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Seducing Cinderella (Fighting for Love) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013
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Seducing Cinderella was a wonderfully fun, often funny, seriously hot book!”
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Maxwell’s love story about a MMA fighter and a physical therapist charms, delights and leaves you with a happy sigh at the end. I can’t wait for the next book.”
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What I found incredibly refreshing was that although Reid initially questioned the wisdom of getting involved sexually with his friend's younger sister, he quickly treated Lucie as the mature adult she was and let her decide if she wanted to make love with him. No scenes of brother rushing in suggesting that because she had sex, his sister was somehow sullied. Kudos to the author for writing a romance with characters that reflect the current state of relationships in the year 2012!
And speaking of sex, this book was deliciously steamy. Very hot, very sexy, very intimate. Lucie and Reid set each other on fire. Even a thunderstorm can't put out the flames!
So if you like sexy contemporaries with appealing characters who undergo emotional growth and reading about a relationship that deepens into intimacy and love, you will love this book. As I suggested at the start of my review, it's hard to believe this author hasn't been publishing for years and that this is indeed her debut. I look forward to many more books from her and can wholeheartedly recommend this book.
This story is about an injured MMA fighter, Reid Andrews, who needs to be rehabilitated so that he can fight and win his championship title back in two months time. He enlists the help of physical therapist, Lucie Miller, who unbeknownst to him at the time is his best friend's little sister. The two make a deal where Lucie will take Reid on as a patient for two months so that he'll be ready for his fight, while Reid will train Lucie in the art of seduction so that she can win the affection of the doctor she has been lusting after. While upholding their respective ends of the bargain, the two are powerfully attracted to one another. They agree to act on their attraction for the duration of the time they will be working together and once that time is up, they each will go their separate ways. Of course, things don't quite go as planned.
Ms. Maxwell does a great job at writing the Cinderella story we all know and love in a refreshing and believable way. Lucie was written realistically as a strong, successful woman with real insecurities that most women will be able to relate to. Reid was not only sinfully sexy and very alpha, but also sensitive and compassionate. I adored him! The chemistry between Lucie and Reid was explosive and the love scenes were smoking hot! I alternately laughed and cried while reading this book and ultimately finished it with a smile on my face.
I am truly looking forward to reading the future books in this series. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet, sexy and fun read. You will not be disappointed!
First off, I loved the premise of the book. The arrangement between Reid and Lucie is believable with high possibilities of both humor and (perhaps unintended) seduction. So point in the "good" column there.
Second, Reid is, well, sexy as hell. I'm not usually into guys with tats, but somehow the picture of an MMA fighter, with the cropped faux-hawk hair, hazel eyes, and swirly tattoo was pretty intriguing. I had no problem visualizing this guy. Another point in the "good" column.
I really liked Lucie, and I thought her character, with all her insecurities, was well drawn. Having been that girl and having known a few of them, I related to her and really wanted her to "win," whatever that turned out to be. Another point.
Here's what pushes the book to 3 instead of 4 stars for me: As well drawn as Lucie was, Reid seemed a shade "thin" to me. I mean, his affection for Lucie and his issues with his father, Stan, kept him from drifting across the "obnoxiously alpha" line, which is good. But I think there could have been even more. What about more about his artistic talents and how that drove a wedge between him and his father? For a lot of the book, Reid is just a friend of Lucie's brother, her teen crush, and an MMA fighter, but he could have been more. I think the final scene between Reid and Stan was well done. I'd have liked to see Reid tussle with his feelings for his father, his absent mother, and his art a little bit. And maybe just a shade more of how he worked through his feelings for Lucie. I was pretty confident the end point he'd arrive at, which he did, but missed a little of the build up.
Overall though, it was a $2.99 well spent and I read most of it during a 3-hour car ride. I would buy another from this author.