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The Theory of Attraction (The Science of Temptation Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Delphine Dryden
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Book Description

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...

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  • Editorial Reviews


    Romantic Times: Seal of Excellence Award winner! "This is one of the best novellas I've ever read. The story is complete, complex and vibrant. Plus Ivan is a smokin' hot hero. Not one, not two, but three thumbs up for Dryden and her fantastic tale!" - Romantic Times Book Reviews

    Romantic Times: Erotica "Top Pick" for July 2012! "This is erotic romance done right! A fantastic book for genre newbies, the story depicts Ivan ushering Camilla into the sensual unknown with trust, love and patience. The couple's journey into dominant-submissive play is touching and tender. It is also extremely honest; the two lead characters expose their thoughts and vulnerabilities to each other. Not simply a sexy read--for erotica and non-erotica readers alike, this is an absolute must-read." - Romantic Times Book Reviews  

    "Big Bang Theory meets erotic romance. Only Delphine Dryden could pull off a beautiful, funny, sexy as sin story like this! Her characters leap off the page and make you root for the nerd. Hell, I wasn't just rooting for the nerd...I was lusting for him. I want Ivan! Quirks, brain, flogger and all!" - NYT Bestselling author Mari Carr  

    " of the coolest fucking books I have read... The book would have been just as good without the sex scenes and you will like this book whether you are into BDSM or not." - The Romance Man

    "Make way for the new super nerd, super sexy hero!" - NYT Bestselling author Jennifer Probst  

    "...the plot is captivating, the intimate moments are scorching!" - Sinfully Delicious Reviews

    Product Details

    • File Size: 414 KB
    • Print Length: 121 pages
    • Publisher: Carina Press (July 9, 2012)
    • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00814M37U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Promising characters that became less when together July 11, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I thought this book started off pretty well. I could really appreciate how well the author wrote the socially awkward hero. He had some really great phrases like "If people are dumb, it's not my job to educate them all the time". I also found the author's geeky phrasing very fun such as "Two arguing geeks were stoppable. Three arguing geeks created an infinite argument vortex of doom that sucked time down like a black hole." It gave the book a lot of promise in my mind. I couldn't wait to see Ivan come out of his shell and figure out how to form relationships and interact with people. I thought Camilla and her friend Agatha would be a good contrast to Ivan's lack of relationships.

    Then the sex scenes started. I didn't realize it was going to be so heavily and only BDSM. These were some deep, dark scenes that skirted the border of consent, but never actually crossed it. And Ivan was a completely different person in his BDSM world. I would say the middle half was basically composed entirely of BDSM scenes. Which ended up being a bit too much for me. I'm ok with a little bit of BDSM, but this felt like it happened at the expense of a real relationship for these characters.

    I kept waiting for Camilla to grow some backbone and insist that they have some form of relationship outside of the bedroom. I kept hoping that she'd force Ivan out of his comfort zone and let her be an active member of their sexy times. I kept thinking that some of Ivan's secret smiles would actually lead to him wanting something more because he actually liked Camilla. For the whole middle half of the book, we don't get anything about the characters other than what they are to each other in their scenarios.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    I loved this story and could relate to it for so many reasons. Mostly because like the hero of the story, Ivan, is not unlike my husband brilliant but socially inept. And I like the heroine, Camillia, hung out with the geeks despite not being quite so brilliant.
    Camilla lives next door to astrophysicist Ivan. Recently she has discovered that he is something of a hunk underneath all that OCD and social awkwardness. They have been friendly since she moved in and she knows his routine down pat (think Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory). But he knows he is out of his depth when it comes to social conventions and asks Cami to help him prepare for an important fundraiser where he is expected to mingle. (Think Penny). Now stop. This is where it deviates from any BBT analogy you might have. Because of her attraction to Ivan Cami has often wondered about Ivan's sex life. She has never seen him with a date of either sex. Ivan is a detail oriented man and at some point he was introduced to BDSM and it appealed to him because there are rules and it requires upfront communication. After one of their socialization lessons where Cami has been more flirtatious than normal she finds out exactly what being with Ivan entails. The chemistry is nuclear.
    This story is funny, quirky, sexy and an outright blast.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for Theory of Attraction August 25, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I've come to realize that I must be pretty picky about my Erotica. Not that I didn't enjoy this book, because there were some highlight worthy moments. I guess it was just kind of...meh...for me. I struggled to get into it, which says a lot if I can't get motivated to read a smexy.

