Seducing Cinderella

Well, it’s the last Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means. Yep, Lit Swagger and time to dish on Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell. This was Ms. Maxwell’s debut book and it reached both the New York Times and The USA Today Best Sellers lists. How many authors can say that about their first book?Seducing Cinderella



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.
Here’s a video for your enjoying pleasure.


I have to admit, I had to look up MMA – mixed martial arts on Google because I had  no idea what this sport was all about. I’ll also admit I perused the hot bodies of the fighters when hubby wasn’t looking. Okay, back to the book. I thought this was an enchanting story with wonderful humor, likable characters, and hot sex. Who could ask for more? So, I totally enjoyed the story, but what was your take on it?

Lets get the discussion going.

Here are a couple of questions to consider, but please don’t feel limited.

1. Did you find yourself immersed in the story?

2. Did you like the characters? Were you smitten with the hero? So much so, you nearly bought a ticket to Las Vegas, thinking you might run into Reid? Did you like Lucie?

3. Was the setting realistic? The dialogue natural?

4. What heat level would you give this book? So hot, you dog-eared several pages to read again? Or so cold, you dozed off reading them? Or perhaps something in between?

5. Did you  find the ending satisfactory? Did it leave you smiling, or did you say WTF?



  1. Emily Allen says:

    This was a great book. I picked it up and didn’t want to put it down, I was so immersed in the story. I feel in love with the hero the minute he offered to help the heroine. I found all the characters loveable, well except for that jack@ss of a doctor. Reid is just was Lucie needed to find her inner vixen. I thought the setting was realistic and the dialogue natural. I found this book so hot, I could of used a cold shower after reading some of the pages. I thought the ending was great, made me want to read more by this Author.

    • Hi Emily,
      Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, Reid was one of those characters that was both strong and sweet, with the right amount of both qualities. And Lucie brought out the best in him, even though he really was a nice guy right off the bat.

    • I’m with you Emily, I think I read this book in two days! Wouldn’t we all love to have a guy that into us?! His intensity was one of my favorite parts of this story. When that man focused…he FOCUSED! Damn! 🙂

  2. I loved it and couldn’t believe it was a debut novel! I was drawn in, because Lucie reminded me of myself at her age. Confident as a professional woman, but awkward in romantic situations and looking for love in all the wrong places. I love the premise of a former friends reunited. Throwing in the “how to be sexy” lessons only jacked the heat up.

    I am not a fan of MMA, so that world means nothing to me. I’ve found it to be a sport that is too violent to watch. Knowing that was Reid’s background, however, made him MORE likeable to me, as reader. He had to bring out his gentle nature to be around Lucie, and, in turn, she had to become more confident.

    I really liked how the heat intensified throughout the story. The sexual tension built, as Reid and Lucie fought their attraction. Then, Reid did what he did toward the end!! WTF, man?!!
    I wanted to punch him in the man junk. With one of his MMA gloves. Then, kick him in the man junk. Repeatedly..

    Ultimately, Reid has become one of my BBFs. I described him (in my review) as a “nice boy in a bad boy package.” I loved how it ended and that Jax and Vanessa’s story takes place right afterwards (“Rules of Entanglement”). I really liked this story, because the characters and plot were well-developed, and the sex was hot (HELLO RAIN).

    • Ha! Michelle,
      ROTFL! I love your take on how to handle Reid’s bad behavior and his man junk. But in the end he CAME through. Sorry, no pun on words intended. Yep, this really was a fun read. I’m looking forward to the next book as well.

    • Michelle, I’m with you,too…I wanted to yell “Stupid Reid!” near the end. I mean, duh, I knew it was going to work out, but geez. I never like that “all hope is lost in love” part of a book. LOL 🙂

    • And I LOVED that “how to be sexy” game, too. That was quite original. 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed this Cinderella story–it’s something probably most women have vicariously lived through movies and books. I mean, who wouldn’t love to have a strong, virile man see through our defenses to the beauty and sensuality we possess on the outside AND the inside??

    Reid was YUMMY! Uber masculine, yet wonderfully tender with the right woman. The only part that didn’t completely jive with me was the quick insertion of his dad at the end. It seemed too out of the blue and convenient. Minor stuff, though! 🙂

    And can I just say…I’ve tried dancing in the rain, and THAT was wonderful, so….

    Um, yeah. (fans self)

    Overall, it was an awesome book, and I’m definitely going to read the next in the series!

  4. Josie Matthews says:

    THis was a great story…I loved the two sides of Reid! Being a ‘split’ personality person myself, the scientific side battles daily with the creative side daily, I could relate to his inner dialog about the two sides of himself. Great depth of character. I adored the part where he sketched Lucie…and her put down when she saw it? I wanted to thrash her!!!!! But thats what makes a great read…bringing out emotions in the reader. Im an MMA fan being a boxing student and teacher myself so that part of the story I loved. His dedication and commitment to his training. Any athlete can attest to the difficulty of maintaining peak performance form. Lucie being his uber opposite was endearing!
    Really fun read and I look forward to Vanessa’s story!!! She was a great sidekick for Lucy!

  5. Lucy Lit says:

    Really enjoyed this and no, I couldn’t put it down. The MMA stuff kinda went over my head but didn’t detract from the overall story. Just learned some new things. *wink wink*

    • Lucy, I agree. This was one of those books that was a quick read. That’s saying something because I’m a very slow reader, but I read this in record time. Thanks for stopping by!

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