Chaos by Jamie Shaw

Posted July 29, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment

Chaos by Jamie ShawChaos by Jamie Shaw
Series: Mayhem #3
Format: eARC
Published by Avon Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Musician, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances
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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.

I love books where you get to revisit the people from your past, especially when you happened to be in love with the guy who is suddenly in your life full time. All kinds of fun stuff for me! I love musician books, I love the whole idea of being a musician, living on the road, working hard to make your dreams come true.

So Kit was head over heels in love with Shawn when she was a teenager, he’s even the reason why she picked up the guitar, and one night at a party she finally got the courage to go up and talk to him, and they had one night together, leaving her with a broken heart and his twin brother with a serious hatred for the guy. Fast forward a couple of years and she is trying out for their band, only it seems like Shawn has something against her. I liked Kit, she was definitely a girl I would be friends with. She has great style, she’s confident in her talent, and she isn’t afraid to go after her dreams. I also really loved her family dynamic, I can’t imagine growing up with that many overprotective brothers, it’s no wonder she keeps her new band gig a secret from them.

Now as for Shawn, I really thought I was going to dislike him a lot more than I did, considering how his first interaction with Kit went. But honestly the situation was understandable, and they were young, people do stupid stuff when they are young, I know I did. But when we fast forward to the present, I have to admit I was a little annoyed at how evasive he seemed about Kit, like he was pissed at her for just being around. I liked how their friendship started to evolve though, at first it was very friendship like and then it started moving into something more than that. I loved their dynamic, and how they could make each other laugh and just seemed to genuinely work well together. Also when he met the family for the first time, let me just say that whole scene was awesome, it was both intense and funny all at once.

This book was such a fun read for me, it had everything I want in a new adult book, humor, great chemistry, hot musicians, and great family dynamics. If you like new adult books I would check this book out.
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EXCERPT

It takes me an hour to drive to Mayfield. An hour of drumming my fingers against my Jeep’s steering wheel and blasting the music so loud that I can’t hear myself think. My GPS interrupts the eardrum massacre to give me directions to a club called Mayhem, and I park in the side parking lot of a massive square of a building.

With my Jeep in a spot and my ignition turned off, I drum on my steering wheel a few more times before smacking the heel of my palm against my glove compartment. It pops open, a hairbrush spills out, and I use it to tame my wind-tangled locks.

Earlier this week, the name of Shawn’s band—The Last Ones to Know—popped up on one of my favorite bands’ websites. I blinked once, twice, and then pushed my nose toward the screen to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

They were looking for a new rhythm guitarist. After doing a little digging, I found out that their old one, Cody, got kicked out of the band. The website didn’t say why, and I didn’t care. There was an opening, and everything in me told me to send an email to the email address listed at the bottom of the online flyer.

I typed the email in a daze—as if my guitar-loving fingers wanted to be in the band even more than my spaced-out brain did. I wrote that I had been in a band in college but that we broke up to go our separate ways, I sent a YouTube link to one of our songs, I asked for an audition, and I signed my name.

Less than half an hour later, I received a reply overflowing with exclamation points and an audition time, and I wasn’t sure if I should smile or cry. It was a chance to make all my dreams come true. But in order to do that, I’d have to face the dream that had already been crushed.

These past six years, I’ve tried not to think about it. I’ve tried to erase his face from my mind. But that day, with that email in front of me, it all came back in a rush.

Green eyes. Messy black hair. An intoxicating scent that seemed to linger on my skin for days, weeks.

I give my head a little shake to clear Shawn from my mind. Then I finish brushing my hair and take one last glance in my rearview mirror. Satisfied I don’t look nearly as messy as I feel, I hop onto the asphalt and haul my guitar case from the backseat.

Now or never.

After a deep breath of city air, I begin making my way around the concrete fortress casting shadow over the parking lot. Unforgiving rays of afternoon sunshine wrap themselves around my neck and send beads of sweat trickling between my shoulder blades. My combat boots hit the sidewalk step by heavy step, and I force them to keep lifting and falling, lifting and falling. It isn’t until I’m at a massive set of double doors that I finally stop long enough to let myself think.

I raise my hand. I lower it. I raise it again. I flex my fingers.

I take a deep breath.

I knock.

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About Jamie Shaw

Born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, JAMIE SHAW earned her M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University 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 chocolate 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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