Seducing Cinderella

Seducing Cinderella

by Gina L. Maxwell
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Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell

Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance. Soon Reid finds himself in the fight of his life . . . winning Lucie's heart before she gives it to someone else.

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ISBN-13: 9781620612910
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gina L. Maxwell is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit. Thanks to her family's wonderful support, she's able to live her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world, even if only in the pages of a good book.

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Seducing Cinderella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 548 reviews.
jbailey4251 More than 1 year ago
I am thrilled to review Gina L. Maxwell's debut novel Seducing Cinderella. In order to do this, though, we need to discuss the word debut. Debut generally indicates the first published work by an author, or an introduction to an author's work. Many times, as a reader, I am more tollerant of a debut author's work, a little nicer, more likely to forgive minor mistakes or awkwardness. After all, few people are perfect their first time out the gate. Also, Seducing Cinderella is considered a Category Romance, and I don't tend to spend a lot of time reading category romances. Readers have certain expectations when reading a category romance, including a generally shorter length and a heavy reliance on tropes of the genre. Lucky for me, did not have to overlook or forgive any amateurish "mistakes" or awkwardness--Maxwell is truly gifted. Not only did she write an engaging, sexy book, she maintained the expectation of a category romance--using the "tried and true" tropes of the industry while at the same time keeping it fresh and unique. The Cinderella theme has been used for decades--the idea that a fairy godmother (or hero) puts the unassuming, unremarkable Cindy into a beautiful dress and suddenly the world is hers to take. I've always sort of disliked this trope--it seems to me that it is telling us that a fancy dress and a dab of makeup is all it takes to snag Prince Charming. I find this kind of superficial thinking dangerous. Maxwell taps into what I consider the truth of the Cinderella transformation. Yes, upgrading the exterior can help, but it's a sign of building confidence--and it's the confidence and positive self-esteem that make a woman sexy and unforgettable. Reid doesn't just tell Lucie to get a haircut, pluck her eyebrows and put on a pretty dress, he forces her to acknowledge her own inner and outer beauty, and helps build her confidence. Seducing Cinderella succeeds because of two complex characters--Reid and Lucie. Lucie is a disorganized soul who needs predictability and schedules. A previous relationship leaves her disillusioned about the merits of passion and love at first sight, she decides that it would be better to build a relationship on mutualinterests and goals. She's got the insecurities most women face, but she isn't defined by them. She's good at what she does and knows it. She knows what she wants and will go after it. These kinds of traits are what make her a strong and realistic character. "For whatever reason, Lucie acted as though it was her place not to create any more ripples in life's pool than necessary. As for Reid? He preferred the cannonball approach." As should be the case with the hero in any good romance, I am in complete love/lust with Reid. He's a macho MMA figher with an artists sensitivity. That combination is PERFECT! You've got this guy who is bad-ass in the cage, agressive and determined to overcome his injury to get back into that cage, yet one who will stop to chat with children who idolize him and make sure they understand the difference between fighting in the cage and using violence to get what they want. He's dedicated and disciplined and way too sexy for his own good, without the obnoxious arrogance that could come with it. What makes Maxwell's writing so exciting is her voice. She keeps the prose and dialogue exciting with a fun blend of snark and attitude that adds humor, but keeps enough warmth and sensitivity to smooth over the potential for sharp edges. Not only that, she has a way of looking at things that is both unique and universal. For example, she was able to use one sentence to set the mood and atmosphere of a location: "The club was like a frat house on steroids with a country club clientele." This combination of disperate universal images gives the reader an immediate sense of the location. This is a skill seen by many experienced, successful authors--I've noticed it with Richelle Mead, author or several paranormal series, for example. Published under Entangled Publshing's newly introduced Brazen imprint, Seducing Cinderella is smokin' hot. The love scenes are explicit and sexy as hell, but they are not gratuitous in the least. Every intimate encouter moves the story forward, complicates the plot and is so filled with emotion that the impact his huge. While reading them, I wanted to break out my fan to cool off and, at the same time, hug my teddy bear and sniffle at the emotion laced within the heat. There is only one bit about the story that I kind of wish was expanded. Reid is an MMA fighter and it plays a huge part in his character and his motivation. Maybe it's because I don't watch MMA matches and don't know much about the sport, but I would have loved a little more detail about it and what it entails. Unfortunately, from a plot and writing perspective, I understand that extra info in this regard isn't necessary and would likely slow the pacing, so I get why it's not there. Not even as a reader, but as me, I'm fascinated by this sport and the way it can define and shape characters. There's hope for me, though. A little birdie told me (and it's on the cover) that this is the first in a series, so I expect I'll get to know more about these guys and the sport. :) So, to sum up: This book if fantastic and I encourage people to pick it up. Maxwell is a gifted author and I suspect we'll be seeing a lot more from her.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. Good story line with likeable characters. One of fav
