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What She Wants (Life in Icicle Falls #3)

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What do women want?

Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot—their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Cheshire Public Library
This is book three of the Life in Icicle Falls series. I didn’t read the other two and do not feel like I needed to. This book took me completely by surprise. Most romances center around the angst of women trying to find true love. This book centers around men! It was very refreshing to read a story from the man’s perspective.

Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies are single, married, separated, height challenged, balding, overweight and geeky. Not your typical romance heroes! But they all have
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Diana Leneker
Mar 28, 2013 Diana Leneker rated it it was amazing
There were several times while reading this book that I thought I could see this made into a TV movie on the Hallmark Channel! A group of Friday night poker playing men are baffled at their inability to understand women. While at the local library fund drive, one of them sees romance novels as a way to enlighten themselves. From the pages of romance these men soon embark on ways to better understand women! Suffice it to say, there is a 15 year high school reunion to go to, a marriage to save, an ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Men are clueless. Men are pathetic. Men are like puppies that need to be trained. But, once they are trained and trained well? Women, watch out because those men become irresistible!

Seriously, think about how long it takes to get any cute animal to do tricks, even if it’s only to sit or beg. Although, begging seems to come naturally to both species. Ms. Roberts takes the time to really show a reader exactly how far from perfect the three men in this story are. They listen but do not hear, they i
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Hsiau Wei
May 21, 2013 Hsiau Wei rated it it was amazing
This book tell the story of 5 poker buddies; Jonathan, Kyle, Vance, Bernando and Adam and their conflicts and problems in their love relationship. Jonathan has been in love with his neighbour cum school mate throughout his life, a popular tv host, Lissa. He have not found his courage to confess his love for her but their high school reunion is coming up soon. He wanted very much for Lissa to look at him differently and to accept him. One day, he came to realisation that the only way to understan ...more
Book
Apr 21, 2013 Book rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
The synopsis of a guy turning to romance novels to learn what the female half of the species wants intrigued me after I read another of her books. I had received Shelia Roberts's Better Than Chocolate as part of the Tell Harlequin reader panel.

After Jonathan Templar starts reading romance novels in an effort to turn himself into the hero who could win the woman his heart's been set on since middle school, he starts getting his poker night buddies in on it.

Kyle is looking in all the wrong places
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Elizabeth Ayala
Mar 31, 2016 Elizabeth Ayala rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book. I didn't think Jonathan should have ended up with Lissa.
Marlene
Apr 14, 2013 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Any trip to Icicle Falls is a treat. It reads like an almost perfect small town, one of those places where everyone knows your business, and wants the best for you.

But like most places, under the surface, things aren't always what they seem. Not all the marriages are perfect, and not everyone's experience in high school was happy. Certainly everybody hasn't figured life out by the time of their 15th high school reunion!

Reading about Jonathan Templar and his
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Gail
Mar 01, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing
I finished the book last night. I had a hard time putting it down. It made me laugh and cry. Poor Jonathan had to go through so much to get the girl of his dreams. Kyle you would have thought he would wake up and see what is right in front of his face. I knew.I loved watching what Adam had to go through. I t was kind of cool seeing the book from the guys perspective which I already knew but it was fun any way. Looking forward to the next book in the Icicle Falls series. I just love getting to kn ...more
Carrie
Mar 10, 2013 Carrie rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but it was very slow moving and hard for me to get into. I didn't really care too much about the guys and their sad love lives. I wanted to smack Jonathan and tell him to grow up and stop putting Lissa on a pedestal; that maybe he could take a lesson from Kyle and explore the possibility of a real relationship with a real girl. Once they finally reached the reunion, I was drawn in more, but overall, it wasn't my cup of tea. I don't know exactly where to place this gen ...more
Laura
Aug 07, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it
Got about 1/2 way through this one and wasn't into it enough to continue. It's a shame because I thought it was a cute concept...three men with women troubles start reading romance novels to try and figure out what women want. Unfortunately the men IMHO were unlikable. I just like my men much more alpha than these guys, and the women really weren't introduced until close to halfway through the book so I didn't feel much was happening at the beginning of the book.

A good, sweet read for some I'm s
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Becky
Jul 05, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
This book was given to me from a friend. It was a delightful read. I hadn't read the others in the series, but felt it was good as a stand alone. Single men, and one who's wife has thrown him out of the house for taking her for granted and newly pregnant, are turning to romance novels to find out what women want in a man. Sort of a manual of what to do and say. And what a surprise to find out the true identity of their favorite author is. There were times I laughed out load. These poor guys were ...more
JoAnn
Apr 01, 2013 JoAnn rated it it was amazing
This is the latest book in Sheila Roberts' "Icicle Falls" series, and was a really fun read! It's written from the guys' points of view, and is all about guys trying to figure out what women want in relationships, life, and love. There are great, believable characters who are living in a wonderful small town in the Pacific Northwest, and you will enjoy reading about coffee, chocolate, and women's friendships throughout the book. I highly recommend her entire Icicle Falls series; they're fun and ...more
Katie Fink
No interaction between the main character and his love interest until the last 50 pages of the book, and there wasn't any depth to the characters. Meh.
Anne Holly
This is a hard review to write. As I close this book, I'm not really certain how I feel about it. I really, really wanted to love this book, and there were moments when I did, but it was a rocky relationship and I almost bailed on it a couple times.

While I adore the set up and the premise, and heaven knows I love me an unconventional hero, the book sags and lulls badly in the middle, and I almost didn't stick with it. (I ended up skimming/skipping the second half of Adam's and Kyle's stories, j
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Wyndi0419
Dec 07, 2016 Wyndi0419 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy I read this one!

