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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466314990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466314993
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,133,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"...a good plot, unexpected twists, and honestly real characters...the absolute enjoyment the author has in her characters, knowing them so well that they are presented to the reader as infinitely interesting yet always human. And that is what makes this book worth a second look." Megan - Night Owl Romance Dec 30 2011

About the Author

Born on the 30th of October, 1980 in Sydney Australia to parents Paul and Zarife Battah, Suzan grew up in Brisbane, Queensland. In 1998, Suzan completed a professional Romance Writers Course with the Australian College of Journalism where the idea for Mad About the Boy originated. Writing amazing novels that entertain and spark the imagination is what she is passionate about in life. Sharing her storytelling with readers all over the world is one of her ultimate goals. Mad About the Boy is her first completed novel. Suzan works a fulltime career as an Executive Assistant and during the wee hours of the night, she pounds away at her laptop writing. She loves animals, especially her adorable 14 and a 1/2 year old BoxerX, loves to dance Latino and Ballroom and one day hopes to speak another language.

More About the Author

Born on the 30th of October, 1980 in Sydney Australia to parents Paul and Zarife Battah, Suzan grew up in Brisbane. At the age of 23, she moved to the big city of Sydney, Australia. She knew from a young age she was destined to be a writer.

Her love of romance novels came from reading her first adult romance at the age of 14 - Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey. Her love of romance grew from that first book and she would save up pocket money to buy Johanna Lindsey's books. Jude Deveraux and Nora Roberts became a big part of her teenage romance reading years. But it was reading Stephanie Laurens and the Cynster Series with the novel A Secret Love that inspired Suzan to pursue her writing career professionally along with her fan base family.

Suzan branched out in local bookstores, reading different genres including science fiction and fantasy as well as John Marsden's Tomorrow series. A Librarian caught her once reading the ending of book before she had borrowed it.

In 1997 at the tender age of 16, Suzan submitted a fantasy/romance manuscript to Penguin Australia and received back a one of the best rejection letters from the Editor of the Books for Children and Young Adults, Sandy Webster. Her encouragement in the letter and advice has stayed with Suzan always: "I'm sorry that we can't give you a more positive response. However, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your chapters, which have such a fabulous energy... I trust that you will continue to develop your writing, and to read widely. It is important, at this stage, that you continue to enjoy writing rather than worrying too much about the opinions of publishing houses... I hope you keep it up, and I wish you the best of luck."

In 1998, Suzan completed a professional Romance Writers Course with the Australian College of Journalism. Writing amazing novels that entertain and spark the imagination is what she is passionate about in life. Sharing her storytelling with readers all over the world is one of her ultimate goals. Suzan one day hopes to hit the New York Times Bestseller list at the number 1 spot and is excited about achieving such a dream.

Mad About the Boy is her first completed novel. She has several works in progress.

Suzan loves to dance, go to the gym, reading urban fanatasy and contemporary romance.

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When I got the review copy, I decided, out of spite for myself, to just read the first page to check the writing style.
nancycudis
This is a book that gripped me from the beginning with it's sweet, funny start, and kept me hooked until the very last page with all it's twists and turns.
Molly
The dance scene really surprised me because I felt like there wasn't enough description throughout the rest of the story.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Booksessed on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I liked this book but I often found myself frustrated with the main character, Julia. She often makes a big deal about doing what is right, but at the same times makes very irrational, biased decisions. I wanted to have sympathy for her because she was a young widow, but found it difficult when she couldn't see that there was a great guy in front of her, even after everyone important in her life kept stating that fact outright.

I did like that this book didn't evoke any of the clichés that one tends to see in most romances. I also really liked that the couple met in a supermarket in a rather awkward manner. That scene alone cemented my love for this book.

