He’d been afraid of me, and I had used fear to keep him away until I couldn’t stand to be anywhere but close.
Dante Heron has lived a life surrounded by pointless affection and impossible demands. Driven to the brink by his parents in pursuit of fame and fortune, he has learned to circumvent anything that would force him to feel more than he can stand. Until Chris. But then, he drove away Chris just as surely as he'd chased off everyone else.
Lost and afraid of the truth of that rejection, Dante pines from afar—more used to suffering than facing his problems. However, his feelings continue to torment him and no matter how many times he wants to leave the past behind, it won't let go.
Magnetic is a short companion story to Volatile in the Treacherous Chemistry series.
Pre-Order Date: 18th July 2017 Early Download: 1st August 2017 General Release: 29th August 2017
Raised in one of the cold corners of the world, Avylinn spends her days either wrapped up in a blanket or basking in the precious sunlight. When she can’t choose herself, she’s holed up in an office working with climate research that has little to do with the worlds and characters she creates in her vivid dreams.
Always the emotional one, she has found her outlet in writing, voicing thoughts, emotions and fears through her characters that feel very much alive to her. And, what began as a hobby soon took more and more time in her life until she realized that she had left her old life behind and entered a new one where her emotions turned into a super power—ready to launch at her poor readers.
She recharges with the help of coffee, cinnamon buns, popcorn and occasionally a healthier alternative.
I'm so happy we finally get to be in Dante's head and what goes through his complicated mind. It's was so good seeing his vulnerable side and the intense feelings he has for Chris. Even though Dante comes off as a brooding and aloof I knew there was so much more to him. Every since I read "volatile" I been hooked on Dante/Chris's explosive relationship.
My magnetic Dante
I was so proud of Dante, for finally fighting his demons and winning Chris back. Call me crazy but I was kinda glad he suffered just as much as Chris, because for me it made their reunion so much sweeter. As always the effortless writing of mis winters who always brings these imperfect characters to life and makes them so perfect for each other. ❤️
To understand this story you must read Volatile first....and you should because Volatile is an wonderful written delicate and emotional story. I did read it again before starting in Magnetic See link to review Volatile at bottom
Absolute loved Dante's pov. His view made it somewhat better to handle. We know all Chris his feelings....now Dante's. He has it hard because he is so indoctrinated by his parents it's just painful to watch. Totally overruled by specially his mother. Damn I could scream...
He just did give up....more used to suffering than facing his problems. Only....now he knows Chris...bit by bit he turns to a life he only could dream of.... He doesn't know Chris is afraid and holds back, he refuses to be 'one of them' and what Chris feels has nothing to do with infatuation. The way Dante expresses himself toward Chris gets him in more trouble and Chris is withdrawing.... They both need desperately a second chance...
Beautiful written short story, a real completion to Volatile. Somewhat more described interactions...their lovemaking... so pure so beautiful. Emotional, sincere and heartbreaking. Highly recommend in combination with Volatile.
En 45 páginas la autora nos deja ver el punto de vista de Dante durante un periodo fundamental en el libro Volatile sobre Dante y Chris. Precisamente, uno de los aspectos más flojos de Volatile es que el personaje de Dante se queda muy oscuro, es difícil conocerle a él y sus motivaciones, y esto es lo que nos ofrece la autora aquí. Imprescindible para entender bien el primer libro de la serie.
When I read Volatile, it was a story that was filled with so much angst that it had me stressed for much of the book. Even so, I loved Chris and Dante’s story and found that to be an extremely satisfying read. Getting to read Dante’s side here in Magnetic was an excellent complement to Volatile, even if reading it shot my tension levels right back up again.
You really get to see how much stress is placed on Dante by his parents (you don’t even want to get me started on them, especially his freakin’ mother), and how trapped he feels by not wanting to wreck his relationship with them since they’re still his family.
But the best part of Magnetic for me was the reunion with Chris. Seeing this from Dante’s point of view just made it shine for me all over again, and reminded me of how much I loved that part of Volatile when I read it.
A huge tip of the hat to the author for giving us readers Dante’s take on things, for me Magnetic was a 4.5-star read. You really must read Volatile before moving on to Magnetic otherwise you will probably feel quite lost as this is a companion story to it. Be prepared for the angst and tension, but also be prepared to add this author to your list of those to watch. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
Magnetic is a companion short story to Volatile, and can't be read on its own, because you'll be lost, so please read them in order. Also, this review might contain spoilers for book 1, so proceed at your own risk.
