books, New Age books, and our standard Contemporary Romance books chocked full of women worried about turning 30. There has been an inching towards characters who may be 32 or so... but mainly there has been this idea that those who are in the throes of romance need to be under 35. Well, it seems some authors and publis 4 No Need for Glass Slippers Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeAs someone who reads a lot of Romance, it can sometimes feel like a whole segment of the population is left out. We have YA books, New Age books, and our standard Contemporary Romance books chocked full of women worried about turning 30. There has been an inching towards characters who may be 32 or so... but mainly there has been this idea that those who are in the throes of romance need to be under 35. Well, it seems some authors and publishers are seeing a need and filling it. Entangled has decided to test the waters for those of us who are older than 35 and has created the imprint August for books having romances with characters who are more 30. It is smart marketing because there is an audience for these books. The trick is to find authors who can bring out the romance with people who have lived more of their lives. With Knocked-Up Cinderella by Julie Hammerle, I think they started off on the right foot. It had characters who were able to communicate clearly and had a handle of who exactly who they are. I happened to appreciate how Erin would not let herself be classified by someone else's BS as she stood on the stage as the new principal participating in a Halloween auction for the school. As the M.C. continued spewing how Erin liked twinkling stars, walks on the beach, and was continued addressed by Not properly, Erin took the mike out of the woman's hands and set the record straight. It Was A Perfect Moment. It matched how we had met her... where she was feeling like any place would have been better than getting roped into being part of this fundraiser for her new school. Trouble was, she was the principal and was expected to do these things. As she deals with uncomfortable pantyhose and aching feet in a quiet corner of the gardens, naturally the most handsome man would strike up a conversation. Great.In a Tux, wearing it well and he turns out he is one of the Elite who is there to donate money for the private school....Oh, and to make matters worse, he had been at the same reunion her ex had dragged her to when they were together. He remembered the little stunt she had pulled and thought it was fantastic. He had always thought her ex was an idiot, she was great and told her. They have a bit of a moment, connect a bit and then Erin is called to get in place for the event. Ian was an old hand at these auctions. He would be the wingman for his friend who always would bid for his mother. Ian never did any bidding, wasn't his thing. He also had no desire for this particular auction either. He had made the mistake "dipping his wick" with a few of these women who will be up on the stage. It didn't matter he had told them and they agreed on the "rules", no relationships-just fun and basically done. Had he enjoyed women and many, sure but he always was forthcoming with what he could give. So here is Erin on the stage, annoyed but trying to make the best out of it on Her Terms. Ian sat and watched Erin in all her glory, being a woman who she was...just out there. Then he saw who was bidding on her... all losers, some worse than others. Ian felt she deserved better...and before he knew what he was doing, he put up an outlandish bid and won her. Erin did not know what to make of all of this...she is pulled aside by her friend and a fellow teacher telling her not to sleep with Ian no matter what. He is sexy but bad news. Erin listens, takes in all of the advice and shares she gets it, no worries. Well, by the title of this book, you know they slept together and there was a surprise event happening. What is different is the backstory Erin had about wanting to be a mother and how she and her ex were not able to make it happen. The other piece of this tale is how Ian thinks he could never be a decent husband or father...but somehow all of this is proven not to be the case. This is not your usual story with no communication and all sorts of hiccups... these people believe in talking to each other. There is low angst happening but it all gets resolved. It was a good twist on a tried and true story of surprise baby. I happened to enjoy it and look for more from the author and Entangled's new imprint August. A gifted copy was provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Ivy Deluca
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the setup of this story - as a mature woman, I adored the fact that the leads are both 40, they have full lives outside of the romance that impact the story, and they each learn to change their lives because of their baby, putting aside the past to reach for that future. I thought the pregnancy aspect, especially considering it’s an older heroine experiencing it for the first time, was a fresh take that I don’t see eveyr day. Many times, if I read a romance with older heroes and heroines I liked the setup of this story - as a mature woman, I adored the fact that the leads are both 40, they have full lives outside of the romance that impact the story, and they each learn to change their lives because of their baby, putting aside the past to reach for that future. I thought the pregnancy aspect, especially considering it’s an older heroine experiencing it for the first time, was a fresh take that I don’t see eveyr day. Many times, if I read a romance with older heroes and heroines, a surprise pregnancy is the “bow” on the gift of an epilogue, not when their story actually begins and I enjoyed that.The reason I’m not rating this higher is because of a couple of reasons: First and foremost, I’m a romance junkie and to me, their relationship was more friendship than romance. I didn’t feel that strong romantic chemistry between them. I thought they made good buddies, and generally I’m into friends to lovers romances, but that turn to romance from friendship took a loooooong time. In the pursuit of realism, I was missing some of that emotional oomph, for lack of a better term. For the majority of the story, it’s about Ian being a fuckboy (whose inner voice sounds much younger to me than 40), and Erin not giving him a chance to hurt her. Those beats are stressed in almost every scene and it got a bit monotonous for me by the end. When we’re at 88% and there’s still serious doubts they’ll ever be more than friends, the sexual tension isn’t strong, and I just wasn’t sure Ian was ready for a real romance, I stopped reaching for that dangling carrot of an HEA. Giving me two chapters, right at the end, didn’t quite satisfy my romance needs. Which leads me to now - I didn’t hate the story, it just didn’t give me that love jones that I look for in my romance reads. However, your mileage may vary, so if you love a good old ONS turns to pregnancy trope, you may enjoy this.**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**For more reviews, visit
