Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION by Penny Reid Blog Tour- Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway


I loved this book so much! Penny Reid always manages to find a way to out do herself and she does it big time with Attraction!  There's an excerpt so you can see for yourself and much more!

Tour: Attraction by Penny Reid

Attraction by Penny Reid Hypothesis #1
Publication Date: April 9, 2015


Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION is the first part in a three part series; it is 45k words; and it ends with a cliffhanger. Part 1 (ATTRACTION) will be released April 9, 2015 Part 2 (HEAT) will be released April 30, 2015. Part 3 (CAPTURE) will be released May 16, 2015.

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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Parties?” I may have curled my lip in a miniature sneer. 

 “Yeah, on the island, at some of the other houses, friends of mine. You know, the usual college scene stuff.”

  Usual college scene… just a bunch of billionaires’ kids and their friends. It sounded delightful.

  “Yeah, no thanks.” I pulled my eyes from his, inspected the rocks. “I don’t like parties. But don’t let that stop you from going.”


 I sighed, then met his gaze.

 “I want you to come.”

“No thank you.”
He ground his teeth. “Kaitlyn, you promised you were going to give this a try.” 
“I will…” 

Once again he was giving me the severe stare down, likely because my weakly delivered I will didn’t even sound convincing to me. 
Managing to swallow around the sudden thickness in my throat, I squared my shoulders so that I was facing him. “Here’s the thing, Sandeke. I am. I am going to give this a try. Despite my worries-” 
“What worries?” He sounded exasperated. 
I ignored his question, “Despite my worries and reservations, I’m going to give this the good college try. But I don’t even know how to dance. I can tango like a pro, but I don’t do the body wiggle weird thing. And isn’t that what the kids do these days at parties? Dance?” 
He lifted an eyebrow at my excuse—obviously unimpressed—and with two fluid strokes moved to join me.  

I stiffened, my eyes wide, and backed up a step at his advance. “What- what are you doing?”  

“I’m going to teach you how to dance,” he said simply, already on me, reaching for my body.  

I stiffened further, feeling unaccountably breathless as his big hands slipped around my waist and settled on my hips and lower back.  

“But there- but we- but-”  

Shhh…” he said, pulling me closer. “Relax.”  

“Create cold fusion," I murmured in response, unable to relax and placing my hands nowhere, because placing them anywhere on Martin felt perilous to my wellbeing.  

He glanced down at me, his eyebrows in a perplexed V. “What does cold fusion have to do with anything.”  

“You tell me to relax, which is impossible. I tell you to create cold fusion, which is impossible.”  

His answering smile was crooked. “You can’t relax?”  


“Why not.”  

“You know why not.”  

“Well, it might help if you touched me.”  

“That will not help.”  

“It might.”  

“It won’t.”  

“Touch me.”  

I scowled at his chest, my hands still in the air at my sides. Stupid perfect chest.  

“Parker, if we’re going to dance you have to touch me.” He sounded amused and his fingers flexed on my bare skin. I felt the roughened calluses of his palms just before he released my body to grab my hands. He brought them to his shoulders, pressed them there, then returned his own to my hips. I didn’t miss the fact that his hand-placement was now a bit more daring than it had been a moment ago, lower, closer to my bottom.  

I swallowed thickly, glaring at my fingers where they touched his perfectly sculpted shoulder.  

“Don’t you want to touch me?” he asked, his inflection daring, teasing, but also something else. Something hesitant and uncertain.  

I lifted my eyes to his; they were guarded, his smile looked bracing, almost like a grimace, like he was preparing himself for bad news.  

I sighed and I knew I sounded resigned and a little pitiful, “Yes…”  

His gaze thawed as it dropped to my lips. “Then you should… because I want you to.” 

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★★★★★ stars

As if Penny Reid didn't already blow my mind enough, she goes and writes a new adult novel that far exceeded all my expectations.  What was I might expecting you might wonder? I was expecting it to be funny and sexy and entertaining.  I wasn't expecting it to be all of that raised to the tenth degree plus stimulating to both my brain and my pants, as Kaitlyn would say. The characters are real, the situations dramatic but exciting, and it's still hot and yet smart.  How does she do it?  

Well she writes characters you can really connect with.  I don't know who I loved more, Kaitlyn or Martin. Well I take that back. I totally loved them both, but I loved Kaitlyn more. Why?  She's intelligent, talented, hard working, determined, desirable, beautiful, and she doesn't know it. She's more interested in what she can do on her own rather than living on the laurels of her famous family. She's honest and sincere and I totally had a girl crush on her. She's awkward around Martin because she's attracted to him and she doesn't know quite what to do about it when he actually shows interest in her. I feel ya Kaitlyn, I get tongue tied around good looking guys too!

Coming to Martin,  I can totally see why Kaitlyn wanted into his pants.  I mean I loved him, but I lusted after him first.  He's a rower!  They have physical physiques like you would not believe! Plus he saw past Kaitlyn's baggy tees and cords and saw the beauty beneath.  That's a total plus for him, and he waited for two years to have a chance with her.  Granted he wasn't celibate those two years and a jerk to the women he was sleeping with, but he was upfront and honest with them, so I can't blame him too much for taking advantage at what was being thrown at him. It also turns out Martin has other redeeming features besides his beautiful body, and it has nothing to do with the size of his checkbook.

The story itself was amazing.  As in from the very first sentence until the last one.  No slow story here, na uh.   And I can't even fully list how many emotions I experienced while reading the book let alone in that first chapter, but I'm going to try.  I was amused, confused, irritated, infuriated, aroused, entertained, and so much more. I went from laughing at Kaitlyn trying to scratch an itch on her back to fanning myself after Martin decided to help her.  And if you're wondering how scratching an itch that's impossible to reach can be sexy, I would've never thunk it, but Penny managed to do it, and do it well! And I've got to say the dastardly plot to trap Martin made my blood boil. Lets just leave it at that. I also liked seeing Kaitlyn and Martin get to know each other, starting on that plane trip to Martin's beach house for spring break. It started moving from their physical attraction which was off the charts insane to let-me-get-to-know-you before we go any further.

Attraction is 170 pages long.  It doesn't feel like 170 pages and since Penny is a master at writing, it ended on sort of a cliffhanger, which should be considered a form of unnatural and unusual punishment (just my opinion). Well it's either a cliffhanger or it's not, there's no sort of, but it wasn't to the point where I wanted to pull out my hair because the next part wasn't available.  However waiting for Heat to be released is going to be tough. I had to pre-order the next part and I'm counting down the days until it's here! There's so much more I want to talk about but trust me on this, you have to read Attraction to see how amazing it is!

*Thank you to the author and publicist for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

About the Author

Author-Photo-Penny-Reid-300x300SEX! 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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