Author: Nyrae Dawn
Series: What A Boy Wants #1
Publication: April 6th 2012
Genre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary
Format: ebook, 135 pages
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
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 up 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.
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this because this isn't a genre that I really love. Just the phew exceptions here and there. Even though I wasn't so sure about this book and genre, I was pretty much hooked after the first chapter. I looooove Sebastian! He. Is. So. Cute. Seriously adorable and 100% crushable! I've always loved reading books in a male's point of view. They seem less whiny than some POVs from females I've read in the past.
The main thing that I love about Sebastian is how protective he is of his mother and his close friends, especially the girls. He may be a ladies man but if they're in danger of getting hurt you better not get in his way. I love how honest he is, especially in his Hook-up Doctor emails. He says what he thinks, is confident, slighty cocky but not arrogant. Beneath all the cockiness though, there lies a boy who's really a sweetheart with a vulnerability that you can't help but love.
Aside from Sebastian, the other characters were awesome too. I loved his small circle of friends. Aspen, Jaden and Pris. They were all very likeable and relatable. I especially loved Jaden and Pris. They were a much needed comical breather when things got heavy between, Sebastian and Aspen. Their banter and bickering was really funny. Jaden, also as Sebastian seems to be a guy who only cares for hooking up with hot girls, but there were moments every now and then when you could see the real him. Pris was just great! Ready to kick some Sebastian ass if he were to hurt Aspen. You go, girl!
Aspen was one awesome girl. Being Sebastian's best friend and neigbor she knew him all his life and also knew not to take any shit from him. Gotta love her for that.
Even when this was an easy, cute read, a lot of times I was surprised by the turn of events. Some stuff I really didn't see coming at all. I love books like this because really, who wants to read a novel that's all obvious and doesn't stand out that way?
I for one cannot wait to read the second book, What A Boy Needs, which will be in Jaden's point of view. *squeeeee* I'm so excited about it!
What A Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn was so sweet and cute and enjoyable that I couldn't stop reading. Sometimes that's all you need from a novel.
“I'll be like your bodyguard or something. Me Tarzan. You Jane.”
“Our lips moved together perfectly. A perfect match. Because we had skills like that.”
“Still I pulled her into a hug, because I knew she let me off the hook on purpose and yeah, I'm a guy and I love my mom. So shoot me. I'm man enough to hug her without feeling like a mama's boy.”
Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.
One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.
Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.
Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.
When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.
Nyrae is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.
Contact: Nyraedawn [at] yahoo [dot] com
Nyrae Dawn also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.
Visit Nyrae on nyraedawn.blogspot.com
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