Maddie Saunders, travel journalist extraordinaire, has vowed to spice up her sex life by going after what she wants, and what she wants is to seduce her best buddy, hunky Pulitzer Prize winner, Alex Donovan. The object of her seduction, like Maddie, works for her uncle’s publication. She has had a long-standing relationship with Alex that is based on mutual respect and platonic friendship. There are not too many other people that Maddie respects and trusts as much as Alex. She longs for much, much more with him and has set out to take their relationship to the next level when they are assigned to work together on a joint assignment in Hawaii.
Maddie is facing an uphill battle in cracking Alex’s controlling, uptight exterior though. He has serious issues about getting involved with his good friend, Maddie. He values their friendship and doesn’t want to risk destroying it by having sex with her. He also promised her uncle he would look out for her, and to him, that means that Maddie is sexually off limits.
Once Alex gets over the initial shock of Maddie constantly bombarding him with flirtatious dialogue and innuendo, he begins to see her in a different light. He begins to wonder when she started to be so sexy and alluring. Alex is totally baffled by the reactions that Maddie’s presence is beginning to evoke in him. Pretty soon he realizes he is powerless to the combustible feelings that ignite when they are together. Moving to the next level with Alex is just half of Maddie’s master plan while she is on her Hawaiian assignment. She also intends to dig for information about the identity of the father that she has never known.
Maddie’s self-absorbed mother has been less than helpful in supplying information about him, and shuts down whenever Maddie broaches the subject. It is apparent that if Maddie wants answers, she must get them herself. The question soon becomes though, how will she deal with what she uncovers? Alex has vowed to stand by her side and support her, no matter what the outcome of her search reveals.
In her dual pursuits of developing a romantic relationship with Alex, and also finding out her father’s identity, Maddie faces many situations and obstacles, both good and bad, that threaten to sideline her. Nonetheless, Maddie is the type of person who does not stand for failure or impossibilities, and nothing gets in the way of what a girl wants. It is not very often that a book grabs my attention from the first few paragraphs and holds it until the last page is read. What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins is definitely one of those books. I honestly did not want the story to end.
Maddie, the heroine, is a strong-willed, no-nonsense kind of girl that goes after what she wants and shows extreme loyalty to her friends and loved ones. There is not anything bad or critical that I can say about her. I liked her from the start. As the reader, you become so connected with Maddie, that situations that occur in her life, affect you too.
I found myself at different points of the story laughing out loud, getting mad on her behalf, and crying when the going got tough for her. When a book affects you so deeply, you know you have something special on your hands. Alex, the hero of the story, is another wonderfully developed character. He epitomizes many of the qualities that women look for in a man. He is loyal, loving and caring to Maddie and offers her his unwavering support. He makes sure that she knows that he will always have her back and be there for her. He is not without faults of course, but in reading the story, you are willing to forgive him those minute things and move on.
The chemistry between the two characters is sizzling, even if the love scenes aren’t in the least bit overly graphic. They don’t have to be. Their intimacy is played out just right. What a Girl Wants is definitely an example of a book where less is definitely more. Ms. Robins reveals just enough intimacy between Alex and Maddie to make the story pop. To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement. I loved it. I am a big believer in happy endings and this book delivers nothing less.
What a Girl Wants is definitely a keeper for any bookshelf, and has found a home on mine. After having read it, I fully intend to read more of Ms. Robins’ work. If you are looking for your next read, and are a fan of contemporary romances with strong women and intelligent, hunky, devoted men, then What a Girl Wants is for you. You will not be disappointed.