Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mayhem by Jamie Shaw (Mayhem, #1) New Adult Book Review

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.
This book although enjoyable was sadly typical in its concept. Troubled rock star falls for sweet but sassy "I've never done this before," college girl. I went into this knowingly but hoping and searching for something to make this one stand out. It did in it's humor and characters but it still managed to maintain it's sameness to the books in this same category and genre.

I'm not downplaying the enjoyability of this book but simply pointing out the obvious, so that other readers know exactly what they're getting into.

Character breakdown: Rowan, our MC--is a youngish college aged girl trying to find her way in life, while dating her, what she hopes to be her husband one day soon. Her best friend, whose name escapes me, is Rowan's complete opposite--promiscuous, loud, pushy, and vibrant. She's the courage Rowan lacks. Adam, is gorgeous in that long haired, beautiful eyed, bad boy kind of way. He's troubled and a man whore who is not looking to settle down--that is of course, until Rowan walks into the picture.

It's all pretty simple, not, and typical. It reads well and has its strengths and moments of laughter but aside from that, there isn't much I can say about it otherwise. Recommended for readers who love there books tied with bad boys and music.


  1. Hmmm…not sure about this one. It does sound like every NA book out there, but sometimes you are in the mood for that sort of book. I'm curious how realistic it was that he didn't recognize her. How could she look that different? ~Pam

  2. I skip much of NA lately because of the repetitive drama, the premise does sound intriguing though.. Lovely review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections