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BOOK REVIEW ~ HEAT BY PENNY REID

**Blurb contains spoilers if you haven’t read Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION **

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.

I think Penny Reid is a mad genius. I know that once I pick up a book from her I’m in for an amazing reading experience and with her one-of-a-kind sense of humor and sharp wit, her stories always hit the mark for me. It certainly rang true for book 1 in this series Attraction and to an extent it was also true for this second one; however I do have some reservations about this book. A big one that’s on my mind is that while this book was entertaining and addicting, I felt like that the plot wasn’t substantial enough to warrant its own book. I think if this book had been split between the first and third or squeezed in more, the series could’ve easily ended up as a duet and would’ve still done justice to Martin and Kaitlyn’s story. However, I respect the author’s vision for her story and characters and despite not agreeing with the story arc structure as of now, I have complete faith that she will deliver a stunning and fitting conclusion to the series with the third book.

FYI, the rest of my review will contain minor spoilers if you haven’t read book 1.

This book picks up right where the first one left off. Martin and Kaitlyn are on shaky ground relationship-wise but the author wastes no time to straighten things out and get them both on common ground. They’ve both got so much baggage but the one thing they agree on is that they’re absolutely crazy for each other, and are willing to give this new relationship of theirs a shot. The plot of this book actually spans just a few days, but it’s a rich in quality timeframe as Martin and Kaitlyn open up to each other like they’ve never done before. I know one of the things that kept me from giving book 1 a full 5 star rating was that I needed more about Martin and the author delivered on that aspect here. Hidden secrets and sordid details about his family are revealed, and really helped me understand why he always acted like a jerk to everyone. But on the downside, while Martin’s character development I was happy with, I struggled with Kaitlyn. Her socially awkward personality and overall shyness were qualities that made her endearing and adorable in book 1 but I felt like they were exaggerated and drawn out in here, so sometimes she annoyed me with how naïve she was. But at the same time I understood that her upbringing, family pressures, and her young age played a huge role so I’ll end my complaints about poor Kaitlyn here

Things I did adore included the cranked up steam level and the angsty, emotional side to Martin and Kaitlyn’s romance that previously hadn’t been explored before. Unlike book 1, this book was not just all fun and games. It had its fair share of turmoil and heartbreak and as I got closer to the end, the author really yanked hard on my heartstrings so despite my issues with the story, I was still heavily invested in this couple.

Now for the ending. I knew there was a gigantic cliffhanger at the end and the author also warned readers beforehand but sheesh. It still freaking burns woman! I wish it didn’t have to conclude this way but at the same time, I don’t see how it couldn’t so I’m not too aggravated about it. And luckily, the final book will be out in just a few weeks so I’m excited about that.

But okay. I admit I still want to kick Martin in the nuts and dunk his head in a toilet

Despite my so-so average rating for this book, it’s still a really good installment in the series and filled in some empty holes from the first book that gave me greater character insight. I never felt bored and read it in one sitting, and it’s safe to say I’m hooked on this series and am currently not-so-patiently waiting for the final book. As I mentioned before, I have complete faith in the author to deliver an epic conclusion to Martin and Kaitlyn’s story.

Heat is the 2nd installment in the Elements of Chemistry series and must be read after Attraction.

Rating: 3.5 stars!