12 Steps to Mr. RightAuthor: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary
Release date: September 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
The Faerie Queen’s review
My first introduction to Cindi Madsen was also my first introduction to sports romances, with Anatomy of a Player, and it was the start of a beautiful friendship.
I thought this one started a little awkwardly. For one, I don’t think I totally grasped who the hero would be from the blurb, though it makes looking at it now. Just to clarify for y’all, 12 Steps to Mr. Right centres around Savannah Gamble, a blogger turned dating coach, whose bad experience with a guy in college set her on the path to creating a 12-step program for women to meet long-term relationship prospects. However, her program comes into question when she runs into said Bad Experience, Lincoln Wells. Former baseball player Linc has too many red flags for her to genuinely consider, but the chemistry between them is hard to ignore. Savannah must fight to stay on track, but would it be so bad to bend or break a rule or two?
“A bitter woman says, ‘All men are the same.’ A wise woman decides to stop choosing the same type of men.”
Savannah and Linc were so cute. Linc was funny and adorable, and he was clearly there to win back Savannah. I mean, he basically took her on dates without her fully realising they were dates. All the signs were visible to the reader, while Savannah was in Serious Denial. She refused to acknowledge that they were clearly Meant To Be, instead fighting to feel something, anything, for guys that fit the rules she’d constructed over the years. But Linc didn’t buy into that BS, and he called her on the things he disagreed with, while still respecting what she did as a whole. KEY FACTOR THERE.
I was a little disappointed that things weren’t really that steamy. While there were some fun moments, it was all fairly FTB. Based on the cover, I expected a little bit more, and if I’m honest, the cover didn’t really match my idea of Linc and Savannah. Linc was such a relaxed, sweet guy, so jeans would have been more appropriate.
Parts of the book were a little slow, with so much time spent in Savannah’s head, or with her clients. I wonder if all of it was actually necessary. For example, the little side story about her aunt that was occasionally brought up wasn’t all that developed, and we could have done without it. I found myself drifting off a little during the client/aunt bits, only reviving when Linc reappeared.
Because Linc was a doll, and I loved him. I also loved Ivy, probably because she’s just like my bestie, The Skeptic (who is named as such because she doesn’t do romance and relationships either).
Also, bonus points for going into how all those men from classic novels that we love are actually not ideal partners in real life:
And while I loved me a good BBC classics marathon and dreamed of an occasion to wear a ball gown, I couldn’t help looking at the characters differently now. Because if a guy called you unattractive and mocked your family in real life, he wasn’t a good dating prospect. Vowing vengeance? Total red flag. Hiding his crazy wife in the attic? Probably a good idea to leave him.
Overall, this was a fun, sweet read, and fairly clean. I feel like I went on a journey with Savannah, initially agreeing with and understanding her beliefs, then learning with her that a guy doesn’t have to tick all the boxes to be The One.
I would recommend this book to…
Fans of sweet contemporaries without too much sex, especially on the graphic side. Bonus if you like Jane Austen novels and baseball players!