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Book Reviews Galore: What a Boy Wants, Perfect Chemistry, Between the Lines



Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together. 

And then he falls in love… 

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan. 

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig. 

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it.

My Review:

Three Stars

This was recommended to me by a friend who thought that the author did an excellent job of a teen male voice. I suppose that was true. The arrogance was certainly palpable.

It didn’t suck me in as much as I would have liked, but it is pretty solid on voice (although it is hard to follow someone that arrogant for that long). I wish the plot had been a little more engaging, but that easily could have been my own being distracted.

Solid read.




When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. 

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

My review:

Three and a half stars

I wasn’t sure about these books when I saw them on the shelves at the bookstore. I’ve never been too sure about contemp YA as I’ve been reading paranormal primarily since 2005. But I bought this on kindle and really enjoyed it. Gang stuff isn’t something I read a whole lot of so I’m not sure of its accuracy, but I was definitely riveted at those moments. The romance was enjoyable (most are :)). I’m not sure I will continue the series of all the brothers, just because I feel like Alex was definitely my favorite. I liked Brittany and her sister and the family dynamics. It gave the girl I probably would have envied in high school depth.




Reid Alexander is used to getting what he wants – and what he wants next is his newest costar, Emma Pierce. The universe is lining up nicely to grant his wish, until he’s confronted with two unexpected obstacles on location: a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for Emma’s affections.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after years of filming commercials and made-for-TV movies. Winning the lead role in a wide-release film – opposite the very hot Reid Alexander – should be a dream come true. But Emma’s heart is hiding a secret fantasy: she wants to be a normal girl.

My Review:

Three stars

I liked the world: Hollywood. But I feel a little thrown. The blurb mentions Emma and Reid, but Reid is not our hero (in the traditional meaning of the word). So, why was he in the blurb and Graham wasn’t? It’s like watching a movie trailer and thinking it’s a comedy, but when you see the movie, it’s a drama. You feel lied to.

The other thing that bugged me a bit was the amount of distance the writing style gave. I felt very distant from the characters and the things that were going on. I’m not sure if it was too much telling, or what exactly, but by the end, I still didn’t feel as close to the characters as I would have expected.

It’s a good book, the characters interesting, the romance engaging, and the ending pretty satisfying. But I don’t know, I just felt like I was being kept at an arm’s length by the book. If a book had arms. 🙂

Good, and interesting story with the opposites attract angle (bad boy/good girl).


Believe me, there are more book reviews to come!

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