Series: Elements of Chemistry #1
Published by Smashwords Edition on April 6th 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
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What’s the worst that could happen?
Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.
Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.
When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?
I thought this would be an average New Adult opposites attract story but it surpassed my expectations in every way. It’s extremely rare that I give five stars to a novella. That’s mainly because the short length doesn’t allow an author to sufficiently develop characters with whom I can connect. Novellas also tend to suffer from rushed or disjointed narratives. Such isn’t the case with Elements of Chemistry.
This is the first book I’ve read by Penny Reid and I love her fluid writing style. The plot is simple but unpredictable and the pacing is well executed. The chemistry between Kaitlyn and Martin is almost tangible. All the characters are extremely interesting; however, what made this an above average read for me is my adoration for Kaitlyn. What a quirky, honest, insecure, brilliant, sweet girl – with an excellent vocabulary. And she’s flipping hilarious. A huge chunk of my book is highlighted with her priceless quotes.
“I was starting to understand why the blood of a thousand virgins had been sacrificed at his altar of sexual prowess.”
Be warned. This book ends on a huge cliffy. Heat is the next book in the Elements of Chemistry series.