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.
©2012 Gina L. Maxwell (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The story itself is good if you are an avid romance reader.
Her voice sounds monotone and did not come across as someone that was excited to read story. Very little emotion in the acting.
I started this book and I have to say the story held my interest but the narrator did not. It's a light fun read and I thought the characters were pretty relevant with fun dialogue.
However, by the third chapter I was involved in the story but could not take the narrator anymore. Fielding reads with such little emotion that I found myself drifting off and having to rewind over and over. If I wasn't rewinding I was falling asleep.
So, I actually downloaded the kindle version and finished reading it on my own. It was cute and I'm glad I did especially because at the end there is an excerpt of the second book that continues another story of Vanessa and Jax (secondary characters in the first book-- "Rules of Entanglement "). That book was actually really good. I liked it even more.
I recommend to read!
I love a book that can hold my attention until the very end and boy did this do it for me. The story and narration were spot on, and i recommended this book to friends already.
I loved the story, but the narration was OK, and there was some kind of back ground going on...it was SO distracting!! Drove me nutso, and so took away from the book, which was too bad because it's an excellent book.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked both Lucie and Reid and enjoyed their story a lot. This is actually the first book I've read with an MMA fighter hero and I liked it. This is also the first book I've read by this author and I liked this enough that I've already bought book #2 from the series.
Lucie is a great physical therapist and a very nice woman but she's also very shy and doesn't see herself as attractive even though she is. She thinks she's plain and tends to dress down and in unflattering styles. Lucie was married briefly when she was in college and it was someone that was her complete opposite. It ended badly and so she's determined that her next relationship will be someone she's "compatible" with and not based on emotions. Lucie has been crushing on another doctor that she works with named Steven. They work well together professionally and have a lot in common so she thinks they'd be perfect together but he's never looked at her like a woman.
Reid is a MMA fighter and a good guy. He's had a lot of success and is a rich guy from his fighting career. He recently messed up his rotatory cup and needs a physical therapist to work with him to get him healed and ready for a title fight in 2 months. Reid lives his life for his career and his focus rarely strays to anything else. Anything with women is brief and physical. Reid has always had artistic leanings but never had time to indulge because of his fighting career but it's something that still calls to him.
Reid goes back to his hometown of Reno (he normally lives in Vegas when he's not on the road) for his physical training since his usual guy had something that kept him from working with Reid. Reid goes to this new person but hasn't met her before. He's surprised to realize that it's Lucie, his best friend's little sister...someone he grew up with as a little sister. When he shows at her office he realizes she's been crying he wants to know why. Lucie admits to him that she's been wanting Steven to notice her but he just got done asking her for her friend's phone number and ignoring the fact that Lucie is a woman. Reid thinks Steven must be a jerk but he offers Lucie a deal...work with him full time on his PT to get him ready for the fight in 2 months and he'll teach her how to seduce a man. Lucie isn't sure if it's a good idea but ends up agreeing to the deal. She takes some vacation time so she has time to work with him full time and Reid stays with her and her place so they can easily work together. Reid gets Lucie to get clothing that accentuates her figure instead of hiding it, gets her to wear contacts more and gets her help in the hair and makeup area. By the end of the makeover Lucie is looking good (although Reid finds he kind of liked her better with the glasses and messy hair) and Reid starts teaching her how to flirt. Although the lessons aren't supposed to get physical, Reid finds himself unable to keep his hands off Lucie and he doesn't know why, feeling like he's losing his mind because he can't stop thinking about her.
After the first week, Lucie goes to a baby shower for a work associate and Steven sees her there. Of course now that she's all spiffed up he's falling all over himself to ask her out (which in my opinion proves jerkiness on his part) and Lucie accepts. Around this time things are getting hotter between Lucie and Reid and they're both having trouble keeping their hands off of each other. They end up agreeing to take their relationship in to the physical realm but decide it's just during their training and after Lucie gets Steven and Reid goes back to Vegas it's over with no strings. This is easier said than done though because as they spend more time together and delve in to their physical relationship, both of their feelings get involved. Lucie finds that she's not as hung up on the idea of Steven after all. Reid is nothing like who she planned to be with but while her head tells her that Steven is the right choice, her body and heart are leaning towards Reid. When Lucie goes out with Steven, it's nice but it doesn't halt her growing feeling towards Reid. Reid start to recognize jealousy in himself the more he thinks about Lucie with Steven or any other man and he realizes he's falling for her. Unfortunately, Reid doesn't believe he's good enough for Lucie and also doesn't think they can make a relationship work between them if he's still fighting. Reid has a bout of relationship stupidity and tells Lucie he's leaving and there's nothing between them. I was actually quite proud of Lucie because she didn't take that crap lying down and argued with him about what he was throwing away (I hate it when most heroines agree with the split up to save face! Fight for what you want!). This didn't work though and Reid goes back to his life and his impending fight and Lucie tries to go on with hers. Thankfully, Reid realizes his mistake (after some serious thinking and a talking to from someone he trusted) and he goes after Lucie. He makes a pretty good effort (although I wouldn't have minded a little more groveling) and Lucie forgives Reid, starting them in to their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Reid and Lucie a lot and was glad to see them get together. There wasn't really any action story line but the relationship story line was very good and interesting enough that I stayed fully engaged until the end of the book. I'm moving on to book #2 of the series right after I finish this review. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
Come on, first, don't want to listen to the narrator again, please! Just couldn't get pass her monotone voice. Story line, I could have written. Please!
