Thursday, December 20, 2012

What a Boy Wants, by Nyrae Dawn

Barnes & Noble (unavailable)

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.

Ohmygosh, I'm in love!  This was such a sweet book and I gobbled it up. 

While it's a predictable storyline -- boy and girl are friends; boy and girl hook up; boy and girl break up; boy and girl get back together -- the characters are so compelling that you don't care that you already know how it's going to play out.  They are real and vivid and I can totally picture them as kids who live in my neighborhood.

Sebastian.  Oh, dear lord.  A cocky 17-year-old kid who thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread.  He. Is. Hilarious.  I loved it when he came to realizations and had "aha!" moments.  Serious people-looking-at-me-like-I'm-crazy snorts of laughter.

If you're looking for a quick, fun read, I *highly* recommend this book. 

I can't wait to read the next book in the series; I'm going to buy it now!

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