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"Selena Robins has an excellent voice that makes Maddie such a wonderfully hilarious woman. There are more twists and turns in What a Girl Wants to keep the reader on their toes. The emotions between Alex and Maddie are poetically conveyed while providing the extra spice to make it beautifully erotic. What A Girl Wants is one that should be near the top of any TBR list." --Delane, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More.

Book Description

“Life’s a beach. Then you have sex on it.”
Maddie Saunders has new attitude and two wishes. Turn her triple-X fantasies into reality with Mr. Sex-On-Legs—Alex Donovan. And, find her biological father. Fulfilling both wishes will take her life down a drastically different path.
For Alex, Maddie falls under the platonic heading of “Look, but don’t touch”. Trouble is, she excels at giving him a hard time—in more ways than one.
He manages to fend off her guerilla seduction tactics—for a few days. Complicated? Absolutely. Especially when Alex discovers the real reason they were sent to Hawaii.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FK5QBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Genre-defying, witty, humorous, suspenseful, romantic and sexy--words used to describe Selena Robins' novels.

A chocolate guru, she loves to dance with her dog as if they were on the Jersey Shore and sing into her hairbrush. In love with her husband, family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussions and red wine (sometimes all at the same time). Selena is a dragon slayer who enjoys reading and writing sassy heroines and hot heroes (the ones your mamma warned you about, but secretly wished she'd dated a few in her life).

After giving up her dream of becoming a movie star/dancer/singer, Selena decided that her second-in-line dream was to be a writer. Even if she never got published, she'd still want to write stories with fun characters and happy ever after endings.

A few years ago, her husband encouraged her to take a leap of faith and write a book. It was one of those "just do it" moments, which she embraced, wrote a short story, entered it into a writing contest and won. This led to her writing short stories and a novel.

Selena is currently working two novels: a mystery/suspense/comedy/romance (she loves to mix sub-genres for an interesting mix) and a suspense/thriller.

You can also read what Selena is up to on her blog, where she shares recipes, top 10 lists, interviews other authors, holds drawings and giveaways and has a lot of fun with her readers.

Selena also loves to hear from readers and other writers, you can email her at:

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Selena has interviewed her two main characters from her recent book WHAT A GIRL WANTS. Here is the transcript of her interview with Maddie Saunders and Alex Donovan.

Character Interview

Selena: Thanks for jumping out of the book to join me today. Maddie, let's start with you. What was your journey like in What A Girl Wants?

Maddie: The plane trip from to Hawaii was uneventful--

Alex: I have to interrupt here. Uneventful? Is that what you call it?

Maddie: Come on, Alex, even you have to admit it was classic. Besides, you laughed at the prank I pulled on you. Anyway, as for your initial question, Selena, I enjoyed the adventures you created for us, especially the humorous moments. Of course, what's a romance without heartache, physical pain, angst and a ton of conflict?

Selena: Are you complaining about all that?

Maddie: Me? Never. I'm not a complainer, especially to my creator who has total control over my destiny. I may be a little impetuous--

Alex: A little?

Maddie: Okay, maybe more than a little. But as I told you off the pages, Alex, Selena gave me those traits. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Selena: Your turn, Alex. How would you describe was your journey in this book?

Alex: There's no other book I'd rather have been created in, even with all the pain we both went through. Maddie's right, the humor helped a lot, especially when it got real serious and sorrowful.

Selena: If you each had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

Maddie: You created me, Selena, what do you think? *wink* Okay, seriously, I do love my career as a travel journalist, and I've been to a lot of exciting locales, but coming home and staying put for a few days, sitting around in my comfy lounging pants and a certain someone's sweatshirt I pinched from him, no make-up and hanging out with my friends, enjoying a glass of wine and chatting about our adventures is always a blast.

Alex: What Maddie said. There are some things we both agree on, that's one of them.

Selena: Alex, what's your philosophy on life?

Alex: Live without regrets.

