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?
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I love Penny Reid’s brain! It is creative, imaginative, intuitive and SMART! Best of all, that’s how she writes too! Reading her books is like curling up next to a fire and visiting with an old friend. Those moments are special, they fill your heart and hold you over until the next time you get to spend with them. Her books are my friends. They make me smile, laugh, swoon and sometimes cry, but they always fill my heart with happiness.
Elements of Chemistry: Attraction (Hypothesis, #.25) <— yes, that’s a mouthful, but don’t let it alarm you… is the first book in this series and had Penny’s trademark humor, her intelligent heroine and her sexy as all get out, oh, um..her caring and loving—yet somewhat flawed, hero.
Martin Sandeke, is Parker’s OH SO SEXY and SMOOTH, chemistry lab partner. He is wealthy (or actually his parents are) and cocky as hell. People fall at his feet to please him. But as we begin to learn it is because of who his parents are, not because of who he is. Except Kaitlyn, she appears aloof and unaffected by it, and he likes that. He likes her.
“Parker”, Kaitlyn Parker is awkward, smart, sarcastic and witty. A product of her upbringing, she is all about schedules, the end product and leading a drama free life. She is an unapologetically low maintenance, t-shirts and sweats are favored over make up and dressing up. She is told by Ray, Martin’s long time friend that she is, “the marriage girl.” Kaitlyn isn’t sure if she likes that label and when she starts to protest, Ray says my favorite quote in this book!
“Be the marriage girl. Don’t be the hook-up girl. Don’t be her. She’s stupid and shallow. Yes, she gets lots of male attention, dressing in her sexy lumberjack or sexy nun costumes… for a time. But then she’s used up, hardened, disillusioned and desperate because no one stays with the hook-up girl.”
This selection from the series is the beginning of their relationship. Can she trust him with her heart, is he willing to change his playboy ways to be with her? They both have to trust the other and I am excited to see where this series goes.. NEED.NEXT.BOOK.NOW!!!
*ARC graciously provided by Penny Reid!*
Parties?” I may have curled my lip in a miniature sneer.
“Yeah, on the island, at some of the other houses, friends of mine. You know, the usual college scene stuff.”
Usual college scene… just a bunch of billionaires’ kids and their friends. It sounded delightful.
“Yeah, no thanks.” I pulled my eyes from his, inspected the rocks. “I don’t like parties. But don’t let that stop you from going.”
I sighed, then met his gaze.
“I want you to come.”
“No thank you.”
He ground his teeth. “Kaitlyn, you promised you were going to give this a try.”
Once again he was giving me the severe stare down, likely because my weakly delivered I will didn’t even sound convincing to me.
Managing to swallow around the sudden thickness in my throat, I squared my shoulders so that I was facing him. “Here’s the thing, Sandeke. I am. I am going to give this a try. Despite my worries-”
“What worries?” He sounded exasperated.
I ignored his question, “Despite my worries and reservations, I’m going to give this the good college try. But I don’t even know how to dance. I can tango like a pro, but I don’t do the body wiggle weird thing. And isn’t that what the kids do these days at parties? Dance?”
He lifted an eyebrow at my excuse—obviously unimpressed—and with two fluid strokes moved to join me.
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.