Elements of Chemistry:Attraction (EoC #1) by Penny Reid REVIEW

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Elements of Chemistry:Attraction (EoC #1) by Penny Reid REVIEW

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?

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★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

Nerd alert! I really enjoyed this one but then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from Penny Reid. This is basically the story of the nerd girl who catches the eye of the sporty sex god who create wonderful chemistry with each other.

Kaitlyn ‘Parker’ is addicted to synonyms, she prefers snuggling up with a book and a cup of tea to partying and she has no idea how attractive she is under her baggy clothes and bushy eyebrows. Her mother is a senator and her grandfather was an astronaut, she has a lot to live up to but she is smart in her own right.

She has a bit of a crush on her lab partner Martin Sandeke, even if he is a bit of a jerkface bully, but he is unobtainable and it is one of her (many) life rules not to reach for the unobtainable. Like Katy, Martin also comes from a wealthy family, heir to Sandeke Telecom Systems and is the Stroker in the college rowing team.

After working together for one and half semesters without talking about anything other than chemistry, Martin shocks Katy and turns her whole world upside down, however she is adamant she wants nothing to do with him.

She sees that he needs a friend though so she is up for that, shame he has other ideas though.

Martin is starved for emotional intimacy and is so used to getting his own way that he finds Katy refreshing and completely different to the usual girls he hangs with and Katy sees his vulnerable side.

“Martin Sandeke wasn’t used to freely voicing his thoughts and feelings…nor was he used to kindness.”

This book was FUNNY, Katy made me laugh so many times. I love Penny’s heroines they are just the best. Smart, funny and adorable.

“Parker, what are you doing?”
“Making a funny face in effort to make you stop staring at me like I murdered your beloved goldfish. What are you doing?”

Part One ends on a HUGE cliffhanger, but luckily for the sake of my sanity, there is a sneak peak at Part Two which made me feel a whole lot better but still eager to find out what happens next.

Told solely from Kaitlyn’s point of view, this is the first of a three parter.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Penny Reid

Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.

I’m originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family after going to college in the area. I work full time at a large University in the field of biomedical research (e.g. clinical research studies conducted under the auspices of the FDA). I work a lot. I also love to knit and crochet; sew bags, blankets, and clothes; carve lino blocks for fabric printing; make homemade soap, jam, marmalade; and- most recently- I’m learning to garden.

I don’t like to sit still unless I’m writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group… or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I’m trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.

The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months while working full time, crafting, and raising my people-children (boy-7, girl-5).

If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-8 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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