It was nice to read a love story from the other point of view! I loved how all the guys had their own challenges and eventually found their way. A feel good book with a happy ending.
Michelle Wiles
Nov 17, 2016 Michelle Wiles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was all about 3 young men trying to find out what women want and trying to find love. It was quite comical at times and had a lovely ending. I would recommend.
Stacey
Mar 21, 2017 Stacey rated it liked it
Some parts were funny and cute but it was a slow read.
Katie
Mar 13, 2017 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A different perspective on the romance novel.
Pavana
Mar 05, 2017 Pavana rated it it was ok
I had great expectations from this book but turned out to be a very boring, unappealing read. I like my book heroes to be in charge of their lives, not wimpy. I felt the whole book was full of whining. Lissa came to the story too late. Johnathan had to go through so many hurdles to get Lissa. But I felt all were done without Lissa being in the scene and when she at last arrives, she falls in love too soon. In this book I really wanted to like Johnathan's story but didn't. But Adam and Kyle's sto ...more
Rhonda
Mar 24, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it
4 STARS


What she wants is funny,quirky,romantic novel. It is a plot I have not ever read one like it before. The characters are well written and made me root for them all to find the love they want. This book is the guys looking for love.

Jonathan is a computer geek. He owns his own company that fixes computers problems. He has his own house. He still wants his dream girl from high school who never looked at him only as a friend. Now his 15 year reunion will be here soon. He wants Lissa to see him
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Kathleen
Apr 21, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington! In the fourth installment of the Life In Icicle Falls series, author Sheila Roberts provides her readers with a fun twist to the townspeople's stories with an entertaining tale of a guy's perspective on women and love ... specifically ... learning what women really want from their man!

What She Wants is told in the third person narrative that alternates between three men who are simply clueless when it comes to really knowing about women. This
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Maria
May 02, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4 out of 5 crowns.

The road to true love is never smooth, regardless of whether your a man or a woman. Sometimes you fall for the girl next door, who never seems to notice you as anything other than a friend, sometimes you fall for the beautiful receptionist at work, even though she only seems to notice your boss, and sometimes you don't cherish what you have until it throws
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Carrie Allen
Feb 26, 2017 Carrie Allen rated it liked it
This was an easy book to read and fun for killing time. It was also totally unrealistic. Do things like this actually ever happen anywhere, let alone to 3 or 4 guys all at the same time? I don't think so!
Daniel Steele
Jul 18, 2014 Daniel Steele rated it it was amazing

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IF ONLY ROMANCE WERE THIS SIMPLE., July 18, 2014


By Daniel Quentin Steele (Jacksonville, FL)


This review is from: What She Wants (Life in Icicle Falls) (Mass Market Paperback)

At the heart of this funny, yet moving novel of life and love in a small town is a cute conceit that would make life so much easier for men if it were true. And if the central plot driver isn't 100 percent true, it does have elements of truth contained in it. And here it is:the secr
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Teena in Toronto
Mar 03, 2013 Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it
Jonathan is a computer geek ... he has his own business fixing computers and that keeps him busy. He has had a crush on his friend, Lissa, since they were children but she's never see him as anything more than her pal.

Kyle has a crush on Jillian, the receptionist where he works, but she only goes out with tall, good looking well-to-do men. Kyle is on the short side and has a bit of complex about it. He does all he can to attract Jillian but she doesn't even look his way.

When Adam returns from a
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Susan Shearer
What She Wants is one of those 'mysteries.' It is written from the men's point of view instead of the women, which makes it quite interesting. You get to meet four men who meet every Friday for a poker game and discuss their women problems. That in itself makes it so different, but because of the women they love (or think they love) makes you keep reading.
The book is about Jonathan, a computer geek, who is in love with his former neighbor, friend, classmate and TV personality. His poker buddies
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Julie Barrett
Feb 21, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
What She Wants by Sheila Roberts
Icicle Falls this book is mostly about the men. Jonathan Templar is the computer guru and he's looking for Ms. Right.
He feels inferior to the other guys in town. Others in town say he just needs confidence. Everybody is also trying to set him up with a single female for a date.
One single male friend, Kyle Long had the short problem, nobody looked at him cuz he was so short.
Jonathan was in love with the girl who had moved in next door when she was 9. She grew up a
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Lisa Kane
Apr 01, 2013 Lisa Kane rated it really liked it
Sheila Roberts has done it again with this newest book from her Icicle Falls series. Friday night is guys' poker night. Three good friends; Jonathan, Kyle and Adam all share a common condition-they have no clue about women and what they want. Jonathan owes a computer repair company and is a self- proclaimed geek. Kyle lusts after the office hottie, Jillian, while the girl he should be dating, is right under his nose. Adam is married to Chelsea, who feels neglected and shows her appreciation for ...more
Michelle
Mar 01, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
WHAT SHE WANTS (Life in Icicle Falls series) is the first of Sheila Roberts’ books that I’ve read. At first I had a little difficulty getting into the book, it seemed to start slowly, but that quickly turned around and I found myself caught up in the lives of a group of poker playing buddies. Jonathan Templar is the computer geek who fell in love with his childhood next door neighbor, the beautiful Lissa Castle, and is trying to get her to take a romantic interest in him. Lissa is a magnet for a ...more
Maja
Here it is, the first one-star review of the year, and let me be totally honest: I hate this book. It is my least favorite romance novel I have ever read, by far. I gave it a shot, thinking the premise was kind of fun--guys reading romance novels! That's enjoyable! And I've reread it twice, hoping each time that I maybe misremembered how terrible it is, but now I don't think I can deny it any longer. This book is terrible.

Quite simply, it's so agonizingly sexist that it's difficult to imagine it
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s ...more
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Life in Icicle Falls (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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