Book 2, Elements of Chemistry - Elements of Chemistry
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**Blurb contains spoilers if you haven’t read Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION**
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.
Not enough for three separate books.
I love your stories and characters Penny...but this should have been kept together as one book.
Review: Elements of Chemistry 2: HEAT
Heat by Penny Reid is the second book in her Elements of Chemistry series. It continues immediately from where book one, Attraction, left off and jumps right into the story. This is a series that must be read in order and this review contains spoilers for the first book.
Martin has confronted Kaitlyn about her indifference to him. She believes he is still just a temporary thing. Why else would he leave her alone at a party and let some girl shove her tongue down his throat? Well, he was trying to NOT be a possessive jerk just as Kaitlyn requested AND he didn't ask to get kissed and pushed the girl off immediately. Once Kaitlyn is finally found, in the laundry room, reading a book, and this is explained to her, she begins to see the truth of Martin's account of events and after an emotional outburst and some yelling from the two of them, things seem to be back on the mend between them. Yay! And that's just the first chapter or so... LOL
Kaitlyn is so wonderfully contained. everything is all logic and reason purposeful. Martin, on the other hand, barely contains himself. He feels and emotes and pushes in everything. Never mind that he is a self-described "shy" person, he pushes past his own limits of comfort and has put his long term goals in action. He means to see them through to the absolute end.
When those goals, however, put him and Kaitlyn at odds what will he choose. His love with Kaitlyn or the one thing he's been after for as long as he can remember? It's a conundrum that, unfortunately does not get answered within these pages but I'm sure will be in the next and final installment of Penny's masterpiece... Capture.
The plot twists that you don't see coming, the personalities that you WILL grow to love, and the baddies that you would be willing to murder if they weren't fictional creations of text and paper. I love Penny's writing style and I always feel like her books, more than most, deserve a quiet space and peaceful time to read in. I do however drag them with me wherever and whenever I get the chance because they're her books :-D
HEAT totally brings the passion and tension!
Boy did the flame hit the fire in this book, in more ways than one. Thankfully Heat picks up right where Attraction left off. The sucker punch I felt at the end of Attraction quickly eased and things were getting better between the two wonder kinds. Which was great until I realized the growth Kaitlyn and Martin had undergone was once again stymied but this time it might be for good. And I was sucker punched all over again and this time it was so much worse.
Let me back track because chances are your mouths are open with shock if you haven't read the book yet, but have started the series. Here's the thing. Kaitlyn and Martin are both stubborn. I already know that, if you've read either or both books that are out, you know that. It's a given fact. Both of them have their own plans for the future and even differing ideas on how their "relationship" will play out. Seeing the two butt heads was interesting at first because it usually resulted in Kaitlyn playing her synonym game, but then things come to a head and all of a sudden they're facing major problems. Some of it is from internal conflict and the rest of it is from the outside world.
I never realized how different Kaitlyn and Martin were in the way they thought until I read Heat. Of course both of them have had vastly different childhoods and experiences. It shaped them both in ways that were difficult for them to overcome. They clash regarding what they want and what makes them happy and it's not pretty. There were other people around them who also influenced their actions and I didn't like them very much. This part of Kaitlyn and Martin's story really showed the impact their parents had on them. I'm trying to be nice but I really didn't like their parents much. Especially the chinless and spineless wonder that was Martin's biological father. That man is loathsome.
Of course I'm making it sound like this book was all strife and being stubborn, but it wasn't. Both Martin and Kaitlyn really invested themselves into what was happening between them. I loved seeing them laugh and realize they could be their true selves with one another. They were able to overcome many of the initial hurdles keeping them from being with each other. The chemistry between them was still as strong as it was in Attraction and I think it go even hotter in Heat. I love how the anticipation between them just continued to grow and grow and I was almost panting by the time they decided to do anything about it. There may have been a need to change underwear during this part. Hey, Martin might be a jerk face, but he can woo and he certainly delivers the goods.
One thing I absolutely loved about this book was the realism in it. Penny really did a great job at capturing the intimacy, awkwardness, and discomfort someone having sex for the first can feel; it wasn't all fireworks and wonderful. Kudos to her for keeping her books real, smart, and authentic. This is why Penny's book are like chips. They're addictive and you can't stop with just one. I'm not sure whether to thank Penny or shake her for taking Kaitlyn and Martin's story and braking it up into parts. I love reading about them every few weeks, but the story is so amazing, I want to read it all at once and all right now. Capture can't come soon enough. With the way things ended between Kaitlyn and Martin in this book, it's going to be next to impossible to wait patiently to see if they can overcome this hurdle. They're both so stubborn, maybe too stubborn. I can't wait to see how they overcome the new challenges that have been thrown their way. I have a feeling the resolution will be spectacular.