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI have previously read some of Hammerle's YA romances, and jumped at the chance to read an adult contemporary by her. Well, the results are in, and I loved this book!Five Things I Loved About Knocked-Up Cinderella1. Erin was a stupendous heroine. Her first appearance on page had me laughing, but she wasn't just funny. She was smart, witty, driven, and independent too. I could totally see myself being friends with her. 2. I had zero problems shipping Erin and Ian. I enjoyed seein Rating: 4.5 StarsI have previously read some of Hammerle's YA romances, and jumped at the chance to read an adult contemporary by her. Well, the results are in, and I loved this book!Five Things I Loved About Knocked-Up Cinderella1. Erin was a stupendous heroine. Her first appearance on page had me laughing, but she wasn't just funny. She was smart, witty, driven, and independent too. I could totally see myself being friends with her. 2. I had zero problems shipping Erin and Ian. I enjoyed seeing them together, because they had it all. They had great chemistry, but they also really talked to each other. They could let loose, and it was obvious how much they enjoyed their time together. Talk about relationship goals. 3. I love a good rom-com, and this was a great rom-com. I laughed so much while reading this book. Hammerle did a great job maintaining the tone of the story, while putting in just enough drama, and never forgetting to give us a good dose of heart. 4. Let's hear it for heroes and heroines in their 40s! I so rarely read romances with older characters, and it's nice to see people near my age finding love. 5 That ending was so, so precious! I love when a book ends on a high note, and this one just had me wiping those happy tears out of my eyes. My first adult romance from Julie Hammerle was a hit, and I look forward to reading many more. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was super cute, really light and funny. This was my first read from this author and I was delighted by how smart and sharp the writing was. A bit more emotion or conflict might've elevated it a bit for my personal taste, but it truly is a light, sweet, fun read and it delivers exactly what you'd hoped to find if that's what you're looking for. This is a quirky story of a one night stand resulting in an unexpected pregnancy and the story that evolves is both adorable and fast paced. I liked This was super cute, really light and funny. This was my first read from this author and I was delighted by how smart and sharp the writing was. A bit more emotion or conflict might've elevated it a bit for my personal taste, but it truly is a light, sweet, fun read and it delivers exactly what you'd hoped to find if that's what you're looking for. This is a quirky story of a one night stand resulting in an unexpected pregnancy and the story that evolves is both adorable and fast paced. I liked it a lot and look forward to reading more from Julie Hammerle.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I will start this by saying I don't read romances. I don't read them because there is no suspense. The love interests are introduced right away, and you know they will get together in the end, no matter how many red herrings are thrown into the mix.So, going into this, with my eyes wide open, I have to say that the writing was fresh, to me. The characters, were well formed, for the most part. Erin is a good, strong woman, a PhD, who is the principal of the private school, of which Ian is an alum I will start this by saying I don't read romances. I don't read them because there is no suspense. The love interests are introduced right away, and you know they will get together in the end, no matter how many red herrings are thrown into the mix.So, going into this, with my eyes wide open, I have to say that the writing was fresh, to me. The characters, were well formed, for the most part. Erin is a good, strong woman, a PhD, who is the principal of the private school, of which Ian is an alumnus.The story follows Erin's pregnancy, and Ian being interested in her, at least in her mind, because it is his kid, and no more.There is humor. There are real women. And there is lust, and sex. If you are into romances, this is a good fun one. The voices of Erin and Ian are both quite real.
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  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute read, but I really wanted more for Erin and Ian. I liked how their relationship was built on friendship first, which was shaky at the beginning, but then slowly grew to something more. But I didn't feel like the friendship took a logical jump to romance since these two spent so much of the book apart and they really hadn't taken the time to truly get to know each other. It felt like that really would have been important considering they were having a child together. Instead, this This was a cute read, but I really wanted more for Erin and Ian. I liked how their relationship was built on friendship first, which was shaky at the beginning, but then slowly grew to something more. But I didn't feel like the friendship took a logical jump to romance since these two spent so much of the book apart and they really hadn't taken the time to truly get to know each other. It felt like that really would have been important considering they were having a child together. Instead, this couple's relationship baggage seemed to trump everything else, making it hard to believe this couple could have a HEA.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when Ian Donovan, a bad boy, globe-trotting, venture capitalist millionaire coughs up $40,000 for a dinner date with an elementary school principal just to rescue her from a date with a pretentious creep? Well, they decide to have a one-night stand (because sometimes a gal just wants to step out of her control pantyhose and grab life by the baubles). Unfortunately something went wrong with one of the condoms and now our feisty, foul-mouthed heroine Dr Erin Sharpe is going to have a What happens when Ian Donovan, a bad boy, globe-trotting, venture capitalist millionaire coughs up $40,000 for a dinner date with an elementary school principal just to rescue her from a date with a pretentious creep? Well, they decide to have a one-night stand (because sometimes a gal just wants to step out of her control pantyhose and grab life by the baubles). Unfortunately something went wrong with one of the condoms and now our feisty, foul-mouthed heroine Dr Erin Sharpe is going to have a baby.I have been in a book slump recently, starting and dropping so many books, dishing out 1 star DNF reviews like they are smarties, giving the kiss of death three star reviews to favourite authors, I hesitated to pick this up fearing the premise was too hackneyed - boy was I wrong. Julie Hammerle has injected new humour and fizz into the 'accidentally pregnant by the billionaire' trope. Maybe the characters being somewhat older than the usual 20-somethings made a difference? All I know is that I laughed out loud at so many of the scenes - right from the start where Erin denies liking long walks on the beach and reading poetry to her lovers in the moonlight, instead telling the truth that she loves crappy tv. Also Ian and Erin's jobs felt real, he spends so much time jetting to and from Tokyo I could feel his jet lag leeching through my Kindle, he worked long hours and was at his client's beck and call.The only other book I have read by Julie Hammerle was a YA/NA teen crush - so very different to this book - but having sampled Ms Hammerle's adult humour I am definitely going to look for more. Also, Entangled August? Not come across that before, is it featuring older characters? Will have to look out for more.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.Bumped for release.
