April 17, 2015

Review - Elements of Chemistry: Attraction by Penny Reid


Attraction by Penny Reid Hypothesis #1 
Publication Date: April 9, 2015 

Tour: Attraction by Penny Reid


Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION is the first part in a three part series; it is 45k words; and it ends with a cliffhanger. Part 1 (ATTRACTION) will be released April 9, 2015 Part 2 (HEAT) will be released April 30, 2015. Part 3 (CAPTURE) will be released May 16, 2015.

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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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

My 5 Star Review

I stumbled across Penny Reid a few months ago and since then have become a huge fan. First, this woman is so incredibly intelligent, I am in awe. Whether it’s reading her books or seeing her blog posts – I am impressed. Second, her book have this humor to them that is unique to Penny. In the last few months she has easily become one of my favorite writers.

Elements of Chemistry: Attraction is no exception. Kaitlyn Parker is smart and famous in her own right. She is the daughter of a US Senator and she comes from a long line of intelligent people. She is also intelligent and of course her family is wealthy, but she is also socially awkward. Martin Sandeke her lab partner and crush, just enhances all her awkwardness.

‘Proximity to Martin made me lose my sense. I’d been senseless. Without sense. Not any sense. No sense. Nonsense.’

Her crush or fascination with Martin is completely innocent. She really just appreciates his intellect and looks, she doesn’t believe things could ever go any further. Everything changes when she overhears a conversation between two people plotting to set Martin up. Parker isn’t the type of girl to let something like that go, so she tells Martin of their plan.

This changes everything for them. Martin has never known someone who cared about him as a person and wasn’t worried about what he could do for them. He has never felt like someone was just looking out of him. Martin and Parker begin to develop relationship, and of course things are awkward.

As the story progresses Martin and Parker get to know each other. This happens over spring break at one of his family’s homes. She accompanies the rowing team along with her best friend. I love the direction the story takes from here and I love Parker and Martin. I love how they are different with each other. Adore Parker’s character and I love that Martin appreciates her being different.

“Do you always talk like that?”
“Like what? Like awesome?”
“Yeah, like awesome.”

This story ends with a cliffhanger and I am dying to know where things are heading in the next installment. I know there is more to the story than meets the eye. I know Penny has a twist up her sleeve that my little brain cannot even fathom right now. But most of all I am excited to see where things can go.

This world Penny created is addicting. I find myself thinking of these characters and wondering what direction she will take them. I can’t wait for more Martin and Parker. And I cannot wait to see how this twist plays out. As always I highly recommend Penny’s work. Her writing is one of a kind.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

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1 comment

  1. Great book review can't wait to read but I wonder if the giveaway is international?