Revew: Attraction by Penny Reid

Posted 16 April, 2015 in Reviews / 1 Comment

Revew: Attraction by Penny ReidTitle: Attraction
Series: Elements of Chemistry #1
Author: Penny Reid
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: April 9, 2015
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About Attraction:

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?
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My Review:

So I’m going to start trying something new for novellas/serials. Bulleted lists. I always write these as soon as I finish a book, to help me write my review. But developing the bullets into paragraphs and things like that usually doubles the length of the review. When a book is so short in the first place, that feels kind of silly.

So, here are my thoughts:

  • There’s something really awesome about a Penny Reid book you can read in one sitting. It means I know I’ll be able to reread it as much as I want. There have been so many times I went back to read Love Hacked or Friends without Benefits, but had to stop because more ARC reviews were coming up. This one, I can easily reread when it’s late at night and I don’t want to start a long book, all at once. I’m gonna reread the hell out of this.
  • I actually enjoyed it a lot more than the Bunsen Burner Bingo, the original version of this book, which was a short story.
  • In fact, worried after reading the original, because although I think it was technically NA, I got serious YA vibes from it. And I haven’t enjoyed a YA book in a long time. I still try to from time to time, but most of my recent YA reads have gone unfinished. I would hate to DNF a Penny Reid book!
  • It’s very different from Bunsen Burner Bingo in terms of sexual content. It was much more on par with what my dirty mind eats up. So, yay. 🙂
  • Katy was an awesome character. In some ways, the stereotypical quirky girl, but some of her quirks and the reasons for them were very interesting to me.


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About Penny Reid:

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.

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