Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Virtual Tour / Arc Review: Chaos by Jamie Shaw


ChaosMayhem #3   

By: Jamie Shaw

Releasing July 21, 2015 

Avon Impulse


Blurb


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.




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Kit Larson has loved Shawn Scarlett since the first time she heard him play at a school talent show. She developed a love of music and playing the guitar. One night she gives into temptation that turns into a reckless night with Shawn. That one mistake shatters her hope of ever having more than a passing moment with the gorgeous musician. Years later Kit’s rock star dreams are coming true when she lands a gig as the new guitarist for Shawn’s band. He doesn’t seem to remember a thing about their night together and Kit plans to keep it that way. Kit plans to concentrate on the release of the album even though she will be cooped up on a tour bus; inches away from the ridiculously sexy musician that she has always loved and could never stop thinking about no matter how hard she tried. As they spend more time together and get to know either and their mutual, attraction builds. Can they have a second chance at love? Or will secrets tear them apart? 

This is the third book in the Mayhem series; it can be read as standalone. 
I loved Kit, as the female character she was a cool, tough rocker chick, just adored her to death. She grows up with a crazy tribe of four older brothers and an overprotective father. Growing up with all that testosterone around when trying to be a young girl dating boys didn’t end well for poor Kit. Kit’s father would interrogate potential boyfriends to the point of scaring them away to protect Kit from life. Though frustrating for Kit her father and brother's overprotective ways made for some humorous and interesting reading.

Shawn was a deliciously handsome rock god, yet he was also a sweetheart. He is the guy that watches out for everyone around him. So when Kit joins the band he has no problem stepping up to get her acquainted with life on the road. 

The whole story was really well written, I will definitely check out the rest of the series. Even though I didn’t read the earlier books, I could still enjoy Kit and Shawn’s story. There were laughs, emotion and tears the perfect recipe for a romance novel.

RECEIVED AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

Excerpt

As the guys continue asking me questions—have I been in a band before, were we any good, why’d we break up—and I continue giving them answers—in college, we could have been better, because they wanted nine-to-five jobs—I wonder what would happen if Shawn would remember me. Would I be happy? Would he laugh it off? Would he apologize for breaking my teenage heart?
Any apology now would be too little, too late. It’d be meaningless—and so infuriating that I’d have to use my combat boots to do just what Kale told me to.
“And you’re sure this is what you want to do with your life?” Mike asks me, and I nod.
“More than anything.”
Satisfied, Mike turns to Shawn. “Anything to add? Or should we have her play?”
Shawn, who hasn’t said another word since asking me what year I was, rubs the back of his neck and nods. “Sure. Let her play.”
Taking my dismissal for what it is, I walk away and grab my guitar, sliding it onto the stage before hoisting myself up behind it. I force Shawn from my mind and get set up in record time, strapping my Fender around my neck and stepping up to the mic. As I adjust it to fit my height, the guys are all sitting at the tables, laughing and carrying on. All of them but Shawn, who is too bored with my audition to laugh along with the rest of them.
“What do you want me to play?” I ask, ignoring the way he’s staring at the table in front of him like it’s far more interesting than anything I could possibly do onstage.
“Your favorite song!” Adam shouts, and the butterflies in my stomach fade away as I concentrate on the music in my head. I think about my options for a moment before chuckling under my breath and stepping back. As soon as I position my fingers and pluck the E string, all six American Idol judges start to groan and I can’t help laughing.

“Just kidding!” I say into the microphone, knowing they must have heard “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes a hundred times by now by amateur guitarists. When I step away from the mic again, I smile down at my guitar, thinking about it for another brief moment before I begin playing “Vices” by Brand New. My fingers slide over the strings, the harshness of my chords assaulting the very foundation of the building we’re in and reminding me how much I’ve missed being onstage. With my old band, I played small venues to small crowds, but a stage is a stage, and a show is a show. Performing is in my blood now—like being A positive or B negative. I couldn’t forget what it feels like if I tried.


Author Info

Born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, Jamie Shaw earned her M.S. in Professional Writing 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 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.

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2 comments:

  1. Great review. I love this book as well, it was very endearing.

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