For What It's Worth

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

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. ~ goodreads

I picked this book hoping for a light, quick read based on Jen's (What's on the Bookshelf) Must Read Monday meme reccomendation. Plus it was a boy POV – my favorite!

I started it around 9:30 pm to get a few chapters in before i drifted off to sleep and ended up reading until 2 am! What a Boy Wants was definitely the fun book I was looking for.

Sebastian Hawkins, the Hook-up Doctor, is giving internet advice to girls on how to reel in the boy of their dreams so he can earn cash to buy a new car. For his part Sebastian is pretty jaded when it comes to relationships after watching his mom choose the wrong guy over & over again.

In fact he doesn't guarantee you can keep the guy  - just that he can help you get him. Bastian doesn't believe in love. He just hooks up with all the pretty girls and moves on. Again - no promises made so he really doesn't think he's hurting anyone.

What is most important to him are his best friends. Jaden, Pris and Aspen. The group of two guys and two girls have been together forever. Friends always come first to Sebastian. No girl drama ever gets between them ….until it does.

Sebastian's world is rocked when he starts seeing Aspen in a new light. As he starts to fall in love with her his whole hook-up only rules are shattered. The relationship expert is suddenly reduced to spying and petty jealousies.

Sebastian could come off as a total arrogant ass and off putting but he doesn't. He believes he's God's gift to women with all the answers but we also get to see his underlying sweetness, loyalty & vulnerabilities.

Aspen is the perfect counter point to him. She's an honest friend who sees the good and potential in Sebastian but she in no way let's him get away with his BS.

Despite Sebastian’s cocky swagger he's definitely the guy you want in your corner if you're in trouble. When he falls - he falls hard. It's pretty funny to watch this guy who thought he had all the answers scramble so he doesn't lose the one girl who means everything to him. It got a tad wacky near the end when Sebastian was trying to win Aspen over but the story is so funny & cute it's a very minor complaint. Jaden and Pris rounded out the foursome perfectly and I bet we haven’t seen the last of them.

Rating 3.5 out of 4 If you're looking for a fun, fast, romantic read but one that still has character growth and a whole lot of heart then give What a Boy Wants a try. Bonus - Sebastian looks exactly like that cover model as written in the book! Swoon!

*Check back Monday April 30th when Sebastian, Aspen and Nyrae stop by For What It’s Worth for a chat.

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Source: Purchased
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  1. Wow it sounds so good! I've seen this in a couple of blogs but this is the first time I read a review of the book. I miss reading books from male POVs. I miss reading fun books. I miss reading romantic contemp books. So this is literally perfect for me! Thanks for the review!

    1. I finished it in about 5 hours. It's really funny but the friendships make it more than just a fluffy read. I enjoyed it.

  2. I love when a book keeps you up all night. I do not typically care for contemporary and have never read a contemporary ya..but this sounds like a fun read...i might just try it! great review.

  3. I don't really read contemporaries, but I want to read this. The character sounds awesome...sort of reminds me of C. in Anna Dressed in Blood from what you describe.

  4. Loved this story! And Nyrae is a doll. :)

  5. Oh I'm so glad you liked this book! I read it recently too and WOW. I love Bastian. So much fun. AND she writing Jadens story next. SQUEEE!

    Loved your review.


  6. I need to thank you! Your blog was the first time I saw WaBW. I am so glad I read this book. It made me so, so happy. I can't wait to read Jaden's story. And your chat!
    Thanks for a great review!

    1. I'm so glad you loved it! I'm always terrified when people read something I recommend.
      The book gave me the warm fuzzies!! lol

  7. I've never heard of this book but it sounds like so much fun! I was reminded of Hitch a little bit but saw that he hooks up girls not guys. Watching cocky guys fall in love is always an interesting journey, ha. Great review!

    1. Then you will love this book. I'll have to look up Hitch.

  8. Honestly just hearing about it would not make me want it but you made it sound good :)

  9. Whoa I added this book to my list because of Andrea and all her quotes on twitter but this is the first review I read. Sounds more interesting than I thought!!
    Funny cute romance is always welcome in to my life haha...and if you say Sebastian is swoon worthy then I believe! LOL

    I want it! Too bad I don't have an e-reader -_-

    1. oh oh, also, I love books from male POVs! Yay for that.

  10. Great review! I'm going to have to pick this one next time I'm at the book store.