Book Review: Me, Cinderella?

Me Cinderella CoverBook: Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose

Published June 2013 by eXessica Publishing|Pages: 194

Series: Not that I’m aware of, but it seems like a sequel is in the works

Genre: New Adult Romance

You can find Me, Cinderella? on Goodreads|You can find Aubrey Rose on Twitter and Facebook

Goodreads Summary: 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?

Me, Cinderella wasn’t what I was expecting, but in a good way!  I liked that Brynn bought Eliot some coffee, which started something they didn’t imagine.

I was pleasantly surprised with both Brynn and Eliot, who are really into math. Naturally, he ends up being in charge of the internship that Brynn gets, and romance (naturally) ensues.  I liked that math was so important to the both of them, because I feel like you don’t see a lot of math majors in books set in college.  You see Brynn work on some math-related things, but math jargon and math problems don’t take over the book.  They’re mentioned, but there’s no need to worry about math going over your head.

They certainly have an interesting relationship, given certain life events.  All Brynn wants is to go to Hungary to visit her mother’s grave, and Eliot is still dealing with the death of his wife, a good 10 or so years after her death.  I’m not completely sold on their relationship, which is pretty much because I didn’t feel like there was a lot of chemistry between them.  It just felt lackluster to me, even though I get why it took them so long to get together.  Overall, Me, Cinderella seems like a romance and has a lot of the elements of romance, but unfortunately, it just didn’t do anything for me.

Given the title, I was expecting something a little more fairy tale-ish.  The connection to Cinderella is there, but not in the way I expected!  I get Brynn doesn’t feel like Cinderella for pretty much the entire book, but in the end, the title and Cinderella connection makes a lot more sense by the end of the book.

I liked that a majority of the book is set in Hungary, which is definitely a different setting than what I’m used to seeing.  I wish we saw a little more of Hungary, but perhaps we’ll see a little more of Hungary in the next book.  I think this is a good time to bring up the fact that the book is on the short side, and I think more scenes in Hungary and more scenes with Brynn and Eliot could have made Me, Cinderella come to life a little more.

Final Thoughts:

I did like Me, CInderella, but I thought the romance was lackluster, and I wish it were a little longer.  I like that math brought them together, and I like that they have their own issues they need to work through.  I am looking forward to reading the next book, because I am curious to see where their story goes.  Me, Cinderella? gets 3 stars.

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