Sunday, July 21, 2013

Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell

** 4 out of 5 Stars **


Mixed Martial Arts fighter Reid Andrew'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.

This was an easy one.  There wasn't any kind of drama at all.  I got bored with it at times.  There isn't really a lot to tell because it was pretty much cut and dried and straight to the point.  The writing style was easy to follow and the characters easy enough to follow.  I enjoyed it but it's not something I won't be able to forget or something I couldn't put down.

Lucie is a 29 year old Physical Therapist.  She is "in love" with a doctor that barely knows she exists.  The bookish, disorganized, and quiet.  She was married at one time to a man who cheated which caused her to look for relationships with compatibility instead of love.  She's short, tiny, delicate with chestnut hair.

Reid is bad boy personified.  He's a 34 year old MMA fighter who was injured.  He has to see a PT who turns out to be his best friend's little sister.  He's 6'3, toned with dark blonde hair, and has ever changing eyes.  He's got tattoos everywhere.  He's has the whole polished bad boy look going for him.  He's always viewed Lucie as his little sister so he's very protective of her.

Lucie has a thing for a doctor who isn't into her.  Personally I think he was more into himself than anyone.  After a conversation in which the doctor asks her for her best friend's phone number, Reid catches her crying.  He's there to get therapy for his injured shoulder so he can fight in two months.  They didn't know they were about to see each other for the first time in 6 years so it's a shock.

He needs the kind of therapy that requires full care.  He talks her into 24/7 care in exchange for seduction lessons to help her win the doctor.  Little did he know that his plan was gonna work a little too well.

There isn't really a lot to tell.  They have encounters, and there are little touches here and there.  He changes the way she looks, takes her to dinner.  He kisses her for the first time and it's like fireworks exploding.  He makes it a point to try and pull back from her but he can't keep his hands off her.

When his lessons work better than he wants them too he becomes jealous.  He has to control himself when the doctor asks her out.  Before the actual date Reid gives Lucie a kissing lesson and the points of their agreement shift.  They decide to go from friends to friend's with benefits foolishly believing that they can keep it at just that.  So they begin sleeping together and getting closer.  One of the best parts of this book is when her brother calls (Reid is her brother's best friend).  The entire time she's talking to him Reid is trying to put his hands and mouth on her anywhere he can get them.

The night of her date he almost tries to get her to stay with him but then decides he's not good enough for her and tells her to go.  After she's gone he gets a phone call saying he needs to come home sooner.  The date is a bore and they have no chemistry.  At the end of it they end up outside with the doctor about to kiss her when Reid walks up.  They lie together about a diabetic ferret of the neighbor's needing medication.  Yeah, I know...that was just sad but it was funny when the guy bought it.

Reid draws a painting of her and it's beautiful but she sticks her foot in her mouth and he storms out of the building.  Chasing after him, they end up fighting in an alley in the pouring rain about what she see's in the guy. He asks her if she's picturing the doctor when she's with him and her response cause extremely hot sex in the alley.  It's after that she realizes that she's lost her heart to him.   It's not long after that he realizes that's he's fallen head over heels with her.

He doesn't think he can make her happy so when he tells her he's going back to Vegas he's almost cruel about it.  He tells her he won't have time for her and that her life is where she is.  When she tells him she loves him he just shuts down and walks away.

A month passes and he's miserable and his fight is looming the next day and his head isn't in the game.  After a talk with his coach he makes a decision about his future and then goes through with his fight.  We switch POV's and she's at an auction ball miserable.  While she's being auctioned to the males in the room and the doctor is the highest bidder he steps in and bid $100,000 dollars effectively taking her away from the doctor. Outside he tells her he's in love with her and he's retired from fighting.  He doesn't care what his future holds as long as he can spend it with her.  She forgives him and they plan to spend their lives together.

So there isn't a lot to this one.  It's a very easy read, no drama, no angst, and pretty short.  It was a good book just to sit back and enjoy but it isn't something that's gonna stay with me a long time.  I give it 4 stars because it was worth the read.  It will make a great beach or poolside read.

My Reid/Lucie

Favorite Quotes:

"When a man makes a woman cry, it's not nothing."

The right thing to do was apologize and walk it off.  Too bad his Right Thing-ometer was irreparable damaged.