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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: February 21, 2017
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.
What’s it About? Hailey Harper has a chance to achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian, her uncle is willing to pay for her tuition and her housing but there’s a catch. Her housing comes in the form of sharing a place with her dramatic, selfish, shrew of a cousin Danica. So far Hailey’s been able to deal with the brat but when Danica decides to win back her ex-boyfriend, Mike for purely selfish reasons, she decides to drag Hailey along to one of his band’s concerts. As the drummer for a band poised for epic fame, Mike Madden can have any girl he wants but when he meets Hailey he recognizes her as the one he’s been waiting for his whole life. But Hailey is stuck between a rock and a hard place because Danica will stop at nothing to get Mike back and she’s indirectly responsible for whether or not Hailey will be able to continue her studies. Adding to the complications, Hailey isn’t sure she’s cut out to be a rock star’s girlfriend.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Well Havoc is told from Hailey’s point of view so her opinion is swayed by her feelings for Mike BUT from what she sees and hears, he’s a catch. I loved the lack of an ego on him which is usually the norm for rock stars. He really did come off as a regular guy who just happened to be recognizable by millions of people around the world. I couldn’t help falling a little in love with Mike myself because he’s just so sweet, and honest about his feelings towards Hailey which was another thing that set him apart from typical rock stars. He was so adorable with her that I was getting a bit jealous of Hailey by the end of the story.
Did you like her? Sort of.
Why? Apart from having an awesome name, Hailey loved animals and it showed in big ways, the first being that she was willing to put up with her bratty cousin Danica in order to have her tuition paid for so that she could become a veterinarian, the second was how much heart and soul she put into volunteering with rescued dogs. She embodied all the emotions that I always feel when it comes to abused or neglected animals. I could relate to her on that level. Hailey was super kind hearted too, always putting the happiness of others ahead of herself.
Which was great for the most part but she honestly allowed Danica’s passive aggressive, manipulative, and downright abusive behavior go on far too long. Hailey would often rationalize or excuse Danica’s awful behavior with some weak excuse that even she didn’t completely believe. The biggest thing that bugged me about Hailey though was how insecure she was! A little insecurity can make a character better but I got tired of Hailey always going on and on about how she wasn’t good enough for Mike, how she wasn’t as beautiful as Danica, or worse, how often she wanted to cry because she wanted Mike but listed all the reasons why it would never work. It was annoying how many times Mike had to reassure her that she was good enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, etc. By the end I wanted to kick Hailey and tell her to just walk away from Mike for good because no one deserves to be with someone that they have to constantly reassure. However, just as I was about to write this girl off as a total loss, she did a rather unbelievable about face and started believing in herself and fighting for what she wanted. It was too little too late for me but I did enjoy seeing her put that pain in the butt cousin in her place in a good way.
Click It or Skip It? Click it. I dare you not to fall in love with Mike.
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