Maddie: Life's a beach and then you have sex on it. Not that I'm a nymphomaniac or anything, but, after all the angst, conflict and pain and the dysfunctional family you created for me--again, it's not a complaint, just stating a fact--I have to rely on my sense of humor and not take everything so seriously...not like someone else I know.

Selena: What scares you?

Maddie: Needles. However, what's really scary is when you get so anal about editing and polishing and not moving forward fast enough. It wasn't a lot of fun when you left me in a certain position for months, I got a cramp. I am eternally grateful you finally finished the scene. Good thing I have a lot of stamina and I'm a patient gal.

Alex: You, patient? Since when?

Selena: What about you, Alex, what scares you?

Alex: Besides the fact that sometimes I can get inside Maddie's head and figure out what she's thinking. Reckless cruelty, corruption, hypocrisy and knowing there are kids out there who desperately need help, but the system keeps letting them down.

Maddie: I agree with Alex. I just tend to bury those things, because some of what he said has affected my life and the people I care about. All those months in draft mode, having to deal with that, until you finally yanked the story out of draft mode, stopped editing and helped me overcome my fears.

Alex: Uhm, Maddie, you're still petrified of needles.

Maddie: Uhm, Alex, you're still scared of assisted showers.

Alex: I wouldn't say scared. I think we need to move on before you give away too much of the plot.

Selena: Which of your character traits is most important to you and why? Maddie, you first.

Maddie: My persistence and my quirky sense of humor. I had no choice, the way my life was written, if I didn't find the humor in it, I'd be on a therapist's couch for life.

Selena: What's your biggest fault?

Maddie: My persistence and my quirky sense of humor. It did drive Alex crazy at times.

Alex: It caused me bodily injury, Maddie.

Maddie: Don't blame me, I didn't write the scene that way. Although, knowing me, I probably would have suggested that scene, but without the injury of course.

Selena: Alex, your turn. Which of your character traits is most important to you and why?

Maddie: Can I answer that for him?

Alex: Selena already knows what you're going to say. That I'm uptight, suspicious--

Maddie: A perfectionist, a health food-freak--

Alex: Thanks for your help, Mads, but I can finish answering this question. My integrity, having and living by an ethical code of sound moral principles. I'm self-disciplined, as an investigative reporter this is essential, so I pride myself on my ability to remain focused, alert and possess a lot of self-control.

Maddie: Well, there is all that of course. However, as for your self control--

Alex: What's your next question for me, Selena?

Selena: What's your biggest fault?

Maddie: Can I please answer this one?

Alex: Not a chance, Doll. Disclaimer: for any women out there who takes offense to me calling Maddie doll, there's a good reason why I sometimes call her that.

Maddie: There is, you can find out about it in chapter one.

Alex: To answer your question, Selena, I'd say my biggest fault is that I can sometimes be stubborn and moody.

Maddie: You think?

Selena: Tell our readers what your favorite foods are.

Maddie: Chocolate and bacon. Not least I haven't dipped any bacon in chocolate as of yet. Those two things are in a food group of their own and are guaranteed rocket ships to delectable cloud nine.

Alex: Food that won't clog my arteries.

Selena: Alex, what do you admire most about Maddie?

Alex: Her persistence and sense of humor. She's quirky, unique, self-reliant. She's a strong woman who says out loud what most people think in their heads, this can be a problem, but I've gotten used to it over the years. I do admire how she hasn't let what happened in her past define who she is today.

Maddie: Thank you, Alex, but I don't say everything out loud that I'd like to say, for example, I haven't told everybody that you can't carry a tune and that when you--

Alex: I don't think Selena wants you to give away so much of the plot.

Maddie: Well played, Alex.

Selena: Maddie, what do you admire most about Alex?

Maddie: He's not perfect and he doesn't wear a cape or leap off buildings, but he does have a lot of hero qualities that I admire. Namely; his integrity, loyalty and ethics. Even though I love to pull a lot of pranks on him, on the whole he's showed a lot of patience. Don't let that get to your head, Alex, I said on the whole, you did get cranky more than once. Now, about that self control he talked about--

Alex: Thanks for having us, Selena.

