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Mad About the Boy

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Julia Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband Carlos passed away at such a young age, her business By Design is her number one priority. In her late twenties she works too hard and doesn’t take time out for fun. Annoyance with a pesky ex-friend has her begging one of the local surfer’s with a cheeky smile in the grocery store to pretend he’s her ...more
ebook, 166 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Smashwords
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Iris
Nov 26, 2011 Iris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epubs
I promised an honest review, so here goes...
Chris Augustine is the type of man every woman dreams of someday finding. He's kind, sensitive, easy-going, charming and oh so romantic. Let's not forget that he is insanely wealthy. Julia Mendoza was the complete opposite. She's a widow still mourning the passing of her young husband, she doesn't want a real relationship but she wants Chris to involve her in his every day including solving work related problems, family, etc. Which is why I found myse
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Linda
Jan 07, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia Mendosa Was Stalked By A Former Friend And Nothing She Said Would Get Kelley Off Her Back, So In Desperation She Asked A Total Stranger To Act Like Her Boyfriend Since Kelly Thought That She Was Seeing Their Dance Instructor! Two Years Ago, Her Husband Had Died Of Cystic Fibrosis And All She Did Was Work At Her Design Business To Make It The Best In Miami. She Didn't Need Love As Carlos Had Been The Love Of Her Life An Now He Was Dead.......

Christophe Augustine Was At The Store Looking For
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Lady Raven RAVE!
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Brief Summary

Julia meets Christophe (Chris) Augustine under chance circumstances in the local supermarket. They have an instant attraction, an attraction Julia hasn't felt in a long time since her husband Carlos died. Julia is a designer and is contracted by The Augustine Hotel to do some renovations, unaware to Julia, Chris owns the Augustine. Chris tries to pursue a relationship with Julia but she is fearful of losing someone else she loves. Can a
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Jencey/
Jan 14, 2012 Jencey/ rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Synopsis:
Julia Mendoza has been grieving the loss of her husband Carlos. He died two years ago but Julia feels she is not ready to move on. The only interests she has are having fun and expanding her business. Maybe also getting rid of a stalker? She meets Chris while trying to dodge her stalker. Julia thinks the relationship is all in fun, but could it become more serious? Chris is one of the Augustine boys who runs a conglomerate of hotels. He runs into Julia who he hired to do some work at hi
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Jenn (Booksessed)
I liked this book but I often found myself frustrated with the main character, Julia. She often makes a big deal about doing what is right, but at the same times makes very irrational, biased decisions. I wanted to have sympathy for her because she was a young widow, but found it difficult when she couldn’t see that there was a great guy in front of her, even after everyone important in her life kept stating that fact outright.

I did like that this book didn’t evoke any of the clichés that one t
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Ceri
Mar 10, 2013 Ceri rated it liked it
Shelves: mar-yc-aussie
I really enjoyed the start of this story. Julia is in the supermarket when her crazy friend starts calling her name. In an attempt to avoid yet another confrontation, she asks the man she bumps into to pretend to be her boyfriend. He is startled by the request and asks her if the press sent her. Julia does not recognize him but he is the gorgeous hotel heir known as the Augustine boy. After promising him dinner if he helps her, he agrees. But once Julia walks away with a rush of feeling for this ...more
Samantha Janning
Feb 16, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it liked it
Suzan Battah is on tour with CLP Blog Tours. Mad About the Boy follows Julia Mendoza, a workaholic widow in her late twenties, who spends all her time building up her business instead of having fun. A panicky moment in the grocery store with an ex-friend causes her to ask the stranger next to her to be her boyfriend. Julia doesn’t realize the stranger is Christophe Augustine – the Christophe Augustine who is set to take over his father’s super-luxe chain of hotels. Christophe is immediately take ...more
Sheila
Oct 18, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Julia Mendoza is as far from focused on romance as it gets. After the death of her young husband, this beautiful Latino woman shifts priorities and pours her energies into her personal business, much to the chagrin of her rambunctious family members. After all, Julia is only in her late twenties, and already it seems that life is all work and no play for her. That is the case until an aggravating ex-friend has her caught in a game of grocery store role play with a hunky surfer...
...When Christo
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Sarah
Mar 08, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
My Opinion:

Hmmm...what can I say about Mad About The Boy? I thought the entrance to the book was phenomenal. Hilarious and awkward (supposed to be awkward) all in one; enough to keep a reader entertained and draw them in to where they won't put the book down. We all know those books that start of super slow and don't get interesting until the fourth chapter. Nope, this isn't one of them. It started off at a delightful pace.

