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The Theory of Attraction

(The Science of Temptation #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,534 ratings  ·  529 reviews
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
ebook, 136 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Carina Press
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love sexy geniuses with social interaction issues.

Kindle Freebie! I loved this sweet, sexy story!

The Theory of Attraction is my first taste of Delphine Dryden’s writing and it’s a fun, romantic, sexy story!
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.
~ Becs ~
Wow! This was a short but decidedly hot and sexy story. Ivan and Camilla are neighbours in an apartment complex near the university where they work. He is an astrophysicist with an intelligence of near genius proportions but with a social ineptitude that borders on Aspergers. Camilla, a computer script monkey at the same university, is his friend and neighbour.

He hardly seems to notice her as a woman but she’s been harbouring a secret crush on Ivan who has, innocently, been showing off his
Duchess Nicole
This was EXACTLY what I was looking for! Why is it so hard to find BDSM books that aren't cringe-worthy? I understand (and like) having my boundaries pushed. But I still like to ENJOY my book, and I like to actually keep some lines that I won't cross. This book was perfect!

I love the nerd that is Ivan! I love how literal he is, his obsession with order, the way he needs everything to make sense to HIM. He's a control freak, and why have I never read of another Dom nerd? They have the perfect
♡Karlyn P♡

3.5 'Nerds are Sexy Too' Stars

Not bad! THE THEORY OF ATTRACTION is a light BDSM romance, and has a nice spin as the Dom is a socially inept scientist who struggles coping with normal social situations. He prefers a life with rules, structure and even routines. Oddly, the BDSM life is perfectly suited for him. I do wish this one had more romance in it, especially towards the end, but it was a pretty good read for some light erotica BDSM.

Ivan enlists his neighbor Camilla's help to teach him how
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It was right up my alley with it being The Big Bang Theory goes BDSM and all!!

Camilla has slight stalker tendencies towards her neighbor Ivan, the hunky rocket scientist, whom she watches like clockwork daily as he takes his jogs, works in the garden, etc. Ivan and Camilla are friends and colleagues but Cami isn’t sure Ivan even realizes she is a woman most of the time. He has rigid schedules and likes to control in his lab and environment and Cami soon realizes
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: Galla
I don't read much contemporary ... anything. I get bored if there isn't fantasy, honestly. Sometimes copious amounts of sex can make up for that though, and it helped that this was the perfect length for erotica (a bit over 100 pages) and that it didn't feel too short or underdeveloped.

Dryden wrote this smartly and concisely and I never felt like things dragged on or that the sex got mechanical. Both characters had their strengths and weaknesses which added a bit more realism to the story than

4 Geeky Good Stars! I'm HOT for teacher!

Of course I'm late to the party again, but better late than never! So much for my social inadequacies. The geek/nerd in this book, Ivan, might have trouble relating to people in a group setting, but one on one in the bedroom, he RULES! Ivan's got his moves and dirty talk down to a science. I never thought clinical commanding sex could be so HOT! Lucky for Camilla the 'Professor' is a great teacher, and he'll take no less than a 100% grade! Great couple,
Dryden did something really interesting here -- created a hero who is clearly somewhere on the autism spectrum, with the accompanying literalness, rigidity, anxiety, and lack of social skills, but who's also the world's best Dom.

Camilla has been attracted to her geeky neighbor Ivan ever since she saw him respond calmly during an emergency; the hot bod he shows while running past her window -- "6:30 in the morning, out for a run each and every day" -- doesn't hurt either. When Ivan enlists her
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Amazon freebie!

What a great spin on a BDSM novel! It would be 4.5 stars had I not envisioned Sheldon Cooper for at least half the book.

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Ivan is a post-doc astro-physicist, so analytical and structured he has difficulty with friendships...or any human interaction at all...can we say SHELDON? When he has an important fund-raiser to attend to raise money for his research, he's afraid his lack of social skills will ensure failure. He's freaking out a bit.

