Monday, August 12, 2013

[Review] Seducing Cinderella - Gina L. Maxwell

Released: July 20th, 2012

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. 

"Was it possible to physically feel the moment you lost your heart to someone? Because Lucie was fairly sure she'd just lost hers, and the spot where it should have been literally hurt.."
This book actually surprised me. And, well, even though I do get surprised easily, nevertheless, it was definitely still a shocker for me. I honestly didn't think that this book would be that good. I was expecting a book filled with hot, steamy sex and not much of the romance.

But, boy, did Ms. Maxwell prove me the hell wrong.

Lucie and Reid were just so fucking perfect. Although Lucie can be annoying at times, but I'll elaborate on that more later. But the whole story was so simple and easy to read. It was slightly fast-paced but I thought it was pretty okay since I didn't mind the flow of the story. Overall, the book had a fantastic plot with awesome characters and the love to match.

Well, now, let's start of with Lucie. She was initially this really nerdy-ish character who basically didn't really know how to be feminine. She was so conscious of herself, so insecure and vulnerable. The doctor of her dreams wanted to ask her friend out after one meeting! Obviously, this Dr. Dickwad was a jerk since he didn't realize how special Lucie was. He was really into images and shit so yeah, he's an ass.

But when Reid comes along and teaches her how to be this spicy character, man did she change. She bought a whole new set of wardrobe, changed her attitude and slowly began to turnover her outlook on everything in life. I really liked her character because she was a fast learner and she wasn't passive at all. She was actually willing to make an effort to win Dr. Mann's heart. Lucie didn't sit around.

The only thing that pissed me off about her was her insecurity. I mean, maybe yeah, she was really self-conscious and everything but, fuck, she really can't see how amazing and gorgeous she really is. It was kind of depressing seeing her bring herself down and all. I'm just happy that Reid came along ;)

What's sad about Lucie is that she doesn't believe in love.
"That had been the moment she decided to never again trust that love was all a relationship needed to work. She stripped the phrase 'opposites attract' from her vocabulary and vowed to not get involved to anyone who wasn't suitably compatible with her."
I was like, "Wow." She's been hurt before and it sucks. It sucks that that's the reason why she's actually so interested in the doctor. He was "compatible" with her but she didn't want to be a romantic character again. She wanted to rationalize her world and try to have that perfect life with the perfect husband.

And then there's Reid. MY GOD REID ANDREWS. He is so much more than just a fighter, even Lucie observed this.
"You see things differently than most people. There's a very artistic side to you."
That is too adorable. Reid is one of the sweetest guy characters I've ever come across. He really tried for Lucie, and, although sometimes he was such a shitty coward, he always came back to her. Always. He leads this seemingly perfect life as a successful, wealthy fighter but maybe, on the inside, all he wants is to feel the love that he never had.

He's such a lovely man with the greatest talent to work with words. Whenever he says something, I just go:

Minor Faults:
  • Plot was a bit too predictable
  • Lucie complained a teensy bit too much about herself.



About The Author:

Gina is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit. Growing up she dreamed of entertaining people and taking them on fantastical journeys with her acting abilities, until she came to the realization as a college sophomore that she had none to speak of. Another then years would pass before she discovered a different means to accomplishing the same dream: writing stories of love and passion for addicts just like her.

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