Review: The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , Delphine Dryden , featured , Review , The Coffee Lover Posted on September 12, 2012 @ 11:00 am 1 comments

Format Read:ebook provided by publisher through NetGalley
Number of Pages:136 pages
Release Date:July 9th 2012
Publisher:Carina Press
Formats Available: ebook, Kindle Edition
Purchasing Info:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Author’s Website | Goodreads | Publisher’s Website

Book 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…

My Thoughts:
The Theory of Attraction was a pleasant surprise for me. I haven’t really read all that much erotica or BDSM themed stories, that are currently THE trend, and the couple of which I have read were a bit of a disappointment… But The Theory of Attraction was a pleasant and really hot surprise that I devoured in one sitting. Literally. It wasn’t a really long story after all.

The Theory of Attraction is the story of Ivan, a totally clueless in social interactions genius scientist and Camilla, his neighbor who is secretly lusting after him for a long time before anything happens between them.

Let me say here that the story seems being split into two parts. The first part, where no sex is involved, is the building of the story, where we get to know the two main characters and get warmed up to them and the second half, where all the sex takes place and we get to know the characters in a lot different way. That splitting is what I didn’t really like about this book, mostly, because Ivan’s character is almost split in two as well. Because the Ivan of the first half of the story is nothing like the Ivan as Dom. It’s almost like reading about a different person.

Let me explain myself. As soon as the story begins, we get to know Ivan as a gorgeous and really clever scientist, who’s totally clueless in all human and social interactions. Somewhere is mentioned that he’s borderline autistic. And from how he’s described in the first half, you can totally place him somewhere there, although not quite. But Ivan of the second half, has nothing to do with that shy and reclusive person. He’s far from shy, far from clueless in understanding other people, far from what we learned about him in the first part, period. His character isn’t simply consistent. Though the fact that he’s into the BDSM lifestyle is creatively explained and believable, scientist Ivan has nothing to do with Dom Ivan. I can understand how he wasn’t shy while in a BDSM context but what I can’t understand is how he seems unable to understand people when not in a sexual situation whereas when being Dom he understands everything perfectly and seems to anticipate his sub’s needs. It just doesn’t add up or I just haven’t researched much on BDSM lifestyle and I’m just missing something. And it’s not only that but how he also seems to get everything when Camilla explains it to him. It’s like no one ever explained to him how to behave before Camilla which I find rather hard to believe to be honest.

Apart from that, the writing style is nice, easy flowing and full of humor. It made an already interesting and good story flow even easier. But what I have to note about The Theory of Attraction, and I can’t stress that enough is that it’s one seriously hot piece of story. And when I say hot, I mean really HOT! Some of the scenes there were incredible. The chemistry between Ivan and Camilla was touchable and at last, we have a sub who isn’t that pathetic kind of heroine who has absolutely no self-esteem but is consensual and fully aware of what she does and really enjoying it.

All in all, The Theory of Attraction is a hot and sexy as hell story that I totally recommend. If for nothing else but for the creativity of some scenes 😛


I give The Theory of Attraction 4,5 stars

About Anna

Anna is a psychologist from Greece.You can almost always find her with a book stuck under her nose,so it's no wonder that all her friends make a joke of her.Apart from reading she dreams of the day she'll be able to travel around the world!Anna also blogs at Books to Brighten your Mood.

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  • Susan September 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Have to admit this was a DNF for me, altho maybe I should give it another shot. A big part of the problem was what you touched on–it started out one way and then took a totally different direction. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but didn’t work for me in this book. It had a very schizophrenic quality to me.

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