Novel Review: What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn + Giveaway

As soon as I finished What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn(see review here), I couldn’t stop myself from purchasing What a Boy Needs. I just loved the first in the series so much. I’m a hopeful one. Could Nyrae Dawn do for Jay what she’d done for Sebastian? Let’s cross our fingers she did. Before the review, the blurb:

Jaden Sinclair knows he’ll never amount to anything…so why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza? 

Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it’s his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris. 

Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives…and he knows he can’t keep tagging along for the ride.

The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they’ve been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden’s friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn’t find out what a train wreck he really is. 

When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he’s ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Available at Barnes & Nobles

I’ll just come out and say it. What a Boy Needs was another great read. Not sure if I liked it more or less, or the same as What a Boy Wants. I do know I liked the beginning a lot… a lot more than What a Boy Wants, which is saying a lot, because I liked the beginning of What a Boy Wants A WHOLE LOT! The middle maybe about the same and the ending a little less. Still all around good and 5 stars.

So now that I’ve ruined the surprised, what exactly did I like about What a Boy Needs.

The Boy Jay: “Fake it till you make it” seemed to be his motto. The words he verbalized were so different from what he truly felt inside. My heart broke for him. I know what it’s like to put on a smile when downer emotions are twirling inside. It’s tough. And Jay did it every single day. I don’t know how he managed some days. I could see myself barring the door to my room and shutting the world indefinitely.

I loved Jay’s struggle with his home life. Well… not gleeful he had struggles, but what his struggles did for the book. I was lucky to land parents who believed in me and encouraged me. It’s easy for me to get wrapped in my own little world and be oblivious to the struggles of others. Nyrae Dawn made Jay’s home life real. Despite my background, I could understand the trials he faced… I truly felt for his situation. *I* wanted to encourage Jay and tell him he was important, loved, desired… that he had a future.

Because Jay had real problems… emotional problems, not just “get the girl” like in What a Boy Wants, the story meant more to me. I looked forward to Jay growing… finding and accepting his true self, trusting in others.

Definitely a worthy sequel to What a Boy Wants.

Winners of Last Giveaway

So I promised another giveaway, but first let’s knock out the winners from the last giveaway. What was up for grabs?

Three Winners: Will receive an eCopy of What a Boy Wants by NyRae Dawn.

And the Winners are!

Mary Preston



Carrie A

Emails will be sent shortly.

Giveaway Time!

One Winners: Will receive an eCopy of What a Boy Wants by NyRae Dawn.
How to enter? What a Boy Wants was more New Adult than Young Adult. Nyrae Dawn mentioned on her blog that she’s coming out with another New Adult book. So this time around, leave a comment telling us your favorite New Adult book or a New Adult book you’re dying to read.

Giveaway Ends:July 7, 2012

If you haven’t entered the second giveaway on the INDIEpendence Blog Fest tour, what are you waiting for? Go do it!

Novel Review: What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn + Giveaway

I saw this book cropping up all over the place. I debated off and on picking it up. The cover is sexy and all, but where are the sparkly vampires? haha Just kidding. But really, it didn’t have any paranormal activity. So my attitude was very “I don’t know about this.” Then I found out it was free for a limited time. Oh yeah! I snagged that puppy. All I had to lose was time. 🙂 The blurb:

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.

Available at Barnes & Nobles

First of all, I love Nyrae Dawn’s voice. Her style was a bit different that I’m used to… she actually wrote as if she was talking to the reader. Often I’m put off by the random “you” in a story. Who is you? Are you talking to me? haha In this case, it worked. I say it’s because of the consistency throughout the story. It was always Sebastian talking to me… telling me what was going through his head, as if I was along for the ride.

Speaking of Sebastian… let’s talk about him. My boy was jaded. In his world, love didn’t exist, only heartbreak. He did his best to keep the “no-strings attached” attitude. He was so out of touch with romance and love that when it did hit, he was so flustered he didn’t know what to do with himself. Oh, my man thought he did… but he was wrong… so very wrong. 🙂 In fact, I have one note that says “why you so stupid, man?”

The parent in me loved this book. First, I loved how responsible the kids were in this book. Like the PPP — pre-party plan. What a wonderful idea! I totally had a talk with my teenage daughter after reading about that. And since I have a girl, let’s talk about hanging with boys. Awesome idea, if you have friends like Sebastian and Jay. When I hit the partying age, I never felt safer than when I had my guy buddies around. I know a lot of parents are like “no way is my baby girl hanging with boys,” but I’m more on the lines “who’s the boy who’ll stand up for you when you’re in a tight bind?”

So I had in my head this was going to be a fabulous review, because the book was that great. Unfortunately, I looked through my notations and most say things like “this is going to be a fave,” “I’m going to start reading more contemporary books because of this,” and “I want to buy Nyrae Dawn’s other books so bad, but I’m afraid I might not like the ending… better wait.”

Needless to say, this book was good. So good, there came a point I just wanted it to end. What?!?! I know. Crazy right? I just couldn’t wait to get to the end so I could rave about how much I loved What a Boy Wants. This was definitely a favorite read. Best book I’d read all year.

I devoured this book in a few hours then immediate purchased the next in the series. Stop by on Wednesday for the review of What a Boy Needs. I haven’t written it yet, but I hope my notes are better than the ones I took for What a Boy Wants. I guess I just got too involved to take time to make notes. Anyways… get it. It really was that good.

Giveaway Time

Three Winners: Will receive an eCopy of What a Boy Wants by NyRae Dawn. Delivered via Smashwords Gift.

How to enter? Leave a comment telling us your favorite Indie Book or Author. New to indie books? Tell us a book you’ve heard great things about and are dying to read. Don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

Giveaway Ends July 4, 2012

Stop by July 4 to see if you’ve won. Plus, I’m thinking more giveaways may be in order for that day. 🙂 If you want to stay on top of the giveaways this week, be sure to check the button “Notify me of new posts” when you leave a comment. If I’m not mistaken, there are 5 separate giveaways happening this week. Also check out the INDIEpendence Day Blog Tour post for a chance to win a book by L.K. Rigel!