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What a Girl Wants

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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 fulfill
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published (first published April 6th 2010)
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Sophie Morgan
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rare is a romance that surprises me. And when they do, I LOVE it!

What A Girl Wants focuses on the relationship between Maddie and Alex, two friends who have attraction simmering beneath the surface. On one business trip to Hawaii, Maddie decides to throw caution – and her underwear – to the wind and turn up the heating on their friendship. Unfortunately for her, Alex wants to preserve the temperature for the sake of their relationship – even while he fantasises about her legs. Cue a whole load o
heidi 1820
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Travel journalist Maddie Saunders is growing tiresome of trying to succed at a traditional relationship and decides a casual sexual relationship may be all she really needs. Who else could be more perfect to fill this position than Alex Donovan, her long time friend and investigative reporter that just happens to be joining her in Hawaii while both are on assignment. The only glitch in Maddie's perfect plan is that Alex is not a willing participant because the idea of only having Maddie for a sh ...more
Christoph Fischer
"What a Girl Wants" by Selena Robins is a very entertaining romantic comedy with some very strong language and some explicit sex talk and scenes.
It follows the flirtations between Maddie and Alex, two colleagues on a work assignment in Hawaii.
Although they have been friends for years Maddie decides to seduce Alex, which at first does not go well. Told from both perspectives the book allows us to understand both characters' perception of the often hilarious scenes and the misunderstandings and co
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
After seeing all the 5 star reviews, maybe I was just expecting too much from this book. I was pretty excited by the opening pages, it seemed like it was going to be the fun, sexy read I was looking for, especially when the idea of "sex boot camp" was introduced. But then...well, it got really frustrating. Wait--where is "sex boot camp"? That was the refrain in my brain as I read repetitive scenes of "No, we're just friends," "Oh wow when did you get hot?" "Okay, let's screw," "But your uncle!" ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This novel was sent me by The Romance Man and the author, for an honest review.

This novel is classified as Contemporary Romance. In my opinion, this is so much more than that. It has romance yes, and a very good one. It also has laughter, tears, mystery, and difficult family issues. The first few chapters are laugh out loud funny. At one point Alex explains that Maddie is “Like Lucille Ball on Red Bull”.
Maddie Saunders is a travel journalist who specializes in adventure travel. Biking, hiking, a
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4 stars!

When I was in Middle School and High School I had a male best friend that I had feelings for. My GuyPal stayed a pal and we never had a romance. I loved the premise of this book, mostly because I could identify with it so well.

Maddie is an adventure and chocolate junkie, and she has the best job. She writes about her adventures for her uncle’s magazine. She is about to leave for a trip to a Hawaiian island for a few weeks of research for an article. She is shopping for a few more essen
Lauren Smith
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read of Selena Robins and I was delighted by the book! What I love most is how FUNNY it is! Robins has a natural talent for humor and comedic timing that outdoes all of those silly rom com movies Hollywood makes. I wish someone would make a movie out of this book. It's dialogue is natural, the pace of the story good, and the chemistry of the romance is perfectly executed and delightfully spun!
Maddie, the heroine is a great woman for a reader to love. She's fun, sexy, and open a
Nancy Lauzon
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beach-books
Take two delicious characters, put them in Hawaii, add a lot of chemistry and watch the sparks fly! A fun, fabulous read!

Fun-loving, quirky Maddie Saunders, travel journalist, decides to enroll her best friend, smokin' hot reporter Alex Donovan, in her sexual boot camp - but he's the only recruit she's interested in. Set in beautiful Hawaii, this sizzling, funny romance serves up characters to cheer for, along with laughter, mystery and a few surprises along the way. If you like well-drawn chara
Rosanna Leo
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This fun book by Ms. Robins is much more than a romance. It is about changing friendships, temptation, the past coming back to haunt us and families that drive us crazy. Ms. Robins has a delightful sense of humor, and the book is packed with zingy one-liners. I loved the hero Alex. I wish heroine Maddie was my friend...heck, I wish I was Maddie! A wonderful book.
Louise Seraphim Reviews
So, I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book, but unfortunately I couldn't get around to reading it for quite some time, due to an endless review list.
So I finally started this the other day, and if I'm honest I wasn't quite sure if I would like it. It started off with a lot of quick 1-liners, and humour, and I didn't think it was going to be my cup of tea. I never read comedy/humorous fiction, for some reason it just doesn't grip me, and I need the angst over the quick lines and giggles.
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins
Contemporary Romance- March 1st, 2010
4 stars

What a Girl Wants is an over the top story about a travel journalist named Maddie. Maddie has a troubled past due to her narcissistic mother who ‘raised’ her by herself. But she is blessed with wonderful friends. Among them the sexy investigative reporter Alex. Alex is Maddie’s best friend but she wants to step up their relationship to the next level. Namely S-E-X! But Alex is hesitant because he is afraid to loose Mad
Viv Simmons
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met this author at a book signing and not only was she funny and outgoing and gracious as she took her time to speak to everyone and not just sit there and sign books or even push her own book. She even recommended other books to people in the book store who didn't read romance. A few of us went together just to talk to the author, as we are thinking of writing someday. We had a lot of questions and she answered them and also wrote down a lot of links where we could find information on the web ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to like about What A Girl Wants! I'm not going to recap the story since that has been done in other reviews. Instead I just want to say what I liked about this book:

The Characters: The heroine is a strong, funny woman who is fiercely independent. The hero is smart and sexy. Loved them both!

The Writing: Love the Author's voice! The writing is excellent and I felt like I was in the minds of the characters. The dialogue is realistic, and at no time did it feel forced or fake.

The Ro
Jessica Subject
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Platonic friends for over six years, Maddie Saunders is ready to turn Alex Donovan into her friend with benefits. Alex, already having experienced the disastrous results of bringing sex into a friendship, refuses Maddie's advances, although his body has other ideas.

What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins is one of the best romance novels I've ever read. From the very first page, I strapped myself in for the roller coaster ride of emotions from Maddie's sexual fantasies to Alex's rejection, and an end
The Pen & Muse
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have a favorite new author and her name is Selena Robins! What A Girl Wants is an amazing written contemporary romance. I loved the character of Maddie as she was so upbeat, funny, and knew exactly what she wanted even if it was her friend and co-worker, Alex. Although Alex has a certain attitude about not dating his co-worker’s, he too can’t help but notice Maddie. Being a writer I loved the character’s jobs in this one and it was so easy to be swept away in the journey they were on. Alex inv ...more
Rosanna Leo
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Selena Robins has given me everything I look for in a contemporary romance: humor, a wonderful sweet romance and a sassy heroine. Set in Hawaii, this story had me sighing, wishing I could experience the sun and heat along with heroine Maddie. Sexy hero Alex has no idea what he's up against, but something tells me he is enjoying the journey. This book has propelled Ms. Robins to the top of my "aut0-buy" list of authors. She is that funny. However, What a Girl Wants isn't just a lark. There is a r ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-won
Wow just wow I'm so excited to have read this. Selena I seriously am in love with this book. Kinda want a sequel fr Reece and Tim to be together *hint hint* but anyways I felt connected with this book. Emotionally felt mad when I didn't like where things were headed cried at happy times and laughed at others. Such an enjoyable book so happy and sad that its read
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so lucky to be gifted a signed copy of this book.
It's going on my special bookshelf, along with all my other pretties <3
I adore this story! It's sexy, fun, has a bit of mystery and is really engaging.
Adore this authors writing style.
Grab a copy now - The perfect summer read :)
Kelly Bennett
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing

What can I say I loved this story. Maddie is my kind of girl, I love chocolate and I love she was strong and funny and she knows what she wants. And sexy Alex where can I find one even though he is a neat freak.

This story was exciting and fun makes you laugh out loud and cry.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Great writing. Love Selena's voice. Great characters. She goes right on my auto buy list.
Liz F
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
OK, I NEED to go to Hawaii. I’ve never been there, if you can believe it. I feel like I’m the only one! Selena Robins really does take you there in What a Girl Wants. But the gorgeous setting wasn’t the only reason why I enjoyed this book. There were a few other reasons why I liked it:

First of all, Maddie, our heroine, is so real! She has a job as a travel journalist and has close female friends. The very first chapter has her talking with her girlfriend Reece, and their conversation sounds like
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
This was a funny, mysterious and sexy friends-to-lovers story. It pretty much had everything you’d want for pure indulgence. This was my first book by this Author and I thought the characters were really well written and I absolutely love this Author’s style of writing.

