Rock Fiction Coveting: The Mayhem Series by Jamie Shaw

Posted: August 14, 2015 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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Mayhem! Already I like this series, just for its title. Mayhem. Chaos. Fun. Upheaval. All sorts of things get promised by the word mayhem. I’m already on board.

Three books in the series, and they make me drool just from their titles: Mayhem, Riot, and Chaos.

This sounds both familiar and fresh, at the same time. Here’s how, about Book One:

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.

See the familiar? The insta-lust, the inability to get the normal girl off his mind.

See the fresh? The dude walks into French class. (why French? Why take college courses? Isn’t his band on tour?)

See a familiar romance trope that we don’t see much in Rock Fiction? The whole “I don’t recognize you without your glasses, Superman.” — okay, sure, in this case, Rowan puts her glasses ON. Same idea.

So, yeah. I’m stoked to read this one.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. The next book in the series? Seems to be independent. Jamie Shaw, drop in and let me know how these books tie together, will you?

Here’s the description of Riot:

When Dee Dawson meets sexy mohawked guitarist Joel Gibbon, she knows it won’t be long before she has him wrapped around her finger. No guy has ever been able to resist her… but Dee’s met her match in a player like Joel.

Dee’s not the relationship type—not after seeing the pain “love” has caused her friends and family—yet she’s desperate to make Joel want her more than anyone else. He quickly becomes an obsession, and when a reckless attempt to make him jealous ends in disaster, Dee turns into the damsel in distress she never wanted to be. With her carefree world crashing down around her, the last thing she needs is Joel’s pity.

But Joel is suddenly determined to prove he cares, and no matter how hard Dee tries to push him away, he refuses to let her shut him out. Now the girl who swore she’d never say those three little words must choose between guarding her heart and losing Joel forever… or falling head-over-heels for the tattooed rock star of her dreams.

WOW. Just… wow. Dee turns stalker? Maybe… I hope not, though. I hope that the disaster that gets referred to here teaches her a lesson and makes her change. Susan says characters ought to grow through the course of a book. In this case, Dee comes off as kinda… ick. I’m not entirely certain I want to like her (am I supposed to?). But heck yeah, I know women who act like it sounds like Dee does. So I’d read this just to see what Dee is like and how she comes off in the book itself. Is this someone I could like? I’m not sure. But I’m curious to find out.

And yeah, we’ve seen the whole “must choose between guarding her heart and … falling head over heels for the tattooed rock star of her dreams.” But you know what? Most Rock Fiction romance hinges on that question. I guess some things are constants.

The stakes are high now, folks. Two different books, both pushing a lot of what we know Rock Fiction to be. Can the third book, Chaos live up to it? Let’s see.

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.

Hmm. This is potentially the least fresh and exciting of the three books, and the setup — that Kit winds up joining Shawn’s band — smacks of the same sort of manipulation we see from Dee above. But… well, I’d read it because I like the idea. Even putting the romance aside, I like the idea of having the hots for someone so much, you pick up a new hobby — and find your life’s calling. Now THAT is inspiration.

What else is interesting here is that it’s the only description that doesn’t put us in the hero’s brain. So I’m curious to know if this breaks the trend of two-character novels. I’ve started hearing backlash against writers who do the whole every-other-chapter thing and I gotta say, I kinda like it. No problems here.

Bring this series on, in a big way. This is one I’ll fight Susan over, punches and everything. Note from Susan: if Jett is willing to got this far, she wins!

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