Tuesday, October 4, 2016

REVIEW: "12 Steps to Mr. Right" by Cindi Madsen (Contemporary Romance)

12 Steps to Mr. Right
by Cindi Madsen

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Select Contemporary)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 26th 2016

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Description from Publisher:
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 Rating:
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My Musings:
This was a really fun read! I really liked the tone and felt it was very fitting for the title. It was almost like Savannah was actually telling the story, including quite a bit of her philosophy. This does mean that there were a lot of monologues where the various steps were explained in depth, but I thought those helped the tone and that they were interesting ideas. This story is told all from one POV, Savannah's, which made a lot of sense, though it would have been fun to get Lincoln's side to everything.

I absolutely adored Linc and how he was obviously totally into Savannah from the beginning. I never doubted him for a second, and was amused at how Savannah was missing the forest for the trees. Or, I suppose, it was that she was so focused on self-preservation that she neglected to follow her own rules about letting her past color everything.

I am glad she seemed to eventually get that she was too strict with her rules, but I didn't care for the game-playing that she suggested. Many of the things she suggested to Abigail, the nerdy girl who enlists her services, were very "The Rules" or PUA-type things. Don't be too eager; Don't talk about your cat (even though your cats are a big part of your life); Wait 3 days to call; Don't hangout after 9pm on a whim because that's obviously a booty call; If a guy can't tell you on the first date that he is looking for commitment, move on. As someone who broke practically every single one of those rules when she was dating, it irks me when I hear that type of advice. I'm an "all-in" kind of person who is a night owl, so if I followed those rules I would have wound up with guys who didn't necessarily like ME. These messages aren't super strong throughout though, so don't get me wrong. Just a bit of a pet peeve!

The sexual tension between these two was great, but I wanted a little more sooner. I adored their non-dates though (and how sneaky technically Linc was), and their playfulness over crossword puzzles was seriously so cute!!
My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

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.
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