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Elements of Chemistry, #2


Penny Reid

Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Date of Publication: April 24, 2015
Number of pages: 188
Word Count: 60,660


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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./span>

I chose the following quotes, because I think they show the real Kaitlyn and the self-respect she has for herself. This may be a New Adult book, but I do love a female who can stand up for herself and not be afraid to be exactly who she is.

He growled, stepped into the room and closed the door behind him. “What are you doing in here?”

I raised the book and tipped my head toward it. “I’m reading.”

Martin exhaled loudly, another growl. “I can see that, Parker. But why the fuck are you in here reading?”

I frowned at his use of profanity, my shoulders bunching with tension. I realized I’d gotten used to it, how often he cussed; I’d accepted it as part of him. But that was before he’d left me standing at the entrance to a party I didn’t want to attend and that was before I’d seen him kissing a random girl.

“It’s the first sequel to the Three Musketeers, I’ve been meaning to read it. I found it on the shelf in the library—or living room, or whatever room. There are too many rooms in this house, I don’t know what half of them are called.”

Martin gritted his teeth, I got the distinct impression he wanted to strangle me. “Parker. This is a party. Are you’re in the laundry room? Reading?”

I paused a beat to make sure his wasn’t a trick question. When I could find nothing amiss with his interrogation, I nodded slowly. “Yes. This is a party. I am in the laundry room reading.”

“Why? What is wrong with you?”

My mouth opened and closed but no words arrived, because his questions continued to confuse me. Finally, I admitted, “Martin, I don’t know what you want me to say or why you appear to be upset. I found the book when I was in one of the several rooms with lots of books. I’ve been meaning to read it. So I picked it up and found a quiet place. Why are you so angry?”

He charged at me and I ineffectually scrambled backward on the washing machine. In less than two seconds he’d pulled the book from my hands, slapped it on the counter at my left, and braced his arms on either side of my legs, leaning forward.

I realized he’d made me lose my page in the book. I decided to ignore my urge to vocalize this complaint, because his eyes were beyond heated.

They were incensed blue flames. I braced myself, my gaze wide and watchful, and flinched when he lifted a hand. I relaxed a smidge when he used it to push my hair off my shoulder.

When he spoke his voice was low, strained, like he was trying very hard to control his temper. “I brought you here as my date. That was our agreement.”

I nodded once. “Yes. I know.”

“And, instead of talking to people or having fun, you’re in here reading a book.”

I kept my voice even and calm, tried to sound soothing. “I am having fun. I’m reading a book.”

And a bit later...

He lifted his eyes to mine and the raw emotion there made me forget myself. It made me forget to be cautious. Without really thinking about it or planning to do so, I gave him the whole embarrassing truth.

“You’re smart—in fact, you have flashes of brilliance which is a huge turn on for me—and you’re funny and charming when you want to be. And sometimes you treat me with kindness and respect. Also, you’re a good kisser. I thought at first it was my lack of experience, but now I think you’re just an exceptionally good kisser. I like kissing you. I like the way it feels. I love how you make me feel when you touch me. But what feels good isn’t always what’s good for me, and I’m not willing to settle for being with someone who sometimes treats me well. I’d rather be alone.”

With the end of my unplanned speech the numbness returned. I peered at him in a way that I hoped demonstrated my acceptance of the situation and the impossibility of us, and I reached for my book. I did all this while I tried to suppress my blush of mortification. “Now, if you’ll excuse me, Porthos is rather charming and I’d like to finish this chapter before leaving.”


So, this is part two of the Elements of Chemistry trilogy. It is in no way, shape or form a stand alone book. You MUST read part one, Attraction first. Basically, the story was broken up into 3 parts to make it easier to read. I, of course, laughed in the face of this and read all 3 parts back to back to back. Why? Because I couldn't stop myself. But I will just concentrate on this second part for this review.

Now that we are in the second part, we getting into the nitty gritty of the story. We have met and gotten to know the surface of both Kaitlyn and Martin. This part really gets into what makes them tick and we see their true selves. Whereas in the first part, I thought Martin was mostly an ass, I got to know him better and became more understanding of his unique situation. I still think he is a bit of an ass, but now I know what created his ass-ness.

The time frame for this section is about 3 weeks, most of it happening within the first week. But it's an intense week and Kaitlyn and Martin really get to know the person each one hides behind their public mask. The last couple of weeks take place at the end of the book and lead up to a bit of an emotional cliffhanger. I personally couldn't wait and had to dive right into book 3. It left me with a bit of a book hangover at the end, but I will discuss that more during the review for Capture, part 3.  I enjoyed this section and gave it 4 stars.

Thanks to the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.


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