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The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden
Print Length: 121 pages
Read: 6/22/2012
Heat Factor: 5/5 – Smoldering-Hot Love Scenes/BDSM
My Rating: 4/5

I received this eArc courtesy of Netgalley/Carina Press
Expected Release Date: 7/9/2012
A Red-Hot, Sexy Read!
Camilla is totally surrounded by astrophysicists and computer scientists in her townhouse complex but there is one who is her own personal eye candy, Dr. Ivan Reynolds. This sexy as sin rocket scientist jogs each day and with the heat wave
Sláinte Wanderlust
The Theory of Attraction
Favorite Lines - "oh, holy fuck. In the national geographic movie of my twisted mind, the lion had just leaped on the Gazelle, pinned it to the ground and mounted it from behind."

I will let you all in on a little secret, i used to be a computer geek and because of this i have a soft spot for nerds. I think this really helped me like Ivan as he did come across pretty odd at times (as the author meant him too) apart from that i did find him adorable in a lost puppy kind of
I expected a geek hero, but here it’s clear the hero has Asperger’s syndrome although it’s never mentioned (we get only heroine’s pov). My curiosity kept me glued as I wondered how a love story between such a hero and a heroine clueless about bdsm would turn out –and I really liked it, which was a surprise because I prefer the guy chasing the girl in my romances. The heroine loves him despite his flaws which made me believe in their HEA. I also liked author’s writing, light and often funny.
12/10/2013: Free on Kindle!

3.75 Stars - Originally reviewed at Risque Reviews

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
Fani *loves angst*
Theory of Attraction is the story of how Ivan and Camilla, two people who have been neighbours for the past two or more years, fall in love. Ivan is a professor of astrophysics at Houston University and a complete geek. Camilla who's studied social anthropology, accepts the task of preparing Ivan for a big fund-raising event that will help Ivan secure his tenure, as Ivan on his own is completely inept socially. Camilla has been drawn to Ivan for a long time, ever since she noticed him running ...more
Lady Heather
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lady Heather by: based on Dhes' review
I really enjoyed this novella.

This is the first book I've read by Ms. Dryden, and it certainly wasn't the last because I proceeded to read the next book in the series immediatley upon finishing this one.

The synopsis of "The Theory of Attraction" had my Geek-O-Meter standing at attention.
(I love stories that have nerdy-awkward-genius characters, and that's exactly what Ivan is).

I was wondering how I could effectively describe Ivan in a way that would do him any justice.

.. and then it came to me.
I loved this one!

I'm a complete sucker for an emotionally/socially handicapped hero so when I read the book blurb from this little gem I was SOLD. Well, the reality of 'The Theory of Attraction' actually far surpassed my already high expectations and IMO Dryden delivers a top-notch touching and sexy story that now lives on my "favorites" shelf.

Ivan (God, I even love his name!) is either a borderline or high-functioning autistic rocket scientist genius who works as a "Professor" and researcher at
Susan (susayq ~)
I only have two words for this.....yes, Professor.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**3-3.5 stars**

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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Magda by: Duchess Nicole
I was in the mood for a hot, steamy read & boy did this book deliver.

The tension, buildup between Cami & Ivan was fantastic!
Ivan, a very intelligent but socially awkward nerd, and Camilla, the next door girl who hides her feelings, were such a good fit.

So ...when did Ivan, the nerd, become incredibly attractive to me as a reader?


Before I could open the door, a pair of hands slapped against the wall on either side of me, trapping me between two lean arms. My world constricted in a
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a short read with humour and sex. Think of this book as Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory meets BDSM. But think of Ivan as an even hotter version of Sheldon without looking like a praying mantis. *giggles* Sorry, Sheldon, I still love you, though!

I loved Ivan. He is professor who is socially inept and very much likes controls in every aspect of his life... including the bedroom. He spoke to clinically but it worked because of the character he is. He was also suprisingly sweet and tender,
Tammy Walton Grant
Woohoo! I liked this. Bunches.

Story was (almost?) plausible, CHARACTERS WERE GROWN UPS, kink was steamy but not too much. This is what I wish I'd read 2 years ago instead of FSoG. Or perhaps this book was possible because of FSoG? Oh, who cares.

Anyway, this story starts off as a standard contemporary - heroine lusting after her neighbour, believing he doesn't notice her. I love these stories; this one has the added bonus of some bdsm thrown in.

