Havoc Mayhem #4 By: Jamie Shaw Published: Feb. 21, 2017 By: Avon Impulse Source: Purchased Add to Goodreads GR's Summary: 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.
Mayhem Series: My Review of Mayhem Here My Review of Riot Here My Review of Chaos Here
I am a huge fan of all of the guys in the fictional band, The Last Ones to Know! I have swooned excessively over Adam, Joel, Shawn, and Mike. They all are my favorites for different reasons. These guys are genuine heart throbs, and if you want a romantic, steamy, slow-burning love story, the Mayhem Series should be at the top of your TBR list!
Ms. Shaw knows how to build up the sexual tension between her main characters to the point where you feel like you can't take it for one more second, but when they finally do fulfill their desires for one another, your heart feels like it's pounding right out of your chest, you see bright fireworks explode, hear music playing in the background, and can't wipe the cheesy grin off of your face. As a reader, this is the ultimate transcendent experience. It is when you feel one with the main character, and as if every moment that they experience, is happening to you simultaneously!
The Mayhem Series is my favorite rockstar series. Every time I think that this series couldn't possibly be as amazing as I remember, I pick up the next book, fall in love all over again and become obsessed with the story.
In Havoc, we get the drummer Mike Madden's love story. Mike is the proverbial good guy. He is a gentleman. Mike is beyond thoughtful, attentive, caring, compassionate, loyal, and down to earth. He is always going out of his way for others, and pays attention to what people like, how they are feeling, and then continuously does sweet, small, considerate gestures. While originally Adam, Joel, and Shawn were okay messing around with groupies, and not wanting to settle down, Mike has never messed around and has wanted to find the right girl to love and settle down with. Unfortunately, he's been hung up on the memory of the high school ex-girlfriend that broke his heart; beautiful, spoiled, narcissistic and self-absorbed, Danica.
Now that the Last Ones to Know have gotten a record deal and are becoming famous, Danica decides that she wants Mike back. Really, she would be good with any of the band members, but Adam, Joel, and Shawn can't stand her. Plus, they are all madly in love with their significant others; Rowan, Dee, and Kit.
So Danica decides to move to Mike's town and brings along her sweet, selfless, soft spoken, poor, loving, easily pushed around cousin, Hailey. Danica's father is wealthy and offers to pay for both girls college tuition, school books, housing, living expenses, etc. This is a dream come true for Hailey, who is a hard worker and has always wanted to become a veterinarian. Hailey's parents could never afford to pay for her college, and even with scholarships and working full-time, she would not be able to attend.
So while Danica bosses Hailey around and is verbally abusive, she takes it, because if she makes her cousin mad, she's sure her uncle will stop funding her education. Danica always gets what she wants and has her parents and everyone else wrapped around her little finger. Her good looks, fake tears, and superior acting skills have never let her down before.
When Danica drags Hailey to club Mayhem to help her get Mike back, it isn't her scene. She can acknowledge that Mike is hot, but has no interest in any guy that would be interested in her horrible cousin. However, things change that night when Mike and Danica hook up, and after Danica falls asleep, spend several hours talking, laughing, playing video games and drinking a few beers. Pretty soon, Mike and Hailey's friendship begins to blossom and they become best of friends (without Danica becoming aware of just how close they've grown.) Danica's true colors begin to show, and before long, it's obvious that even Mike realizes she is not a good person.
However, Hailey could never pursue a relationship with Mike, no matter how she feels about him. She would lose her dream of becoming a veterinarian and knows that it would be wrong to be with him after he was with Danica (even if her cousin treated him poorly, and just wanted him for his new rockstar status.) However, Can true love be denied?
Havoc was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I can't remember the last time I turned the pages on my Kindle so quickly. The further I got in to the story, the more frantic I became to finish it and see how everything was going to end, but also the sadder I became, because I did not want it to end. The ending was perfect! It made me swoon, and I was blissfully satisfied!
As you can see, I became obsessed with Havoc. I just can't stop gushing and I know my review is way too long, but I fell in love. I fell in love with Mike. I fell in love with Hailey. I fell in love with them as individuals and as the perfect dream couple. I fell in love all over again with Adam, Ro, Joel, Dee, Shawn, Kit, and the best Fairy Godfriend ever, Leti! 5 I'm Hooked, Cannot Put My Kindle Down, Obsessed, Hot, Romantic, I'm Swooning (Please help me up,) Filled Stars!!!
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. When she's not chasing after her fast-as-lightning one-year-old son, she's 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. Jamie's debut New Adult MAYHEM series, published by Avon Impulse/HarperCollins, debuted in early 2015. Jamie is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.