Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Relationship Coach by Sylvia McDaniel {ARC Review}

The Relationship Coach
by Sylvia McDaniel

Sometimes exposing the truth about love can leave your own heart exposed.

Documentary filmmaker Reed Hunter is ordered by his boss to expose relationship coach, Lacey Morgan’s Twelve Steps of Dating program. Discovering the matchmaker is not the swindler he thought, catches him off guard.

Lacey twists him in knots, revealing the value of relationships and shattering his bachelorhood philosophy. But when she learns the truth about the documentary, Reed must choose between reaching his career goals at the expense of Lacey’s or receiving the love he never expected to find. Which will he choose?

The Relationship Coach was an easy, fairly predictable, yet enjoyable read. Sometimes it's nice to kick back with an angst-free contemporary romance and Sylvia McDaniel offered just that with this one.

After getting dumped by his girlfriend for his lack of commitment, Reed sets out to expose Lacey, the relationship coach that was the cause of his recent breakup, for the fraud that he believes her to be. But after meeting Lacey and watching her work, he starts to have doubts. Of course the attraction he feels for her isn't exactly helping matters.

Lacey grew up watching her mother marry and divorce more times than any person should, which is why she set out to help others find their perfect mate. She vowed when she was younger that she'd only get married once and has lived her dating life cautiously, albeit a bit boringly.

When Lacey meets Reed she's instantly attracted to him, but she's in a committed relationship, plus she knows that being with him would go against the rules of her program. But what happens when she's no longer in a relationship and gives into her desire for Reed? Honestly that's where the story fell a little flat for me. There's all this talk about passion, yet when it comes right down to it, the sex scenes are mediocre at best. I was hoping for a little more after all the buildup, but unfortunately I didn't exactly get what I was hoping for.

That being said, I really enjoyed the "coaching" scenes. Whether Lacey was in a seminar, having sessions with her clients, or even just trying to teach Reed about the importance of her program, it definitely offered something different for me as a reader. You could really feel her passion about the importance of relationships being about more than attraction or sex.

My favorite part was definitely the end though. Reed realizing that he was an ass, and of course realizing that he was in love with Lacey and would do anything for her, like sacrifice his career for example. And the epilogue? Perfect!

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of The Relationship Coach in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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