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  • Richelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I saw this book on my newsfeed and the cover caught my eye. I went on NetGalley and the book sounded like something I would read and I took a chance. I have to say as soon as I opened up the book, I was laughing out loud on the first page. I LOVED Erin. She is no nonsense, funny, tells it like it is and has a good heart. Ian is your typical charming, rich playboy with tons of baggage. After Ian bids on Erin at a school auction, they agree to have a one night, no strings attached, adult night. Er I saw this book on my newsfeed and the cover caught my eye. I went on NetGalley and the book sounded like something I would read and I took a chance. I have to say as soon as I opened up the book, I was laughing out loud on the first page. I LOVED Erin. She is no nonsense, funny, tells it like it is and has a good heart. Ian is your typical charming, rich playboy with tons of baggage. After Ian bids on Erin at a school auction, they agree to have a one night, no strings attached, adult night. Erin ends up pregnant a few weeks later. Surprise! I know this is a friends to lover book but it took SO long for them to get on the same page. Ian has so many issues and I felt the book was going on and on about his issues when it should have been about the two of them getting to know each other better. I didn’t feel the passion between the couple. It really felt like two friends having a baby the whole time. I loved the premise but the execution was lacking. This is my first time reading this author and even though the book felt short in some areas, it was still an enjoyable read. Please don’t let my review stop you from reading."I received a review copy from NetGalley and voluntarily provided an honest review. This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review."
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  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    January 1, 1970
    4/5; 4 stars; A-This was a fun surprise. A contemporary romance with mature main characters, no manufactured drama, and a happy ending. The title wasn’t the greatest but that’s minor. This new to me author is someone I will keep an eye out for.
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWhen I saw Julie Hammerle looking for reviews of her soon to be released seasoned romance (romance for the 40 and older set) Knocked-Up Cinderella it sounded like a story I’d really enjoy so I requested it and I’m so glad I did. Julie is a new to me author and this is her first adult romance although she has written several YA books. I loved this story of two 40 year olds who meet in an unexpected way and afterward find their night left them with a memory they’ll have forever…a child. T 4.5 starsWhen I saw Julie Hammerle looking for reviews of her soon to be released seasoned romance (romance for the 40 and older set) Knocked-Up Cinderella it sounded like a story I’d really enjoy so I requested it and I’m so glad I did. Julie is a new to me author and this is her first adult romance although she has written several YA books. I loved this story of two 40 year olds who meet in an unexpected way and afterward find their night left them with a memory they’ll have forever…a child. Two professional people dedicated to their jobs find that while they thought they’d figured out their lives, a child and connecting with someone who “gets you” makes you reevaluate it all.Erin is the type of heroine I adore; she is smart, funny, strong and capable and she has learned that she wants more from the men she spends time with. She knows she’s a good person and a damn fine catch and she is determined to find a man who not only understands her idiosyncrasies, but stimulates her both intellectually and sexually. The way she accepted her surprise pregnancy with joy and determination to be a great mom proved she is the type of woman who tackles things head on.I’ll admit it took me awhile to warm up to Ian because while he was charming, it was easy to see he had big time issues and didn’t see any reason to change. I admire that he was dedicated to his business and his best friends and that he had a very strong work ethic, but he made a lot of missteps along the way. The thing is I could see he was interested in Erin and his unborn child yet he couldn’t admit that to himself or anyone else. For an educated man, he wasn’t very smart in the ways of relationships or expressing his feelings.Ian allowed Erin to let go and enjoy her sexuality and in turn she showed him that it was okay to slow down and enjoy downtime at home. The fact that Erin kept Ian off balance and had him questioning the way he’d treated his conquests in the past was fascinating and a bit amusing. I did get a bit tired of Ian’s excuses for the way he acted towards Erin (and the baby), but I just kept reminding myself he was a bit of a clueless man.Enjoyable and filled with humor, emotion, and love in addition to characters that showed growth throughout, I loved Knocked-Up Cinderella.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    It's a portrayal of a 40 year old woman who is principal of an elite school and gets pregnant after a one night stand. That it the nuts and bolts of it but the layers of who these two are we're shaped by past experiences and fierce independence. I liked the mature characters although I felt Ian was getting too old to never of had a relationship. So awful was that almost to the moment of Erin giving birth that Ian and Erin remind themselves that they don't need anyone. Not awful romantic until af It's a portrayal of a 40 year old woman who is principal of an elite school and gets pregnant after a one night stand. That it the nuts and bolts of it but the layers of who these two are we're shaped by past experiences and fierce independence. I liked the mature characters although I felt Ian was getting too old to never of had a relationship. So awful was that almost to the moment of Erin giving birth that Ian and Erin remind themselves that they don't need anyone. Not awful romantic until after then. Does have hea though.
