[542]: Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid


GOODREADS SUMMARY | June 1st, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Romance | Serial, books 1-3 | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Let me just start by saying that these books were amazing. My experience with New Adult books isn’t all that exemplary, so when I find out worth talking about, you can guarantee it’s a big deal. Though in that same reasoning, you can also keep my inexperience in mind and take this review with a grain of salt.

In My Own Words

It’s a story about a self-appointed nerd recluse who has the most adorable tendency to hide in closets. And no, I’m not talking about proverbial ones. She literally hides in closets whenever she’s about to be confronted with uncomfortable situations. Lately, it’s her lab partner, Martin Sedeke. Rich, handsome, and has a notorious reputation for being a love ’em and leave ’em kind of guy.

Admittedly, Martin may rub some of you the wrong way. After all, his characterization doesn’t leave much to the imagination. He is every bit the standard in most of the romance novels we’ve all been served up since the dawn of time. However, Martin actually got under my skin. Sometimes, like a sliver; often, like the prick of a heroin-loaded needle. Yep. He was addictive, and he will surprise you in the end.

Kaitlyn Parker is hardly chopped liver. She just hasn’t found her groove yet. She comes from a family considered to be American royalty: her mom is a senator, her dad is the dean of Medicine, and her grandfather was an astronaut who once walked on the moon.

She’s sarcastic, intelligent, and funny. Beautiful, curvaceous, sexy (she just needs to clean the mirror so she can see her reflection, that’s all). Now, I typically hate characters who play the false humility at all times. You know the type: those who can’t see past their own insecurities and the thick layer of their apparent plain-ness. But for some reason, Kaitlyn did not annoy me as much. She has such an abundance of personality that nullified her one pesky character flaw. She is a combination of spunk, sweet timidity, and sass.

The romance is off the Scoville chart. One that was consistently intense all through the novel. I look forward to each and every single one of their trysts, combats, and detente. Last word of advice, ever since reading this completed serial, I’ve read most of Penny Reid’s books. Trust me when I say, she’s not one of those one trick ponies. This author knows a thing or two about…stuff. She’s got an impressive repertoire of sassy characters and bits of knowledge about anything under the sun (bit coins, e-security, Philosophy, and knitting. Knitting!). If my review helps convince you to check her out, I suggest you start with this one.