- 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.)
- Believe Mr. Right is out there.
- Take inventory of past mistakes. (See step #1.)
- Make a list of qualities you want in a man. (Avoid charming baseball players/reason you made these rules in the first place)
- Take charge of your own life.
- Learn to love yourself.
- Sort the hookup guys from the relationship guys. (Avoid a painful brushoff after an amazing night together.)
- Never, ever settle. (Even if the chemistry is off-the-charts.)
- Don’t believe you can change a guy. (Once a commitment-phobe, always a commitment-phobe)
- Communicate your needs.
- Open your heart & love fully. (Still working on this one…)
- Don’t ever, ever stray from the steps.
So. Good. There were tears. More than one batch. I might have even crossed over into sloppy crying, if I hadn’t been in a public restaurant and trying really, really hard not to embarrass my poor unsuspecting teenaged son.
Don’t get me wrong–I didn’t spend the first 90% in perpetual aggravation, and I really did enjoy Savannah’s voice from the first page to the last. I love her business (why, oh why isn’t it real and why isn’t she operating right here in my town?) and what she does for women, and her rules really do make a lot of sense. (#12 is the one that started the tearfest, BTW. It sounds good on the first page, but later on…? Sigh.) But we wait an awfully long time to find out exactly how her and Linc’s first time really went, and even longer to find out what the heck he was thinking then and since. There’s all kinds of good stuff in between about holding out for what you deserve, and friends and family goodness (Ivy and Jackson! Tell me they’re getting a book,please!) and learning to truly know and trust yourself–all good things. But it was frustrating to have Savannah and Linc moving sooo slowly and feel like the truth was out there, but just out of reach.
But that last 10%? Was killer.
Except then I wasn’t ready to let go…
(So…Ivy and Jackson, yes? Soon?)
And for the record, I totally agree with Savannah. Baseball games are way too long, and their pants are totally like Regency-era silk breeches. I can’t believe I’ve never noticed before!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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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