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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587369346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587369346
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Note: This is the first edition of "Want Me" and is currently out of print.

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Born an Air Force dependent, Rowan McBride traveled the world and totally missed the 80's as most Americans know it. In exchange, xe's gotten to walk in clogs, break an arm at Mt. Fuji, and say prayers at a Korean Buddhist temple. So far it seems like a fair trade. Although xe graduated from high school in Hawaii, xe didn't learn to hula and make leis until going to college in Iowa. After leaving the Midwest, xe moved to Washington, DC and very nearly got xemself a Juris Doctor degree. Now xe's chilling out in Texas, diabolically planning road trips that could span years.

People say xyr life is random, and that's probably true. Rowan comforts xemself with the working theory that a random life makes for good stories. When that doesn't work, there's Pocky. Lots and lots of Pocky.

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I read it cover to cover before six p.m. My mail doesn't come until afternoon sometime!
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It did not even bother me that Joel had to learn some lessons along the way, such as how to be less narcissistic, even though he was mostly a good guy to begin with.
Sirius
I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a great story with all of the love, angst, and spice that could make anyone happy.
Ashely N. Byrd

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian Otto on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is one of a very few books which does everything right. It combines very believable and interesting characters with an exciting and thrilling story and tops it all of with a sweet description of blossoming love under weird circumstances. The story itself combines the typical campus elements with ancient magic and thus is a different and fresh idea.

Joel Beckett is a star on the football field and from the outside an archetype of a college athlete. On the inside he might not be at all satisfied with his life, although being admired and worshiped definitely isn't a bad thing in his eyes.

Walker Cain on the other hand is a skinny young man, who has never been admired and more often been met with mistrust and rejection. And these feelings he provokes in other people are not completely unfounded as a dark curse was cast over his family in ancient times. But this curse also enables him to do magic and he invokes this ancient magic to get the one thing he wants most ... Joel Beckett.

Rowan McBride did an amazing job in describing her characters to a very deep level and also the motivations behind their actions. As Joel and Walker are dragged away by the ancient magic Walker has provoked, not only their persona changes but also their entire way of reasoning. Nevertheless both characters never appear unbelievable and thus the reader is captivated by Joel's and Walker's story from beginning to end.

Loved this book and without hesitation recommend it as a must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashely N. Byrd on March 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved reading Want Me. From start to finish the book is exciting and something completely new and different. Rowan is great about coming up new ways to tell a story and this novel did not disappoint. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a great story with all of the love, angst, and spice that could make anyone happy.

To give a quick and short description of the book: Joel is a star football player with everything. Walker is a skinny, geeky young man with a curse. Both have their faults and when Walker casts a spell that locks them into a downward spiral with ancient magic, only love and honest can redeem them both.

Sounds good right? You will love the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Z.A. Maxfield on December 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I can't say enough good things about Rowan McBride and his handling of this book. He's created engaging characters and a story that captures your attention because it's part mystery, part love story, and part horror. I don't think it's going too far to say that I couldn't put the book down.

What McBride creates is a seductively simply fairy tale that on the face of it, is just another snapshot of college life, the football hero and geek dorm roommate. But when things change for the main character, Joel Beckett, at first subtly and then with a snowball effect that becomes more and more frightening for him, he has to change everything he thinks and everything he knows with each new reality he's experiencing.

Joel's geek roommate Walker Cain is far more than he seems on the surface, amoral, extraordinarily powerful and completely immature. I don't know why I loved this book so much, except that I never once knew where it was going to take me. I genuinely cared about and feared for Joel, but found myself not unsympathetic to Walker.

I've not only given this five stars, I've recommended it on my own blog and yahoo group.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Uncle B on June 9, 2010
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I loved this book. It has a very unique twist, with a man tortured with unrequited love using dark magic to steal the muscle and size of the object of his affections. Reality is rewritten as their roles are reversed. The lead characters are interesting complex characters with more shades of grey than you might expect from the begining. I was breathless thru a lot of the book in suspence of what would happen next, literally could not put it down.
There are issues of non-consensual sex thru magical seduction, but it's done in such a way that it's mostly a guy being forced to do what he really wants to do deep down.
A thought provoking and sexy novel that I will reread over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charly T. Anchor VINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

PROS:
- McBride portrays obsession really well--without even showing the psychological thought process behind that obsession. Walker is the character who is so fixated on what he wants, yet the book is told from Joel's point of view.
- I found the plot of this book to be one of the most interesting I've ever read in this genre. Over and over again, I read something that made me laugh out loud or raise my eyebrows or think, "No way!" or "Cool!"
- The characterization is sharp and concise yet accurate. I had a pretty solid idea of who Joel was by the end of Page 2, and it took only a few paragraphs' worth of description about Walker before I had a good idea about his personality, too.
- Because of the nature of the plot, a wide variety of college groups/settings play into the book at different times, and McBride does a good job of portraying various aspects of a college campus. The little details about the library, the student post office, frat parties, dorms, etc. felt dead-on to me.

CONS:
- (Possible SPOILER here) I found the relationship in this book to be coercive in the extreme. Joel has almost no control over what happens to him. It's not like a BDSM relationship, either, where the sub chooses to let his/her Dom take control; when Walker casts his spell, he takes away Joel's freedom without Joel's consent.
- (This is an extension of the above bullet.) Because Walker is so controlling (slash creepy) throughout most of the book and Joel resists that control at every turn, I wasn't terribly excited when the relationship developed emotional depth.
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