Waking up in Vegas is a delightful romantic Cinderella style fairytale with a contemporary edge. The fairytale theme isn't apparent at the beginning but once revealed the story becomes a charming read full of humour, romance and angst.
Phoenix at first glance appears the antithesis of Cinderella. She is forceful, streetwise and cynical. Her father like Cinderella's is a man who loses his way when his soul mate dies, his emotional withdrawal coupled with a nomadic lifestyle unsuited to a teenage girl scar Phoenix and make her distrust the life and love Max is offering.
Max is sexy, handsome and arrogant but as his secret's are revealed he is also a romantic, idealistic loyal man who accepts his duty without complaint.
The plot has many 21st century twists and conflicts for Max and Phoenix to overcome before they enjoy their timeless happy ever after.