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  • Rachel Abbate
    January 1, 1970
    Ughhhh this book was just so dang CUTE but also funny, snarky, and sexy!!I immediately loved Ian and Erin as our main characters as well as their storyline. I also liked that they were in their early 40’s instead of the usual mid-20’s/early 30’s rom-com characters. I had absolutely no problem reading this in just one day and I totally recommend this if you’re in the mood for a fluffy contemporary romance! The ending also made my heart practically explode from happiness!!!Thank you to NetGalley a Ughhhh this book was just so dang CUTE but also funny, snarky, and sexy!!I immediately loved Ian and Erin as our main characters as well as their storyline. I also liked that they were in their early 40’s instead of the usual mid-20’s/early 30’s rom-com characters. I had absolutely no problem reading this in just one day and I totally recommend this if you’re in the mood for a fluffy contemporary romance! The ending also made my heart practically explode from happiness!!!Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 stars*I was overjoyed to read about, Ian and Erin, our lead characters who were both 40 yrs old! The story was sweet, mature, and simply lovely.
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Erin's gone from one crappy relationship to another. In her forties and ready to take her life back, she decides that a one-night stand is exactly what she needs to take her life back. She's ready to focus on herself and have fun. However, what she wasn't expecting was for that one night to lead to her being pregnant. Especially to a man that is not only her boyfriend or husband, but to a guy who has to desire to ever tie himself down to anyone, even a kid.Erin has always wanted to have kids but Erin's gone from one crappy relationship to another. In her forties and ready to take her life back, she decides that a one-night stand is exactly what she needs to take her life back. She's ready to focus on herself and have fun. However, what she wasn't expecting was for that one night to lead to her being pregnant. Especially to a man that is not only her boyfriend or husband, but to a guy who has to desire to ever tie himself down to anyone, even a kid.Erin has always wanted to have kids but it never seemed to be in the cards for her. Obviously, her ideal situation isn't to be knocked-up by a one-night stand who's got a phobia of attachments. However, she embraces it, puts on her big girl panties and faces reality head on. I really liked that Erin stepped forward and told Ian about the baby and the fact that she neither expected or wanted anything from him. She just knew that letting him know about it was the right thing to do. She knew he didn't do relationships and that a kid would freak him out more than a clingy girl ever could. So, she gave him an out and went about her life as a soon-to-be single mother.Ian was a character that you couldn't really hate, but you didn't necessarily love him either. I mean, he's upfront about not wanting a girl friend or even a repeat with any of his partners. He's got some abandonment issues and never wants to make a woman feel the way he felt as a boy when his mom left him and his dad. So, he lets all the women know that it's a one-night thing and moves on. So, when this spitfire of a woman not only charms him into bed, but ends up pregnant with his baby, he kind of panics. This was not the life he wants. He doesn't want anything tethering him down. His job makes him travel a lot. It takes a lot of time and dedication, and the last thing he wants is a kid, his kid, to feel like he isn't wanted. He tries to be there for Erin and the baby in a platonic way, but every now and then his fears surface and he bails. You wanted to root for him because he was clearly struggling, but sometimes it was kind of hard to due to his quick freak-outs that would leave Erin left hanging.One aspect to this story that I really enjoyed was that the main characters in this story were in their forties. They had careers and were already secure in who they were. There wasn't any unnecessary drama. In fact, the characters tried handling all of their issues in a very mature manner.Knocked-Up Cinderella is a really cute story about a woman who ends up after a night of fun. However, what this story has that most others miss is a cast of mature, older characters. This isn't a story filled with crazy drama at every turn. It's a down to earth story about a forty year old woman who finds herself in a position she never imagined and embraces it. I'm glad I picked this book up.
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  • Elizabeth Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Erin, the new principal, isn't one you'd typically associate with such a position. She drops the F bomb, of course not in front of the kids, a lot. She's independent, always has been, yet she lets them rope her into participating in a charity event for the school. Which means she must wear pantyhose and suffer being uncomfortable until it's over. Deciding hiding out is the best option, her plan is ruined by a gorgeous man who wants to talk.Ian is there, one of the elite, to donate, and of course Erin, the new principal, isn't one you'd typically associate with such a position. She drops the F bomb, of course not in front of the kids, a lot. She's independent, always has been, yet she lets them rope her into participating in a charity event for the school. Which means she must wear pantyhose and suffer being uncomfortable until it's over. Deciding hiding out is the best option, her plan is ruined by a gorgeous man who wants to talk.Ian is there, one of the elite, to donate, and of course, Erin recognizes him from a previous event her ex made her attend. Erin made quite an impression on him that night due to her umm...entertaining stunt. Ian never bids on any of the women, though he does know some of them intimately, but they knew going in they had his attention for one night and that was it.When Ian and Erin share a hot night together, but knowing the score, Erin has no idea she took something with her that night...his baby. Now these two must decide what's best for the life they created, not them, but it just could be that becoming a family will provide that.Is a HEA possible with a start like this?One-click now and follow along as two people, both believing their time together was temporary, realize how wrong they were. On a personal note, I really could've done without the image painted of Ian, he was made out to be a manwhore, one who hit it and quit it without any regrets, and the fact he'd been with some of the women at the same event as the heroine grossed me out. If I had known ahead of time the type of "Hero" he was, I would've skipped this one. Rest assured, these are purely reflections of my personal taste and not in any way of the author's talent.**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
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  • TSN
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsWell, this was a sweet slow building romance about having the courage to take a chance on love. Even if you are a committed bachelor for life or someone who is deathly scared of getting her heart broken.I rather liked that the characters are both older than the norm. It's actually refreshing reading about mature adults. Erin is a strong, independent heroine who isn't all that convinced about Ian, who might be good looking but still have to do some serious work to get her affection.It's 2.5 starsWell, this was a sweet slow building romance about having the courage to take a chance on love. Even if you are a committed bachelor for life or someone who is deathly scared of getting her heart broken.I rather liked that the characters are both older than the norm. It's actually refreshing reading about mature adults. Erin is a strong, independent heroine who isn't all that convinced about Ian, who might be good looking but still have to do some serious work to get her affection.It's also nice how low on both drama and "steam" it was. Instead, it focused on the process of two people who slowly realized that they were falling in love. Nice.☛ I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I'm voluntarily making this review.
