REVIEW: Me, Cinderella?

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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One kind deed can change your life forever…Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart. But when she sees a stranger shivering in the snow outside of the college library, an inexplicable urge leads her to buy him a hot cup of coffee. It’s just a small act of kindness, a few words of conversation. Brynn should be focusing on her finals, after all, not on the man who looked up at her gratefully with piercing blue eyes. He could have been anyone – a janitor on break, a graduate student, a bum. But the man standing outside in the cold turns out to be Dr. Eliot Herceg, one of the most brilliant minds in mathematics and heir to a fortune. After years of reclusive isolation, he now finds his heart awakening to the kind girl whose name he does not know. 

Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot’s deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again?

Published: June 24 2014 by CreateSpace
Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:  I enjoyed reading this book, I thought it was going to be more Cinderella-y than it was. Personally it seemed more Beauty and The Beast to me but what do I know, it’s called Me, Cinderella?  I really enjoy reading books where there is a POV from both parties. I hate not knowing what the other is thinking, especially in a romance. I think it puts too much pressure on the reader, knowing a secret that you don’t know if the other party knows or not.Maybe its been a while since I’ve read a book with foreshadowing or even noticed, but I noticed in this one. I really liked the math angle. I’m not a big math person myself but the author made Math seem almost interesting. I was still way in over my head just reading it but it was a cool angle. Usually YA/NA books that take place in college center around easy to understand majors, mainly because they aren’t vital to the story. In this, there was a difference. To Brynn, Math is orderly, numbers don’t lie and they can be controlled. I can see the appeal that subject would give someone who’s had a very chaotic life, more so than English or Psychology.The correlation between real life and Cinderella makes this book ironic and quirky not cheesy and obvious. I.e. Wicked step-mother and sister, treated like a slave. Which is arguably the only Cinderella like quality I thought this book had, I stand by my Beauty and The Beast reference though.

The only thing I had to complain about was the main characters image. You get bits and pieces of what she’s been told she looks like by her step-family and how that’s affected how she perceives herself, and then there’s the Beasts perception of her which is still not clear. I really don’t know what she looks like and that is really frustrating, seeing as how I know exactly what Eliot looks like and the dead woman he sees more than the main character.


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