“Read on July 28, 2012
Didn’t Like It
“The first half of the book was pretty good. When the relationship changed, it just wasnt my cup of tea. I dont like the master/slave dynamic so that brought my opinion of it down but thats just my taste. It wasnt a bad story.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The first half of the book was pretty good. When the relationship changed, it just wasnt my cup of tea. I dont like the master/slave dynamic so that brought my opinion of it down but thats just my taste. It wasnt a bad story.”K J wrote this review Friday, November 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Camilla lives near a group of scientists from the university that enjoy getting together. One of them happens to be her neighbor, Ivan. Turns out he needs some help with his social skills for an upcoming fundraiser. Little does Camilla know but she will be the one that will be learning some things as well.
This was just an okay read for me...I think because I was expecting something...else? more? I loved Ivan being so awkward and nerdy and I really enjoyed Camilla schooling him how to be more socially interactive but...the "bedroom" Ivan was a bit much. It was almost like Ivan was two different people and I guess he was. I really would've liked more focus on the ending of the book instead of all the BDSM stuff.
Towards the end when Ivan was realizing what Camilla wanted...that's what I really liked. It would've been nice to see him meshing his two sides ~ bringing his awkward side together with his domineering side. While the sex/BDSM parts were steamy, I guess I wanted more romance. Maybe this could have happened if the book was longer.
Definitely an interesting, quick and hot read if that's what you're looking for.
♥ “Sense memories of you persist and do not seem to abate as the day progresses. It’s disconcerting, Camilla. I don’t like it when my mind plays tricks on me. I would much rather simply have you here in the flesh, to feel and taste and smell with my actual senses. Instead my mind keeps conjuring this false perception of your presence. I think it means I miss you.”
♥ “I think this is love. But I’ve never been in love before, either, so I don’t know.”
“Read on July 28, 2012
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…
Whoever said nerds/geeks are not sexy never met Dr. Ivan Reynolds, socially clueless he may be but a cutie nonetheless!
Camilla is a very "rare breed" in the apartment complex where she lives, she is one of only two women in the middle of a group of guys. What makes her truly special though is she is popular because of her ability to accept these particular males as they are, after all every one of them is a "nerd" or a "brain" or a "geek" depending on what you choose to define someone whose intelligence IQ is probably close to or beyond the genius level but their social IQ is almost below zero.
Dr. Ivan Reynolds, her next door rocket scientist neighbor is a case in point. Ivan has some major difference that sets him apart from the other guys, he is cute, has a nice physique and the "idiot" has no clue Cami exists as an available attractive member of the opposite sex!
I loved this books beginning, the way that Cami basically is "stalking" her neighbor by being so aware of his schedule that she even knows it is time to get ready for work when he goes off for his morning jog on weekdays! Plus living in a complex with people who are about as brilliant as they are clueless has to be quite an experience all on it's own.
The relationship between Cami and Ivan is very much something that was fun to watch as it took the turn from "neighbors" to friends to "friends with benefits". The understanding that Cami shows for all the OCD behavior that Ivan exhibits is nothing short of wonderful, her patience in looking beyond his brusque attitude to see that the man inside is so focused that he cannot understand why people just do not say exactly what they mean and point out exactly what they want warmed my heart and showed that she really "got" Ivan for who he is and did not try to change him into who she wanted him to be. (At least not too much anyway, smoothing his "rough edges" with some tactful tips was needed for the poor guy to learn to function in public situations better.)
The side of Ivan that Cami learns about almost by accident, the dominant articulate male that he becomes behind closed bedroom doors not only surprises her but it excites her beyond measure as well. This is a small taste for Cami of a lifestyle that she has not even associated with her rather uptight neighbor, BDSM is not something that she would have dreamed that he was aware of much less something Ivan actually regularly participated in. After spending more time with him and talking more about what his limits are in social situations it becomes clear to Cami that his sexual preferences are actually quite in keeping with his character as it is all about being in charge, being in control but at the same time relinquishing that control by trusting in his partner. An eye opening revelation for both Cami as well as the reader.
