ARC Review + Giveway: Elements of Chemistry: Attraction by Penny Reid

15 Apr 2015

Book Title: Attraction
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #1
Release Date: April 9th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, College Romance, Humor
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?



  "I hoped Martin Sandeke had no idea that he affected the heat levels of my figurative Bunsen burner." 

 If anybody can put the smart in a romance, it's gotta be Penny Reid. I can say this easily now and hands down after finishing Elements of Chemistry: Attraction. It's just one of those books that I could already tell it will be an epic read the moment I finished the first chapter because the writing was just. that. good. There was this huge goofy grin smacked on my face the entire time which I could not get rid of!


 This instalment starts off with Kaitlyn "Katy" Parker overhearing a devious plot that involves her chemistry lab partner, Martin Sandeke and while she admits that she's very much physically attracted to him, Katy knows better than to get involved with the popular jock cum manwhore. In a kind attempt to save him by spilling out the deets, her world is about to be spun off its axis when she gets more in return which involves a sudden kiss from Martin who apparently had his eyes on her for a long while already. 

 With the simmering attraction now being set in, it won't be long before the chemistry start to works its magic and what better way to ignite the sparks by going on a spring break trip. A trip that will find both themselves figuring out what this attraction truly means between them.


 Now the only work I've read so far from Penny is from the The Hooker and the Hermit and when I fell in love with the way she portrayed Annie, I knew I had to have this author on my radar. If there's anything I learnt so far after finishing this, it's that her heroines are smart, quirky and has a brilliant sense of humor and wit. Katy here is no exception at all. 

 Nerdy, awkward and an introvert by nature; Katy was such an endearing character and a lot of times, I saw a glimpse of myself in her. She was never afraid to speak her mind and her awkward inner monologues sent me in a frenzy of giggles or giving out mental high-fives. I love that Penny writes her heroines that don't immediately scream beautiful on the surface but the kind of beauty she portrays in her heroines are the self-empowered females that aren't shy in admitting their flaws and can be proud of who they are. 

 Can I just say how much I ADORE Katy that she was such an unapologetic nerd (the LoTR debate truly took me by surprise!) and how she was never afraid to stand up to Martin or the other guys when it came to her self-image. My personal favs are her takes on the misogynistic view and about men acting all possessive-like; those were just wickedly brilliant!
“What does me being a virgin have to do with anything? All girls should be treated with respect regardless of whether or not they’re virgins. Being a virgin doesn’t make me any more or less worthwhile than a non-virgin. Your seduction logic is flawed.”
Martin on the other hand was a pretty enigmatic character I must say. We didn't get his POV at all but surprisingly I thought it fit quite well with the read. It does add an element of mystery with his character and serves for a much needed angst in this read. But as the story unfolds, we do get glimpses of what lies underneath that layer of sexiness and just like Katy, I was falling hard for Martin too. He's always been used to getting what he wants but with Katy, it's a whole different ballgame and I enjoyed watching how their attraction brought them closer in ways than they'd imagined.


 And as much as I hate to say it, this one ends on a pretty huge cliffhanger that would send readers like me into an anxiety attack while I patiently wait for the next one. Thankfully, it's only less than a month till the next instalment is out but I'm not gonna's killing me already not to have the next one NOW!! I'm so close to throwing a junk-punch when I hit the ending and then proceed to think of ways I can bribe Penny to send me the next one already (oh lordy yes, I am a very desperate lady right now!).


 There are not enough words and possibly synonyms to the word 'brilliant' & 'amazing' that I can use to describe how much I enjoyed this read. The intelligence and humor that Penny brings out in her writing is a testament to what this lady is capable of when it comes to writing a smart romance. If anyone can make science sexy, it's Penny Reid. 

  EoC: Attraction had everything a NA book should strive to achieve; the right balance of quirk, humor, angst and steam but most of all, endearing and realistic characters that will make you feel. I would highly recommend this series to everyone and anyone who's looking for a entertaining, creative & refreshing NA read! 

 Now Lord please grant me the strength and patience to make it through the wait for the second one.

EoC: Attraction is also officially stamped as one of our Best Read of 2015

  Elements of Chemistry: Attraction is the first part of a trilogy series called Hypothesis and each instalment will be released within a month of each other. This series is a NA contemporary romance read.

  ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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.


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