12 Steps to Mr. Right
by Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Contemporary Select, Romance
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.
That title is a great fit for a rom com, the premise had the inklings of that as well. I’ve always loved a rom com done well. Savannah Gamble has established herself as a dating coach extraordinaire from being a blogger. Her clientele list is extensive and her list long. After a string of bad relationships and dates, watching people get heart broken she was able to turn things around. Just when she ventures into trying her own rules to find her own match, a blast from the past is back. The one who cause her to turn to the rules, the one with red flag all over.
I had to admit the start was somewhat slow for me but it picked up when you get into the main story, that being Lincoln Wells is back and for good. It does’t really feel so good right away anyway. Lincoln wants his friend back or something like that or just start again see if there’s a chance. With a little research planned on his own (wooing 101). I had no expectations of his character going in but it was definitely a refreshing side to him owning up to his mistakes. Savannah and Lincoln’s solid foundation of friendship started way back in college, way before the incid
ident that change it all. At the time their priorities were different paths to follow and goals in life. Most athlete mentality would be similar to Linc’s they have different ways of handling it of course but I can see where his mind was at then.
This time around though Linc is in it to win it, for the big picture. He was patient and sweet it offset the other side. Watching Savannah and Linc come together is probably the best part for me. They has fun banter and witty dialogue that kept things going. It was going to take a lot of convincing and time to get Savannah on the same page. She has a lot of getting past old hurts and open her heart for it to all work. I’m like the fact that Linc is supportive of her goals and career.
Another thing that felt off was the some scenes felt unnecessary and out of place. I felt that some parts weren’t as important to the story as whole. I understand you need to delve into story arcs how important it is to the story. It made things drag out. I wish we had more Savannah and Linc together too.
It was entertaining, fun, flirty with a side of friends to lovers. It was not a fast romance but a slow build one. Sometimes we need to step out of the our comfort zone to find the right person, they might not be perfect but they are perfect for you. If it really did take 12 Steps to finding one’s Mr. Right then everyone would have a love life 😉
ABOUT CINDI MADSEN
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.