Head Over Heels: A Cinderella Story

Author: Lena Matthews

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Release Date: November 11, 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Cynthia ‘Cyn’ Elder manages The Glass Slipper where she spends more than her fair share of time covering her father’s lover’s daughters Drew and Staci’s shifts because he requested that she hire them.  To make matters worse, the lazy irresponsible gruesome twosome are living at her apartment – also as a favor to her dad.  She might have continued indefinitely with this dissatisfying life but her friends MeShell and Miller’s insistence on her attending the grand opening of a night club.

Parker Maguire, AKA the “Prince of Hollywood” or “Movie Midas,” was looking to venture into something fun outside of Hollywood when he agreed to invest in DelRay’s new nightclub.  Right away he realizes that his idea of partying and the racket going on are totally different.  The last thing he expects is for his attempt at getting a little fresh air to lead him to an enchanting young woman who isn’t intimidated by his reputation or wealth.


Cyn and Parker meet through odd circumstances.  She was in the middle of a heated argument with one of the club bouncers – and in Parker’s opinion holding her own against the muscle bound hulk.  Parker intercedes and invites Cyn to join him in the VIP room and proceeds to enjoy a stimulating conversation with her all the while loving the fact that she’s either clueless about his fame or simply doesn’t care about it.  Parker’s determined that Cyn is the woman he wants to share his life with and Cyn who’s never considered dating white men is rethinking her ‘policy.’  Before they can truly get to know each other or exchange information, Cyn receives a call from Miller and has to go see to her friend.  He’s run across his ex lover and is very upset.  MeShell and his love of cross dressing annoys Miller but he still sticks around to make sure that Miller is okay and get the goods on where Cyn had disappeared to at the nightclub.  Cyn doesn’t discover that Parker is so well known until MeShell hands her a magazine with his picture on the cover.  Dare she dream of a happily ever after with her own ‘Prince?’ 


You’ll fall HEAD OVER HEELS for this modern day Cinderella story.  Lena Matthews had me chuckling my way through this quick witted and charming story.  While Cyn and Parker’s story is captivating and kept me eagerly reading to find out what would happen between them.  It was the secondary characters, MeShell and Miller that I absolutely adored.  MeShell’s vivacious nature and Miller’s down to earth serious personality seem to clash yet there’s a bond between them that is prevalent throughout the story.  They’re the most unlikely of ‘fairy god mothers’ but they do it with such style that as a reader I had to cheer them and their friendship with Cyn.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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