The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down.
Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.
Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.
Characters are a biggie for me, so maybe that's the root of my issues with this book. Brooding can be a good thing, but it soured on Jesse for me. I didn't enjoy rehashing his ex-girlfriend drama repeatedly. Madison also bugged me. I don't know. Maybe I just liked Wren and Grayson from the first book more? I enjoyed the snippets of them in this book more than I did the main characters.
All in all, The Secrets of Attraction is a decent contemporary romance. It fits the bill for some former relationship baggage laden drama with a broody barista. If that's your type of thing, you'll love it. If not, well... There are plenty of other books to be read!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.