I liked the characters, I liked the writing, I
Cami has been crushing on her neighbour for a year but although they have become friends he doesn't seem to notice her as a woman. Ivan may be highly intelligent but he is hopeless in social situations. With his job on the line unless he learns to woo potential investors at a fundraiser he asks Cami to teach him how to act. Cami jumps at the chance of spending time with Ivan and decides to use the situation to her advantage and try to seduce him. What she doesn't expect is that instead of being ...more
Kellie Maddox-Ward

I mean with lines like :
"Even your external labia are wet, Camilla. Are you craving penetration by now?"
"I've never done this," he whispered, seeming concerned.
"Done what?"
"Post coital demonstrations of affection."
How could you not?!?!

Astrophysicist Dr Ivan Reynolds is borderline OCD. He has a schedule that he keeps to very strictly, how do we know?
Because his next door neighbor Camilla has a crush on him and also is a borderline stalker. She doesn't need a
Jun 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am not one who normally flounces books. I seriously try to finish. But this book? I don't even know what was going on.

First, I have to say that the cover is hot. I love the title,'s hot. Other than the overall idea of this book, that's about all I liked.

Cami has a thing for her hot, geeky-to-the-extreme neighbor, Ivan. She wants him. Honestly, I think she'd want anyone, but I'm not going to argue that point here. The first third of this book was boring. There was so much detail about
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
This was a very enjoyable book. Two smart people get together under the pretense of Ivan, the hero, learning how to deal with people without putting them off. He lacks the ability to pick up on social cues, hence the reason he turned to BDSM, because "scenes" are negotiated beforehand. Then he watches a partner scientifically to see how they respond to treatment. It's worked for him.

Enter Cami, his friend and neighbor. She's bright and capable and accepts Ivan for who he is. She throws a monkey
Natasha is a Book Junkie
I'm firstly going to admit that I read this book in one sitting. So it is not a bad book by my standards if it kept me glued to the pages so well. However, after I've now slept on it, I can't really pinpoint what exactly kept me interested in the storyline except maybe insomnia.

The two main characters are Camilla, a computer geek who is really a social anthropologist, and Ivan, a rocket scientist. The issue at hand is Ivan's social awkwardness, his inability to socialize and act normally in
Neyra ♦
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, bdsm
Actual Rating 3.5

Review also posted at Darkest Addictions Book Reviews

I’ve died and gone to GeekDom Heaven! ;o I don’t know about you all, but when you mention a smart man, I can picture him strong, hot, and completely drool worthy, yes. But never in my 23yrs would I have imagined anything BUT vanilla sex with a man like Ivan, but oh boy did the cat come out of this Kink filled bag!

“Let’s just say I can do that role. Of a guy who plans to get you into bed. However, I will almost certainly not
P.A. Lupton
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story, and I definitely enjoyed it. At times, I really liked the dichotomy of Ivan’s personality. He’s a genius who is absolutely ignorant about social situations, and that made him come off as both rude and sweet.

“Cami, what are we supposed to do now? Do we go to sleep? Do you go home?” I would have preferred a passionate insistence that I stay, but I couldn’t help smiling at Ivan’s cluelessness. “Do you want me to go home?” “I’m not sure,” he admitted. “I want you here. And
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

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.

Here’s why:
-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
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, bdsm, 2012, e-book
I loved that this one started out as a girl with a crush on her hunky neighbor, the twist comes in when you realize how big of a geek Ivan is. It seemed like Camilla is throwing off signals left and right, but Ivan, the geek he is, is clueless.

I loved that Ivan comes to Camilla for lessons in social skills. I found it very funny when those lessons turned into something entirely different and slightly shocking for Camilla. Her neighbor, that she knows his entire schedule is into BDSM.

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“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.” 29 likes
“Camilla, you…my God,” he whispered against my skin, his voice sounding oddly strained. “Sweetheart, do you even know? You’re so perfect and you don’t even realize.”

The endearment seeped into me like a touch, warming me as much as his body did. “Did I say a good thing, Professor?”

“Oh, you said an amazing thing. Tonight I’m going to make very, very sure you know how much it means to me.”
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