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What Makes a Man?: Sensible Hearts Part 1

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4.54  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Every action has a reaction.

First impressions don’t always tell the story in tow.

When Dom meets Nyla, it’s under dangerous, deceiving circumstances. But when the truth comes out, Nyla is certain Dom is the ‘good book’ she needs. She's convinced the pages they’ll write together will give her the happy ending she expects. They just have to make it out of the ghetto that’s b
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published July 22nd 2016
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Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.75 Stars

This was my first book by this author and what a nice surprise

I loved it. I didn't know what to expect as I have never read any of this authors books, but I have to say it drew me in and made me want to keep reading till the end. Keeps you on the edge of your seat definitely

Can't tell you exactly what its about as it will give away too much. But there's a twist and you don't see it coming .

Definitely worth the read and definitely would recommend it

M. Piper
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm always on edge reading a H.Q. Frost book because you never know what twists and turns she has in store and this one doesn't disappoint. I couldn't get enough of Nyla and Dom's relationship and I still can't believe it ended how it did! Definitely worth the read and definitely worth the "want to throw my kindle at the wall" feeling at that ending... WHERE'S THE NEXT BOOK!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this story. Love. hard.
Thai Holman
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. Not what you would expect. No spoilers but there's a twist that's unpredictable and OMG. This was amazing never a dull moment just what I needed to read to get me out of my funk. Great writing amazing story, wonderful characters. Loved every page. Highly recommend it.
Krystal gaston
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i started reading What Makes A Man with no idea what to expect. I had never read a book by H.Q Frost prior to this. So i was going in blind, This is the tragic love story about Dom and Nyla. They have a less than normal first meeting and most people would have ran, instead Nyla is intrigued. Not only does she not run she see's him later on and talks with him, as he's attempting to threaten her life. Only it doesn't go as planned when she doesn't cower instead she looks him in the eye and talks t ...more
Christy McCurry
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sit back and enjoy the ride!! They're no words to describe how FANTASTIC this book was. I absolutely loved the feel of the reality of life that is portrayed in this story. The characters really grab your attention. What Makes a Man? had my adrenaline pumping and heart pounding because I never know what lies await around the corner. It had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. It flowed fast and flawlessly, with a plot twist that blew my mind!


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Stacey Broadbent
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am already a fan of HQ Frost's writing, and this certainly doesn't disappoint!

What Makes a Man? tells the story of Dom and Nyla. They meet under extreme circumstances, but even so, they are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame. Dom is desperate to turn his life around and become the 'good book' that Nyla needs him to be. He hates his hometown and Nyla is both his shot at happiness, and a way to escape the town that is dragging him down.

As per usual, HQ has created a group of characters t
book bruin
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5 stars

What Makes a Man is the first book I have read by H.Q. Frost, but it definitely won't be my last! The book was definitely grittier and a bit darker than my normal reads, but I really enjoyed the journey of our characters and I did not see that twist coming at the end!

Although my life experiences differ from our main characters, Dom and Nyla, I found the characters relatable and was rooting for them to get the chance at their HEA. I liked that both characters are flawed an
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
OMG...This book was sooo not what I was expecting. It leads you in one direction, then bam right over the head, off in another. There are soooo many twists in this story and if your aren't taken by surprise by at least one of them, you never will be! I loved every second of this and almost feel bad saying I had to stop myself from telling my daughter to eat PB & J so I could be left alone with this book!!! I absolutely can not w
Jessica Kile
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
******received an ARC for an honest review****

Wow, there are no words to describe the emotional roller coaster that the author takes you on in this book. Just when you think you know what is going on, there's a plot twist. you will laugh, you will cry, and scream at the characters. In the end you will scratch your head and say WTF. if you read this book and don't immediately wish the next book was available, then you are crazy! This book should definately be on everyone's tbr!
Brandy Freeman
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bbf
I want to start this review with letting everyone know this is the first book I have read by this author. I understand that reading something by an unknown or (in my case) an unheard of author can have people leary to try a book, let me just say this book did NOT disappoint!

I try really hard to not give away things that happen during the book, with that being said this book is so hard for me to think of how to put everything I thought and felt into the best words.

I will say that this book is fil
Atlanta Whitlock
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So far the only books that I have read by H.Q. Frost were ones that she had co written with another author, so I was honestly looking forward to this one. However it was nothing like I expected it to be, at first I wasn’t sure of how much I was going to enjoy it, but as I got reading to reading more of the book I was pretty shocked with how the events played out. I know that she is capable of drawing me in and shocking me when she co writes, but I had no idea how much more of an impact she could ...more
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⭐⭐Kim's Review!⭐⭐
I received an ARC for my honest review.

This is the first book I've read by HQ Frost, and it won't be the last after this one. At first it took me a while to get into and then bam I was hooked and couldn't put it down till it was finished!

What makes a man follows Dom and Nyla on their turbulent ride to romance. It seems nothing will go right for the couple and the world is against them! Just when you think everything's going to work out and they will get their happy ending there
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started this book without really knowing what it was about which is very unusual for me. Within the first couple paragraphs I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Dom and Nyla drew me right away and wanted to know all I could about these two characters.

There were several things that happened in this book that took me by complete surprise. All of the plot twists were important to the story, none of them felt like they were added just to shock the reader which I appreciated.

