Monday, October 3, 2016

BLOG TOUR & 4 1/2 STAR REVIEW: 12 Steps to Mr. Right by Cindi Madsen

We're celebrating the release of 12 STEPS TO MR. RIGHT by Cindi Madsen! Meet Lincoln Wells!

Title: 12 Steps to Mr. Right
Author: Cindi Madsen 
Age: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/RomCom
Publisher: Entangled

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 Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

LINC. LINC. LINC. I know Savannah is the main character of this book, but Lincoln is like WOAH. He is perfect book boyfriend material. But let's start at the beginning. Savannah is a dating coach and prides herself on not only having a successful business, but also the fact that she is a true believer in her rules. 

Having just gotten out of a relationship, where the end totally blindsided her, Savannah is ready to put herself out there and start dating again. Just as she is about to do that, Lincoln Wells, her best friend's cousin and one night stand, is back in town. Savannah always thought that her and Lincoln would have more than just a friendship, but his baseball career got in the way of that. 

With Lincoln back in town, Savannah's gets thrown for a loop. She knows she needs to move on, but she has never been able to capture what she had with Lincoln with anyone else. When Lincoln suggests the two of them go out and check out the Atlanta nightlife as part of Savannah's work research, she says yes. The two of them start spending time together and as much as Savannah knows that Lincoln is not the right guy for her, she can't stop her old feelings from coming back. And I don't blame her at all.

LINCOLN. WELLS. Oh my god. He is just the best. I loved him from the moment he surprised Savannah in the coffee shop:
“Savannah? Savannah Gamble?” a different, deeper voice said from behind me. Scooping up my coffee, I spun around.
And squeezed my cup so hard the lid popped off. Scalding liquid sloshed over my hand and onto the floor, barely missing my shoes. Hot, hot, hot.
Linc grabbed napkins and started patting my fingers, at which point I became fairly certain he wasn’t, in fact, a mirage or figment of my imagination. I set my coffee cup and bag aside so I could help clean myself up.
Only I got caught up staring into familiar blue eyes instead. Hot.
That was the problem with Lincoln Wells. Between the light brown hair he usually kept on the buzzed to short side and those striking blue eyes, he was the kind of hot that’d scrambled my brain for an entire year in college.
“Sorry,” he said, wadding the napkins into a ball and making a perfect toss into the nearby trash can. “Didn’t mean to startle you.”
One corner of his mouth curved up—oh the hours I’d spent daydreaming about that sexy crooked smile—and then he pulled me in for a hug. “I can’t believe it’s really you.”
On autopilot—or maybe force of habit—I hugged him back. Like in college, he was all lean muscle, although he’d filled out a bit, broader in the shoulders and chest. My heart skipped a few beats, and I told myself to stop those rising tendrils of attraction right in their tracks. No thinking about how solid or warm he was, or how long it’d been since I’d been this close to a guy in general, much less a good-looking one.
I pulled back and grabbed my coffee and muffin so I wouldn’t be tempted to reach for him again. “Wow, it’s been a long time. Are you in town for a visit or—”
“Ivy didn’t tell you? I moved back. Last weekend, actually.”Admittedly she and I had been missing each other lately, playing phone tag due to crazy schedules, but news like this? It deserved a meet-up involving alcohol at the very least.
Which is probably why she’s been so persistent in trying to get me to go to Azure. But if he moved back to town last week…Ivy had probably put off telling me, afraid of how I’d react.
Linc ran his gaze down me, and the only reason I straightened, patted my bun, and wished I’d showered and worn something besides yoga pants was because I wanted him to see what he’d missed out on. Not because I wanted to impress him or anything. I didn’t want him to look at me as more than a friendly acquaintance. The cool girl he used to hang with in college.
Just the way that Savannah reacted to seeing him again made me immediately invested in these two. Throughout the book it was obvious how much these two not only got along great, but they were a perfect fit for each other. Unfortunately for both of them, this was where Savannah's job of a dating coach became a detriment to her own personal life. I got so frustrated with her and I was waiting for the moment when she opened her eyes.

Cindi has given us another great book. It's basically drama free and gives readers a big dose of friends to lovers/second chance romance goodness. If you are a fan of Cindi or just love a good romance book, this is a must read!

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen 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.

Visit her at, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fianc√©, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.

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