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  • Jite
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment I heard about the concept of this novel, I knew I wanted to read it. I liked the idea of older characters (~40 year olds) being romantic leads and I liked the idea that the heroine, Erin, had the agency to not “need” her baby daddy, rich man-child, Ian, and that her strength could be a source of attraction to him. My issues are with the characterization of the protagonists in this novel. I found it incredibly difficult to believe that they were in their 40s. Don’t get me wrong, I From the moment I heard about the concept of this novel, I knew I wanted to read it. I liked the idea of older characters (~40 year olds) being romantic leads and I liked the idea that the heroine, Erin, had the agency to not “need” her baby daddy, rich man-child, Ian, and that her strength could be a source of attraction to him. My issues are with the characterization of the protagonists in this novel. I found it incredibly difficult to believe that they were in their 40s. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Erin, but Ian and his friends, Scott and Tommy, were a little on the immature side. And it was strange, because it didn’t fit in with how seriously they took their business. I feel like this would have been a stronger novel if the main characters were a decade and a half younger. Another thing that struck me is that Ian’s voice didn’t jive well with his character. For example, he says:“Tommy was my first RIDE-OR-DIE to take the parenting plunge.”I mean, is it just me? Would a grown 40y.o. man describe his best friend as a ride-or-die. He also used the phrase BFF to describe his friends in another part of the novel.OR“She touched her lips to mine, and, I’m ashamed to say, I melted.”That’s the beginning of his first ever hook-up with Erin and it just didn’t seem realistic to me, based on his characterization as being a serial hooker upper because even if he felt more for the heroine than he did with his usual encounters, that’s a very touchy-feely way for someone like him to describe that emotion.Half-way through reading this, I had to check out this new-to-me author and it made sense to discover that she usually writes YAF and that this is her first adult romance because of the inconsistencies between especially the male characters and their voices. The story is good but there’s something a little off about the execution, but on balance, it’s still worth checking out. I’d recommend this if you’re not necessarily all about alpha male, chest-thumping, grunting sort of heroes. The premise of this novel is actually kind of original and my issues with character voices notwithstanding, I’d say definitely read this if you like strong, independent heroines who don’t take no prisoners and heroes whose good looks don’t buy them a pass and who know they have to work for the heroine’s affections.I received an advanced copy from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (And being a heavy duty book purchaser myself, I’d never leave a BS review because I got it for free).
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  • Jacque
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been a while since I have indulged in chick lit. I forgot how sugary and cute they can be. And predictable. Boy and girl meet, things go well, throw in some drama, kiss and make up, and TADA! HEA. Simple, predicable formula. It’s kind of like watching the Hallmark channel, just funnier. Don’t get me wrong because there is nothing wrong with any of this…so long as you have all the right ingredients. Which, I am happy to say, Knocked-Up Cinderella has.Quick run-down of the story: Erin is a sc It’s been a while since I have indulged in chick lit. I forgot how sugary and cute they can be. And predictable. Boy and girl meet, things go well, throw in some drama, kiss and make up, and TADA! HEA. Simple, predicable formula. It’s kind of like watching the Hallmark channel, just funnier. Don’t get me wrong because there is nothing wrong with any of this…so long as you have all the right ingredients. Which, I am happy to say, Knocked-Up Cinderella has.Quick run-down of the story: Erin is a school principal of a prestigious school is at a fundraiser where she is to be auctioned off as a date. She’s not a very conventional educator as she is a bit of a wild child and has a potty mouth. Before the auction, she meets Ian, richer venture capitalist who is single, has dating rules and plans on being single forever. On a whim, he buys her at the auction, they get along REALLY GREAT, bump ugly and whoopsie! have a condom malfunction. This is their story from her getting caught scratching her butt to a final HEA.I really did like the book. It was somewhat hard not to. Erin is fairly sassy and her inner musings were entertaining. Ian has a few issues, but still likable. He’s is sold to us as somewhat of a manwhore, however, while he did have a few dating rules, I didn’t find him to be all that smutty. Their interactions both in and out of the bedroom are entertaining and I did find myself chuckling quite a bit.I think the real selling point to the story is neither of them are spring chicks. Nope, both are in their 40s…and about to be parents. Which, is a nice change from the standard romance of twenty-somethings getting knocked-up. Erin’s friends are great and but I wasn’t quite the fan of Ian’s. As nice as they were, I found them to border on the man-child side that I’m not a big fan of. Still, their friendships, inputs and added dramas helped the story flow along.Knocked- Up Cinderella is the first book of Julie Hammerle that I have read. It was entertaining and a nice change of pace from my regular choice of romance. It certainly reads quick and had quite a few selling points to it that I found refreshing. Definitely something rom-com readers will enjoy. I received this book from The JeepDiva with the express purpose of an honest review. The opinions, contents, and rating of this review are solely mineStars – 3.5
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  • Amanda Stelter
