Thursday, April 9, 2015

**Release Day REVIEW** ATTRACTION (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid















SYNOPSIS:

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?






REVIEW:

            



Typically, if I read a book blurb and college is mentioned anywhere in that blurb, I pass.  I know, I know, this does make me a bit of a snob (I own that) and I am sure I have missed out on many fantastic stories, but staring at 40 sometimes when reading about college aged characters makes me roll my eyes and feel old.  However, with Penny Reid I would read ANYTHING she writes (you know my fangirl tendencies with her), even a college romance story, like Attraction.  I have read pretty much every book Penny Reid has written at this point and I can state with authority (of which I have none) that I'm pretty sure it is impossible for Penny Reid to write a bad book.  I love her writing, her style, her sense of humor, the characters she creates, all the feels she infuses her stories with and now I love this start of a trilogy about two college students who are fumbling their way through their "attraction" to one another (see what I did there?).

Attraction starts off right away very addicting and interesting.  Thank goodness it is Spring Break around here or my kids would have never gotten picked up from school!  Once you start reading about Kaitlyn and Martin, it is VERY hard to stop reading their story.  In case you aren't aware Penny Reid took her Elements of Chemistry story and broke into three books (they are full stories, not shorts or novellas): Attraction, Heat and Capture.  All these books will be release fairly close together so you won't be waiting too long to get the complete story.  Thank you for that, Penny.

Everything I love about Penny Reid's writing is here in Attraction.  Kaitlyn is a painfully awkward 19 year old that has lots of quirky habits and endearing ticks but she is also an honest and loyal friend to those who know her.  Her obliviousness is part of her charm and I fell for her instantly.  Martin is the man about campus that everyone wants (or has had) and we are ready to judge him right off the bat based on Kaitlyn's assumptions that he is a jerk face.  However, with this being a Penny Reid book, Martin doesn't do what we expect and he is more than his reputation and my heart is so very happy to see where this couple will take us.

Since this book is broken into three parts, expect Penny Reid to leave us wanting (craving and cussing for) more story when we get to the end of Attraction.  Luckily, part 2, Heat comes out in a couple of weeks (April 30th) so we can stop pacing the floor wanting to know what happens next.  

Penny Reid is a storyteller that shows me with every book that she is the real deal.  Her books seem genuine, the humor is real (not forced) and she creates these characters that you can't help but fall in love with (even if they are nerdy or jerk faces).  I get goosebumps and my heart beating up in my throat reading about Kaitlyn and Martin.  The Elements of Chemistry series (so far) is a magical mix of feels, heat and spark that I HIGHLY recommend.

Attraction releases today and (as of this post) is only $0.99!!  I guarantee this will be your best dollar spent all week!  If you are a Penny Reid devotee, like I am, then you probably have already read and fallen in love with this book, but if you are on the fence about this series JUMP!  I promise this book is just as good as you are hoping it would be.  If you have never read a Penny Reid book, then I beg you to 1-click this gem and fall in love with the words Penny Reid puts on paper (or e-paper) you are in for a treat!

Attraction is definitely a MUST 1-click book!





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MEET THE AUTHOR:


Author-Photo-Penny-Reid-300x300SEX! 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.