[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.



  • I am not a huge fan of new adult either because well, I find a lot of them to be too similar to each other and nothing is new. But I recently found one I loved called Variables of Love by M.K. Schiller (recommending that) and since then I have been looking for the good kind of new adult. I think you have found one here!

  • It sounded amazing until you said serial. Not sure I would like that, but I am probably going to add it to my wish list on Amazon.

    • I just got book 1 for free on Amazon 🙂

  • I’ve heard good things about this read, and I am glad you enjoyed it. Martian and Kaitlyn sound like good characters. Glad he got under your skin!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Your review is amazing Joy 😀 Thank you for sharing about this book. <3 That cover is pretty different ;p And you make the romance sound amazing, sigh. Curious about this book 🙂 Someday, I might read it ;p

  • This book is new to me, but it sounds good and I definitely want to check it out.

  • I really want to read this book! The cover is unique, and for a NA romance, it sure doesn’t sound cliche at all.

  • I told you! These books are great, so great. Prepare for book two, and enjoy!

  • Glad, you step out of the usual Joy and read an New Adult novel! I haven’t pick up any adult novels yet, maybe in the future, but glad you have this one a shot 🙂

    Happy Reading

  • You had me at hiding in closets.

    I’m not a big NA reader as well Joy, mainly because they’re all so typical virgin meets bad boy, sex and drama ensue. But the one thing missing is personality. NA characters all typically seem to be lacking in one. So when you have a recluse, who hides in closets and really lacks that self confidence, and not just playing coy either, I’m going to jump on it like Kayne at a Taylor Swift acceptance speech. Awesome review Joy, I’m sold <3

  • I love NA novels but sometimes it’s hard to read them because they all tend to have the same plot, drama, and characters, just different names. But I’m really glad you liked this one. The heroine seems AWEOME! And I’m kinda interested in her recluse tendancies. Hehe

  • If you loved these then I just know that I will as well! Lovely review!!

  • Thank goodness I was able to snatch up the first book for free thanks to Jazmen from ThisGirlReadsAlot! She RAVED about these books, and knowing how much I love me some new adult, convinced me to give them a try. I haven’t been able to sit down and read Attraction just yet, but both of you guys have me so excited to start! I’m so glad you enjoyed a NA novel 🙂

  • Finding a good New Adult book is rarer than a blue moon. Thank you for this rec! Will definitely be checking it out.

  • I like sassy characters. And now I wanna read book with a sassy character

  • Aww she hides in closets?
    I love that the heroine is smart AND beautiful! And woo! Lab partners! There’s just something about characters like Martin. You know you should hate them, but they wind up worming their way into your heart. I’ll have to look into this one because it sounds fun! And 5 stars from you? It must be fantastic!!
    Lovely review, Joy!

  • Hm this might have to be my next Penny Reid pick! I really enjoyed Friends Without Benefits.

  • Ro

    My goodness! This one sounds like a great one to pick up! Love sarcastic people in real life, so it’s fantastic to read about them in novels. Even better – she’s curvy and smart. Bravo to this intelligent author and kudos on such a fab review! Hugs…

  • I didn’t know about this one but I like the nerd part and the fact that the romance was well done like that. I’m curious now.