Thursday, May 7, 2015

Elements of Chemistry, Heat by Penny Reid

by Penny Reid
Hypothesis #2
Publication Date: April 30, 2015
Genres: ContemporaryHumorRomance

Elements of Chemistry: HEAT is part 2 of a 3 part series (65k word novel) and ends in a cliffhanger.
**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.


“How long have you been up?” I scowled at him, willing my heart to calm and the brief spike of adrenaline to recede.

“For about five minutes. I was up when you knocked and I heard the door open.” He grinned down at me. His voice was deliciously roughened by sleep.

“Do you always grab girls and throw them on your bed when you wake up?”

“Only if that girl is Kaitlyn Parker.”

I appreciated that he’d just used my own line against me and I shook my head at his shenanigans. This seemed to make him happy because his eyes lit with menacing satisfaction.

But then the longer we stared at each other the thicker the air grew between us, and the more difficult it became for me to breathe. His gaze also changed and lit with a new flame, both ominous and hungry. I momentarily forgot why I was there and what my super genius idea had been. All I knew was that his look held the promise of something that was going to feel fantastic.

“I like you here,” he whispered, his eyes half lidded as they moved to my mouth, lingered there.

“You like me where?”

“In my bed. Being in my bed every morning should be one of your life rules.”

“Oh…” Every inhale felt painful, tight.

“All I can think about is touching you,” he said, lowering himself to kiss me.

It was the key phrase and it sparked my memory. I remembered why I was there. I remembered my super genius idea.

“Wait!” I said, turning my face to the side.


“Yes, wait. I have an idea and it involves you not kissing me.”

“That sounds like a terrible idea.” He nuzzled my neck, licking my throat, using his hot breath to make me squirm.

“It also involves you letting me go.”

“Another terrible idea.”

“But it’s not. It’s really genius…oh!”

Fallers, I'm back with another Penny Reid review. I don't know how to process this one. It's so, it's so... it's so HARD. If you've read it yet, (or even if you haven't), you're suffering the same as I am, with the world's most gigantic cliffhanger in the history of cliffhangers. That might be an exaggeration. The biggest cliffhanger in the history of cliffhangers is always whether or not a Winchester brother is going to die at the end of a Supernatural season. But they're both similar--even though I KNOW there's another installment coming, I'm heartbroken for a while and super worried about what's going to come next. Despite the giant cliffhanger (and giant, gaping hole left in my heart--thanks Penny), I'm giving Heat four and a half stars!

So after sorting out their lack of communication at the end of book one, Kaitlin and Martin are off like a rocket. Of sex. Guys, remember how I said there was a lot of build-up in book one and we had to wait for book two to get to the good stuff. It was SO worth the wait, kids. So worth it. Martin and Katy have really, really good sex. And do you know why? Because it's realistic. Unlike in a lot of books we read (and I'm not demeaning those books. They're fantastic for the most part and I love them as well), the sex doesn't start out explosive and perfect and everyone is happy. Katy's never had sex before. So it's SO not the definition of perfect, even though Martin did his best to make it pretty damn close. I love it when things like this happen in stories (and why I love Penny Reid's books so much, because it happens so often). Life isn't perfect. We don't have explosive, mind-blowing, perfect sex every time. But we really love each other, and that's what counts. Also, despite my love of the fact that this story is very human and not everything is perfect, the sex is pretty awesome. Like, ghost pepper-hot, guys. Once again, I ask myself, "WHY couldn't you have met a Martin in college? WHY?"

Anyway, a lot of the story is spent exploring Katy and Martin's budding relationship (which, while occasionally fraught with arguments from two hot-headed people), and things are great and adorable. Until they're not. I don't like to give spoilers unless it's for a previous installment of the story, so I'm just going to tell you... cliffhanger. Big, giant cliffhanger of sadness coming at you. But never fear! The next installment (Capture) comes out very soon. 

The only thing I really wasn't a fan of in this book was Katy and Martin's absolute refusal to get some communication skills. While, yes, they are new adults (read, college kids), and yes, neither of them is particularly adept at relationships, there came a point where I was like, "Really? Again?" They have a tendency not to learn from their mistakes in this one, and it can be a little frustrating. As a very recent college kid (like, last-year recent), I wish that our age group could be given a little more benefit of the doubt. Just... talk to each other, guys. It works wonders. Other than that, this book was a trademark Penny Reid delight, full of quips, nerdy one-liners, and all of the things nerdy girls like myself love. BUY IT NOW. OR ELSE. 

No, really. Buy it. And the previous installment. And the next one. It's an awesome series, and everyone should be reading it.

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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