I had a good time reading this novella, the characters were fun to interact with, the plot was not hard to follow and the steamy sexual encounters made a hot summer day even hotter! All in all a quick, easy read that pretty much anyone who enjoys erotic short stories will find interesting and entertaining.
The story is very short, it however encompasses all the elements of a longer tale without any problems for me.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]”
“The Theory of Attraction is the story of a super intellectual Ivan asking his neighbor Camilla to help him learn to be better in social situations. Ivan particularly needs assistance with a fund raiser for his department’s research funding. Camilla is attracted to Ivan but she doesn’t think he sees her as a woman.
Bottom line its Geeky (but hot) professor with major control issues, that connects with equally hot neighbor that never knew she was a submissive. Ivan is arrogant, socially inept and a closet Dom which leads to a very steamy affair.
The Theory of Attraction was an entertaining story. I did have a hard time relating the geeky professor with the controlling Dom…intellectual experiments with professor of the bedroom. Ultimately it had a great ending. I’m giving The Theory of Attraction 3 ½ stars.”
“I just couldn’t resist this read. The synopsis sounded that good. I was intrigued to find out what this story was about and found out I did!
First off this story is an erotica with BDSM in it. I personally don’t like BDSM and mostly because it’s not for me, I just don’t understand it AND it’s not for me. But hey, I won’t knock it and I’ll give it a chance every now and then (READING, that is). This would be one of those now and thens. I really enjoyed this story. It was cute, funny, mostly realistic and just plain fun.
Camilla lives near a University, in a building occupied by mostly professors and employees of said University. Camilla has this HOT neighbor, Ivan, who she has been observing, analyzing and drooling over for a while now. Everyone in the building gets along and friendships have formed. They hang out with one another, cook together and are there for one another. So it’s no surprise when Ivan asks Camilla to help him out by prepping him for a fundraiser that’s coming up. Ivan is brilliant academically, not so much socially. After a few weeks of tutoring Ivan, one thing leads to another and Camilla finds out that there is more to Ivan than she’s ever observed.
This was written well and I loved Camilla and Ivan. I even liked that the author didn’t just throw the BDSM in there like BAM in your face but actually weaved an explanation of what certain things mean. I.e. Blindfolding. It’s really about trusting that the other person won’t hurt you while enjoying the mystery and surprise of what’s happening around you. I get it… I can relate…in theory. :-)
So, yeah, I liked that Professor Ivan let some of us in on the psychological workings of a BDSM mind.
The only thing I had a problem with was the ending. Camilla had unrealistic expectations of Ivan. I would think she would know by now that he was going take things slow or not have a clue about what she wanted and thought. What she wanted or felt was realistic just how quickly she wanted Ivan to figure it out was not.
At any rate read the book, because I think you should, so you can find out what I’m talking about and let the discussion begin!
ARC provided by Carina Press via NetGalley. ”
“Reviewed by Ann & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Nerds + BDSM = The Theory of Attraction
That’s the basic equation of this book, but my reaction to it was not exactly raving. I was recommended this book because of the interesting nerd Dom and because I love to read BDSM. I jumped on it, but didn’t exactly feel entirely connected to this book.
-Camilla has been attracted to Ivan, her neighbour who happens to be smart rocket scientist. She has had this crush on him for a long time and when Ivan asks her to teach him to be more sociable, Camilla takes this opportunity to be a little more closer to him. I never really connected with Camilla’s character. Her POV just never really captured my attention. While I did think she was funny, in the end, it wasn’t enough for me to warm up to her.
-Ivan is an interesting character. He isn’t your usual Dom, that’s for sure and it’s the main reason why I decided to read this book, but I felt that a lot of the time he was a jerk. I think the author was trying to make him more of a stern Dom, but for me, it just didn’t translate that well.
So while I liked the idea of this nerd hero, he actually felt more like an arrogant nerd rather than one who was shy since that’s what I normally associate with “nerds”. He just happened to be extremely smart.
Though The Theory of Attraction wasn’t a home run for me, there are some good parts and sexy times in this book. It could be worth the read!