I thought that plot did get divided into a few too many subplots; there was a lot to keep track of. Regardless, I did enjoy the book quite a lot. One of the things that also stuck out to me was the mother-in-law's actions. I can't help but wonder whether or not she overstepped her bounds. Part of me thinks that she did, but also that to an extent, she had no choice but to act the way she did. This book gave me a lot to think about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iris Pross on November 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
There is nothing stereotypical about this romance novel. Chris Augustine is the type of man every woman dreams of someday finding. He's kind, sensitive, easy-going, charming and oh so romantic. Let's not forget that he is insanely wealthy. That's about where the sterotype ends in this book. Julia Mendoza is the complete opposite of your typical romance heroine. She is not looking for romance and she sure isn't looking for her happily ever after. She's a widow still mourning the passing of her young husband, she doesn't want a real relationship at all.

As I continued reading, I found myself wishing Julia was in front of me so I could shake the daylights out of her. She doesn't want a relationship but she wants Chris to involve her in his life in every way, including solving work related problems, family, etc. Which is why I spent most of my time while reading this wondering why Battah would match these two characters together. However, that is what makes this book worth the read. Unlike many other books, Suzan Battah's heroine is not perfect, she is flawed and a bit of a nutcase. The characters are real and believable. Mad About the Boy was an entertaining read and I would definitely recommend it.
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Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Marcia C.
Member of Livin' la vida Latina
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Review: It was interesting how Julia and Chris met in the beginning with Chris being shanghaied into a ploy. That instant spark between is a rare thing these days.

Although it did seem that they were trying too hard at times--he was too busy trying to come out like Mr. Perfect, and she was busy trying not to look like a fool in front of him, which was both endearing and ridiculously funny. Still, there was no denying the burgeoning passion between them, even though it may have been a little too intense from the start.

I liked how there was an emotional struggle with Julia. The guilt over her late husband played a major interference in her romance with Chris, which brought a challenge for them and pushed the plot forward. Her remembrance of Carlos and how they came to be was genuinely heartfelt. I was especially impressed that Chris was not afraid of Julia's resistance and still continued to pursue her. Although I'm not sure about dating someone you work for. That would just complicate things--and it did!

This was a good illustration of the ups and downs of a relationship (probably the reason why some people avoid them.)

The fact that Julia was Latina was something I could relate to; however, I felt that her ethnicity was too muffled. A few Spanish curse words along with Mendoza for a last name didn't quite make Julia "Latina enough" for me. The summary made a big point of saying that she was Latina, but I needed the story to actually show it (it's the old "show, don't tell" rule.) Honestly, I got more French than anything else. In the story, the author would simply state that Julia was speaking Spanish, but she wouldn't actually speak it.
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By Bonnie on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This review was between a 3 and a 4 for me. View my original review to see why.

Review originally posted on Words at Home blog April 5, 2012: [...]
Mad About the Boy is a surprisingly substantial contemporary romance following the complicated, romantic and sometimes heartbreaking romance of Julia, a self-made business woman and young widow, and Chris, a perpetual bachelor, surfer and heir to a successful chain of hotels.

What I loved: The characters. Julia and Chris are the perfect contemporary romance couple. Julia was a really complicated character and at different times thorough out the novel I was rooting for her, angry with her ridiculous behavior, and just feeling for her in general. She had a lot going on in her life and more than her fair share of emotionally draining and difficult situations. As a young widow she was left emotionally scarred and truly believed that she would never be able to love again. Chris on the other hand was rich, famous and seemingly carefree. At first glance this beach loving ladies' man appeared to have as much depth as a pizza box but he really surprised me and I ended up falling for him completely! I loved the fact that love did not come easily to this couple. They had very real struggles and challenges and Battah was able to write about these characters in a way that made me not only care for them but ache for them as well. Julia and Chris were surprisingly complex, authentic and human.

When I started reading Mad About the Boy I was expecting a light fluffy love story but there was so much more than that going on in this novel. It was actually a lot more serious and emotional than I expected. Just wait for some of the curveballs that Battah added in to completely turn this story on its head!
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