This book is Dante's POV to the events following Chris' departure and it was all I had been expecting and more, so much more. It was heartbreaking to read Dante's need for his parents' approval and his sadness at having lost Chris. I wanted to cuddle him and make things better for him and throat-punch the useless excuses for parents that he had, especially his mother. She was absolutely horrid.
This was an amazing read, Avylinn Winter's writing was amazing and she managed to recapture the magical chemistry between Chris and Dante, even with Chris being absent from the story until nearly the end, at least physically, because he was never far from Dante's thoughts. Highly recommendable for fans of this series, and for new readers, just read Volatile first, you won't regret it.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
Dante finds himself in a world of pain. He can't seem to stop thinking of Chris, especially as he realises that he isn't entirely blameless in the blow that severed their budding relationship.
But when Dante comes face to face with Chris will he have the courage to own up to his feelings or will he crumble under his desire for approval from his parents.
This book tells the story of Dante and Chris' separation in Volatile from Dante's perspective and I, for one, really appreciated getting to see things from Dante's POV.
Dante is an enigma throughout Volatile and while Magnetic eases open the doors into Dante's inner psyche the author still manages to retain his aura of mystic which is quite a feat in itself. One of the biggest draws to Dante is that you really don't know why he is the way he is and one of my greatest fears with this book was that I would lose the Dante I had come to love in Volatile but I am glad to say I didn't lose anything after reading this book only gained so much more. Dante is a character with an intrinsic enigma, the enigma is practically a quality of his soul and this book is a testament to that. Also I must really applaud the author's efforts in managing to pull of such a character with such grace.
I really didn't remember much of the details from Volatile but thankfully most of the content in this book is new and only towards the end do we overlap with events in Volatile. And I am glad we do because that kiss was magical the first time around and it was still as fairy-tale like in this one.
I definitely don't remember that sex scene and I am pretty sure I didn't read anything as good in Volatile so I am a bit shocked with how well written it is. For me Volatile was all about the hidden content like the looks you share to communicate your thoughts without ever saying a word. Volatile somehow managed to verbalize non-verbal communication but not so with this one. This one is all about the dialogue and the sex scene is pretty verbal in a way Volatile isn't. At this point I have no idea if I am making any sense or not. Let's just say that Magnetic has a different charm than Volatile but they are both equally enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this short and would recommend it as a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Volatile as much as I did.
Cover Art by Posh Gosh. I really liked the cover and the model's expression is just very Dante-like.
Magnetic is a look through Dante's eyes after reading Treacherous Chemistry: Volitile, book 1.
The first book I said Avylinn's writing is like poetry and it still holds true in this short story. There's just something about Dante. He's broken and trapped and just wants to be loved, but is almost too afraid to reach out.
The best part of this story is his and Chris's reunion. I recall from book 1 that scene being so vivid. Chris seeing him on stage, the snow falling, Dante coming down the stairs, the kiss. What we don't know is what's going on in Dante's head...and now we do. I was actually very surprised by it. No matter, he always seemed to have such confidence. In this story you get to see Dante's internal struggle, the unease and and insecurity. It makes him feel a little more human to me and it makes this series that much better.
I loved revisiting these two and coming back to their world, even being a short story, it still broke my heart, only to sew it up again.
Honestly, who would've thought that I could love Dante and Chris more, after reading Volatile and Toxic. But it's totally possible! Reading Magnetic gave me chills all throughout the story. Getting to know what's going on in Dante's mind is brilliant. He is such a deep character and I've loved him from the start. This only intensified my inner fangirl! The story is short, beautifully written and absolutely sweet. You get to relive Dante and Chris finding themselves again! I totally recommend this book to everyone. Avylinn, thank you for another amazing reading experience.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Magnetic is a follow up, but more of a companion piece to the first book in the Treacherous Chemistry series, Volatile. This short story is told from Dante’s point of view and really is meant to be read after that first book.
This book picks up after Chris left to head back home and we finally get more of a glimpse into what was going on with Dante. My main issue with Volatile was that there wasn’t enough given from Dante to pull the entire story together. I read that book a year ago, so while this was the book I was interested in, a lot of time has passed, which naturally makes the impact not as great.
