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Title: The Theory of Attraction
Author: Delphine Dryden
Release Date: 9 July 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Posted: June 4, 2012
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Heat Level: II
Summary/Blurb: (from Goodreads.com)
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…
Erotic Dominance-and-submission power plays meets Big Bang Theory in Delphine Dryden's eminently entertaining The Theory of Attraction. Begin with a hero that’s different from the
norm, sexy at times, and has geeky conversations--an intriguing hero who was so strict in his schedule and needs, and more than slightly a nerd. Add in BDSM, and you’ve got something I couldn’t resist. Ms. Dryden delivered one hell of a great story! Yes, Ivan was everything I
could have hoped for.
Ivan reminded me quite a bit of Sheldon (from Big Bang Theory) in his need for a set schedule and social ineptitude, but without the skinny physique. Brains and the delicious muscles is what Camilla is so drawn to as she watches him head out each morning for his run. The great thing about Ivan is that he is really well developed, with a ton of quirks, insecurities in some areas, strength and confidence in others, and an extremely straight-forward way that demanded the same from Camilla. He seems to be on the borderline of being able to be
diagnosed with Aspergers, and I think the Ms. Dryden did a fantastic job of portraying this.
After being neighbors for a little over a year Camilla went from being ambivalent towards Ivan to lusting after him pretty strongly. Even though she has a PhD in social anthropology which led to working at a University writing computer scripts and living in a complex that houses most of the other PhDs from the University, Camilla is at ease in her environment--even though, socially, she tends to fall on the fringes of it. I loved Camilla’s ability to feel at ease in
nearly any situation, with anybody.
While Ms. Dryden's story is generally labeled as ‘erotic’ romance, mostly due to the BDSM, I feel like it was actually fairly tame in that respect. The sex scenes mattered – a lot – to the
development of their relationship, which is something I really appreciate in a story. The BDSM is mostly about dominance and submission with some spanking and flogging thrown in, creating some incredibly sexy times. I also really enjoyed the way they worked the D/s into their lives, and the fact that they both clearly respected each other helped with that. And a great surprise bonus was the sometimes subtle jokes layered into the dialogue and Camilla’s thoughts. More than once I started grinning and chuckling while reading The Theory of Attraction, laughing right along with Camilla at the absurdity of certain situations.
Written entirely in Camilla’s first-person point-of-view can often present some challenges in developing the romance. These are challenges that Ms. Dryden deftly tackles. Throughout the book I was right there rooting for these two to get together and for things to work between them. There were a couple of word choices throughout the book that pulled me out of the story, and the ending felt slightly abrupt--tied up a bit too neatly.