Capture (Elements of Chemistry #3) by Penny Reid

Capture (Elements of Chemistry #3) by Penny ReidSeries: Elements of Chemistry #3
on 2015-05-08
Pages: 220
AmazonNarrator: Cris Dukehart
Part 3 of Elements of Chemistry

One week.
Manhattan apartment.
Super-hot ex-boyfriend.
…What’s the worst that could happen?
It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before.
But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants.
Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?

Honestly, this was my least favorite book in the series. For a person who seemed to just say whatever she wanted to, Kaitlyn Parker “Parker” was decidedly reticent in this installment. Her decision to be tightlipped couldn’t have come at a worse time and so much of this book showcased a miserable Parker and a weird acting Martin Sandeke “Sandeke”.

This book spanned 9 months after Parker and Sandeke’s break up and how both characters tried to put their lives back together. Parker’s route involved her trying to do things that made her happy and attempting to take a little risk. She was doing okay until Sandeke shows up wanting to resume the friendship she had promised him that he would always have.

This last book dragged a bit as Parker was trying to find her footing with the robot impersonating as her mother and cowardly lion masquerading as her father. Parker was a stronger character in the prior books but she was quite obtuse in this one. This 3rd book lacked the humor and fast pace that the prior books had, but it was still an enjoyable end once the veil was lifted. I was very pleased with the end even though I found it anticlimactic.

*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review

Heat (Elements of Chemistry #2) by Penny Reid

Heat (Elements of Chemistry #2)  by Penny ReidSeries: Elements of Chemistry #2
on April 19th, 2015
Pages: 188 pages
AmazonNarrator: Cris Dukehart
Four days left.
Private beach (…and boat).
Not so invisible girl.
And maybe less of a jerk-faced bully than originally thought.
What’s the worst (or the best) that could happen?

Kaitlyn is finding life outside of the science cabinet of obscurity to be quite illuminating …and so are her pants.

When things heat up between Kaitlyn Parker and Martin—previously known as the jerk-faced bully—Sandeke, she 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.

This book picked right up where book 1  Attraction ended with Kaitlyn Parker at her Lab partner Martin Sandeke’s party watching him with another girl. But Martin manages to quell squash the misunderstanding and then him and Kaitlyn give into the attraction she has been fighting.

They are so cute together. I love Kaitlyn’s clear sense of right and wrong, and how she works hard to stay true to her values. She manages to get Martin to stop being so angry and share a little of his plans. Unfortunately, the plan Martin has to get vengeance has collateral effects for many people. Kaitlyn has to make a hard choice about how she can counteract Martin’s plan. Will their love survive Kaitlyn’s choice?

Martin Sandeke’s driving ambition:  photo tumblr_mkpmaop6cL1qiil5wo2_500_zpsndyzdmwl.gif

left Kaitlyn Parker like this:  photo Shailene-Woodley-bored-GIF-1428695942_zpssukxuhp0.gif

and Martin Sandeke like this:  photo Dean-Winchester-Sheds-A-Tear-On-Supernatural_zpsu9gutule.gif

I highly recommend having all 3 books on hand before beginning to read this series. I don’t know how people managed to read these books and wait for the next one. I love the writing, the humor, the character development and the narration of the series. What a refreshing change. I am about to move on to book 3.

**Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for a honest review.

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?

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!


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.