Dante’s parents are the main issue with him as they push and push and only want Dante to play by their rules in every facet of his life. The book shows the same situation, yet gives insight into Dante’s lack of experience with relationships and further illuminates how the situation with Chris exploded. His parents are tough to take and it’s well past time for Dante to put them in their place, yet he’s still hesitant to do that. It also then shows their reunion from Dante’s perspective and it was special to be invited to that scene.
If you read Volatile this is the perfect complement to pull Chris and Dante’s relationship together. Winter has a great style and it’s always interesting to get an alternate point of view and it was great to see Chris and Dante once again.
Book & Author: Magnetic by Avylinn Winter Rating: 4.5 Stars
I missed these boys. I missed the tense, raw writing. I missed Dante and how broken he was without Chris. I miss Chris being by him. I am beyond happy to finally get the part of their story I had wanted after reading book one, Volatile.
I had written this in my review for book one: Although it felt a bit rushed and maybe too easy it was the Dante we see after all the hard times are coming to an end. This Dante to me did not feel authentic to the one we met through the rest of the story. There was almost a complete shift in how he acted and one that I couldn’t understand and felt...fake?
This short story cleared up any issues I had after finishing Volatile. Yes, it’s after reading it but it was such an important part of understanding the Dante we saw at the end. HOw did he get there? What happened during their time apart? This answered that and more for me. It was just as beautiful, just as heart breaking, and just as perfectly broken. I still hate Dante’s parents but that’s okay, they deserve my anger for how they still treat their son.
If you’ve never read these books. Do it. You won’t regret it. You’ll wonder and think and rage but you will come out the other end reading a story worth all those emotions.
When I found out there was another chance of diving into the world of Volatile, I dove.
Not only do you get to dive into the world Volatile again, but I finally get my chance to get into mind of Dante Heron. A character I have an endless fascination with. He frustrated me, he fascinated me.
This short but sweet story MUST BE READ after reading Volatile, because if you don't read Volatile first, for some, then you'll likely have some difficulty understanding this. Although, I do think it would stand well on its own, but to do it justice, Volatile must be read before or after.
You're getting things in Magnetic you didn't get Volatile. For me, there was more closure. That doesn't mean I wouldn't open to enjoy more adventures of Chris and Dante. Just sayin!
And it also really helped to understand him a bit further, understand how his mind worked. That doesn't mean I have him figured out 100% but I'm ok with that. The mystery of Dante Heron will always have a place in my heart. He's what keeps me compelled to keep reading.
I have to start by saying I love that cover so much. It was great getting to know Dante a little better. I loved to see inside his mind but even though I loved the book in general, I felt a little underwhelmed by some parts of it.
What I liked the most about it was the emotions I felt. I felt devoid of energy while reading it and so sad most of the time, which I think was great because I think that’s what Dante was feeling. His grief was so tangible that was amazing to get in touch with his feelings.
What I didn’t liked about it was that Dante seemed a little too self-aware of his emotions. I think he came from a darker place and the awareness of his actions and the way the others impact his life would be more subtle. It bother me a little but it that didn’t make the book any less enjoyable. Overall I really liked it. I missed those characters. I loved reading about the again.
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews. Rated 4.5 out of 5.0 Love Bytes.)
I was so hoping for this story. When Dante and Chris split through a total misunderstanding in the previous book, it was so obvious that neither wanted the relationship to end.
If you haven’t read the author’s other two books in the series, Toxic and Volatile, then this story would probably not be for you. There isn’t enough background or detail in this short story to bring you an understanding of the complexity of Dante’s relationship with his parents, Dante’s broken psyche, or the reasons why Chris isn’t in his life. That said…why haven’t you picked those two books up? I read and reviewed both and enjoyed them immensely.
Now let’s talk about this story. I’m not giving any details, because it is a short story, and major plot reveals could happen with the slightest hints. All I’m going to say is that when I turned the last page of the story, to find out the other 16% of the book was a teaser for one of the previous books, I growled out-loud. I wanted more! For example, I wanted to know what the public’s reaction was the next day. Having been accused by more than one reviewer of doing the same thing with a story I recently published myself, I know that to Ms. Winter, it probably felt done, so I’m not saying it had to have more…just that I loved the characters enough that I didn’t want it to end!
I highly recommend this one, but insist you read the other books first! You will thank me.