...And then it got boring. a few chapters later the speed would pick up a
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Nancy
Nov 12, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Mad About the Boy by Suzan Battah is, to be redundant, a “maddeningly” reading experience, but in a good way. When I replied to the author’s request for a review, I didn’t know what I would be in to. A sucker for good love stories, I was attracted to the synopsis. When I got the review copy, I decided, out of spite for myself, to just read the first page to check the writing style. Guess where it led me? I spent the following hours reading the book—laughing at the characters, sympathizing with t ...more
Kathleen
Feb 26, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Would you be able to pick up the pieces of your life if you became a widow at too young an age? Would you be able to be happy just having a good time, and not believing in "happily ever after" ever again? Can you deny your attraction for a new man and a second chance of being in love, by clinging to your lost love? These are the questions that Julia Mendoza must answer in Mad About The Boy.

Julia Mendoza is a twenty-something young widow, who has given up on love and the "happily ever after" drea
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Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
This review was between a 3 and a 4 for me. View my original review to see why.

Review originally posted on Words at Home blog April 5, 2012: http://www.wordsathome.ca/2012/04/mad...

Mad About the Boy is a surprisingly substantial contemporary romance following the complicated, romantic and sometimes heartbreaking romance of Julia, a self-made business woman and young widow, and Chris, a perpetual bachelor, surfer and heir to a successful chain of hotels.

What I loved: The characters. Julia and C
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Jan 14, 2012 Reviewers for R.N.J rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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Davia's Review


Brief Summary
Julia meets Christophe (Chris) Augustine under chance circumstances in the local supermarket. They have an instant attraction, an attraction Julia hasn't felt in a long time since her husband Carlos died. Julia is a designer and is contracted by The Augustine Hotel to do some renovations, unaware to Julia, Chris owns the Augustine. Chris tries to pursue a relationship with Julia but she is fearful of losing someone else sh
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Livin' la  Vida Latina
Reviewed by: Marcia C.
Member of Livin' la vida Latina
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Review: It was interesting how Julia and Chris met in the beginning with Chris being shanghaied into a ploy. That instant spark between is a rare thing these days.

Although it did seem that they were trying too hard at times--he was too busy trying to come out like Mr. Perfect, and she was busy trying not to look like a fool in front of him, which was both endearing and ridiculously funny. Still, there was no denying the burgeoning passion
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Julie Barrett
Mar 18, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Mad About the Boy by Suzan Battah
Julia was shopping when Kelly saw her and attempted to meet up with her.
Julia found a cute guy and asked him to be her pretned boyfriend and he agreed to have dinner with her Friday night in exchange.
They finally got rid of Kelly and exchanged cell phone numbers and then left the store.
Kelly was mad that she'd not heard back from Sebastian when she thought Julia was dating him.
By Designs is her company and a lot of the detailed descriptions are about the places s
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Jessa Callaver
Jan 10, 2012 Jessa Callaver rated it liked it
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this read when I first began it. By the end however I was hooked and really enjoying the ride. The writing was a little loose and flabby in spots where, if tightened, it could have made the more dramatic scenes pop, and, at times, mid-text POV switches and more telling than showing drew the reader out of the moment. But overall, this was a sweet story with twists and turns and layers enough for the most adventurous reader of romance. Battah creates some power ...more
Purple Osprey
Aug 24, 2015 Purple Osprey rated it it was ok

So. Much. DRAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Helen
Jan 13, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Filled with lots of struggles to come to terms with their past Julia and Chris overcame them with help from lots of great characters and the beleif in true love
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“The scent of him was subtle, beautifully fresh, and she couldn’t think clearly. No man had ever brought out these intense feelings in her. Chris Augustine was dangerous and she could get lost in his arms.” 1 likes
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