Heat (Elements of Chemistry #2) by Penny Reid
5 Barnacle stars!
“We can’t change the past. But we can change how much importance we allow it to have over our future.”
OMFG THE SHIT IS BANANAS- B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!!! Loved it!!!!!!
Okay over here just freaking out a little. By my reaction and rating I bet you can tell I loved this book (and I did). WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS SERIES?????
Okay okay I’ll calm down a bit, I promise. For now.
Heat picks up where Attraction left off with Martin and Kaitlyn resolving a misunderstanding and then going about their business while on the island on spring break. As the two of them get to know each other in what Kaitlyn calls relationship boot camp, things are beginning to heat up between the two of them. Both have barriers built, but the other does their best to knock them down. And pretty soon feelings of attraction develop into something deeper.
First off, I love stories where the guy pursues the reluctant girl. Most romances involve a girl somewhat taming the playboy and for once it’s nice to see the guy doing the work. Plus, being a nerdy girl myself, it struck close to my heart that Martin went after the nerdy girl with barriers and he went after her hard.
“I like you because you are Kaitlyn—genuine, beautiful, brilliant, amazing Kaitlyn—not because you’re Kaitlyn Parker. And I’m in love with you because I can’t help myself.”
Now for my favorite part of the book. THE ANGST. I basically eat angst for all my meals (including second breakfast, first lunch and predinner).
This is what I look like eating angst:
For realz yo.
While this book still had its comedic moments, the tone turned a bit more serious as it went on because it delved into the issues surrounding Kaitlyn and Martin’s lives. Martin has a real dick of a father, like the type of people who should be forever stuck in torture lands where they hear fingernails on the chalkboard sounds 24/7.
Kaitlyn struggles with believing that Martin really wants her for her and that this relationship could be real. The two seem to be on different wavelengths at times with Martin at full speed ahead and Kaitlyn dropping her anchor to slow down. I have to agree with her on many of the issues Martin was moving too fast, but his heart was in the right place.
“I’m not trying to hurt you. I just want us to be—”
“Smart,” he finished for me, his resentful gaze softening as it moved over my face. ” I know. You always want to be smart and do the right thing. But the problem is, Parker… I just want you.”
Having only read 2 Penny Reid books before this series, and enjoying but not loving them, I can say for sure with this series I am a convert. Thanks again to Dee, Jasmine and Sharon for the series recommendation! You ladies rock!