Apr 13

Attraction (Elements Of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid Review



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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?


“Then he kisses me, And – damn, damn, damn – he was a good kisser.”

Phenomenal. Exceptional. Fantastic. Remarkable. Marvelous.

Since the heroine, Kaitlyn, in Elements of Chemistry: Attraction, has a thing for reciting synonyms when nervous I thought it was only fitting to start this review off with some synonyms for Extraordinary since that is what this book is. I have long known that Penny Reid can write a great contemporary book but watching her dip her toes into the New Adult pool has been both exciting and fun (see also titillating and jocular.)

“You’ll make me cry.” 
“I wouldn’t.” 
“You would. I’ve seen it, I see how you treat girls.”
“I wouldn’t do that to you. You’re not- I know you’re not like that. We wouldn’t be that.”
“I don’t trust you.”
“I know. But you will.”

Kaitlyn is happy leading her somewhat boring wall flower life, not being noticed and just trying to find what it is that will make her remarkable like her family. Martin is everything she doesn’t want, a playboy, a jock and cruel to many but she cannot help her sexual desire for him. What she can help is letting it affect her. That is until he kisses her . . .then all bets are off. Since not breaking promises is one of Kaitlyn’s life rules she finds herself on a tropical island with her best friend Sam, Martin and his rowing team mates. While their chemistry is clear Kaitlyn will not just give in to desire. She is a smart girl who will listen to her head. But who will win out the smart voice in her head or the desperate voice in her head.

“My body places you in a state of duress?”  “Of course. Of course it does. What a ridiculous question. Your body causes distress, disquiet, desolation, and puts me in a state of duress.”

Martin Sandeke is a ladies man and I for one can say I have fully fallen for his charms. I adore him and his quick wit and sexual aggression. While at times he comes on to strong for Kaitlyn’s wishes even she cannot walk away from someone who oozes so much sex appeal. While to the outside world he appears to be a bit of an ass to Kaitlyn he is anything but. She is not his typical type but she is everything he wants.

“Martin, this is nuts. You don’t need or want a girlfriend.”  “I want you.”

While I read a lot of Contemporary and Erotic fiction, New Adult has always been my chosen genre so when I read the Elements Of Chemistry short story in the Breathless Anthology I knew that this was something I wanted more of. Of course then, when Penny announced that she planned on turning it into a full length book I was ecstatic. And then when she announced that it was so long it would have to be released in three parts I was jumping for joy! Attraction, the first of three) did not let me down. While it does end in a cliffhanger it is not so bad that waiting a few weeks for the next to come out would kill you. Attraction was EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING! A strong heroine, a panty melting man and wit like only Penny can write. I can already tell you that this series will be one I read over and over again and we are only on the first part!


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