Will do anything for books!
I enjoyed this story, a flower blooming into the arms of her brother's best friend. It was worth the credit, though shorter than most I listen to it was the first in a series. The first book isn't necessary but I think may be my favorite in the bunch. I love fighters, so hot and alpha! Lots of great "romance" scenes. Good depth of characters and loads of fun.
The narrator was good, but there was a bit of background noise, it was sometimes distracting but worth dealing with for the story.
I think the title is a red herring, it references the last 30 seconds of the book. This was a very easy, very hot listen. The plot is a little one dimensional, there is a definite absence of secondary characters and sub plots. At least 90% of the story was interactions between Reid and Lucie and NO this did not bother me at all. There is a definite simplicity to the writing style and story but I found this refreshing. Although part of a series (at this point only 2 books) it is a very strong stand alone listen. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind blushing while listening to their iPod, something I found myself doing quite frequently.
I really enjoyed the characters of Reid and Lucie. Reid is a strong, alpha, fighting man who is pressured to play into that persona while struggling to hide his softer more sensitive side. He is driven and entirely focused on his career at the start of the novel and really evolves into a different but believable version of himself. Lucie is a self-unaware, successful and sweet. She wants to be loved and happy and I found myself rooting for her the whole novel. These characters were so likable I wasn't bothered by the novel being so solely focused on them.
This novel is definitely worth your time and I am looking forward to listening to the next story in the series.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Awww, this was a great, romantic, swoon-worthy read with a modern twist on a classic story. And, who isn't tired of a Cinderella story? I know I'm not.
The unique aspect that Maxwell brought to the table in this book was the genuine feel of the leads. I thought they sounded realistic in their professions and I really enjoyed their easy-flowing and sizzling chemistry.
Reid Andrews is the epitome of hotness! He's an MMA fighter who was training to win back his title and I loved his confidence, smooth talk and he's just funny, and emotionally complex. I love his perspective on life and people, and the part of him that is connected to art and visualization. He's also a romantic soul…and I think this is what makes him a really great lover. WHOA!! The love scenes are really hot and smoldering! For the heroine, Lucie Miller, she was sweet, quiet and in dire need of a make-over in order to channel out her inner beauty (ok whatever about that…lol). I did like her wit and fast come-backs as she played around with Reid. I thought their connection and the way they fell for each other was believable and enjoyable. Reid is best friends with Lucie's older brother and you could definitely sense their ease, comfort and familiarity with one another since they go far back.
The Cinderella-take is cute, and there are some really beautiful moments, with a father-son relationship to mend, a plain Jane turned into a radiant beauty, a blossoming hot romance and an HEA that is the kind of stuff fairy tales are made of--What's not to love?
This is a good book when you need something short, sweet, and sexy. The angst is kept to a minimum, and sometimes you just need a book like that.
Narrator: Even though Holly Fielding was a little flat at times in her intonation, I got used to her and thought she did a very good job. The recording is of poor quality as there is background noise, but nothing too distracting. The book is still enjoyable and steamy hot!
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
I usually enjoy Mrs. Maxwells writing but I have to admit its like she sat down and listed all romance cliches and worked half into this story. Man who fights for a living is really a teddy bear, check. Woman has poor self body image due to past relationship, check. Father and son don't get along because father belittles son to make him stronger, check. Man is in fling that doesn't mean anything it's short term he would never fall in love, he's just helping her be more comfortable with her body so she can get man she really wants, check. Man can't like her, she's his best friends little sister, check!
There's more, but you get the point. It was still good and got you invested, but in a fluff way.
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