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book as an arc from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing so thank you to both of them for providing this arc to me for my honest review. ..This book is about a 40 year old woman who is recently divorced after a bad relationship. Erin ends up having a one night stand with Ian, the town’s playboy who is married to his job. This one night stand leads to Erin deciding that she is going to stay single for a while and get her life back on track. This is all working out fine and dandy until sh I got this book as an arc from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing so thank you to both of them for providing this arc to me for my honest review. ..This book is about a 40 year old woman who is recently divorced after a bad relationship. Erin ends up having a one night stand with Ian, the town’s playboy who is married to his job. This one night stand leads to Erin deciding that she is going to stay single for a while and get her life back on track. This is all working out fine and dandy until she learns that she is pregnant. With Ian’s baby...This book was so fun to read. It takes place from conception to birth. That’s a lot of time to cover and build a relationship between characters. I think that Julie Hammle handled this very well. There were things that happened that were missing or that were referenced that we didn’t get to see unfold but it wasn’t anything that took away from the story, if that makes sense. ..I expected to go into this book with it being a 3 star read. But it wasn’t! There were points in the story where the main characters annoyed me, but that’s to be expected. I feel like this was well written rom-com and is perfect for this time of year. The beginning takes place around Christmas and despite going into the summer months, I still am really glad I read it at this time. ..If you’re looking for a super quick read or a nice romantic comedy, I say go for this one. It is out now, my review is going up later than originally anticipated but that’s okay! I gave it 4 stars and I am excited to read more from this author. ....
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  • Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read Julie Hammerle, she is a new tome author. I'm not even sure what to say, I loved the idea of this book, like I really liked the characters were older then the average character in other books we read, Erin and Ian are in there 40's knocked and confused.I am a massive romance junkie, I love al my books with heavy plot of romance, and yet this had romance In it but It felt weird, there relationship they created was a friendship, I don't know in the beginning I felt there chemistry a I haven't read Julie Hammerle, she is a new tome author. I'm not even sure what to say, I loved the idea of this book, like I really liked the characters were older then the average character in other books we read, Erin and Ian are in there 40's knocked and confused.I am a massive romance junkie, I love al my books with heavy plot of romance, and yet this had romance In it but It felt weird, there relationship they created was a friendship, I don't know in the beginning I felt there chemistry and then it fizzled out over the course of the book. I was just really hoping I would love this as much as I love the cover.I think too if you are friends to lovers, at 70-80% you should be at another stage in your relationship, I don't want at 90% TWO chapters of you being together and happy, this is not for me. I cant get on board with this.So yes this is a cute fluffy contemp, yes its got humour, yes its sexy at times but its not what I expected. I sat down and read it from start to finish in one sitting. 2.5 Overall ratting.
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/4 StarsGet ready to laugh your butt off with Knocked-Up Cinderella, a chic-lit-ish contemporary romance.Erin is 40, recently single and killing it as the new principal at a private elementary school. She loves what she does, but now it also includes schmoozing and fund-raising and that’s how she finds herself dressed as Cinderella and ready to be auctioned off for a date.Ian is a workaholic. He only has time for work, work and his two best friends who also happen to be his business partners. 3.5/4 StarsGet ready to laugh your butt off with Knocked-Up Cinderella, a chic-lit-ish contemporary romance.Erin is 40, recently single and killing it as the new principal at a private elementary school. She loves what she does, but now it also includes schmoozing and fund-raising and that’s how she finds herself dressed as Cinderella and ready to be auctioned off for a date.Ian is a workaholic. He only has time for work, work and his two best friends who also happen to be his business partners. Against his better judgement, he finds himself being charmed by Erin’s quirkiness, uniqueness and sense of humor. But after one hot as eff (and mostly fade to black) hook up later… well, things are going to get messy.Erin was great. She dressed as an 80’s pop diva forever stuck in a music video and totally owned it. She was smart and funny, caring and sweet and I just loved her. Ian was charming and sexy, and when he wasn’t actively thinking about his issues he was the best. If it wasn’t because he manages to knock-up Erin from the get-go, I’d wonder if he really had balls. Man, could that guy second-guess himself! Fortunately, he eventually does manage to find his testicles while removing his head from his posterior, which made me deliriously happy.I really enjoyed this story, it was funny and fresh and even though I wanted to slap some sense into Ian more than once I loved him and Erin as a couple. I smiled and laughed, and although there’s no sexplicity, their chemistry was amazing and they have some really steamy and downright hot scenes.Knocked-Up Cinderella was a super fun read and I wouldn’t mind getting acquainted with more of this new to me author’s work at all.*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This was exactly what I needed right now. A lovely, sweet, romantic story. I liked Ian and Erin a lot. I loved that they were both in their 40's (although, I have to admit, they acted very immature for their age sometimes and that annoyed me). Them falling in love was very nicely done and believable as it didn't happen overnight but it took time for their affections to grow. I really appreciated that. The only reason this didn't get 5 stars from me is the fact that I think Ian got off easy in my This was exactly what I needed right now. A lovely, sweet, romantic story. I liked Ian and Erin a lot. I loved that they were both in their 40's (although, I have to admit, they acted very immature for their age sometimes and that annoyed me). Them falling in love was very nicely done and believable as it didn't happen overnight but it took time for their affections to grow. I really appreciated that. The only reason this didn't get 5 stars from me is the fact that I think Ian got off easy in my opinion. He was acting like such a jerk and he should have groveled more before he was forgiven. A lot more!But overall Knocked-Up Cinderella was a nice read. It had humor, romance and good plotline. And it was just the right combination of them. Recommended.***I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Mari's Struggle is Real
