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Contemporary NA Romance Review: Capture by Penny Reid

Capture by Penny Reid (Elements of Chemistry #3)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads

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?

Elements of Chemistry:
Part 1 (ATTRACTION) was released April 9, 2015
Part 2 (HEAT) was released April 30, 2015.
Part 3 (CAPTURE) was released May 10, 2015.

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Capture was my favourite part of the trilogy, ladies and gents. There are few reasons for it.

First of all, Penny decided to skip the first eight months of heartbreak after the couple broke up and re-introduce Kaithlyn to us on her road to recovery.

The new Kaithlyn is a marvel to behold! *grins*  She forced herself out of her beloved closets and started living, experiencing all those things she has been afraid to try previously. She is in a band which performs regularly, she switched her major, and she even has a hot guy who is very interested in her.

So, when the inevitable happens and she bumps into Martin, she can withstand it. She'd rather become friends with him than lose touch altogether.

On the opposite side of the equation is greatly changed Martin. Oh, that guy! I couldn't get enough of him. You see, in his own way Martin  is just as insecure and antisocial as Kaithlyn, only he hides it behind his blunt aloofness and self-assurance. By the end of eight months period he is quietly desperate to get her back and at his wits' end when he realises that all his grand gestures and lifestyle changes went unnoticed by the girl he loves, simply because she erased him from her life so completely.

When they become tentative friends, he proceeds with great care, afraid to push Kaithlyn too far and spook her, but as usual he shouldn't have bothered, - her cluelessness at the same time delights him and drives him bonkers.

I absolutely loved the transformation both characters have undergone throughout this trilogy. Their growth and their new understanding of what's really important in life was beautiful, romantic and utterly lovely.

Penny Reid continues to grow as a writer and take her readers to new heights, and  hugely recommend this trilogy to all the fans of geeky romantic comedy. It was fabulous.

My reviews of Attraction and Heat.

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"Поимка" стала моей любимой частью трилогии,  дамы и господа, и для этого у меня несколько причин.

Во-первых, Пенни Рид решила пропустить первые восемь месяцев после разрыва отношений между Кэйтлин и Мартином. Новая Кэйтлин - просто чудо. Она вылезла из шкафов, в которых постоянно пряталась, и стала жить и экспериментировать с вещами, которых раньше просто боялась.

Она сменила направление своего обучения в колледже с химии на музыку, вступила в группу, с которой выступает регулярно, работает поющей баристой и даже немного флиртует с симпатичным участником своей группы, который положил на неё глаз.

Так что, когда она неизбежно сталкивается с Мартином, она эмоционально более менее к этому готова и хочется остаться его другом вместо того, чтобы снова его потерять.

С противоположной стороны уравнения очень изменившийся Мартин, который не менее в этой книге чудесен, чем Кэйтлин. Видите ли, Мартин в некотором смысле также экцентричен и нелюдим, как и Кэйтлин, только скрывает он это лучше своими грубостью, высокомерием и самоуверенностью.

Восемь месяцев назад он не был готов работать над собой, но с тех пор он очень поменялся, совершил множество благородных поступков, направленных на то, чтобы вернуть доверие к себе Кэйтлин. Однако она все эти жесты пропустила, так как с разрыва сознательно заблокировала все новости о Мартине и не знала, что с ним происходило.

Когда Мартину удаётся убедить её остаться друзьями, он отчаянно и по-тихому готов на всё, чтобы её вернуть, и в то же время боится опять своей напористостью её оттолкнуть. С другой стороны, Кэйтлин не имеет понятия о его чувствах, и её эмоциональная слепота для него просто смех сквозь слёзы.

Милая книга и очень романтичная, "Поимка" сводит вместе двух героев, которых любовь заставляет измениться в лучшую сторону, и которые, несмотря на свою несхожесть, на самом деле идеально друг другу подходят. Читайте, рекомендую всю трилогию и Пенни Рид в общем, так как она как писатель от книги к книге становится только лучше.

Мои рецензии на "Влечение" и "Жар".

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