Audio Review: Elements of Chemistry Series by Penny Reid

Audio Review: Elements of Chemistry Series by Penny ReidAttraction by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #1
on June 23rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Source: Library
Reading Challenges: 2016 Audiobook Challenge, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2016

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?

Audio Review: Elements of Chemistry Series by Penny ReidHeat by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #2
Published by Tantor Audio on July 28th 2015
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Source: Library
Reading Challenges: 2016 Audiobook Challenge, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2016

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.

Audio Review: Elements of Chemistry Series by Penny ReidCapture by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #3
Published by Tantor Audio on August 18th 2015
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Source: Library
Reading Challenges: 2016 Audiobook Challenge, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2016

One week. Manhattan apartment. Super-hot ex-boyfriend.

…What’s the worst that could happen?

It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before.

But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants.
Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?

Being a mood-read can be a pain in the butt. At least, for me it can, especially lately. I’ve been in the mood to read, but I have been struggling with finding the right book. I’ve been finding myself surfing my library’s collection of e-audiobooks, which is how I stumbled across Penny Reid’s Elements of Chemistry series. Having loved Neanderthal Seeks Human by Reid, I jumped into the Elements of Chemistry without really looking into the books. They weren’t what I was expecting, but I couldn’t stop reading.

As the Elements of Chemistry series is almost like one giant book, split into three, and as I read them back to back, I’m going to review all three together.

The Elements of Chemistry series is all about Kaitlyn Parker and Martin Sandeke who are college students and lab partners. Kaitlyn is seriously adorable, and also seriously awkward, but in the best way. She’s the daughter of a senator, and the granddaughter of an astronaut, and sometimes that leaves Katilyn feeling pressured to be someone “amazing,” but that isn’t really what Kaitlyn wants. She literally hides in closets when she gets stressed.

Martin is completely different from Kaitlyn. He’s ridiculously wealthy, super popular, super hot, and he can be a jerk. Despite Kaitlyn totally admiring Martin’s appearance, she barely talks to him besides the lab assignments, because she is not interested in having her heart broken. But, of course, Martin might be having some feelings for Kaitlyn.

The first book, Attraction, focuses on whether or not Martin and Kaitlyn will get together. There’s a bit of back and forth, and I could really understand Kaitlyn’s hesitancy to actually start something with Martin. He does not have a great track record, and, to be honest, sometimes Martin is an ass. I didn’t always like him, especially during the first two books.

I should mention that Attraction and Heat end on a cliff hanger, of sorts, and it will leave you wanting to get the next book asap. Heat does not end happily, and I felt really bad for Kaitlyn. But, Capture, the third book, was probably my favorite of three, even though there was a lot of “oh my gosh, just admit your feelings” bits to it. Martin is so much nicer in Capture, not that he was ever really mean to Kaitlyn, but he wasn’t nice to a lot of other people. I did like seeing Martin grow so much.

So, overall, I did like the Elements of Chemistry series, but it isn’t my favorite either. It doesn’t even come close to how much I adored Neanderthal Seeks Human, although Kaitlyn did remind me of the heroine of that book a little. It is very New Adult at times, and I got impatient, especially with Martin. But I’m really glad I read all three, and I so want to read more by Penny Reid.


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12 Responses to “Audio Review: Elements of Chemistry Series by Penny Reid”

  1. Nick

    I’ve read a couple of books by her and I adore her humor! I’m generally not a fan of series with the same characters because it seems like an excuse to add a ton of drama and miscommunication, but it seems to work here. I love that Martin grows so much throughout the book! I’m glad you enjoyed these even if it wasn’t a favorite.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I understand your feelings about series with the same characters, and I agree. I do think there was some drama and miscommunication in this series, but not overly so. I did like this, but I think her other books are a lot better.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Neanderthal Seeks Human is on my TBR and this series sounds interesting. I don’t like cliffhangers usually but since all three of thse are ut and their novellas it doesn’t bother me too much. I love seeing characters grow! Especially if it’s from a jerk into someone I can actually root for. I’ll be checking this one out as well.

  3. Lover Of Romance

    oh these trio of books do sound like they have some great humor here!!! I don’t mind cliffhangers as long as I can read the books in order. Great Trio review here.

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I love Penny Reid! I haven’t read these books yet, but I’ve heard good things. I really like the other books in her Knitting in the City series and am head over heels in love with her Winston Brothers books. Great review!

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