What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants

by Selena Robins
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What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins

She's got the moxie. He's got the sexy.

"Life's a beach. Then you have sex on it."

Travel journalist Maddie Saunders has new attitude, and wants two new accessories to go with it. One, turn her triple-X fantasies into reality with Mr. Sex-On-Legs-her friend, Alex Donovan. And two, find her biological father to see if her gene pool has a deep end. She never expected fulfilling both wishes would take her life down a drastically different path.

"Sometimes you're the windshield, and sometimes you're the bug."

Alex, an investigative reporter, grits his teeth when he accepts a joint assignment to Hawaii with Maddie. He's vowed to never get involved with any woman he can't walk away from. Maddie falls under the heading of "Look, but don't touch". Trouble is, she excels at giving him a hard time-in more ways than one.

He manages to fend off her guerilla seduction tactics until a bone-melting kiss throws his resolve into the ocean. Complicated? Absolutely. Especially when he discovers the real reason they were sent to the island...

Warning: Side effects may include but not limited to, spontaneous, uncontrollable laughter, hot flashes and dangerous chocolate cravings. Contents include, one kick-ass heroine and a sex-on-legs hero whose kiss could singe the eyebrows off a mannequin. Can be read in bed with someone special or a BOB (battery operated boyfriend). Please note: Batteries not included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609280222
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

As a kid, Selena was unable to stay focused in school—science and math didn’t equate to happily ever after—she excelled in geography (exploring La La Land) and Daydreaming 101. Her future as a writer was foreshadowed when she won a city-wide writing contest—a romance about two race horses that fell in love (the filly won the race and the stud). Selena continues her passion for happily ever after in her life (okay, some days she’s sitting in first class on the Frazzled Express, but still) and in her books. What a Girl Wants is her second title.

