Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Author: Penelope Ward
Jen's Review: 3.5 Stars
This was a cute story - I enjoyed reading it.
I was confused in the begining. It felt like I should have already have known about their past, but after reading on, we saw bits and pieces of their past relationship.
Frankie and Mack were roommates once upon a time ago in college, along with their friend Mosses.
Mack had a girlfriend back in DC whom he went back to visit just about every weekend. but when he was back in the apartment, all thoughts were about Frankie.
Frankie grew more and more jealous of Mack's girlfriend. She knew that he would never leave her. And because of that, they could never become more than friends. At least that's what she believed, up until the last night she had with Mack before he left to go back to DC for the Summer.
After 8 painfully long years, by chance, they meet again, only Mack can't think of just himself anymore. But he's single now, and now that he's seen Frankie again, he's determined to win her back.
Frankie met Vector a few years ago - he's an older man who loves her dearly. She's safe with him and cares a lot about him. but when her past catches up to her, she has a hard time being strong.
This was a really cute story of a reunited couple - a lot of trials come up this time around, and even though they know what they want (each other) sometimes it's not as easy as it should be.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Havoc Mayhem #4 By: Jamie ShawReleasing February 21, 2017
When Hailey Harper left her family farm to enroll in veterinary school, she had a plan: keep her
head down, ace her classes, and most importantly... don't upset the uncle paying her tuition.
Translation? Don't piss off his dramatic, self-absorbed daughter, Danica, even if she's a
nightmare to live with.
Falling in love with her cousins rock star ex-boyfriend was definitely not part of the plan.
As the drummer of a now-famous rock band, Mike Madden could have any girl he wants. He's
sweet, funny, romantic, talented-- and the only guy that's ever made Hailey's heart do cartwheels
in her chest. The more she gets to know him, the harder she falls, but Hailey knows they can
never be more than friends… because Danica wants him back, and she'll fight dirty to win.
Mike is falling for Hailey too, but Danica's threats and his rock star life-music video shoots,
international tours, obsessed fans-could tear them apart before they've even begun. Hailey isn't
sure she's the one for him, but Mike's waited years for a girl like her… and he'll do anything to
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At a door near the back corner of the room, my fun-loving cousin marches right up to the first
security guard she sees, who also happens to be approximately five zillion times her size, with
muscles made of stone and a face to match. “Who do I need to talk to to get backstage?”
At her bossy tone, Muscle-man lifts an eyebrow. “The Easter Bunny?”
“No one’s allowed backstage.” The arms he crosses over his chest warn that he isn’t messing
“I’m with Mike,” Danica lies, and after studying her for a moment, Muscle-man laughs.
“Sure you are.”
When Muscle-man just smiles at her like she’s a petulant child, Danica resorts to acting like
one. She demands to see his boss and threatens to get him fired. When that doesn’t work, she
resorts to curse words. And when those have no effect, all hell breaks loose.
She’s torpedoing her finger into his chest and shouting something about his inbred gene pool
when I try to pull her away from him. But Danica is on a rampage, and all my efforts get me is a
hard shove that nearly knocks me on my ass. At five-feet tall, one hundred and three pounds,
I’m not exactly in a position to throw my weight around, and I don’t make a second attempt to
try. I’m rubbing my tender collarbone when the security guy picks my assailant up off her feet,
and I helplessly follow as he carries her outside.
After serving as an armrest for a sweaty gigantor inside the club, after obliterating my eardrums
in front of the world’s biggest speakers, after getting knocked around like a bratty child’s toy all
night, all I want is to take a hot shower and crawl into my own bed to sleep for a week straight.
Instead, I stand on the sidewalk outside of Mayhem, frowning at the furious look on Danica’s
face as she glares at the big metal door the security guard just shut behind him.
She came here for one thing, and I know she’s not leaving until she gets it.
“You didn’t have to push me,” I mutter, and her eyes flare.
“You should’ve had my back!”
“And done what? Bite his ankles?”
In her four-inch wedge boots, Danica towers above me. I stare way up at her, trying to
remember the girl who played dolls with me up in my parents’ hay loft. But she’s lost
somewhere behind fake lashes and fifteen years of getting everything she's wanted.
“You’ve been nothing but a bitch this whole time,” she snaps, and I sigh and pull my shirt away
from my skin again, letting the cool night air dry the sweat beaded on my lower back. There’s no
point in trying to defend myself. In Danica’s mind, she’s always simultaneously the victim and
the hero, and as her non-rent- paying roommate, I’ve learned to just accept that.
