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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins

What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (297 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

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…

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.