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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mini’s: Mayhem by Jamie Shaw, The Science of Attraction by Verity Jacobs



When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.

On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert.
During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can't help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam's rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She'd just end up hurt … again.

Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she's fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.

My thoughts: Fun – Cinderella-esque innocent girl meets man-whore rock star trope. This was lighter on the sex than most rock god stories out there right now and I enjoyed that. I need a little story with my sex. lol

Rowen is an innocent type but not in the naïve, cliché way. She knows what she wants and what she will or won’t accept from Adam in regards to a relationship.

Adam is – Adam. He’s not over the top perfect but you can see how he’s a good guy and why Rowen is drawn to him.

A few quibbles: The trophy gay best friend – to take on shopping trips! We know he's gay because - pink shoes! I thought we were past that guys. To be fair – that cliché gets dumped pretty quickly and the character is fleshed out but that intro made me cringe.

Rowen’s BFF Dee is a sexually confidant dynamo and I liked her a lot. However, every other girl in this book is either a skank or a whore because they want to sleep with the rock stars. So Dee and the guys can do whatever because Rowen sees more of their personalities but the other girls are whores? Double standard much?

Even with the minor issues this was one of the better rock star NA’s I’ve read.



Kate Ramsey is at the top of her game.

She’s the hot new recruit at the most prestigious research institute in Germany, and she’s determined to live up to the hype — even if it means working day and night. Stress relief comes in the form of a no-nonsense affair with her neighbor, who also happens to be the director of the institute. Who says sex should be anything more than a contract between two people who have other things on their mind?

So when Tom Baker saunters into her life, Kate is understandably upset to see this well-oiled machine splutter and seize. Tom is young and smart, and far too pretty for his own good. Kate can’t help but be drawn to him, even if giving in to the attraction would mean risking everything she’s worked for.

My thoughts:
Fun, VERY sexy book. I think I was expecting a nerdy science geek for the hero and he wasn't so I was a teeny weeny bit disappointed. I like my awkward guys but Tom was smart, confidant and sweet in his pursuit of Kate. They did get geeky when hey talked science though so I take the geeky where I can get it!

There were a few complications with Kate's boss (& sometimes lover) but not in the typical annoying love triangle way. So LT haters fear not! That dynamic takes on whole other complication that has nothing to do with romance.

The sex was a bit too much for me and threatened to overtake the story at times but I would still recommend this one and look forward to reading the sequel – The Music of Temptation.


  1. Mini review twins! Not sure if these are for me but I always enjoy reading your take on books :)
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Alas not books for me but as always its great to catch up with what you are reading/have read.

  3. Do the characters us protection in Mayhem? Otherwise, count me out because I simply can't stand the man-whore angle without that element. It just gives me the heebie jeebies! I suspect that Jacobs' book might be too over-the-top in the steam department for me. Gratuitous sex is so not my thing.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    1. I do believe he did. Even so - I kept thinking she should request that he get tested. Especially the way he kept letting girls hang all over him until they really got together.

      I just read a book last night where they just met and he used condoms but then there were at least two hook-ups where they didn't and I'm like - you have no idea where that things been! lol

      I even hate when they say they got tested in the heat of the moment. That's nice - show me the papers buddy!!

  4. Adam does sound like a good over all character

  5. I read Mayhem on a whim the day it released. I ended up really liking it. I especially liked the dynamic between all of the band mates...and their interactions with peach.

    1. I loved that too. She fit in so well. I'm looking forward to Shawn's story.

    2. Me too! I wish his was the next book but joel is next I think.

  6. Your comment on Mayhem reminds me of a friend who came out. His mom wasn't surprised but was upset he didn't know how to shop. LOL At least she used it as humor to help him feel more at ease. :)

    I might have to try the Verity book. I'll see what you think of the next one first, but it does sound promising.

    1. Ha! What was funny (& weird) is that it felt like the author was trying to be inclusive and diverse - gay character/sexually confidant girl - then falls into the stereotypes anyway.

      I think the next Verity book comes out in a few months. The author has said that it's less sex focused. I enjoyed her writing and humor so I'm looking forward to it.

  7. This reminds me of that Disney movie that's Cinderella inspired too.

  8. oh these sound interesting reads :) Great reviews of them

  9. oh these sound interesting reads :) Great reviews of them

  10. I'd been eyeing Mayhem but I just don't know. I'm not sure if the heroine would do it for me but...herms maybe. I am tempted. :)

    1. I really liked Rowen. She's not your typical innocent cliche girl.