12 Steps to Mr. Right by Cindi Madsen
Published by Entangled: Select Contemporary on September 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
12 steps to finding Mr. Right, composed by dating coach extraordinaire Savannah Gamble
1: Admit to being powerless over your attraction to the wrong type of guy. (Like Lincoln Wells, who broke your heart after an unforgettable one-night stand.)
2: Believe Mr. Right is out there.
3: Take inventory of past mistakes. (See step #1.)
4: Make a list of qualities you want in a man. (Avoid charming baseball players/reason you made these rules in the first place)
5: Take charge of your own life.
6: Learn to love yourself.
7: Sort the hookup guys from the relationship guys. (Avoid a painful brushoff after an amazing night together.)
8: Never, ever settle. (Even if the chemistry is off-the-charts.)
9: Don’t believe you can change a guy. (Once a commitment-phobe, always a commitment-phobe)
10: Communicate your needs.
11: Open your heart & love fully. (Still working on this one…)
12: Don’t ever, ever stray from the steps.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“For the first time in years, I wanted to take a risk more than I wanted to be safe.”
Blogger turned dating coach Savannah Gamble has a tested and proven 12-step plan into finding Mr. Right. Her experience when she was in college helped her create her program, and thanks to a successful match with a prominent woman in their city, she now has clients all over the city falling in line to join her clientele list.
Just because she’s successfully coached women into finding their Mr. Right doesn’t mean she’s had luck with finding hers. But now that things are looking better for her and her career, she might just try and use the 12-step program on herself. Good thing she knows the program by heart, because Lincoln Wells is back, and he’s back for good.
Linc wants to renew that friendship––maybe even something more than friendship––and Savannah can’t resist even when she knows Linc is the ultimate bearer of all red flags. He’s the red flag; the one who made the 12-step program possible.
It took me a while to get into it, but once the two have reunited, things started to pick up.
There’s a bit of slow burn, friends-to-lovers, second chance romance going on in this story told in Savannah’s POV. I love the friendship/burgeoning relationship between the Savannah and Linc, and it’s pretty obvious he’s wooing her through the “research” they’re doing.
When I first read the blurb, I expected Linc to be a reformed asshole. You know his kind––he was a total player with no regard for the feelings of others but has finally found the light. Linc wasn’t all that though. Before the whole one night stand in college, Linc really was Savannah’s friend. He was kind to her and cared about her; he just wasn’t the settling down type. I think that was his major flaw when they were younger. He had his eye on the price––a career in baseball––and he won’t let anything get in the way. Not even love. Especially not love.
I really liked him as a character. Aside from the things I’ve said above, he doesn’t put the blame on others about his past mistakes and actions. He takes full credit and understands that what he did wasn’t the best course of action. He’s doing his best to prove to Savannah that he’s serious and in it for the long haul.
“…I might fall short, but I’d spend every day trying to deserve you.”
Savannah said a lot of things about dating and guys that made sense, but some seemed a tad bit judgmental. She supports women and their goal to look for the perfect match, but she judges men based on their physical appearance and the encounters she’s had before. It wasn’t something I liked about her.
I highlighted a lot of points that might help me in my search for Mr. Right, but I won’t close my doors on things unexpected the way Savannah almost did with Linc. Still, she’s a great girl who promotes confidence and self-love to other women, and I love that about her.
Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief she is beautiful.”
I loved their relationship because it was based on friendship. The two got along really well, and they support each other in their respective careers. Savannah has had dates where they didn’t really take her job seriously. Linc, while he doesn’t fully agree with the things she’s saying, he supports her and even helps her research possible meet cute spots for her workshops.
The book gave a lot of exposure to Savannah’s career, but some scenes felt unnecessary and out of place. I understood the need to show the arc about Abigail, one of the clients, but the others didn’t seem essential enough to be in the story. Those additional scenes made the story a bit dragging.
Other than that, I enjoyed the book very much. It made me feel that I shouldn’t limit myself to the list of the things I’m looking for because ultimately, “Ms./Mr. Perfect” depends on the timing, goals, and feelings of each person.
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