    January 1, 1970
    Who knew Prince Charming was a lurker? After catching Cinderella scratching her derriere, (the dress was itchy!) he bids on her and wins a date to save her to agony of having to dine with another stuffy man. Erin aka Cinderella, is a principal at a private school, and loves crappy TV. Dinner leads to some dancing which leads to some more dancing between the sheets and the next day Erin thanks Ian aka Prince Charming for the good “dancing” and kicks him out of her bed. Ian isn’t used to being kic Who knew Prince Charming was a lurker? After catching Cinderella scratching her derriere, (the dress was itchy!) he bids on her and wins a date to save her to agony of having to dine with another stuffy man. Erin aka Cinderella, is a principal at a private school, and loves crappy TV. Dinner leads to some dancing which leads to some more dancing between the sheets and the next day Erin thanks Ian aka Prince Charming for the good “dancing” and kicks him out of her bed. Ian isn’t used to being kicked out like that, especially since he is the one with the no strings, no commitment speech ready to go. Weeks later Erin comes back to let Ian know that their rendezvous left a present behind, ready to come out in 9 months. Ian being a committed bachelor for life panics at the 1st ultra-sound. Will prince charming be ready to be a committed father by the time the baby comes, or will he still be a workaholic bachelor? Will Cinderella take a chance on a less than charming prince, and let herself need someone else, for once in her life? ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled and Julie Hammerle.***Knocked-Up Cinderella, by Julie Hammerle, was such a fun book. I absolutely loved it. Erin is a 40-year-old principal who’s just out of a long-term relationship. She’s tired of falling for the same type of guy and decides to have a one-night stand with Ian Donavon. Ian is a venture capitalist, a strictly “no strings” guy who’s married to his job. It’s all well and good u ***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled and Julie Hammerle.***Knocked-Up Cinderella, by Julie Hammerle, was such a fun book. I absolutely loved it. Erin is a 40-year-old principal who’s just out of a long-term relationship. She’s tired of falling for the same type of guy and decides to have a one-night stand with Ian Donavon. Ian is a venture capitalist, a strictly “no strings” guy who’s married to his job. It’s all well and good until Erin figures out that she’s pregnant and they have to break their ‘one and done’ rule to figure out what to do. Ian couldn’t possibly want a baby, and he certainly couldn’t want a future with Erin, could he?Erin is such a kick ass heroine. I loved her! Who wouldn’t love a principal that drops f-bombs? Not at school of course! She’s bright and witty and caring and confident and so many wonderful things. Ian was equally great. He has heart, despite the choices he makes in his personal life, and I can’t remember the last time I read a character like him. From the get go his feelings for Erin are clear to the reader but he takes time working through them. The back-and-forth he shows makes sense. The heat between Ian and Erin is sizzling. I loved their chemistry. I loved watching the 2 of them fall for each other. The plot is thoughtful and well-paced, giving the reader a deliciously slow build toward love. They both have some baggage that was sparingly doled out into the plot to lend authenticity to the connection between them and their situations. I wish I had the right words to tell you how good this book was. It was the perfect quick read for anyone who wants a cute romance with some heat.
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  • Shanda
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute read. Older heroine is knocked up by a work-a-holic commitment phobe. Will they be able to come together for the baby? Or go their separate ways?This is very light on steam so if you like that you will probably enjoy this. I did not really feel the connection with these two. They seemed more like good friends. Copy provided in exchange for a voluntary review
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  • Crissy
    January 1, 1970
    I know I might be in the minority here but I honestly expected to enjoy this book more than I did. The storyline was good and the characters were okay but the story moved at such a slow pace. The story seemed to drag a lot. If the pace was just a little bit faster, this book would have been much better for me. There were funny moments, steamy moments and a little drama between Erin and Ian. Erin has struggled for years with her now ex Dirk to get pregnant but who thought a night with Ian would g I know I might be in the minority here but I honestly expected to enjoy this book more than I did. The storyline was good and the characters were okay but the story moved at such a slow pace. The story seemed to drag a lot. If the pace was just a little bit faster, this book would have been much better for me. There were funny moments, steamy moments and a little drama between Erin and Ian. Erin has struggled for years with her now ex Dirk to get pregnant but who thought a night with Ian would give her what she wanted. Too bad that Ian is not the relationship type of man, or is he? Ian's mom left him at a young age so will he be able to walk away from this child? This story wasn't a fantastic read for me but it was an okay read with a sweet ending.
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  • Tarah Hodges-Wilkins
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was going to be a cute yet predictable read but it was so much more than that. I loved that this story was able to pull such real emotions from me and Erin was such a great female character! I loved the she knew that she deserved better and she was taking any less than she deserved! Ian... lets just say I loved to hate him. I wanted to smack some sense into to him so many times in the book but in the end you truly can’t help but fall in love with him! This story had it all! It was I thought this was going to be a cute yet predictable read but it was so much more than that. I loved that this story was able to pull such real emotions from me and Erin was such a great female character! I loved the she knew that she deserved better and she was taking any less than she deserved! Ian... lets just say I loved to hate him. I wanted to smack some sense into to him so many times in the book but in the end you truly can’t help but fall in love with him! This story had it all! It was the perfect cute and quirky read that I needed.
