Monday, September 26, 2016

12 Steps to Mr. Right by Cindi Madsen

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts:

     Savannah Gamble has taken her sociology degree turned it first into a successful dating blog and now into a profitable business giving seminars and real life advice and dating practice runs to woman all over Atlanta.  Her professional life is going great. Dating life? Not so much.  First, her long term boyfriend takes off to Washington D.C. for a new job and doesn’t ask her to go with him or to even continue the relationship.  Next, Lincoln, the guy who broke her heart in college, is back…and wanting to be friends again!  Can she still give great dating tips when her own love life is such a mess????
     Linc has missed Savannah’s friendship since he has been gone pursuing his baseball career.  He really wants to reconnect with her and try to get back to where they were before now that his career is over due to an injury…he may even want more.  Has he really changes from Mr. No Commitment into Mr. Relationship?
     Savannah is a great female character with a great head on her shoulders and she can definitely hold her own around men.  She is smart and funny! I loved it when she confronted some of the smarmy guys some of her clients were dealing with during the dating seminar’s practice runs in the bar, Azure.  And Savannah’s best friend, Ivy, (who is also Linc’s cousin) is hilarious and a great counterbalance to Savannah’s follow-the-rules personality. 
     This is a fun book to read and would make a great start to a new series.  The characters are relatable and fun while still being real.  I wish that we had gotten into Linc’s head a bit more during his chapters in the book as I would have liked to get a better feel of him and his life.  There were occasions when all the dating advice got to be a little “too much” for me.  Although it seemed like great advice, I’m married so it wasn’t something I needed so it was overkill at times-maybe if I was single I wouldn’t feel this way.  Overall though this was a good romantic read with great potential for the start of a series!
3.5/5 stars

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