Wednesday 11 April 2012

Review: What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
Sold by: Amazon Media
Pub Date: April 6, 2012
Format: Kindle

Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together. 

And then he falls in love… 

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan. 

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig. 

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it. 

I am not huge into self published books. Not that I'm against them, but I'm just not aware of the good stuff. So I usually don't ever read them unless someone I trust has enjoyed it and I feel safe enough to give it a go. I follow authors Jolene Perry (Night Sky) and Stephanie Campbell (Grounding Quinn) on Twitter and they were talking about What a Boy Wants. I couldn't stop hearing Christina Aguilerra in my head after that.  So I thought I'd better check it out. Loved the cover! Isn't he dreamy?! The description sounded awesome and I LOVE a male POV. I mean seriously, please let this be the next trend. I like being in the guys head.

Whoa! Huzzah! I haven't liked a YA Contemporary this much since Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. You know how much we all loved that!! It was such a pleasant surprise. I actually read it in one sitting. I was making dinner and I was glued to my Kindle the whole time. I couldn't stop reading. I didn't want to either. Amen for the Kindle!

Sebastian is such a cool guy. He wears Van's. I had such a clear picture of him in my head, plus the cover of the book helps a lot. Looks like he was made for this book cover! I love his carefree attitude, but when he falls in love he gets all mushy gushy and it's hilarious! I loved being inside his head, knowing his thoughts and seeing things from his point of view. I wish this book was written when I was in high school, I could have used it. Sebastian is a great character and he's loveable in all the right ways. I missed him when the book was over.

You think you know, from the very beginning, what's going on in this story. But you don't. Not really. There are several surprises. I was sure I had it figured out, but then I had it wrong! WHAT?! I know...just trust me. It all works out. There are plenty of surprises. Which was a breath of fresh air. Everything really flowed you guys. All the transitions were perfect. The relationships felt natural. Friends, girlfriend, mother and son. Everything worked like it should. You felt those connections and nothing was out of place.

You know me by now and understand that I need a book with some romance. All kinds. I need swoon worthy moments and kisses that will take my breath away. I got my fill here with What a Boy Wants. My heart melted quite a few times. It was perfect. Some scenes really stuck with me. Sebastian & Aspen on the beach. Bastian outside Aspen's window. I can still picture them in my minds eye.

I'm not spoiler-y in any way, so I don't want to really go into the story details. But, I will say it was so totally awesome and original. It's been awhile since I've read something that I enjoyed so much. This should really be published by one of the Big 6. I'm so impressed. I actually want to re-read it immediately. I want to hang on to the magic for just a little bit longer. 

You're also in luck!  Because it is self published it is SO seriously cheap! So grab it! You won't be disappointed! Trust me! 

Buy it here:
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

"You need serious help. First of all, I might be a little closer to Woodstock, but that's only because we've lived down the street from each other since we were like two. I had to drink my first cup of soy milk with her. People bond over that shit."


  1. This is definitely my kind of story! Off to buy it now - thanks for sharing :)

  2. @memybooksandi You are going to LOVE it!!! Don't forget to tell me what you think when you've read it. I SO want to talk with someone about it!

  3. Sounds like a winner. Definately checking this one out. Thanks!

  4. I am speechless... Seriously. Wow. This is a fantastic review and thank you so much for taking the time to write it. It means so much to me that you liked Sebastian and his story so much!

  5. I'm so glad we met :-D

    And I'm thrilled you liked Sebastian.

  6. Ok; you had me when you mentioned Anna and the French Kiss! (I didn't even finish the review before I scrolled down and bought the book! Then went back to finish the review ;) )

    I know what I'm reading tonight ;)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  7. I second Jac - LOVED Anna &TFK. I've already downloaded this one and Grave Mercy. Now to find the hours in the day to read them! :)

  8. I have a love/hate relationship with self pubbed books. Sometimes I don't know a book I just read is self pubbed! But there was one I LOVED so I was super surprised.

    The quote you picked out convinced me to buy this book lol.


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