The bit on the back…
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 has 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. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
This has been on my TBR since around the start of the year. That’s when I first read Hopeless by Colleen and completely fell for her writing style and characters. I quickly devoured the book and moved onto Losing Hope straight after. Since then I’ve read Slammed, Maybe Someday and I was incredibly fortunate to be sent a copy of Ugly Love and to take part in the review tour for it!
This short novella, which is 130 pages, follows Hopeless/Losing Hope supporting character Daniel Wesley. Daniel is Holder’s best friend and we’ve already seen a little glimpse of him in those first two books, but if I’m honest when I got to reading this book I’d actually forgotten what he was like so this was like discovering a new character all over again.
The story is all in Daniel’s POV which I love. Colleen seems to just nail the guy’s perspective in all of her stories and it just seems so realistic and true to what you can imagine the guy would be thinking. It’s no different with Daniel and I love just how much of a cheeky, flirty, fun guy he is.
The story is called Finding Cinderella for a reason and a heavy signifigance to the start of the story where Daniel meets his Cinderella in a maintenance closet but both of them remain anonymous in an attempt not to ruin the magic of their little secret relationship. I love the whole fairytale element there was to the start of the story and it’s exactly the kind of thing you can see happening to Daniel.
Sky and Dean are back in this novella and so is Six, Sky’s best friend. In what is probably quite a predictable plot line Daniel and Six hit it off in a big way. I loved their fun and flirtatious relationship and I loved that Daniel seems to have met his match in Six. The story starts out fun and fresh after the seriousness of Hopeless and Losing Hope but has a few more twists for the characters and a completely emotional journey towards the end of the story.
If you love Colleen Hoover you will definitely enjoy this short story, the only problem was it was too short!