Thursday, February 23, 2017

Virtual Tour ~ #Excerpt & #Review ~ Havoc: Mayhem #4 by Jamie Shaw

Falling in love with her cousin's rock star ex-boyfriend was definitely not part of the plan.

Mayhem #4
Jamie Shaw
Releasing February 21st, 2017
Avon Impulse

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 cousin's 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 prove it.

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?”
“Excuse me?”
“No one’s allowed backstage.” The arms he crosses over his chest warn that he isn’t messing around.
“I’m with Mike,” Danica lies, and after studying her for a moment, Muscle-man laughs.
“Sure you are.”
“I am!”
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 here.”

When I first started this story I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. When I read the synopsis of what the story was going to be about I had a certain idea in my mind and I felt like the first part of the book was in opposition to what I thought would happen. It's not so much that I felt I was going in with specific expectations, but more that what the status of all of the characters relationship was as lined out in the synopsis, I didn't feel I was getting when the story started. I don't want to give too much away, and I certainly hope that anyone reading this review reads not only the entire review, but also the book the review is about. Because had I stopped with my first impression, or had I only allowed myself to read so far and then not continued because the story was not evolving the way that I thought that it would, I would have missed out on a fantastic read.

In this book you have Mike, the drummer for a band that has rapidly grown in popularity. In high school he was in love with Danica, and then they grew up and she broke his heart. Fast forward a few years, and she's standing outside his tour bus with her cousin Hailey saying she wants another chance. Hailey however has been dragged along by her cousin to see Mike as Danica has suddenly decided she wants him back. Hailey would rather be doing anything else then standing outside of his tour bus but she lives with Danica, and her uncle, Danica's father, pays Hailey's school tuition and all of her expenses. So she feels that she has to keep Danica happy or she will not be able to finish school and achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian. But that meeting with Mike changes everything. Soon they are playing video games together late at night and talking while getting to know each other. Before she knows it, Hailey is fighting feelings for Mike and losing. But Hailey knows that Danica wants Mike, and not only does she think she doesn't stand a chance against Danica's beauty and Mike's rock star life, but she also knows that even if Mike wants her too, she may have to give up her dreams and her future to keep him.

So, some things I loved about this story. Hailey's love and dedication to animals and her dreams. Her great relationship with her little brother. The secondary characters from the previous books (which I would like to read after having read this but didn't feel I had to in order to enjoy this one). And the way Hailey finally stood up for herself and what she wanted. 

Now some not so loved parts. Danica. If you read this story, and maybe even if she was in the previous stories and you read those, you'll know she's awful. She has no redeeming qualities. It wasn't a problem for me, cause I don't mind having a very clear villian in a story, and she is it. I also found myself wishing this story had been told from dual pov. Unfortunately the direction in the beginning had me seriously questioning if I could possibly like Mike and what the hell he was thinking. Had I gotten some insight into his mind in those earlier chapters, I think I would have connected with him sooner. However once I did get the revelation behind his actions, I understood and I loved him going forward. The beginning also had me a bit hesitant about Hailey but not as much Mike because I saw inside her mind. I saw her struggle and her attempts to fight what she felt and I commended her for it.

This was a story that I ended up really enjoying and it reminded me why I prefer to always reserve final judgments on a book until the end. The build up was good and especially after what I deem the turning point for me, things just kept getting better. I would certainly recommend this story and look forward to checking out more by this author in future. 



A resident of South Central Pennsylvania, JAMIE SHAW's two biggest dreams in life were to be a published author and to be a mom. Now, she's living both of those dreams and loving every minute of it. When she's not spending time with her husband and their young son, she's writing novels with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy leading men. With her MS in Professional Writing and a passion for all things romance, her goal is always to make readers laugh, cry, squirm, curse, and swoon their pants off, all within the span of a single story. She loves interacting with readers, and she always aims to add new names to their book boyfriend lists.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your honest review! So glad you finished and loved it!