Friday, February 24, 2017

Havoc (Mayhem, #4) by Jamie Shaw ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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.

My favorite book of this series has always been Adam's book, Mayhem.  I love Adam FREAKIN' Everest with all my heart!  And I still do but my favorite has changed.  Changed to Mike, the drummer.  My drummer.

Adam, Joel and Shawn have always had rock star down but Mike is sweet, different.  Yeah, he's the guy that's always tapping on something and really does hold things together with his beat but he's held himself back from the hordes of girls that want to give him anything he wants.  He had fallen in love with his high school girl and though she tossed him aside, he couldn't let the idea of her go.  Until she shows up again, sure he's the one that got away.  Let's just say that I hate Danica with a passion that far outweighs her role in this story.  She doesn't love Mike, just his rock star status.  She doesn't see the fun gun who loves to play video games that is gentle and kind  But her cousin does.  But Hailey can't have what Danica wants.  So let the havoc begin.

Campaign series are a favorite of mine.  I love to see what the previous characters are up to while treasuring a new story.  But normally I always love the first in the series best.  Not this time.  Poor Adam will have to step aside in my heart because Mike has taken his place.  I adore this sweet, kind drummer that holds the beat to this band in more ways than one.  And what does this tell me about the characters in this series?  They are well written, full characters that provoke my emotions and have me turning pages to find out what will happen.

And what will happen?  The feeling, the SPARK between these two is so real and true but it's held back because Hailey is a good person.  She doesn't want to steal the guy her cousin wants even though her cousin doesn't really love him.  She doesn't want to jeopardize her family or her school for what will only be a fling in her mind.  But the feeling run much deeper than that and she's just gonna have to learn.

And the characters that I knew from before?  So love how they take sides and see the real writing on the wall.  Dee and Rowan made me proud!

Mike's big heart will capture you and hold you to these pages as you hope for his happy ending!  There's just that magic combination of great characters, excellent writing and a story that I want to read that make these pages flying by!  It's the kind of book you find yourself wanting to read again and again so the comfort of it can seep into your life over and over again. 

This book can stand alone but who would want  to miss all the fun along the way!?  Don't miss a single one but remember that Mike is MINE.


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.”


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. So need to start this series! I am loving the sound of Mike! Great review!

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