Title & Series: MAYHEM (Mayhem #1)
Author: Jamie Shaw
Release date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Formats: Audio, eBook
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.
Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
Jamie Shaw’s MAYHEM is a wonderfully delicious, sexy, romantic, funny, sweet surprise of a read. In a genre packed full of steamy, angst-filled love stories it stands out from the crowd with its plot that teases and tantalizes, its female protagonist who is adorable, clever and hard-to-get, its bad-boy rocker who is completely hot but maybe not as shallow as he seems, and a supporting cast of characters that readers will want to get to know in not only this story, but future books in the series.
After learning of her boyfriend’s betrayal, the last thing Rowan needs is a fling with a rock star. But resisting Adam Everest won’t be easy. He’s smokin’ hot, sexy as hell, wickedly charming and just a little bit of a white knight. And the fact that he wants her makes her wonder if putting what she needs in the long run before what she needs right now is crazy.
Especially when she can’t stop obsessing over him when it turns out he’s in her French class. Or being jealous of the female entourage that follows him around campus. Or being upset that he doesn’t recognize her as the girl he met at the club.
So when the opportunity arises to become his tutor, she isn’t sure why she jumps in to save him. Or why she refuses to tell him who she really is. Or why she keeps insisting that they be only friends. Maybe it’s because she has nothing to lose, as she’s pretty sure he already has her heart.
Author Jamie Shaw delivers romance, humor, angst, heat, and incredibly likable characters in her story that reads like foreplay until the very end. She keeps readers on edge as they wait for Rowan’s secret to revealed and to find out what will happen when it is. And instead of packing the story full of a multitude of gratuitous sex scenes, the author develops her characters, builds the chemistry between them, and captivates with the promise of what may come.
MAYHEM is a wildly entertaining, totally addictive one-sit must-read that you’ll want to read again and again. It will ensnare you from the start and won’t let go until the end. It will give you characters you’ll remember – ones to root for and at least one to despise. It will give you that gut twisty feeling. It will make you laugh and cheer and sigh and swoon. And it will make you anxious to read the next book in the series to get to know the next two characters’ love story.
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.