Attractive Forces by Jax Calder

Attractive Forces was such a sweet, slow burn YA romance with plenty of feels along the way. 

From the blurb:


Everyone looks at me and thinks I rule Heath Valley High School. All they see is the captain of the champion rugby team, the guy who has got everything.

They don’t see my secret, one I’ll do anything to keep.

I’m so used to keeping my sexuality buried I’ve never stopped to think about what it’s costing me.

Until I need a chemistry tutor, and Jake Stenton waltzes into my life.


Being new in town is hard, and it’s even harder when it feels like my family is trying to run from a secret in our past.

When I’m offered the chance to tutor Logan Madison, I’m nervous about spending time with the most popular guy in school.

But Logan turns out to be so different from what I expected, and an unlikely friendship springs up between us. A friendship that’s so different to anything I’ve ever had before and forces me to re-examine everything I thought I knew about myself .

But is the attraction between Logan and me more powerful than the external forces trying to rip us apart?

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

 Logan and Jake are in their last year of high school when Logan's need for a chemistry tutor brings the two of them into each other's orbit. Turns out not only is Jake great at teaching Logan chemistry, but there is plenty of chemistry between them as well.

I loved the progression of Jake and Logan's relationship. It starts off with the pair building a friendship, Jake being someone Logan can feel like himself around. With Jake he isn't the school rugby king, he's just Logan the guy with corny science jokes. Their transition to physical intimacy was very organic and believable, though this is YA so you're looking at mostly fade to black scenes. The issues their relationship faced were realistic as well. I liked how the author kept that particular drama to a minimum. The book wraps up with a HFN ending that leaves you with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart for this adorable romance.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

As always, Jax delivers an instant connection with her readers with real life situations. The humor mixed with angst was just the right amount, nothing too overwhelming, with just the right amount of passion for high school students. 

“𝕄𝕪 𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕕𝕪 𝕔𝕠𝕣𝕣𝕦𝕡𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕠𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕚𝕤 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕖𝕥𝕖.”

I absolutely loved Logan and Jake! Their connection was an enjoyable progression, beginning with a friendship and slowly building from there. Their corny science jokes did it for me, along with the rugby aspects as well. The physical intimacy aspect of their relationship was completely organic, but also minimal with this being a YA. 

Jax touches on some rather serious issues, both with gays in rugby and religion, which was handled tactfully and respectfully. I absolutely loved the simplicity of the story, proving that everything doesn’t have constantly to be dramatic. Ten stars to an amazingly awesome and sweet read! 

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Friends to lovers. YA/NA. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

High school rugby star Logan needs a chemistry tutor, and his attraction to Jake becomes just another thing he has to hide. Becoming friends with Logan is surprisingly easy, and Jake soon realizes he may want to be more than to be just friends. 

Jake and Logan are both likable and realistic young characters keeping secrets and while Jake doesn’t want a relationship that requires lying, Logan can’t see any other way. 

Really sweet yearning and youthful fears as well as courage to reach for something that is the most important thing, being with the person that you love. 

The friendship grows naturally, they communicate honestly with each other and both Jake and Logan are strong enough to stand up for themselves in different but important ways. 

A romantic story with two characters worth rooting for and hoping for their HEA.

Rating: 5 Stars

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