Review: The Elements of Chemistry


Title: The Elements of Chemistry 1-3 (1: Attraction, 2: Heat, 3: Capture)

Author: Penny Reid

Genre: New Adult romance

Heat-O-Meter: R

Rating: A+


Part 1: Attraction

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?

Part 2: Heat

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.

Part 3: Capture

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?


Ok, so let me just say that I think Kaitlyn is one of my favorite book characters EVER! Here is why:

1. She is genuinely a good person! She wants to do the right thing simply because its the right thing. And when it comes from her, its believable! Penny Reid has managed to make this incredibly good girl believable and that is just short of a miracle!

2. She is true to herself. Kaitlyn doesn’t pretend; she wears what she wants, she admits to hiding because she wants to, she owns up to her issues. She is honest with Martin about her feelings and their relationship. Sometimes it makes you cringe for her but its so honest and REAL you just love her!

3. She isn’t a slut! So often in new adult books, even if the girl starts off the book as a virgin, something bad happens and before you know it, she is screwing every frat guy she can find. But, Kaitlyn, being herself, does what you would expect of a girl like her. She hides in closets, she questions her life decisions, and she is sad for a long time. Its so realistic you can honestly feel her pain.

So, Kaitlyn pretty  much made this book for me. Martin was a good character for her; he wasn’t a likable guy but he wanted to be for her. I am not usually a fan of one person in the relationship changing for the other but in this case, because Kaitlyn is such an honestly good person, it works when Martin begins to make some changes.

Sam is a great supporting character. She is different from Kaitlyn in so many ways and I think she provided a great sounding board. Sam never judged Kaitlyn and didn’t mock her when she asked honest questions that most college girls would know. Everyone needs a Sam!

I love this book so much, I went out and one-clicked everything Penny Reid has written. I’m not kidding. I am so obsessed now! So, expect more Penny Reid reviews in the future!



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