July 12, 2015

Review: Capture (Elements of Chemistry #3) by Penny Reid

Title: Capture
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #3
Genre: new adult, contemporary romance
One week.
Manhattan apartment.
Super-hot ex-boyfriend.
…What’s the worst that could happen?

It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before.

But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants.

Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?

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Capture by Penny Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.75 **try talking for a change** STARS

Capture is the last installment in the Elements of Chemistry series and unfortunately not as good as its two predecessors. I enjoyed it well enough and I loved to get a conclusion to Martin and Kaitlyn's story, but I have a few issues.

I’m going to divide my review in three parts, since I have different opinions about each section. Let’s go...

“We'd shared a beautiful week. Because of him I was on a new path, a path I loved.”

The Beginning

As many of you probably know I am a sucker for second chance love stories and after the ending of Heat this series turned into just that. Highly appreciated and a nice twist.

Now, the start was really amazing. After a six months time jump we get so see Kaitlyn's struggle coming to terms with her feelings about the whirlwind romance and the fact that it was over before it even started. In true Katy style she goes at it in a very logical and prosaic way. All I can say about that is I very much love it and mostly because I tend to be a little bit like that.

So, what happened in her life? Well, she took off from school for a semester, changed her major and joined a band. In some ways she is a whole new person, but for the most part she is still the same quirky girl I loved before...just more open to life.

“Boys are stupid. I needed to explore becoming a lesbian.”

The Middle - after meeting jerk-face again

For obvious reasons at some point the two main characters have to meet again and it's very well done, but unfortunately also intensely frustrating. I have very little patience for talking in circles and ignoring the elephant in the room. And let me tell you, Martin and Kaitlyn dance around issues like no ones business. Hence the *3.75 just try talking for a change* Stars...

Sweet or not it just didn't work too well for me and judging by other reviews I read about this book, a lot of people took issue. It’s not bad, but just personal preference for me.

“Love, I decided, is being a sidekick.”

The End

Sweet ending and very much true to the characters. Some of the most adorable and cute scenes happened towards the end. A little bit of Martin trickery and eventually we get our HEA.

“I don’t want a beautiful week with you. I want a beautiful lifetime.”

In conclusion, I really liked the whole series. It’s a fun and light read, with very lovely characters. It had its ups and downs but as a whole I would recommend this series to anyone who likes Ms. Reid’s writing style, her wonderful intelligent heroines, quirky-smart humour and a little heat on top.

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