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  • Karen Roma
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 Star Review.....Knocked-Up Cinderella was a story of contradiction. It was funny, steamy and packed with drama and angst, but slow moving and I really had to push through. Unfortunately it was also overloaded with YA dialogue and its 40 plus year-old characters were unbearably immature. That said, Erin was fabulous, and funny as all get out, but the male portrayals were mediocre. I’m sure it will appeal to many readers, but it was just OK for me.
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  • Ayekah
    January 1, 1970
    A completely fun read, complete with your 40 year old workaholic, never will commit hot male and his 40 year old PhD private school Principal who drops F bombs like rain drops and has sworn off men and relationships. The two meet at a Halloween fundraiser for the school she works for. Irritated by her costume, yes she's dressed as Cinderella hides behind a tree outside the ballroom to reach up under her dress to give herself a good scratching not realizing she isn't alone and watched by the all A completely fun read, complete with your 40 year old workaholic, never will commit hot male and his 40 year old PhD private school Principal who drops F bombs like rain drops and has sworn off men and relationships. The two meet at a Halloween fundraiser for the school she works for. Irritated by her costume, yes she's dressed as Cinderella hides behind a tree outside the ballroom to reach up under her dress to give herself a good scratching not realizing she isn't alone and watched by the all dressed up in no costume Ian Donovan. He's only there to make a sizable donation and leave. He's certainly not there for the auction, which our poor Principal Erin has begrudgingly agreed to take part in. The two have a brief chat and then it's auction time, Ian decides to watch seeing the men who are bidding on her with his disapproval decides to place that winning bid and one date it is. The date which he had no intention of going on, the date she could care less about. The two end up spending the night together, he has rules, so does she. He breaks his first by falling asleep and spending the night. When she boots him out the door in the morning, he's befuddled and disturbed. That's never happened to him before. Plus he actually likes her. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, he doesn't like it. It bothers him for several months, so much that he can't get back into the one and done routine. He's in business with his two best friends he grew up with, one now married with a baby which has thrown a wrench in the works, now the days of bar crawling and trawling are over. Three months goes by and Ian gets a text from Erin to meet for coffee. He thinks it's code for another roll in the rack and she clarifies just coffee. She had gone in for a check up and discovers she's pregnant. After trying for years, her one night stand and the last person who'd make the top of the baby daddy list, he's little swimmers won the game. She tells him out of courtesy, she makes it clear she expects nothing and can do this on her own. Because that's always been her plan. Ian decides to test the water, but proves to be exactly what he says he is. He's a runner. The months go by quickly, things happen with school and also in his business, he's traveling overseas a lot. Coming close to delivery and does he make it to the class as he said he would? Good question. Where's Ian reminded me of where's Waldo. I liked Erin and Ian not as well, yet there was something a little charming about his immature 40 yr old self. There are plenty of supporting characters to meet and you get to know a few.The plot was good, I loved reading about a 40 year old woman who had her act together and was a professional woman. Big thumbs up on that. That in itself is the best part of the story. It does however drag in places, it's a slow read. I like something that flows a little quicker but that's just me.It's a cute read, Erin wins the crown for this beauty.arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 11/13/18.I abso-freaking-lutely loved this one!I've read almost all (read: I missed one--how did that happen?) of Ms. Hammerle's YA books, so when I saw this title and her name with it, I got all grabby-handy. Seriously. I didn't even read the blurb.And I haven't regretted it a bit!I loved that:-the characters are 40 (even if Ian doesn't always act it)-the romance is slow burn--verrrrry slow burn, because they're both pretty settled into their own lives (a Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 11/13/18.I abso-freaking-lutely loved this one!I've read almost all (read: I missed one--how did that happen?) of Ms. Hammerle's YA books, so when I saw this title and her name with it, I got all grabby-handy. Seriously. I didn't even read the blurb.And I haven't regretted it a bit!I loved that:-the characters are 40 (even if Ian doesn't always act it)-the romance is slow burn--verrrrry slow burn, because they're both pretty settled into their own lives (as you are, in your 40s)-Ian and Erin start out as friends (okay, technically they start out as a one-night-stand, and then they're a one-night-stand with permanent consequences, and then they're friends. Still, friends-to-lovers FTW!)-even though I was *sure* that these two would end up together somehow, Ms. Hammerle kept me hovering at the knife's edge of despair because OMG THESE TWO WERE NEVER GOING TO GET TOGETHER for, like, 90+% of the book-their BFFs were awesome (yes, people in their 40s sometimes use "BFF" to refer to their BFFs)-even though Erin and Ian were totally warm for each other's form and had wild and passionate episodes that included dramatic sweeping off of desks (after non-sweepable items were removed, as is only practical) this was still essentially a closed door romance-the epilogue got me all tearyI didn't love:(crickets)Hmmm. I could come up with something, given enough time. Maybe. But why would I want to? ;)Honestly, if this book is any indication (which I sincerely hope it is!) this line is exactly what I've been looking for. I can't wait to read more from it, and (hopefully!) more non-YA reads from Ms. Hammerle!Rating: 4 stars / AI voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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