Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Riot (Mayhem #2) by Jamie Shaw

Riot (Mayhem, #2)
Series: Mayhem #2 
Author: Jamie Shaw
Publication: February 10, 2015
By: Avon Impulse
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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.

* I received this eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
**Due to mature themes and sexual content, this is recommended for readers 18+**

Riot is book two in the Mayhem series, but can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone.

I'm a sucker for cool book covers and stories about music, but throw in a hot tattooed rocker who snores like a Rottweiler and I am SOLD! Seriously, nothing makes a character more believable and loveable (to me) than giving him/her a totally mundane flaw. 

I liked the writing, found the characters and the storyline interesting albeit a little predictable. By the way, "predictable" is NOT a dirty word as far as I'm concerned. Sometimes I like not knowing how a story will end and other times, I WANT to know that, despite the drama, I'm going to get lots of kissing and a happy ending. (Riot has both in case you were wondering.)

I loved the friendships in this story, between Dee and Rowan as well as the guys in the band. Dee and Joel have a complicated relationship, one that involves laughter and tears and some interesting sexy times. 

And while I may not have agreed with some of the choices Dee and Joel made, I could understand why they made them.

Fast, fun and full of emotion, Riot is the kind of story New Adult fans crave and I'm excited to see what comes next!  

~ About The Author ~

Photo credit: Author's website
Photo Credit: Author's website
Born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, JAMIE SHAW earned her M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University before realizing that the creative side of writing was her calling. An incurable night-owl, she spends late hours crafting novels with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy leading men. She’s a loyal drinker of white chocolate mochas, a fierce defender of emo music, and a passionate enthusiast of all things romance. She loves interacting with readers and always aims to add new names to their book-boyfriend lists.

Jamie's debut New Adult MAYHEM series, published by Avon Impulse/HarperCollins, debuted in early 2015.



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