Maddie: Thanks, Selena. Can I make a little request before we sign off?

Selena: Sure.

Maddie: Can you please hurry up with your current work in progress and not only because Alex and I make an appearance. I really do want to know what happens to the hero and heroine of that book, and of course, I'd love to wave hi to the readers who read our journey in What A Girl Wants.

Selena: I'm going as fast as I can. Now, get back into that book you two.

Maddie: Mmmm. Chapter sixteen would be a great place to tuck back into--

Alex: One track mind.

Maddie: That's how I roll, Babe. *laughing*

Alex: Not funny.

Maddie: Oh, come on, that was hysterical how you earned the nickname, Babe.

Alex: Let's get back into the book before you give away too much of the story. Thanks again, Selena and everyone.

Maddie: Ciao, Bellas, off to my book signing....(walks away with Alex, saying...."I'm getting better with a second language, aren't I?

Alex: Mads, they can still hear us.

Maddie: Oops, you're right, can't give away too much of the plot.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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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, and zip lining are some examples. Her close friend is Alex Donovan. He is an investigative journalist, hopping from one dangerous hot spot in the world to another. Alex and Maddie have been friends for six years, and now against her better judgment, she is going to try and convince him to join her in a casual affair. They are both being sent on an assignment to Hawaii, so Maddie decides it is the perfect place for a seduction. She is also on a continuing quest to find her biological father. Her mother refuses to tell her. One of several reasons their relationship is strained.
The story goes on with our couple in Hawaii. While she works her seductive powers on Alex, other things are happening around them. There are twists and turns in this story, that definitely make it intriguing. Ms. Robins also focuses on the plight of numerous children and adults, trying desperately to find an unknown father or mother for medical issues, and also just the mental anguish of wanting to know there family roots.There were a couple chapters near the end which would have worked as a logical conclusion. Ms. Robins chose to let the novel draw to a different, and more satisfying conclusion. I would recommend this novel, first of all to anyone who loves chocolate.
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Hands down, this is the funniest, best romance I've read in a long time. The humor in Selena Robin's What A Girl Wants is laugh-out-loud great and kept me reading and reading. The sexual tension is extremely well-drawn. I loved how this book came together. Fantastic characters with perfect chemistry. Bravo, Selena! Please write faster so I can read more of your work! :)
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My book club read this last summer, and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well developed characters and plot. Made me laugh out loud and points. Could not put it down. Definitely worth a re-read. Great for a beach or vacation. Being a local author, having Selena attend our book club provided more insight on the story. Her love for writing is evident. Looking forward to more of her work.
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Maddie Saunders, travel journalist extraordinaire, has vowed to spice up her sex life by going after what she wants, and what she wants is a fling with 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.
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What a Girl Wants

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 Underneath A Big Hawaiian Moon!

International Investigative Reporter, Alex Donovan Had Learned His Lesson About Dating Co-Workers When Crystal Washington Got Her Claws Into Him. Crystal Was A Woman Who'd Do Anything To Get A Head, And Even Wrote Fake Articles To Try To One Up Him When He Won A Pulitzer! Now The Woman Was Sticking Her Nose Into Maddie's Mothers Business So What If The Woman Changed Husbands Like Most People Changed Socks? When Maddie Hit Him With Her Plan, Alex Fought It For All He Was Worth, But A Millionaire Named Leslie Something Had His Hands Way Too Close To Her Butt On The Dance Floor And Then He Uncovered Some Startling Information That He Knew Would Hurt Her, Then Crystal Had The Nerve To Show Up On The Island And Issue Threats!

Wow, Talked About A Dysfunctional Family That Just Made You Want To Cry At A System That Failed Children, Hot Sex, And Nail Biting Intrigue. Maddie Was Twenty-Nine And Never Knew Who Her Father Was And Hired A Private Detective To Find The Man That Sired Her Since Her Mother Refused To Tell Her, In Her Quest To Find Her Dad On Her Own, She Opened Pandora's Box!!
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