    Let's start with a quick run-down. Cami, the female lead, was just ok. I didn't really like her, or dislike her. She has a fascination with her hot scientist neighbor, who is a bit of a mystery. Cami and Ivan bump into each other around the complex, but have never really had much to chat about. But then, Ivan decides he needs Cami's help for a big fundraiser that he will be attending. See...Ivan lacks a bit in his social skills and he feels like Cami is his best bet at helping him break those barriers. The more time they spend together "practicing" his social skills, the more they want to act on their sexual curiosity about each other. Which leads me to the smexy.

    It took a while to get to it, but once I WAS pretty hot. Ivan has a bit of a darker, dominating side that he introduces to Cami. She's experienced sexually, but she's never participated in any kind of Dom/Sub scene. I was a bit shocked when the story took this direction and I can't say that I'm all that interested in that lifestyle, but it was sexy and not degrading. Be advised that there is "backdoor" action at play. If you can't handle that kind of thing, this may not be the book for you.

    While the sex was hot, I just felt like it was a mediocre read for me. I found the plot lacking and it was slow to start. It's not a very long book, so I was expecting the action to take place a bit sooner. Plus, I felt like Ivan's background was glazed over a bit and I would have liked to have understood him a bit better.
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars BDSM without the therapy session August 21, 2012
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    If this book was a kid it's parents would be "The Big Bang Theory" and Fifty Shades of Grey. The characters have witty banter and intelligent conversation as well as steamy love scenes. No one needed therapy or was locked in a cage by their parents as a child. Just two consenting, if socially awkward, adults having fun.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Too Kinky for Me
    This book was too kinky for me. It was not entertaining to me when it detailed the kinky sex. Call me old fashion, but I didn't dig it. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by DORIS
    4.0 out of 5 stars steamy!
    Excellent character development, strong plot, and wonderful love scenes! I really enjoyed the story line, and thee characters. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by William Sims
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Just okay
    Published 5 months ago by ShoniRenee
    2.0 out of 5 stars It was alright...
    It was steamy at times but nothing too exciting. Did not like the ending as it left the reader hanging a bit...
    Personally I could have passed this book.
    Published 6 months ago by sweetiris
    3.0 out of 5 stars This book was ok. The actual story was a ...
    This book was ok. The actual story was a little weak, but the it still managed to keep my interest.
    Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars It was almost like reading an episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
    At first, it was hard to get into. Camilla lives in an apartment complex full of brainiac astrophysicists. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by mrs_goatman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
    Camilla has a major crush on her neighbor Ivan who happens to be a shy rocket scientist. He follows a strict schedule and routine daily and prefers spending time alone. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Debbie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not so theoretical
    Fun read. Quirky characters and really hot sex. Makes you want to do some experiments of your own. Will definitely read more of the author's work.
    Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Theory Proven
    Camille is in love with Ivan from afar. Ivan is a true nerd and seems clueless. Ivan and Camille are hot together!
    Published 8 months ago by Elwood
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love the book and now I want more
    Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
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    More About the Author

    When not writing erotic romance and steampunk or Delphine edits other peoples' books, reads voraciously, and spends far too much time on the computer. She is fortunate enough to have two absurdly precocious children who have mostly learned not to distract her while she's working.

    A native Texan, Del currently resides near Houston. But she dreams of moving back to the San Francisco Bay area one day, where there are fewer alligators and the temperature most of the year isn't quite so much like the surface of the sun.

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