I'm such a sucker for these types of stories. Gina L. Maxwell hooked me immediately with the title Seducing Cinderella, and I've already bought my copy. I "met" Gina via Twitter and we did a few late-night writing sprints. Please welcome this debut author, and discover some facts about the hero, Reid.
The novel is a launch release from Entangled Publishing's new Brazen line.
Gina is giving away one electronic copy of her novel to a commenter, so please leave a message with a valid email address.
Five Facts about Reid Andrews
(with supporting passages from the book)
1) With an ex-professional boxer as a father, Reid started training in MMA from the time he was very young, essentially giving him lifelong experience in the sport.
For as long as he could remember, he’d been fighting. Fighting in the sport he loved above all else—Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA—to get to the top, and then fighting his ass off to stay there. Fifteen years later, he was one of the richest light-heavyweight fighters in the UFC, with a record of 34-3 and a fanbase of millions. Of course none of that mattered now because if he couldn’t get healthy in time for the rematch, his career was over.
2) Reid is so desperate to heal from a shoulder injury in order to win back his light-heavyweight title, he makes a crazy offer to his new physical therapist, who turns out to also be his best friend’s little sister.
“I’ll show you how to act, what to say...everything you need to know to make him notice you. If there’s one thing I know, its women and what they do that turns men on to the point of utter distraction.” Her head turned to the side. Not a big movement, but enough to let him know he had her attention. “You’ll have him eating out of the palm of your hand in no time. I guarantee it.”
3) Reid thinks Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is utterly do-able, if you know what I mean. *wink, wink*
“Okay, here comes your boy with our drinks. He’ll wait for you to approve the wine. I want you to channel Jessica Rabbit and give him a show.”
Her jaw dropped. “You want me to channel a cartoon character from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
Reid’s expression actually looked like he couldn’t believe her incredulity at his choice in sex goddess. “She’s sex on heels. Every dude wants to bang Jessica Rabbit.”
4) Reid isn’t only a fighter, but actually dabbled in drawing and sculpting his senior year in high school. He has a bit of an artist’s soul.
“Before a sculptor can duplicate the elegance of his subject, he has to memorize her with the power of touch, instead of depending on the laziness of sight.”
Lucie’s lips parted as her breathing came faster and her heart pounded twice as fast. Maybe more. Reid’s hands continued their exploration, spanning her waist and traveling up her sides with a firm touch that spoke of a man in control. A man who knew what he wanted, and took it without remorse.
“As his hands move over every dip, every curve, every valley...the woman’s body is formed in his mind, embedded in his muscle memory, so he can recreate her even if he were to go blind.”
5) Reid has an active imagination. Sometimes to his own detriment.
Distance. That was it. He needed to keep his distance when teaching her how to be the new her. Maybe he’d take a professorial lecturing approach next time. He could stand across the room and she could sit on the couch and take notes. Reid laughed out loud as he pictured the ridiculous scenario. Until the Lucie in said ridiculous scenario was suddenly wearing the Britney Spears version of a school uniform and asking for a hands-on lesson in Seduction 101.
Seducing Cinderella ~ Fighting for Love, Book One
By Gina L. Maxwell
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.
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