ARC Review: The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

Title: The Secrets of Attraction 
Author: Robin Constantine
Genre: Contempoary, Romance
Source: Edelweiss
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 28th 2015 

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. 

I thought this book was so adorable. Why? Because it actually felt real to me. I love realness when I read a romance novel and Robin didn't fail to give me that. The Secrets of Attraction was amazingly written with a few swoon worthy moments, and a whole bunch of romance. 

Every week after yoga Madison stops by the coffee shop next to the studio, where Jesse works. Through Jesse's love of music, and Madison's love of art the two connect and hit it off. Soon their friendship is turning into something more then just a friendship. But Jesse isn't ready for that, he is still getting over the break up with a long time girlfriend and Madison has her own struggles that she needed to handle. The Secrets of Attraction is told from alternating points of view, giving you a bigger insight on Jesse and Madison. 

My favorite part of this book was the characters. They weren't perfect, they had their flaws. Madison was dramatic about a ton of things, yet most sixteen year old girls are. I could relate with her on many things though. Her struggle with her mom, how Madison handles it, and how it all came together in the end was heart warming. I loved her relationship with her friends, she wasn't just focused on Jesse but her friendships too. Jesse was just...he is perfect. Well, no one is perfect but I really love Jesse. We see him at a low point in his life, and how much he grows through out the novel. He was a bit guarded, but after you learn of his friend's betrayal and loosing his girlfriend your heart really begins to break for him. 

The romance was adorable and realistic. Jesse is probably the cutest thing in the world. The romance was a slow burn, not instant and they both went through their up and downs going into their relationship. I loved how even though they were a couple, they still had fights and questioned their relationship. (well Madison did at least) Jesse's birthday gift to Madison was amazing, I swooned a little when I read it. The Secrets of Attraction was beautifully written and I can't wait to see more from Robin! 



  1. I've read one of Robin Constantine's books before and really enjoyed it so this sounds like one I need to read :) It's great when the romance feels real because it's like you're right there with the characters. Great review!

  2. I do hate the insta-love that seems so prevalent in YA books


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