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BOOK REVIEW ~ ATTRACTION BY PENNY REID

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?

I have been in a book slump the past few days, starting and stopping 5 books that just weren’t grabbing my attention, and then I decided to give this book a try seeing that many of my book buddies loved it. OMG. Best decision ever because I LOVED IT!!! Right from the start there was this special spark to the story and just from reading the first few pages I knew this book was going to be a winner. The writing was smart, the banter was extremely witty and had me giggling like a harlot, and the chemistry was off the charts amazing. One of my favorite NA romances of the year for sure!
One thing that really made this book stand out for me is how clever this story is. I let the plot marinate in my head for a few hours and honestly? There is nothing new plot-wise this book has to offer to the NA genre. There is the typical rich, entitled, cocky, and a bit standoffish hero, and how he’s secretly interested in the heroine who’s socially awkward but a beautiful nerd. But what made this storyline work here is definitely the strong, addicting writing. Penny Reid sells the story. There is no writer quite like her, and her brand of smart, sass, and wit weaved into the book brings these characters to life. The heroine Kaitlyn is someone I’d normally find irritating with all her odd quirks and shy social personality but I seriously loved her in here. She was endearing, and the way Penny portrayed her character displayed this strong/vulnerable dual personality that I personally found very easy to relate to. Same goes for the delectable hero Martin. Sure, he’s got the good looks and confidence down, but once again, he’s realistically and charmingly portrayed and despite all the cliché descriptions of him, Penny sells his character. And holy flying cow!! When Kaitlyn and Martin are together, I just combust. I don’t blame Kaitlyn one bit for feeling flustered and unable to speak when around him
I’m not going into detail about the plot because there really isn’t much to say about it other than what the blurb already reveals. Plus, this book was more of a long novella and it goes by fast once you start reading so I’d rather let everyone experience the fun ride on their own. Before diving in, I already knew the book would end in a cliffhanger but I honestly don’t care that I was left hanging. I’d rather read an amazing book and take a brutal cliffy than read a bad book with a resolved, yet unsatisfying ending. But most of all, I want to say that the cliffy isn’t something you should worry over anyways. Penny adds in a bonus sneak peek to book 2 at the very end that’ll soothe your heart and tide you over for the time being, and the next book will be released in just a few weeks. I can already see the Elements of Chemistry series becoming my latest book addiction, and I’m counting down the days to book 2’s release!
Attraction is part 1 of 3 in the Elements of Chemistry series following the same couple and ends on a cliffhanger. Just FYI, this book ends at the 81% mark BUT after that is the first chapter of book 2 that’ll make you feel better about that cliffy