Mayhem by Jamie Shaw

Posted January 20, 2015 | 22 Comments

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Author: Jamie Shaw
Series: Mayhem #1
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 258
Source: Publisher

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.

I recently went on a bit of a rock star bender, and Mayhem was among the throng of rocker books I read. Rowan and her best friend go to a club to watch a popular band play, and it simultaneously turns into the worst and best night. Rowen ends up in a heavy make out session with Adam, the lead singer, but leaves without so much as a goodbye. To her horror, he walks into her French class on the first day of college. Thankfully, he doesn’t recognize her without the heavy make-up and skimpy clothes. But that’s when the real fun begins.

The loveable:

– This has a Cinderella-esque feel to it, which is what initially attracted me to the book.

– My favorite scenes were the ones with the members of the band. These guys were a lot of fun, and I love how they’d tease and banter with each other.

– Dee is Rowen’s best friend, and I liked her heaps more than I liked Ro. Boys want her, and she loves that they do. She’s also a loyal friend who is willing to break several laws for some revenge on Rowen’s ex. Now that’s what friendship is about!

– They go on a little weekend road trip for some gigs, and I love how Rowan was basically stuck with Adam and the band. It’s always so much fun when the characters are forced into situations and spending time with each other.

– This was addictive. It wasn’t exactly a homerun, but hell if I couldn’t pull myself away from it.

The not so loveable:

– I liked Rowen, but she constantly called any girl that wasn’t her or Dee a slut, whore, or skank. She was so judgmental, and it made her come across as very immature and hypocritical. Especially when she would applaud and admire the way Dee dressed and behaved, but then act holier-than-thou about any other girl.

– I can’t help but wonder if Adam would have suddenly been all into her like that if he hadn’t found out who she was. View Spoiler » The transition felt a bit superficial. I think this would’ve benefited a lot if we had Adam’s POV at least sprinkled here and there throughout the book, instead of just the very end.

Overall, I liked Mayhem. It wasn’t perfect, but it definitely has me itching for the next book, Riot, which features Dee.


22 responses to “Mayhem by Jamie Shaw

    • Christy

      Um … it’s more like she looked totally different when they first met during their one night together, and then he didn’t recognize her when he saw her at school. She didn’t want to tell him who she really was, so he didn’t know. I guess it could be a sort of second chance. Omg, but I just read the 2nd book … LOVE.

  1. The slut-shaming aspect of this one is a little off putting, there’s nothing more unlikable in a character to me than hypocrisy, but it seems like there’s a lot to love about this one as well. Especially the band, they sound like some characters for sure!

  2. I like that there’s a strong emphasis on friendship in this book and Dee sounds like an awesome character but I’m not too sure about Rowen and her slut shaming :-/ It does sound like she’s a bit immature but then again, she’s young and in college and had a bad break up with her ex. Maybe that’s where it’s coming from? Lovely review Christy! 🙂

  3. Liz

    Oh yeah, Rowen would have pissed me off with that attitude and the slut shaming. But Dee sounds pretty awesome. I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if she gets her own book… unless its following the guys of the band? I’m off to see what I can find out!

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