Elements of Chemistry: Attraction
This is the first installment of three in the Elements of Chemistry series. Each book can be read alone.
Martin Sandeke is a “six-foot-three modern day physical manifestation of Hercules and captain of our university’s rowing team” and billion-dollar heir to Sandeke Telecom Systems. Kaitlyn Parker (known by all as Katy) is a book smart, socially awkward and unpretentious beauty who also comes from a notable family. Her mother is a US senator; her father was a dean of the college of medicine at UCLA; and her maternal grandfather was an astronaut.
To Katy, Martin is an “unrepentant manwhore extraordinaire and kind of a jerk-faced bully.” He also happens to be her year-long chemistry lab partner. Although she’s aware of his exploits, she is physically attracted to him.
The book opens with Katy hiding in a lab closet listening in on a conversation of two disreputables conspiring against Martin. She informs Martin of this plot and he, in turn, reveals that he is drawn to her beauty and trustworthyness. It seems he doesn’t have very many principled people in his life he can depend on.
This mutual attraction leads Martin to ask Katy to spend time with him over spring break in a beach house in the Carribean. Because…why not?
This book reads a lot like the show The OC—rich, priviledged and sexually charged college kids making out on beaches. The drama, at least in this first book, exists because of misunderstandings (between Martin and Katy) and jealousy (between Martin and one of his crew mates). The character development in this book was a bit weak for my taste. I guess that happens with most novellas. It’s hard to cram rich character development in a book which can be easily read in one sitting.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. It’s not a bad book. It’s just not as strong as the books in Penny’s Knitting in the City series. (Pro tip: If you’ve never read any of Penny’s books before, start with one of the Knitting in the City books first.)