Chaos: Mayhem #3 by Jamie Shaw with Excerpt

Chaos: Mayhem #3 by Jamie Shaw with Excerpt

Welcome to my review for the third book in the Mayhem series, a New Adult Contemporary Rock Romance by Jamie Shaw.  Please be sure to read on for the excerpt, don’t forget to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the book, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Digital Download Bundle of Mayhem Series Bks 1&2


The first I have read in this series, Shaw sets this story with a prologue to bring readers up to speed for Kit and Shawn’s story, and gives a sense of the characters we are to meet.

Fast forward to Kit’s preparing for an audition call for Shawn’s band: a guitarist with plenty of skils and a kick ass attitude in life, she’s going for what she wants, past crush be damned. With a family that doesn’t love her dreams of guitar-fame, but a twin brother Kale is completely in her corner no matter what dream she chases.  Oh her family isn’t nasty about not wanting her to play, it’s just they pictured a different career for her, and her older brothers aren’t shy about interfering to protect their baby sister.

Shawn and Kit had a “thing’ but he’s all about the music and the integrity of his art.  He’s a writer, musician and intellectual, a bit of a music snob actually, and doesn’t accept or offer friendship easily. Kit is the best choice for the band: good guitarist, solid musician AND he soon discovers she is more about the quality of the work than the quantity of press.

Together their relationship as bandmates is infused with Kit’s disappointment and hurt from the past. They have a connection that works on so many levels: intellectually, interests, even their chemistry is electric, but Kit’s inability to just lay out her hurts from the past does drop some serious roadblocks into the mix.

With some wonderful secondary characters, a great peek into Kit’s family dynamics with her brother’s coming into the story and some clever moments that highlight the passion and emotion of the moment, this was a wonderful story and has me wanting to read the earlier books in the series.

Chaos: Mayhem #3 by Jamie Shaw with Excerpt

Title: Chaos
Author: Jamie Shaw
Series: Mayhem #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062379704
Published on: 21 July, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 432
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 19 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.


Tasty Excerpt


“Kit,” Kale complains, and I stop walking. At the top of the stairs, I turn and face him.

“Kale, you know this is what I want to do with my life. I’ve wanted to be in a big-name band since middle school. And Shawn is an amazing guitarist. And so is Joel. And Adam is an amazing singer, and Mike is an amazing drummer . . . This is my chance to be amazing. Can’t you just be supportive?”

My twin braces his hands on my shoulders, and I have to wonder if it’s to comfort me or because he’s considering pushing me down the stairs. “You know I support you,” he says. “Just . . .” He twists his lip between his teeth, chewing it cherry red before releasing it. “Do you have to be amazing with him? He’s an asshole.”

It’s not like I can’t understand why Kale is worried. He knew how much I liked Shawn before that party, and that night, he squeezed every last detail out of me. He knew I gave Shawn my virginity, so he knew why I cried myself to sleep for the next few weeks when Shawn never called.

“Maybe he’s a different person now,” I reason, but Kale’s dark eyes remain skeptical as ever.

“Maybe he’s not.”

“Even if he isn’t, I’m a different person now. I’m not the same nerd I was in high school.”

I start down the stairs, but Kale stays on my heels, yapping at me like a nippy dog. “You’re wearing the same boots.”

“These boots are killer,” I say—which should be obvious, but apparently needs to be said.

“Just do me a favor?”

At the front door, I turn around and begin backing onto the porch. “What favor?”

“If he hurts you again, use those boots to get revenge where it counts.”

I laugh and take a big step forward to squeeze my brother in a hug. “Promise. Love you, Kale. I’ll call you when it’s over.”

With a big sigh, he hugs me back. And then he lets me go.




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About Jamie Shaw

Born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, Jamie Shaw earned her M.S. in Professional Writing 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 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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