Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid @ReidRomanceSeries: Elements of Chemistry #1
on 2015-04-09
Pages: 160
AmazonNarrator: Cris Dukehart
One week. Private beach. Invisible girl. Jerk-faced bully. 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?
five-stars

If you are looking for a refreshing, humorous New Adult read minus pathetic female heroine, this is it. I was hooked on this story! What a refreshing New Adult book.
Kaitlyn Parker was a breath of fresh air, sweet, honest and principled.
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and Martin Sandeke was handsome, smart, athletic but had an axe to grind.
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Kaitlyn and Martin are partners in chemistry lab. Martin is an athlete, a member of the crew team. Kaitlyn is a quirky nerd who refuses to wax her eyebrows or put on makeup. What do these two have in common? What would be the attraction? The author definitely gave us glimpses on what driving “jerk face” Sandeke.

I loved Kaitlyn as she was a straight shooter. It wasn’t that she lacked a filter, she just wasn’t pretentious and didn’t play games. She was also really naïve and green in the ways of relationships. I loved her synonym games and I loved her matter of fact explanations.

Parker: “You made me feel like Chinese left overs and you don’t want anyone to sample me.”
Martin: “I don’t!”
Parker: “I get a vote on who gets to eat my noodles” ( and compared herself to low mien)

Martin is a more complex character. It’s clear that he feels isolated and unhappy inside despite his outward appearance of confidence. He appears to be successful and dominate at their ivy league school, but he seems to lack a real emotion connection. He does honestly enjoy Parker’s unconventional reactions to everything. He surprised me with knowledge of her habits, which shows a genuine affection for her. They embarked on a group vacation for Spring Break and began to get to know each other. It was sweet, enlightening and funny. I was really appreciative of the author’s weaving of the relationship…then the reader is left dangling at a crucial scene!

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WHYYYYYYYY? *sighing* I am currently listening to book 2 as I obviously have to know what happened next. I don’t know what I will do if book 2 ends like this. I may have to ask Donald Trump for the author’s phone number since he is given out people’s phone number on social  media (LOL)!

**Thank you to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

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