Review⎜Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid

Review⎜Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny ReidAttraction by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #1
Published by Caped Publishing on April 6th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 161
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

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?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Mature Content

Okay, I’ll just start this review by saying I only gave Attraction a rough 2.5/2.75 stars because I managed to finish the whole series.

Kaitlyn Parker has been Martin Sandeke’s chemistry partner for the last two semesters, and despite the fact that she has been lusting over him for so long, the two have exchanged nothing but conversations related to the class. After overhearing a plot against Martin, Kaitlyn had no choice but to talk to him and tell him about it. This led to a surprising make out session in the chemistry lab, and an even more surprising Spring Break week on a private island with seven other boys from the rowing team, and Kaitlyn’s best friend, Sam.

It started really interesting; I actually thought this was going to be a different NA. As the story went on, however, I realized that this book falls in the typical NA box.

I’m really not a fan of instant love. It’s sad because I love new adult romance, but most of the new adult romance these days are all about that instant love. It makes me want to stick to YA and Adult instead; and in adult romances, they don’t really argue about the petty things as much as NA characters do. The relationship here between Martin and Kaitlyn felt toxic. It was suffocating.

Technically, if you consider the fact that the two have been secretly lusting over each other the last two semesters, it’s not really instant love? But Attraction and Heat happened in a span of a week. A week. If that’s not instant, then I don’t know what is.

And I really didn’t like Kaitlyn. She’s this beautiful, sexy, smart girl, but she has no idea about it??? Like, is anyone that obtuse? Why can’t we have protagonists who are wholly comfortable in their own skin? Why does the female lead have to be this gorgeous girl with zero self-esteem who only realizes she’s pretty when a guy points it out? WHYYYYYYYY???

Now, you must be wondering why I even bothered finishing this book, let alone the whole series. Well, I do have my reasons.

The funny scenes. When Kaitlyn’s not being oblivious to the fact that she’s this gorgeous superhuman who everyone secretly lusts over, she’s actually funny. 

“Guys can’t sample the lo mien just because I’m standing there. I get a vote in who eats my noodles.”

Sam. I think Sam’s the only character in Attraction that I liked (and maybe Eric, Martin’s good friend). She’s so good to Kaitlyn, and she says things just as they are. She’s the person I’d love to read about. She deserves her own book. I’d definitely read that book if it exists!

The cliffhanger. To be honest, I don’t know if I would have read Heat and Capture if it weren’t for the cliffhanger. I had to know what happened. Haha Blame it on my curiosity.

There you have it. I enjoyed Heat, and Capture infinitely better than Attraction, so yes. I’ll write about that soon.

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