Right so; we have Maddie, a travel journalist who wants to take her long standing friendship with the gorgeous Alex to a new level. Her methods for achieving this “sex boot camp” are so funny I had tears from laughing at times. Bu
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She’s got the moxie. He’s got the sexy.

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...

Poor Alex! Tropical paradise, exotic cocktails, and a beautiful coworker hell-bent on having her wicked way with him. Should be every man’s not-so-secret fantasy come true. Except he likes Maddi
Donna Cooper
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What A Girl Wants is a delightful romp of a book with witty dialogue, a feisty and resilient heroine, and a mouthwateringly hunky hero. There is an exotic setting, and since Maddie, the heroine, is a travel writer, you get an even deeper dive into the exciting locale.

With an interesting twist on the “friends to lovers” trope, Selena Robins doesn’t just offer up a light-hearted romantic comedy, although it is definitely that, but the story takes a twist into a bit more serious material. Maddie i
Intoxicating Mixture of Romantic Suspense and Humor

Whimsical and endearingly sassy Maddie is out to seduce Alex if it's the last thing she does...and with her notoriously humorous seduction mishaps throughout the story, it may happen! Good thing she has rock-steady Alex in the wings in this friends-to-lovers story with a happy beginning ending.

Her seductive charm isn't exactly what Alex is looking for in his life. He's been quite content being on his own without relationship worries or stresse
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maddie Saunders Had Been Best Friends With Alex Donovan For Six Years, She Had Watched Him Date Many Women And Knowing They Were Both Career Minded She Never Thought Twice About Having A Friends With Benefits With Alex Until They Got The Assignment To Go To Makana Island In Hawaii Where Alex Would Interview The Elusive Billionaire, Maxwell Hollister And She Would Do Research Of The Island For Her Travel Guide Article For Her Uncles Magazine. She Had It Planned To Hit Alex With A Sex Boot Camp Un ...more
Heather andrews
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex may be a brute sometimes but the boy sure worries enough, "no reason." He crooked his finger and lifted her chin. "I wanted to check if you were okay. Did I hurt your ribs this afternoon?" He furrowed his brows. "You're pale. Let's go to the clinic." The Power our girl Maddie has over Alex is funny as hell at times, "the music ended and she flashed him a saucy grin. "Don't look now, but I think I'm the one you got a rise out of you." Christ, she's right. He was stiffer than his nine iron." ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erins-kindle
This is the first book that I've read from this author. I really enjoyed this book. For me, it started out slow and I didn't really feel like I knew or connected to the characters. But as you get to know them, you start to fall in love with them. And those feeling just keep going.

Maddie is fun, sassy, intelligent, humorous and a chocoholic!! She is real and down to earth. She reacts to situations in a relatable way that makes you feel like you know her or have been in her shoes. Alex is hot, loy
John Hartnett
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins is a very engaging and funny, friends to lovers tale that is reminiscent of the old 1930's screwball comedies -- think Gable and Lombard (if you're old enough) but with a whole lot more spice. A whole lot more.

Travel writer Maddie Saunders and the man she's pursuing while on assignment in Hawaii, serious award winning journalist and co-worker, Alex Donovan, are well drawn, three-dimensional and eminently likable characters. The mystery infused plot lines and th
Crystal Yawn
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start of this story is slow and odd. Maddie is on a mission to sleep with her best friend Alex. They are both scheduled to take a several week long trip and she decides she is going to seduce him. This made Maddie out to be a slut and Alex to be a tease, he lead her on several times and left her hanging. After we get through this slow start, the book is great. Maddie and Alex start to build a relationship. Mystery, misunderstandings and good sex are to follow.
Maddie is looking for father, Ma
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A self-professed foodie and chocolate guru, Selena loves to dance with her dog, sing into her hairbrush and write in her PJ's. In love with her family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussions and red wine (sometimes all at the same time).

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“He held her face in his hands and his gaze warmed her sadness. “I don’t care how you got here. I’m just happy you were born.” He rubbed noses with hers. “Real happy.” 4 likes
“There was no way to lead up to this gently. With a surge of assertiveness driven by desire as well as a couple of cosmopolitans, she took both his hands in hers and mustered up her confidence. “I want you to lick me cross-eyed.”
“You want me to what?”
“Okay, that sounded better inside my head.” She squeezed his hands. “I want sex. Great sex. Alex, let’s do it.”
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