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 who'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.
©2017 Jamie Shaw (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
I enjoyed the earlier books in the series - so yes. But if this was the first in the series I would not rush out to buy the next one. As for the narration, I thought they were both easy to listen to & I have enjoyed other audiobooks narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.
Edited it down ... a lot. Saying the same thing, so many different ways gets kinda boring. Also, a big showdown might have made all my perseverance to finish the book worth it, but for all the angst in the story, I was actually quite surprised at how anticlimactic this book was.
There really isn't a scene that stands out for me. It was all a bit 'meh'.
Throughout the Mayhem series Mike has been a good guy and a true friend. It was as if Jamie Shaw saved the very best for last. Mike's dirty mouth was so unexpected, but he sure knew how to use it! He's a rock and roll good guy that everyone will enjoy getting to know.
"Going out with a bang"
4.5 stars for the fourth and final book in the Mayhem series by Jamie Shaw. This is Mike Madden's story - the drummer for rock band The Last One's To Know. Mike is officially the last unattached member of the band and while he has had ample opportunities to indulge in willing groupies he never did. This new adult romance is set at fictional Mayfield University in Virginia and can be read as a complete stand alone, but with hot rockers you can never go wrong.
Hailey Harper is studying pre-veterinary medicine at Mayfield and living in a deluxe apartment with her cousin Danica. Hailey is from a farm town in rural Indiana and can only attend school due to her uncle's generosity as he is paying for literally every single expense she has. Being indebted to her uncle has left Hailey in a precarious position where she has allowed her cousin - Danica - to do and say things she normally would've called her out on. Hailey doesn't want to "rock the boat" as Danica is the daughter of the man who is being kind enough to pay her way through school, but all bets are off when she falls in love.
Mike Madden fell in love with the most popular girl in school when he was in the third grade and started dating her as soon as he joined a band at fifteen. Mike and Danica dated for years until she broke his heart and never looked back until out of the blue she shows up at one of their performances. Mike always felt she was the one who got away and wanted to give them one more chance so he could move on with no regrets. Almost immediately he realized she was not the one for him, but instead her cousin - Hailey - is the girl that dreams were made of. Now he has to shake Danica loose and convince Hailey that they can and should make a relationship work.
This book was very heavy on the angst, but it was also filled with laughs, love and sexy to balance it all out. Then don't even get me started on the chemistry that Mike and Hailey had, it was so off the charts hot it made for some smoking hot scenes to say the least! I am seriously hoping the author will consider writing a "where are they now" novella about the band ten years or so from the date of the epilogue (a girl can dream)!
"suddenly the band needs more members"
I have loved and listened to theses books on repeat while waiting for Mike's story, and I wasn't disappointed.
One of my all time favorite series!
"Enjoyable no frills listen"
Jamie Shaw Mayhem series is auto download for me. Of all the books this is my least favorite, but found it entertaining none-the-less. It has been a long dry spell in my opinion for audio books and I was beyond excited to listen to this story.
The premise of the story is that Hailley is from a farm ... is being educated by her uncle along with her cousin of the same age. Her cousin is a spoiled witcth who likes to lord her prosperous family over her near destitute cousin. Dannika (cousin) is attending school to try to win back her high school boyfriend who is an up and coming rock star. However, Mike finds that he is over his first love and attracted to her much nicer cousin. The angst begins.
I think Hailley is a typical twenty something college student ... her character reflects the innocence and life inexperience at that age which is why I found the "angst" a bit tedious in regard to her cousin. I would agree that under normal circumstances one would not "steal" a cousin's boyfriend. In this case however, I found myself routing for her to do it because she did not stand up for herself at any other point.
Mike is a lovable drummer .... I would have liked to have listened to more from his POV ...
I used a credit for this listen and do not regret it. I would recommend for a credit or sale.
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