I appreciate everything she’s done for me. I do. If she hadn’t been the little voice in her father’s
ear, persuading him to fund my schooling and begging him to make some calls to get us
enrolled, I’d be home mucking stalls, not following my dreams. Her dad pays all of my bills—my
tuition, my insurance, my living expenses, all of them. And while I suspect that Danica’s sudden
interest in my life wasn’t entirely genuine—she’d flunked out of college before, and I think her
dad was only open to the idea of her going back if she was living off-campus with a responsible
roommate, AKA her boring farm-girl cousin—I owe her. I owe her the roof over my head and the
massive student loan debt I don’t have.
When her phone rings, she wastes no time dismissing me to answer it. “Katie?” she says.
“Guess who just got kicked out of the fucking club. Yes! Because this asshole bouncer wouldn’t
let me backstage.” She gives me a dirty look. “Just stood there doing nothing. I know! No, she
didn’t even try. Getting a place with her was stupid.”
An icy chill slithers up the back of my neck, and I chew the inside of my lip. Because of my
uncle’s insistence that I focus all of my energy on school right now instead of also finding a part-
time job, I have no income. My only “job” is not pissing off his daughter. And it’s a job that I’m
learning I am very, very bad at.
With my mouth shut, I slink away before my mere presence can enrage Danica further, and
when she asks where I’m going, I make up the lamest excuse ever. “To read this flyer over
Jen's 5 STAR Review
BEST of the BEST of this series!!! Sad to see it end, but OMG!!
I love Mike! He's awesome! The way he doesn't go after the groupies because he doesn't want to tell his future wife why he slept around with so many women - He seems so shy but really he just knows what he wants, and what he doesn't want -- gotta admire that about a rock star :)
Sadly, Mike was confused - he thought he was in love with Danica - the girl he had a crush on since 3rd grade - and started dating when he was 15 and lost his virginity to - but she broke his heart
Danica is the most spoiled and selfish person I have ever read about - and I've read a lot of books with selfish people - but I HATED her!
But in the last book - we met Hailey - Danica's cousin - and luckily, the story was told in Hailey's POV - I don't think I could have read it if it started in Danica's POV - okay, I lied, I would have read it anyways. I've also read a few stories where the bitch really has a heart of gold - so I could have given her the benefit of the doubt - but I'm so glad I didn't have to!
The story starts back from the tour where Danica and Hailey are at the concert - how much Danica bitched and moaned about not getting backstage - about having to wait outside in the cold, bla bla bla - and when Mike saw Danica for the first time, she got her wish.
Only this isn't about Danica :) Hailey - she hates her cousin, but they come from different cuts of the same cloth - Hailey's family are hard working Farmers - they don't have a lot of money and second hand clothes is about all she knows. But Danica's dad, Hailey's Uncle? He went to college and became something - made a lot of money and spoiled Danica rotten!
Danica found out that her high school sweetheart just signed on with the biggest label in the country! So, when Hailey announced she wanted to go to school in the same town Mike lived in because it had a really great Veterinary program, Danica jumped at the chance and had her father hook both of them up with an apartment and tuition paid -
So that's why they're at the Mayhem , Danica is having her "ahem" reunion on another bus with Mike, and Hailey is sitting on the bus playing video games with Rowand -
When Mike comes back to the bus and sees Hailey playing his video game, he sits down and starts playing - amazed that she's gotten so far on his beta testing of Deadzone 5!
So what happens when you put two video geeks play a game for more that a few hours? They become friends, right?
This story had so much going on - I loved it! The band has come so far since the first book and they just kept getting bigger and better!
I love all the characters in this series (ok except Danica - I still can't stand her - but in all honesty, she did play her part in the story, so she was necessary :)
I'm sad to see this series end _ I hope Jamie Shaw decides to do an encore - just one more last song :)
Want more?? Check this out..... Deleted scene!!
My writing process always involves a lot of deleted scenes, but this is part of one that I hated to let go.
In early versions of my first draft, I had Hailey’s friends, Rowan and Dee (the heroines in MAYHEM and RIOT), meddle much more to get Hailey and Mike together (so that Mike would ditch his horrible ex-girlfriend, Danica, who only wanted him for his newfound fame). Ultimately, I scaled back the outside interference since I wanted Hailey and Mike’s relationship to develop much more organically, but I have to admit those interfering scenes were pretty fun (and hilarious!) to write!
In this scene, which would have happened early in the book, the entire cast of characters is at a dance club, and everyone’s favorite meddler, Dee, is trying to convince Hailey to dance with Mike.
“You should dance with Hailey, Mike.”
“Excuse me?” Danica snaps, and Dee rolls her eyes.
