While attending an elite New Year's Eve party, Roderick rescues a damsel in distress who calls herself Mel. This spunky charmer has a talent for picking pockets and, Roderick soon discovers, stirring his passion. Unfortunately, Roderick knows he cannot share his bed with her until she shares her secrets with him. Dani Sinclair's Secret Cinderella (2) lacks passion and action. Mel and Roderick spend the majority of the story distrusting one another and never seem to take that leap of faith that makes for a romantic relationship.