Review – The Theory of Attraction

Cover image, The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden

That cover seems really weird to me… I didn’t really examine the cover until I placed the image in this post, but doesn’t it look like the lady’s legs are in the wrong place?  Or is that her belly under his arm and her pushed-up shirt is just perfectly hidden?  And, honestly, it looks a little uncomfortable how he’s squashing her boob… but whatever.

Anyway, do you like Big Bang Theory?  How about erotica?  How about a combination of the two?  A few weeks ago someone on my Twitter feed used the term “nerdmance” in connection with this book, and I really think it fits.  Also, it convinced me that I should read this book.  As an aside, I’m listening to a brand-new nerdy playlist to help me connect to my geeky side while I write this review.  Also, my geeky side is never far away.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date-he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about-he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

47,000 words

I really enjoyed this book, but I’m having a hell of a time trying to figure out what I can say about it on a blog that my mom reads (hi Mom!).  So here’s what I liked about this book:

  1. Cami makes a great narrator.  She is likable, intelligent, funny, and easy to relate to (although I didn’t exactly relate to her willingness to stick her naked ass in the air, but whatever).  Hi Mom!
  2. Ivan is just adorable.
  3. The secondary characters are great, and that’s not exactly easy to achieve in a book this short.
  4. It could have been totally crazy.  As you can see from the publisher’s blurb, there’s a bit of BDSM (I’d call it BDSM-lite, having read The Siren…), and Ivan introduces Cami to his sexual lifestyle, but he does it gently (if such a thing is possible) and with serious attention to her communications, both verbal and nonverbal.  Because of this, the BDSM stuff never veers anywhere near to abuse.
  5. The ending made me smile.  Also, this book has further convinced me that I never want to live in Texas.  Apparently, it gets hot there.
  6. It’s just fun.

There was a scene that was a wee bit too… um… yeah… hi Mom! for my particular taste, but that’s just me.  Shocked and slightly embarrassed though I was while reading that scene, I still thought it was handled very well and made sense within the context of the whole book, and it had this lovely little piece that helped me to understand Dom/sub relationships just a bit better.  I’d quote that section, but, seriously, my mom reads this blog.  🙂

Bottom line, this book is well worth a read, especially if you like erotica.

And I’ve got to finish with a shout out to my mom, because she’s awesome.

*FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-galley of this book from Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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10 thoughts on “Review – The Theory of Attraction

    • Yeah, it really is. It’s got all this great social awkwardness interspersed with hot sex. You wouldn’t think that combination would make for a good read, but it totally does.

  1. Congrats on the freebie and the need for FTC disclaimer. I take your first FTC as a thing to celebrate and a sign of moving up in the blogosphere. Being in a similar situation (you’ll see next week) I’m super excited to have both of our blogs noticed enough by others to be sent free shit.

    • Well, in the book blogging world, it’s actually pretty easy, because I have an e-reader. Any blogger who features/reviews books on the blog and/or on Goodreads can sign up for a NetGalley accout and request e-book ARCs. If your blog/twitter follower count meets certain publishers’ threshholds, they might agree to your requests, and then you get free review copies. I think I’ve done 5 ARC reviews so far (the only posts specifically called reviews). I have 2 more in the queue. It’s nice, but I do feel more free to be me when I’ve purchased a book… not more honest, just more… random, I guess. Congrats!! You are definitely legit (too much so ever to quit). Cheers–

  2. “…her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor…”

    Where can I get me one of those?

    Hot sex and social awkwardness actually sounds like something cool. It’s nice knowing the two can coexist.

  3. So, I was going to comment on the previous post but then saw your input for this cover and couldn’t stop laughing. I’ll have to find this later to read because I’m curious but don’t want to review it. Where are these hot nerds? Apparently they exist but I have yet to meet/see one. This needs to happen.

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