Author: Jamie Shaw
Series: Mayhem #2
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
When Dee Dawson meets sexy mohawked guitarist Joel Gibbon, she knows it won’t be long before she has him wrapped around her finger. No guy has ever been able to resist her… but Dee’s met her match in a player like Joel.
Dee’s not the relationship type—not after seeing the pain “love” has caused her friends and family—yet she’s desperate to make Joel want her more than anyone else. He quickly becomes an obsession, and when a reckless attempt to make him jealous ends in disaster, Dee turns into the damsel in distress she never wanted to be. With her carefree world crashing down around her, the last thing she needs is Joel’s pity.
But Joel is suddenly determined to prove he cares, and no matter how hard Dee tries to push him away, he refuses to let her shut him out. Now the girl who swore she’d never say those three little words must choose between guarding her heart and losing Joel forever… or falling head-over-heels for the tattooed rock star of her dreams.
When I read Mayhem, the first book in the series, I fell in love with Dee and immediately connected with her. I couldn’t wait to read her book! Now here we are. Riot. The story of Dee and Joel! And let me tell you, this was a lot better than Mayhem. Yes, I liked the first book, but had issues with it. This, however, did not disappoint.
Dee is a girl who wants the boys to want her; she reels them in and throws them away. I seriously love how outgoing and free with her sexuality she is. I get so freaking sick of it being a point for the female characters not to have been with anyone for a certain amount of time before they get with the love interest. Like, it’s been months or years and the guy is so happy by this. What the hell ever. Women have sex! Anyway, Dee likes to play because she doesn’t ever want to get deep with anyone. I know we’ve seen this type of thing before in characters, but I think her reasoning is completely understandable and handled well. Certain quotes really hit me because they were so perfectly me, so I’m a little protective of the girl.
Guys have told me they’ve loved me before, but I never believed them. They’ve given me flowers and gifts and declarations I didn’t want, and all it did was make me run away even faster. I’ve made grown men cry, and all it ever did was make me lift an eyebrow and wonder why I dated them in the first place.
Then there’s Joel, guitarist for The Last One to Know. These two have been hooking up for months, but Joel isn’t playing the game by Dee’s rules and it frustrates her to no end. There’s no denying their chemistry, though. They are not exclusive at times and do mess around with other people, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I actually love it because it’s realistic since they aren’t in a relationship, nor are they trying to establish one in the beginning.
But then something happens to Dee that changes everything. Their hooking up transforms into something so much more, and it’s so damn sweet and heart-melting how it sort of flipped to a slow-build romance. They’re playfulness and teasing banter was so much fun, especially how they would try to get each other to admit things. I seriously fell in love with them! There was so much growth with both of them throughout the book that made my cold heart feel all warm and fuzzy.
The band was one of my favorite aspects of the first book, so I was ecstatic that Riot seemed to incorporate all of them even more. I love how the band grows with each book, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for them next.
So yes, yes, yes … I loved Riot! A lot. I need Chaos right now!