When things heat up between Kaitlyn Parker and Martin Sandeke - previously known as the jerk-faced bully - Kaitlyn places her trust in the one person she never thought capable of earning it, let alone keeping it safe. Fortunately or unfortunately for Kaitlyn, where she gives her trust she can't help but also give her heart.
But how will the world beyond the sanctuary of their newfound connection react to their relationship? Soon senators, chinless billionaires, and elements beyond Martin and Kaitlyn's control want to weigh in on the young couple's future.
Navigating the chaotic inferno of new love might be more than Kaitlyn bargained for and much, much more than her trust - or her heart - can handle.
Contains mature themes.
©2015 Penny Reid (P)2015 Tantor
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Love these two and all the chemistry references. She has an Aspergers temperament similar to Flat-Out Celeste. Very fun.
"Martin really is the Count of Monte Cristo!"
Realistic, captivating, surprising
I felt my forehead wrinkle as my eyebrows pushed upward. “Multiple? Is that even possible? I’m pretty sure I read that was a myth.”“Parker…” He dipped his head to my neck, nibbled my earlobe, making me shrug my shoulder reflexively and shiver with delight.He continued on a whisper, “If multiple orgasms are a myth, then you can call me Hercules.”
She acted out some of the reactions which I may not have done while reading it for myself.
I sometimes felt just as frustrated with Kaitlyn's logical nature as Martin did. I prefer to laugh over cry when I read a novel, so I was relieved that there were plenty of humorous moments.
Overall rating: ★★★★½ - In spite of Kaitlyn and Martin's romance getting serious in only a week's time, I was truly invested in their love story. I can't see a way out of their current predicament though, so I'm really curious to discover how author Penny Reid wraps up the series in the final novel, Capture (Elements of Chemistry #3). I already know I'll be really bummed if they don't get a happily ever after ending.
Highly enjoyable 5 stars, love mystery and conspiracy, what more can you ask for? Great book for book clubs. ❤️
"Second installment is longer and tedious"
I really enjoyed Penny Reid's first five books on Audible; the Knitting in the City series. The characters were quirky and the dialogue was clever. All the plots were fun and romantic and were well developed. Unfortunately, based on those books, I preordered the three Elements of Chemistry books, and because I don't like cliff hangers, I waited until I had all three to listen to them. The first books was fairly silly and surprisingly juvenile. I think that it is very, very important for a publisher (or self-publishing author) to let their potential readers know if they are switching genres. I guess I would call this a New Adult book, although the college age characters are much more immature than most of the high school students I know. I am puzzled at how Ms. Reid can have written the other five books that I've liked and then put out these books which I think are basically wish-fulfillment for teenage readers. So I've been hating these books, but they are getting so many rave reviews that I'm forcing myself to listen to them to be able to give other Penny Reid fans and other more mature romance readers a heads up as to what these books are really like.
There is none of the cleverness of Ms. Reid's other books; we are told again and again how smart the heroine is but she comes across as a rather simple minded and extremely insecure ninny. She comes from quite an impressive family and in my experience with only children from impressive families like hers, she would be actually more mature and self-confident. She has a father who adores her and her mother is powerful and very connected. So her personality makes no sense.
The hero is a stud, from a very wealthy family (is this a YA version of all the billionaire books out right now?). Supposedly he has patents and makes investments all on his own (at the age of 19) which is certainly possible, but he doesn't feel smart in his interactions with the other characters.
And then there's a lot of sex; these books are basically a vehicle for lots and lots of sex scenes; some just potential, some acted out and some semi-abusive. That is a valid reason for a book, but the relationship between the hero and heroine just feels flat to me. It doesn't ring true, so the sex feels weirdly artificial.
Also, the more I listen to the narrator, the less I'm impressed by her; she overacts and is definitely in the way of the story. Her voice is very young which should be appropriate, but instead adds to the feel of inanity. I would not listen to any other books she narrates unless she gets a good producer who tones down her need to dramatize.
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