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Elements of Chemistry, Book 2
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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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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  • Liv
  • 06-08-2016

Martin really is the Count of Monte Cristo!

If you could sum up Heat in three words, what would they be?

Realistic, captivating, surprising

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heat?

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.”

What does Cris Dukehart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She acted out some of the reactions which I may not have done while reading it for myself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Valerie
  • 06-06-2016

Heat

Highly enjoyable 5 stars, love mystery and conspiracy, what more can you ask for? Great book for book clubs. ❤️

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  • jodiod
  • 30-07-2015

Enjoyable.

Love these two and all the chemistry references. She has an Aspergers temperament similar to Flat-Out Celeste. Very fun.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-2019

not my fave. did not finish

I love me some Penny Reid...... but I couldn't finish this. I'm sorry the characters were too whiney, too wrapped up in their own drama... and THEYRE 19 for crying out loud....

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 18-02-2019

Continuation of book 1

I think the story continues good. Still quirky and humorous but in this one we also find out about Martin and his dad's relationship. Kaitlin continues to come out of her comfort zone and admits that she loves Martin not right away. Martin does tell her that he loves her and then is frustrated that she isn't quite ready to say it back. They have a couple of arguments and talk through them but for now it won't be enough. I love Kaitlin's analysis and conclusion of every situation and it drives Martin insane. Now book 3

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  • Lenore Kosinski
  • 29-01-2019

Narrator awesome, bit too angsty

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
3.5 stars — OK, major problem with writing this review — I was so sucked into the story that instead of following my modus operandi and writing the review immediately after finishing the book, I instead kept right on reading into book 3. So this review is going to be sorely lacking, b/c I’m terrible at remembering my thoughts and feelings once I’ve moved on to the next.

The steam factor turned up to 11 in this installment, but so did the angst. And I’m not sure how big a fan I am of angst….something I’m learning about myself. The relationship between Kaitlyn and Martin went into overdrive, and passed through so many levels of feelings. So with all the good stuff, we get some fighting too. I appreciated how much more we were learning about the characters as they were learning about each other, but occasionally I was confused by their actions….but that could have been just me. I was not always a fan of how Kaitlyn described Martin — how he looked at her with malice, etc — so it made it harder to always follow what she was falling in love with. It’s not that he didn’t have 3 dimensions, but his faults could be kind of alarming (at least the way she described them). So that would be where my half star loss came from….

I still really enjoyed the uniqueness that is Kaitlyn…she mostly made me laugh with her quirky habits and ways of seeing the world. I also enjoyed the banter between her and Martin. Don’t let my other comments fool you, the good stuff was GOOD.

Obviously I’m super happy that I had all 3 books in the bundle, otherwise the ending probably would have torn me apart more than it did. Needless to say, I motored right on into the next installment…

ON REREAD:
3.5 stars (though rounded down this time) — I pretty much concur with my thoughts above, but I had a harder time with the constant back and forth and angst of our characters. They fight, they make up, they fight, they make up… I get that they’re learning about each other, and I was really interested in what I was learning about both of them as we went along. But their fights were hard to take. And while I enjoyed their steamy moments a LOT, I also was uncomfortable with them at times. Am I the only one that is concerned with the way Martin pushes? Like, he’s right on the bounds of consent (but perhaps Kaitlyn is an unreliable narrator). I was also a bit bummed with the throwaway line about Kaitlyn thinking she’s asexual…I’m not sure if she really thought that, or if she was just using it as an excuse, but it made me frown. #sensitive

The other reason I’m rounding down this time is that I really don’t like Martin. I don’t find him swoony. I find him to be an asshole. Which, I get, he’s supposed to be. But an asshole with a “perfect chest” is still an asshole, and I truly need more than physical perfection to be interested in a guy…Kaitlyn, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to as much. I’m not saying I didn’t understand why he is the way he is, but he showed ZERO growth in this installment. I can’t remember how this trilogy ends…I know he redeems himself, but I wonder if it will be enough for me this time?

On the audio front, Ms. Dukehart is still freaking NAILING it as the narrator. I ADORE the way she portrays both Kaitlyn and Martin, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to just reading this story, when she can do a much better job for me. 😉

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  • Diane S.
  • 21-01-2019

Every synonym of awesome!

This story is every synonym of awesome. It is smart and funny and swoon and so very heartbreaking!
I loved the narration and ended up listening to almost this entire book on audio even though I bought the ebook too.
Oh! That ending!! I’m SO GLAD that I’m reading this series after it is complete and I don’t have to wait for the next book to release.
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  • DD
  • 04-09-2018

Cliff hanger like the first book

Good book of college romance with entanglements. Cliffhanger so you are warned! Thankfully this book is in the romance package so I can get the series without paying for each individually.

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  • BethdigsFootball
  • 06-08-2018

Uggg.. stop the madness

I am so disappointed. I liked the first book, but I wanted to slap both characters around in the second book. I am skipping the third book.

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  • Cinema4
  • 02-08-2018

The manic pixy analytical girl

Ive read a few Penny Reid books, and I find she's known for the mousy, nerdy, heroines who are just a wonder to the strong brooding often oversexed dudes.

The thing is, the heroines aren't characters, they are gimmicks. Its the same thing that happens in 'Neanderthal Seeks Human' the nerdy girl is awkward about a guy who is interested in her for no other reason than the story mandates it, keeps engaging her even though they have nothing really in common, and so it goes with her analyzing reason after reason as to why she can't be with him when she just prefers to read. But the guy sticks around.

As far as this story I found Kaitlyn very snide and though she talked a lot, she didn't say much. Well, she said what needed to be said in the end of the paragraph because the story has to keep moving.

I listened to the first part of this book- which is one large book cut into 4 parts for some reason. I don't buy the 'chemistry' between the characters and the 'slow burn' was just too annoying with little substance.

There is much better content out there.