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What She Wants

(Life in Icicle Falls #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,131 ratings  ·  169 reviews
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 fo
Paperback, 391 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 th
A cute, fun romance from the perspective of some bumbling men who are clueless about how to romance a woman. They meet for poker every Friday night, occasionally commiserating about their love lifes, or lack thereof. So one of them decides to look for the answers to win the heart of the woman of their dreams by reading romance novels. What ensues are some epic failures along with successful attempts that made me smile and route for them to find forever love.
An easy, light read.
3.5 st
Apr 21, 2013 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 for l
Diana Leneker
Mar 28, 2013 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
Melanie Mole
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
What a lovely read this book was.

It focuses on what women want, and the complexities of how to give them what they want.
Sounds confusing? It seems that it might be.

But the answer it seems lies in romance novels. The best of which everyone involved feels are written by Vanessa Valentine. But Vanessa Valentine is not all that she appears to be.

Why, and how this comes to light are a mystery until the story unfolds.

The interwoven relationships between the residents of Icicle Falls are alwa
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
Hsiau Wei
May 21, 2013 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
Mar 10, 2013 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
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.
Elizabeth Ayala
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book. I didn't think Jonathan should have ended up with Lissa.
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
Apr 14, 2013 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 abou
Ashley Drumm
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, series
What do woman 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 other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of
Mar 01, 2013 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
Aug 07, 2013 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 fo
Jul 05, 2016 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
Apr 01, 2013 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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another of the Icicle Falls books...Icicle Falls is a small town where everyone knows you , knows your business, and knows what's best for you. Most people, once they graduate high school, go on to college and move on to the larger Seattle area.

Jonathan Templar is not one of those people, and he still has a few buddies from high school that have also stuck around. It's a nice place to live, but for some, (Jonathan and his buddy Kyle) the right girl hasn't come along. Well, she may ha
Kathleen ShortRidge
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! It was a romance from a man's point of view. But not your typical romance. You see romancing happening for not one but several of the people in the story. It is told from Johnathan's point of view and you see him grow through out the whole story. Then at times it switched to show you the other people's stories. From a married couple that have one of the people taken for granted, to a man who falls for what he thinks is perfect. They all find truth and advice in reading Rom ...more
Shelly Hammond
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(4.5) This book is absolutely terrific. It's so unique to get an entire book like this from the male perspective. The story is mostly hilarious with some very important moments in it as well that are more on the serious side (but it's mostly very funny).
The main idea of the story is that there is a group of guys who hang out and play poker. They are all quite different in looks, social standings, relationship statuses, and things like that but are great friends. When one of them discovers
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a super sweet read. I enjoyed the fact that the focus of the story was on the men and their search for redeeming their love lives. I liked the side romances that were focused on, it showed us two different men with two different issues and how they dealt with it. Jonathan was a great character. I didn't like Lissa's actions at the end when they finally have the chance to meet again. She came off as a push-over at the reunion, and leaving with her old boyfriend like that made her appear ...more
Dec 07, 2016 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.
Marriyam Gunaratne
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well the beginning put me off but I kept on reading and the twist was a shocker 😆 for me, but in the end all’s well that ends well. Also I was surprised to know this was a series as I had picked it off at BBW Sri Lanka.
Sue Mosher
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this, although the stereotypical descriptions of men and women bothered me a bit. A group of poker buddies decide to read romance novels to find out how women think and try to win over the ones they want. Lots of laughs.
Ailar Flynn
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good read, it took me a few chapters to get in to it as it’s written from the guys perspective which doesn’t happen in romance books! By the end I was routing for them all to get their happy ever afters! Great easy summer time read
Sherry J
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story

I love the characters in this book. They experience the same ups and downs as everyone else and they also find their way thorough their difficulties learning something about life as nd themselves in the process. Thanks Shiela!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute book

This is a satisfying book that proves men, even geniuses and nerds, can benefit from reading romance novels if they keep an open mind & heart!
Barbara Loggia
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lost my review so just noting a fun read as the men of Icicle Falls use romance novels as handbooks for romance.
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Sheila Roberts is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her books are best-sellers, and have been made into movies for the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her hubby or girlfriends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

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