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NA Contemporary Romance Early Review: Heat by Penny Reid

Heat by Penny Reid (Elements of Chemistry #2)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads

Elements of Chemistry: HEAT is part 2 of a 3 part series (65k word novel) and ends in a cliffhanger.

**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.
 

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8.5/10

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In my opinion, Heat was even better than Attraction. It's definitely getting angstier, the more Katy and Martin relationship progresses, and it's also more complex.



Without giving you any spoilers, I have to say  I loved the drama in this one! Yes, yes, I know I contradict myself as I always whine about overabundance of drama in new adult fiction but here it was not gratuitous, it was needed! I could really dig the reasons for it, and it only made me admire Katy more. Martin? Not so much.

 Katy's family was wonderful. Supportive, quirky, slightly bizarre, we saw glimpses of them here and there, and I totally fell in love with them. In contrast, Martin's relatives are revolting. Too much so. I honestly could not see any redeeming qualities in them, and it bothered me. It made them look almost comical.

Beware that the cliffie in the end of this book is highly volatile, and I'd really suggest to wait until the next book is out before reading Heat to avoid extreme irritation. The whole book reminded me of Courtney Milan's voice in her latest Trade Me, so if you are a fan of one author you should be able to enjoy and relate to the other. Recommended.

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По моему мнению "Жар" был ещё лучше "Влечения". Книга эта ещё более драматична, и отношения между Мартином и Кейти становятся всё сложнее.

 Не вдаваясь подробности, признаюсь, что настолько не любимая мною чрезмерная драматизация событий, характерная для нью адалт, здесь была жизненно необходима. Я могла понять мотивации главных героев и вместе с ними осознать последствия их поступков, вне зависимости от того была я с ними согласна или нет.

Кейти и её прекрасная, чудоковатая семейка как всегда это бывает у Пенни Рид мне очень пришлись по душе, и честно говоря, на их фоне Мартин с его отцом и мачехой смотрелись ещё более отвратительно. Мне всегда трудно поверить, что такие отрицательные герои без единого, искупляющего их вину фактора, существуют, однако они есть.

Готовьтесь к ещё более жестокому клиффхэнгеру! Слабонервным советую дождаться выхода книги следующей, прежде чем читать эту. А в общем, прекрасная задумка, хорошее её исполнение. Мне эта серия напомнила стиль Куртни Милан в её последней книге "Поменяйся со Мной", так что если вам понравился один из этих авторов, то понравится и другой. Рекомендую!
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