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What a Girl Wants 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. A romance book with a plot. How unique. After the junk that hit the market after the 50 Shades book, I was happily surprised to read a book written with some skill. This is a funny story too. Lots of laughs. Great plot. 
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** What a Girl Wants is a witty, fresh, and laugh-out-loud funny story that entertains from beginning to end. From the moment I started reading - with a quote from Mae West no less - I knew I was in for an exciting ride. Author Selena Robins combines all of the necessary components to create a solid romance - clever humor, believable characters, a lush and vivid backdrop, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The result is a book that grips your heart and doesn't let go. When you're not chuckling with glee or squirming in your seat, you'll be clutching at your chest and hoping that your heart doesn't break. I identified with the heroine, Maddie, on many levels. She's a woman who knows what she wants, yet, remains tainted by events in her past which continue to shadow her life. When she decides to woo her sexy best friend, Alex, on a job in a tropical paradise, it's sweet, endearing, and hilarious. He, too, is someone you'll love, and because of their chemistry the dialogue is not only real but manages to steal the show time and again. While there are twists and turns in the plot involving Maddie, her assignment, and her questionable family history, it is the flourishing relationship between her and Alex that shines bright. I loved observing the journey as they decided to take the jump from friends to lovers, fought past petty doubts and events that threaten to tear them apart, and eventually came together as the pair they were always intended in being. Of course, no story would be complete without a lot of emotional tension, and you can expect plenty of that as well, courtesy of subplots that offer a whole lot more than you might expect. The writing is excellent, and the pace is perfect for a work of this length. Ms. Robins has done a wonderful job of creating a book that will engage you from start to finish, with a hero and heroine that you can't help but cheer for. I thoroughly enjoyed What a Girl Wants and recommend this book to anyone who loves romance with clever dialogue and characters that sneak their way into your heart and make it impossible for you to forget them. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more works from this author in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy but sweet in a good way. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Selena's sense of humor and it comes out from the very first chapter in WHAT A GIRL WANTS.  The characters she creates are plausible and make you think they're real people.  Maddie is smart and funny, but more than that, she is a well-rounded person with a goal we can relate with - not just to "get the guy."  But when she does cook up a plan to seduce Alex, her long-time friend, I wanted to  root for her.    Selena is an excellent writer and it shines through on every chapter.  I admire her ability to keep the story tension high without making it feel contrived.  She has written a book that will engage you, make you laugh, and pull at your heart.  By the end, you will be convinced that Alex and Maddie are folks that could walk through the door any moment, back from Hawaii, and tell you their story. Besides.  There's chocolate.  And that, my friends, is WHAT A GIRL WANTS.
ReneeWildes More than 1 year ago
She’s got the moxie. He’s got the sexy. Travel journalist Maddie Saunders has new attitude, and wants two new accessories to go with it. One, turn her triple-X fantasies into reality with Mr. Sex-On-Legs—her friend, Alex Donovan. And two, find her biological father to see if her gene pool has a deep end... Poor Alex! Tropical paradise, exotic cocktails, and a beautiful coworker hell-bent on having her wicked way with him. Should be every man’s not-so-secret fantasy come true. Except he likes Maddie, and doesn’t want to hurt her—and having a fling with the boss’s niece isn’t a great career move. But Maddie’s not looking for a relationship—she just wants to have some fun. This started out as a light, playful book, full of witty banter and heavy on the sexual innuendo. Great setting and red-hot chemistry. Wonderful escapism reading. But I’m an impatient reader, and I usually read darker, weightier romances. Selena Robins is sneaky, folks—she hooks you in with the fun and flirt, and THEN gets to the heart and soul of her characters. There is plenty here for a drama-lover like me. A fatherless heroine with abandonment issues, conflicted heroes with secrets…even an evil blackmailer playing everyone like an evil puppeteer. The second half of the book was right up my alley, as Alex works to get under Maddie’s mask to the real woman within. Masks have always fascinated me—what people show to the world vs. what they keep hidden inside, and the level of trust needed to share what’s inside with another. And a hero who can call a heroine’s bluff and bring out the real woman—that’s MY kind of guy! The only weird thing was a bizzaro technical issue with my beloved Kindle. For whatever reason, it kept replacing periods (.) in the story with three-quarter marks (3/4)—literally. Never had that happen before. Anyone else’s Kindle do an independent free-form act like that? Because at first it was distracting, and then once I got into the story, I quit seeing them. But I just went back and checked—they’re still there. I think my Kindle is possessed… Definitely pick up this book—it’s a great read for everyone at either end of the spectrum. Not too many books can say that.
mceckk More than 1 year ago
4 ½ stars! When I was in Middle School and High School I had a male best friend that I had feelings for. My GuyPal stayed a pal and we never had a romance. I loved the premise of this book, mostly because I could identify with it so well. Maddie is an adventure and chocolate junkie, and she has the best job. She writes about her adventures for her uncle’s magazine. She is about to leave for a trip to a Hawaiian island for a few weeks of research for an article. She is shopping for a few more essentials for her trip. Namely a curve hugging little black dress that will aid her in attaining her most exciting adventure of all; convincing the other journalist on this trip to spend this trip in each other’s arms. Alex is her best friend and fellow journalist. They have been buddies for a long time. His going on this trip is to conduct an interview with the elusive Maxwell Hollister. Alex has feelings for Maddie also, feelings he is keeping to himself; as he would rather keep their friendship than have a short fling. He keeps to this ideal through all of Maddie’s attempts to convince him otherwise, and it is when she gave up and goes dancing with another man that Alex loses his internal struggle. And the love they find is more amazing than they imagined. Their journey to Happily Ever After (HEA) would be a fantastic read alone for the beautiful location and delightful characters. This wonderful book also has a wonderful subplot of Maddie’s personal journey to find out who she is biologically. Maddie never knew her father, and she has hired a private investigator to help her get the answers she has always wanted but her mother has never been willing to provide. Of course neither the journey to HEA or to find her father could be complete without a few funny happenings along the way. Selena Robins can sure write romantic comedy. I won this book from the blog Kindles & Wine. I was so excited as it was on my To Be Purchased to Read list. I enjoy Selena’s whit and quirky characters. I look forward to visiting with more of them in the future!
MJ_Keith More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for friends to lovers stories. What a Girl Wants quenched that thirst for a believable tale of blossoming romance between friends. Selena Robins masterfully peppered in humor throughout the story that added to the enjoyment and the discomfort and awkwardness was spot on. I could easily see myself in the role of Maddie Saunders (if I were only so brazen). If you enjoy a story fraught with humor and believable romance, this is a must add to your read list. 
NancyLauzon More than 1 year ago
Fun-loving, quirky Maddie Saunders, travel journalist, decides to enroll her best friend, smokin' hot reporter Alex Donovan, in her sexual boot camp - but he's the only recruit she's interested in. Set in beautiful Hawaii, this sizzling, funny romance serves up characters to cheer for, along with laughter, mystery and a few surprises along the way. If you like well-drawn characters with emotional depth, witty dialogue and fun plot twists, then What a Girl Wants is for you!
Dfrano More than 1 year ago
What A Girl Wants is a delightful romp of a book with witty dialogue, a feisty and resilient heroine, and a mouthwateringly hunky hero. There is an exotic setting, and since Maddie, the heroine, is a travel writer, you get an even deeper dive into the exciting locale. With an interesting twist on the “friends to lovers” trope, Selena Robins doesn’t just offer up a light-hearted romantic comedy, although it is definitely that, but the story takes a twist into a bit more serious material. Maddie is a bouncy, sassy sort, but she has heartache in her background that shows us why she has such inner strength and resilience. (She can also eat like an Olympic soccer player, although her tastes lean more to chocolate and ice cream. I want to know her secret!) Alex is just my kind of hero, the steady, serious sort who starts out wanting to maintain their friendship with no risks and ends up admitting his best friend is also the fulfillment of his wildest imaginings. (And he has a lop-sided grin!) The book is full of great quips and quotes, but here are a few of my favorites: “The cherry left her fingers and landed on her tongue. “Mmmm.” She stopped moaning. Her glazed eyes widened, and she stared at him with a horrified expression. Gasping, she flung her hands to her neck and wrapped them around her throat. He erupted off his chair. “Maddie?” Hauling her to her feet, he did what any man would have done under the circumstances. He popped her cherry.” “I have a bucket of water with her name on it. She’d melt in a nanosecond.” “When I find myself in a funk about this or anything else, I allow myself to wallow for a short time.” She smiled. “My good friends Ben and Jerry and Godiva are extremely supportive during this stage.” (See what I mean about the ice cream and chocolate?) Did I mention the sex? Well, let’s just say I don’t know how these two managed to ignore the chemistry for so long! An enjoyable and fun contemporary romance with a twist and a lot of humor and heart!
RosannaLeo More than 1 year ago
Selena Robins has given me everything I look for in a contemporary romance: humor, a wonderful sweet romance and a sassy heroine. Set in Hawaii, this story had me sighing, wishing I could experience the sun and heat along with heroine Maddie. Sexy hero Alex has no idea what he's up against, but something tells me he is enjoying the journey. This book has propelled Ms. Robins to the top of my "aut0-buy" list of authors. She is that funny. However, What a Girl Wants isn't just a lark. There is a real story behind the laughs and love and a satisfying conclusion. I know this won't be the first book I read by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing is terrific! Story has substance and is a fun, beach read. Want more from this author!
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Pippy's Wish is great, too. This author is so talented. 
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Not enough sex in it.