I highly recommend t
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a emotional rollercoaster. The love story of Dom and Nyla. We all write our own book and theirs is filled with ups and downs, tragedy, love, loss, and fighting to be a better man. Dom wants out of the city that has brought him down. Just when you think they will have their happily ever after another twist. One I didn't see coming at all.. This book is a emotional read, it has many life situations. Great plot and characters. Sucked me in and made me feel like I was there. 5 Stars and I highl ...more
Stacey Hashimoto
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
What Makes a Man is by the amazing HQ Frost!!! I enjoyed being on the crazy journey of Dom and Nyla!!! You would never think after how they meet that love could bloom between two people who are so different!!! Dom wants to be everything Nyla seeing in him but can he escape the pull of life!!! There are so many times I was so mad at Dom but you can see he wants to be a better man and Nyla is just the right women to help him thru it all. Can their love prevail!!! No spoilers here!!! Go get your co ...more
Lauren Kimberly
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wowza!! That was bananas. Get ready for the ride of your life inside this book.

This was my first H.Q. book. I went in blind, not even reading the blurb (which is my favorite way.) And I'm glad I did.

Dom and Nyla have a less than ordinary introduction. And if that was any indication of how the rest of the book would be, it was right. What Makes A Man is FULL of twists and turns. High on drama. Just when you think you for sure have it figured out, you couldn't be further from right. H.Q. hits yo
Candy Box
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book gutted me!
I have laughed and cried and waited for what was going to happen next.
This is the first book I have read by Frost and let me tell you I was not dissappointed!
the story of Dom and Nyla hits home for me in so many aspects!
The things they went through together and the number is what tore them apart.
I can not wait for book 2 to be released. P.S. Tissues and a tight grip because my reader was thrown a couple times.
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review and post on Hot
Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every action has a reaction someone once told me, and you know what that fits this book better then anything I could say. Frost has a way of making you hate her and love her at the same time. Dom was a young man born into the wrong surroundings and Nyla was there by choice. This book takes a lot of turns that you will never see coming and it will give you the feels for theses characters. Nothing is cut and dry, nothing is ever easy, but I promise you that you will get invested in their lives.
Angie Box
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this book for my honest opinion and here it is OMG this book is amazing the storyline hits you hard and fast and keeps you on the edge of your seat it's got things in it that you will say I didn't see that coming and the writing style is awesome I will definitely be reading more books by H.Q Frost. I gave this book five stars it is a must read book it you haven't read it you are missing out on a amazing book.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by HQ Frost and it won't be the last. I could not put it down. Nyla and Dom meet in an unexpected way, but find a connection almost immediately. Dom so desperately wants to be good for Nyla.i did not expect the twists, turns and truths of this story. I honestly can't wait to see where this book goes! Five star read.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars! This emotional roller coaster is worth every second spent reading it. There are too many twist and turns to count and every moment keeps you guessing. Dom and Nyla are beautiful together. All of the characters make you want to know more about them. I can't wait for book 2.
Heather Barton
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book....I couldn't put it down....Nayla and Dom's story is so real that you can't help but feel for the characters. I can't wait for the next book.....
Alora Kate
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good book from Frost with twist and turns. You really have to dive into it and be ready for a roller coaster of emotions.
21 days. What’s that you ask yourself? It’s been 21 days since I set my kindle down, cursed H.Q., some of the characters and pouted. I had finished the book and the roller coaster my emotions were on wasn’t going to relent. I told myself to wait for a few days to write the review or else I’d get all worked up again. HA! Few days? More like 21!

I originally learned of H.Q.’s books one day on facebook, as I scrolled through. If I remember right it was the fan page post that intrigued me. A reader
Kaitlyn Miller
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read

Great book, it has so many twists and turns that you don't see coming ! Can't say there was a single page that bored me, couldn't put it down .
Josie Hink
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2018-reads
4 1/2 states
4 1/2 stars loved this book but Nyla got on my nerves to much to give it a 5. Looking forward to the next book.
I received an arc of this in exchange for an honest review

As my first H.Q. Frost book, I wasn't sure what I was getting. Conveniently enough, I never knew what I was getting. The whole book kept me guessing and had me afraid for Dom and Nyla. Apparently I was afraid for very good reasons as Frost gave me the ultimate mindfuck at the end. Thanks, Frost, thanks. That cussing I refused to do earlier, well here it is. Fuck this. Seriously. I knew something was going to happen. I knew Boney was bad n
Roanne Germaine
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nyla had just recently moved in with her Dad to a seedy neighborhood when she personally witnessed her neighbor shot. That was how she and Dom met. Dom stalked her for days to warn her not to squeal what she saw. But truth was, instead of permanently silencing her, he wanted her to permanently be in his life. Being with Dom threw her into a life filled with danger and death. But she fought for their love until he was finally accepted by her family, and they made plans to leave the ghetto soon. H ...more
Erin Paige Bixby
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
6 stars
Holy Sh*t!!!! This book will blow you away. This storyline was incredible. I kept waiting for the hearts and candy, but what I got was so much more. The struggle is REAL people! This story was so real. Dealt with real life struggles. The characters were extremely well developed and complex. Each one dealing with their own life problems. There is just so much going on in the story. It was very hard to put the book down, I was so invested in the outcomes of so many different situations. I c
Erika PBookHavenBookBlog
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
My heart hurts right now as I've just finished another one of H.Q. Frost's mind-bending, gut-punches that leave you in tears. Mind you, this is why I love her stories so much, she peppers hopeful romance with grit, and the dark side of humanity.
In this one, you meet Nayla and Dom, both attempting to make it in an urban nightmare, struggling for survival. Each battling their own demons, they find love in an incredibly unexpected place. Attempting to overcome insurmountable odds, I found myself r
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