“Oh come on, Dan. Don’t tell me you’re so insecure that you won’t let him dance with your own cousin.”
Mike plants a reassuring kiss on Danica’s cheek and teases, “I’m sure I’m not even her type.”
And I don’t know what comes over me—probably the three and a half neon-pink drinks I’ve had tonight—but I open my mouth and say, “Right. Because ‘hot rock star’ isn’t a universal type or anything.”
I’m not sure whose eyes go wider—Dee’s, Rowan’s, or Mike’s—but the moment the words fall out of my mouth, I clamp my jaw closed and tense all over. I’m pretty sure I’m about to do that terrified goat thing—where my muscles all seize up and I flop to the side. My brain is scrambling for some way to recover from the nine layers of awkwardness I just careened into, when Joel bursts out laughing. He throws his mohawked head back, and just before I goat-flop onto the floor, he grabs my hand and yanks me toward the crowd. “Come on, Hailey, I’ll dance with you!”
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Friday, February 17, 2017
Chaos (Mayhem #3)
From the moment she saw Shawn Scarlett perform at a school talent show, Kit Larson has loved two things: the guitar, and the gorgeous, green-eyed boy who inspired her to play. But one careless night in high school shatters her hope of ever being more than a notch on his bedpost.
Six years, two bands, and one mostly-mended heart later, Kit’s about to make her rock star dreams a reality as the new guitarist for Shawn’s band, The Last Ones to Know. He may not remember their reckless night together, but Kit has never forgotten… and she’s determined to make him eat his heart out.
The release of their new album means a month cooped up on a tour bus, sleeping inches away from the ridiculously sexy musician she’s never quite gotten over. And as Kit gets to know the real Shawn—not Shawn Scarlett, the rock god, the player—their attraction becomes too hot to resist. But the past is paved with secrets, and when they finally surface, Kit could lose everything: the band, the music, her dreams… and Shawn.
Author : Jamie Shaw
Jen's Review 5 stars!
Shawn is a sweetheart - yes he has a mouth on him and loves to give people shit - but he's a sweetheart and you can't help but love Shawn back
So in this book, we first met Kit in the last story - we learned that she had lost her virginity to Shawn back when she was 15 and he was 18 - She thought the world of him back then, but like any other 18 year old rock star God that he thought he was, he didn't call her.
Fast forward 6 years when The Last One's to Know were looking for a new Guitarist, Kit jumped at the chance. Not just because of Shawn, but because she loves being in a band - well okay, Shawn is a big perk, because she can finally put him in his place.
You can see where the story is going - she gets tangled up in her thoughts about how much she lusts after Shawn, and how much she can't stand how he broke her heart - but in this story, Shawn doesn't make it easy for Kit to stay pissed off at him. They become friends fast with their mutual love for their guitar.
In this story we also get another true love story - remember Leti - the cute perky gay BFF whose love for My Little Pony, Strawberry short cake and pink Chunks..... well Leti finds someone too, and it just so happens to be........ :) not going to give it away - but OMG you're going to love that part!
Really a cute story - I didn't cry in this one :)
Sadly the Eplogue gave us a big Hint of the 4th book of this series (Which comes out February 21st and I can't WAIT to get my grubby hands on it!) Mike's story will be fun - as long as it goes the way I want it too instead of the way in insinuates at the end of this one ..... I have a week to get ready for it :)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
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.
Author Jamie Shaw
Jen's Reivew 5 Stars
This story is awesome! I can tell this is going to be a great series! And I thank Juls for recommending it to me :)
The book starts off with Rowand and her BFF Dee getting ready to head out for the last time before their first year of college starts.
Rowand's boyfriend is working out of town, and Dee gets a little too excited playing dress up with Ro before they head out to the concert.
While waiting in line to go in, Ro gets a little nervous about how she's dressed. Nothing like the usual sloppy yoga pants and t-shirt she is use to wearing, She gets a little ticked off when a guy moves in front of them in line and knocks on the door - after he goes inside, she gets embarrassed when Dee lets her know that was Adam FREAKEN EVERTS the lead singer! Horrified, but happy to know she'll never see him again, they finally go into the club.
Things go fast when she spots her boyfriend at the bar, and she runs out of the club. Just trying to get a little time to herself. After a few minutes, she feel someone sitting next to her.
The thing between Adam and Ro gets hot fast, but she's a good girl, She doesn't play hard to get, doesn't play games. Ro is an honest good person who really captures your interest. Adam is a really good guy too. Yes he's a manwhore who likes sex, but he really does try to be friends with Ro
This was really a cute story - I enjoyed it a lot and I'm looking forward to book #2 :)
Best part of the book!!!