(ARC Review + Giveway) Elements of Chemistry #2: Heat by Penny Reid

6 May 2015

Book Title: Heat
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #2
Release Date: April 24th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, College Romance, Humor
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.


  "But it's not going to be meaningful for you...unless you're passionate about me."

I cannot even begin to express my excitement when I saw this hit my Kindle and was ready to jump right back into Katy & Martin's world with the second instalment of Elements of Attraction! And as the title simply puts it, Heat turns up the intensity between our duo and if anyone here dare says Penny Reid can't do hot and steamy, Y'ALL BE DEAD WRONG. 

  Newsflash everyone: Penny has not only let a sexy and swoony man on the loose but he is one mighty fine dirty-talking hero! I'm talking hot like 'holy mother of all Bunsen burners' because the scorching heat is at an all time high! Pretty sure I needed a few cold showers to calm myself down from the multiple panties combustion. I swear I could almost feel the heat sizzling burning fervently through the pages. Wow wow wow.



  A quick rundown on this second part (with no spoilers I promise!): It picks up right after the first one, Attraction and while both of them tide through that speed bump soon enough, this instalment really explores in depth about Katy & Martin's current stance as a couple now. For Katy, this is all very new to her and I loved that while she's slowly evolving and breaking out from that shell of hers, she doesn't lose that unique quirk that made me love her so much. Her analytical ways are still ever-present but she's slowly starting to lose her inhibitions the more she bonds with Martin. As their relationship progresses, Katy will soon find out if love will finally trump logic.
"But you are terrified, Kaitlyn. Everything is logical discussions with you, everything is so reasonable and analytical. Don't you feel passionate about anything?"
And Martin Sandeke, let me just say that this guy is just a whole bag of surprises. I mentioned he was pretty much an enigma in the first one but we really get to learn a lot more about him here. These characters are anything but one-dimensional and there's so much more to them than meet the eyes. They're imperfect in their own ways but no doubt, they bring out the best of each other. I found my heart swelling with love as these two try to balance out each other's flaws.


BUT ALAS THAT ENDING. Oh Penny, why hast thou forsaken me with that ending?! I knew the terrible cliffhanger was coming but NOTHING was enough to prepare me for it. I didn't expect to be crying like a little schoolgirl who just lost her lunch money and left to wallow in the sandbox of misery by the end of it. You have hit me right in the feels with that last portion there, Penny!! *clutches heart* 

 Again, I feel the need to reiterate that Penny's writing is all kinds of smart, funny, refreshing and will keep you hooked to the story from start to end. I loved this instalment as much as the previous but add on the heat, I couldn't even peel my eyes away from the read at all! I felt that the heat factor definitely played more roles than one, other than merely spicing up the read but it proved to be pivotal by allowing both characters to confront some of their issues head-on. I'm nervous and excited to see where Penny will bring us in the final part but if there's one thing I'm sure of now, it'll be that this brilliant lady will deliver an epic finale for our beloved duo. 

Now I just need another truckload of patience to survive the wait, GAH THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.


  Elements of Chemistry: Heat is the second 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.

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

Part 1 (ATTRACTION) will be released April 9, 2015 
Part 2 (HEAT) will be released April 24, 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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