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're in the mood for a hot, sexy, alpha male who not only has the brawn, but is also (sigh....) sensitive, then read this book! At 400+ pages, the author introduces you to our unlikely mousy, plain heroine and really makes you root for her to have a hea! Great story, great hot, sweaty sex, fun characters...... What more can you want! This book makes you wanna sit back, relax, and wish that Reid was right there with you..... sigh......
ScoutPF More than 1 year ago
This is the first published novel by author Gina Leigh Maxwell, and an exciting start it is. This story introduces us to a very unlikely couple. Lucie Miller, Physical Therapist who is quiet, disorganized, and totally unaware of her own attributes and Reid Andrews, a big, bad, drop dead gorgeous MMA fighter. The details of this tantalizing story have been written by other excellent reviewers. These are my thoughts. This novel treats us to characters that are honest, strong, and who believe in themselves. Lucie does need a little coaching in that department! The love scenes are HOT, and I emphasize love. Seducing Cinderella is such an enjoyable read on so many levels, I laughed, and cried, and loved every page written. Thank you Ms. Maxwell for your extraordinary ability to tell us this delightful story! Greatly anticipating the next in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first when i saw the title i didnt know what to expect. But that changed quickly. I feel in love with this book. Reid was a super hot sweet guy and Lucie was just adorale. Definetly worth the buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great, I couldn't put it down! Reid is hot, hot, hot! A bad boy, with a soft side! An easy read, with over 400 pages! Well worth 2.99!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great contemporary romance novel. Cant wait to read more from this author. This book has great characters, a great plot and very steamy love scenes, the perfect mix! You should definately take the time to read this book!
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
One of the best debut titles out today. Ms. Maxwell gave us well rounded characters with a believable story that flows across he page. Entangled Publishing has chosen well for their launch of Brazen books, and I'm anxiously awaiting this author's next title. Wonderful job, Ms. Maxwell!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Lucie and Reid became real. I.hope they will appear in later books. Maybe about Vanessa? Do yourself a favor and get this book. I know I will read it again Very appealing plot line. Now I want to know more about MMA bouts. The love scenes are LOVE scenes. Not trashy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book for those that love a great romance novel, filled with explicit sex scenes and a terrific love between two endearing characters! Could not put it down, it was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Wow! This book is OUTSTANDING. I read it all in one sitting, that's how much it sucked me in. The hero and heroine had this amazing connection. Their chemistry sizzled and leaped off the page. I adored the heroine. She was smart, capable, kind and fun-loving. And holy cow, the hero was hot! I fell head over heals for this guy. The author really knew how to engage the reader. This book had me smiling throughout, it was so fun and sexy! And at one point I even cried. Humor, romance, emotion and incredibly hot sex, this book has it all. Man, if I had to describe the perfect book, this would be it. NOTE TO AUTHOR: More please!
InkVamp More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Was drawn in by the cover, liked the concept, and loved, loved, loved the story!!! I cannot wait to read more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basic quiet good girl falls for bad boy. Hot, steamy and a little predictable. She should have made him work a little harder but still a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had it all- love, seduction, romance, hot, steamy--- BRAVO!!! I can't wait for more!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great contemporary romance, really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has you literally on the edge of your seat!! It is sooooo romamtic and heart warming. Its a mature book and it doesnt have none of that silly teenage stuff. Lucie is a beautiful girl and doesnt even know it. She has a great career and life. She runs into her brothers best friend that she grew up with. A hot UFC fighter. Without thinking they'd fall in love they do!! The sex scenes are amazing and the connection between them two are magical. I absolutely looooooooved this book!!
Mrs_CULL3N More than 1 year ago
Definitely got me hooked! So looking forward to read her next book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Sherdy More than 1 year ago
Having read a slew of this genre of books lately, I note a trend in which the female doesn't think she is all that and the male is sex on two legs. Usually, the female is weak, treated like an infant, called "Baby" repeatedly through the story, and told what to do. You know, I finished the "Fifty Shades" trilogy and couldn't tell you why Christian would fall in love with weak insipid Ana other than he could control her. In this book, for a refreshing change, the male, Reid, likes the way Lucie makes him feel, likes the way he feels about himself when she is near. Finally, a woman author gets that there is more than the sex to make a relationship work. Lucie is still a bit of a "I'm not beautiful" character, but it isn't so much about her physicality-it's about her unwillingness to put herself front and center in any situation. She's not into drawing attention to herself, even though part of the plot involves her getting used to doing so. I was expecting to be rolling my eyes as the book progressed, but I never did. While this book will never be mistaken for a classic novel in its writing style, the story was really very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i bought this story i didn't think it would go into so much detail with the sex scenes, like seriously its like porn on paper. It was gross and a predictable plotline with way more sexual detail than i wanted and now i dont know how to delete it off my nook, because seriously i want to. Dont waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly the type of story i love! Sexy sexy scenes and a wonderful love story :) definitely a great read!!
tvick83 More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book! Love it!
mbprovence More than 1 year ago