12 Steps to Mr. Right Book Review *Cindi Madsen*

Jan 12, 2017 by

12 Steps to Mr. Right Book Review *Cindi Madsen*

 

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.

 

12 Steps to Mr. Right by Cindi Madsen is a typical contemporary romance about an independent heroine, burned by love before, who helps other women find that Mr. Right, while wishing for her own true love, but acting like she doesn’t want it. This set up is one we’ve seen in countless romances before where the one who got away from the heroine reappears, making the heroine confused about whether she wants her ex-lover or is fine with being friends with him because she doesn’t want to get hurt again.

Savannah is a dating coach with a pretty good success rate for her clients. She’s been burned by love before, specifically having a one night stand in college with a guy who was her friend, but he ended up dropping her and their friendship after their one night of sex. That experience has scarred her, and because of that she has given up on love for herself. But then Linc, her one night stand lover reenters her life. He doesn’t give any explanation for cutting and running on her, but now wants to be friends again. Savannah never thinks to ask him why he left her after having their one night of sex, but is fine with having a friendship with him again. These two become close while Savannah helps others find dates. She even scopes out some guys for herself while Linc doesn’t seem to mind. But Savannah is always wondering what the deal with Linc is, and if he ever thinks about their one night together. For some reason she won’t ask him because she doesn’t want to ruin their new relationship even though it kills her not knowing if Linc wants more than just being friends.

Savannah annoyed me so much mainly because she isn’t upfront or straight forward with Linc on why he dropped out of her life after they had sex. It doesn’t make any sense why she obsesses about it but won’t ask Linc to save her from her anxiety over it. This plot device that crosses into miscommunication territory becomes a nuisance, and is the only thing keeping her and Linc apart. Even when it’s finally brought up, it’s not really discussed or solved. It continues to dangle over their heads.

12 Steps to Mr. Right is a light and fluffy read without a wow factor that would make you want to mention this book to others. It’s a so-so romance with that big miscommunication trope some may find annoying. (Entangled Publishing)

Final Grade: C

 

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