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Review: Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell

Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell
Contemporary Romance, Category Romance, Erotic
Ebook $2.99 (155 pages, BRAZEN)
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.
Author Site: ginalmaxwell.com

Pure Smutty Goodness (5 stars)

Lucie Miller learned the hard way not to get involved with a man she has nothing in common with. After putting her bad marriage behind her she's decided to look for a man she's compatible with, a guy like the doctor she works and shares a great professional relationship with. But he can't seem to see her as anything other than a great physical therapist. When Reid Andrews, an old friend and MMA champ, comes to her to get back on his feet after a shoulder injury he offers to teach her the art of seduction.

Getting Reid ready for his rematch is easy, but resisting the growing attraction their seduction lessons is brewing isn't. Lucie has a plan and it doesn't involve falling hard for her brother's best friend, a man she knows could never share the same feelings for her. Caving to their cravings doesn't mean anything, it's just a way to get it out of their systems... or will it completely change the sport of seduction.

Blah, I'm still drooling over this one and it's been a couple of days since I finished it. While there were a few small spots where I kind of felt like it was obvious this was Maxwell's debut it really blew me away. She's a masterful storyteller and I pretty much had her on my must-read list before I was halfway through SEDUCING CINDERELLA. Lucie wasn't totally likable, her thinking Reid couldn't actually like her did strike me as a little contrived considering all his actions spoke to the contrary. Yet, I couldn't dislike her at all, mostly just got frustrated that she didn't see what I was seeing as the reader. Reid was surprisingly multi-dimensional in a genre I have come to expect bland heroes from. I loved, loved, LOVED, that he was a fighter with an artistic side. It's a combo I never thought could work and yet felt true. His confidence and take-no-prisoners personality will make Alpha-male fans' hearts flutter while his attentive, sensual side as a lover will be a sure-fire panty melter for all romance lovers. He's the sort that can take the reigns without being a brute about it.

The story is actually pretty meaty in scope with Reid healing and training for his big rematch and Lucie trying to put her lessons to use on her doctor, but a lot of these details happen 'off screen'. What you will get is a seriously smoldering series of scenes focusing on the seduction lessons, building of sexual tension, and finally plenty of cheek-burning, jaw-dropping love scenes. I'm not usually one to go for fiction with this much 'action' but so far the Brazen imprint of Entangled Publishing is proving to be a rich blend of erotic and romantic elements that I'm loving. If you love a smoking hot romance SEDUCING CINDERELLA is definitely one to consider.

Not only was SEDUCING CINDERELLA a great blend of sensual romance and really fab characters, it sets the bar for the imprint. I will definitely be reading more from Gina L. Maxwell and have a new found interest in MMA heroes, when I've never even had an interest in the sport before. Sure to appeal to readers who like athletes and warrior types!

Other Reviews:
The Romance Man
Reading Between the Wines Book Club

Notes: Purchased by me.

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