Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Imperfect Chemistry

By Mary Jones
Publication Date: April 19, 2014
Genre: NA contemporary

Blurb:

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. imperfectchemistrycoverHaving obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

“Perfectly imperfect characters and situations make Frame’s debut novel sparkle…there’s a very real sense of character growth, brought to life by an evolving narrative style that parallels Lucy’s metamorphosis. The blend of humor and heart makes for a thoughtful, highly entertaining read.” –Publishers Weekly

This is the first book in the Imperfect series and it can be read as a stand alone. All books in this series feature different main characters in the same story world.

My Review:

Do you remember when Bones came out? Temperance Brennan’s stiff, scientific way of life was endearing. And we loved her for it. She was honest and blunt. Through friendships and personal relationships, she became more human over time.

When I started reading Imperfect Chemistry, this is what I immediately thought of. I loved the show, and now I love this book.

What made this book different from so many others that I’ve red is the humor. I was laughing from beginning to end, even to the extent I was reading excerpts to my husband at midnight (and he had to be up at 4 am for work). This in & of itself is a huge check in my book.

The plot-line was something I had never thought of: Lucy wants to study emotion as a contagious pathogen. She begins a journey that leads her to making friends with hilarious and certainly out there characters and to a love that she never truly expected or understood.

Lucy London is both relatable and not relatable. You don’t meet a person like her in everyday life. She’s funny without even trying because her way of thinking is so blunt and scientific. She sees things as they are without the preconceived ideas the rest of us have gained from societal conventions. She’s awkward and real, and I absolutely love her. Plus, she’s a go-getter. How many people would come right out to a guy they’re attracted to and ask them to be part of an emotional experiment? I mean, really. All for science, I guess.

Freya is the new best friend and she is a genius character. Not in the scientific way but in how easily she accepts how things are with Lucy. Lucy calls at 7 am to ask a question? OK. She just rolls with all of who Lucy is. She’s got her own issues and preconceived ideas (Freya gets her own book in Imperfectly Criminal). I cannot wait to see how her story builds.

And then there’s Jensen. Sweet, idiotic, emotional Jensen. He’s as real-life as we can get. His recent break-up tugs at your heart, but his eventual acceptance of who and Lucy London is is eye-opening. To him at least. Jensen moves from perfect son doing what he’s supposed to do to a man living for himself and no one else.

The personal growth and change, for both main characters, as well as her friends, was perfectly done. Pacing is usually an issue for me, but this book hit the mark. The change happened over a believable amount of time, it was reasonably paced, and the humor kept it all moving nicely.

I did find the ending lacking. I’m not sure what it was, but for some reason I wasn’t satisfied. That could be just me, and let’s face it. I’m hard to satisfy.

Debut novels are a scary thing. It’s the first time an author puts herself out there for people to read. Mary Frame wrote something amazingly funny and relatable.

Definitely one for the reread shelf. 5 Stars.

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Book Blitz! Love Story Excerpt + Giveaway

Love Story
Lauren Layne
(Love Unexpectedly #3)
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

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Review: Blind Attraction

Blind Attraction
By:Eden Summers
Genre:NA rock star romance
Release Date: January 9,2014

He can seduce with a single glance.

Peering down at a sea of fans, rock star, Mitchell Davies can’t deny the innocent beauty of a woman in the front row. He’ll stop at nothing to get to know her. When a public altercation leaves her weak and defenseless, he takes the opportunity to be her savior.

She’s been sheltered from the world.

Alana Shelton wants to spread her wings and experience life away from her restrictive upbringing. But she isn’t prepared for a gorgeous stranger to sweep her off her feet while at her most vulnerable.

Attraction will bring them together, but their pasts will try to tear them apart.

He wants to teach her how to trust, but she’ll show him how to love. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.
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Review: You Don’t Know Me by Faleena Hopkins

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Author: Faleena Hopkins
Genre: NA/romance
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Publisher: Hop Hop Publications

Is fame and money a blessing when it comes with the news that your whole life has been a lie?

Rue’s deceased mother kinda ‘fibbed’ about who her real father was. Big time.

On her 21st birthday she learns the truth by way of a $55,000,000.00 inheritance from a man she never got the chance to know.

Even more shocking? The two famous brothers Rue’s been reading about in magazines all her life are suddenly family.

Jack and Sean Stone aren’t happy to meet their new secret sister. And their mom? She had no idea the nanny and her husband had a little girl, long ago.

But when Jack sicks his rockstar best friend Alec Gabriel on her to see if she’s a good girl, or bad, did he ever expect what would happen?

The whole world is watching to see what Rue Calliwell will do with all that cash.

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Review: Flawless

*I received a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.*

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Author Jennifer McGill-Sadera
Genre: Dark Contemporary
Age Category: New Adult
Release Date: September 2013

Blurb: 

Nobody’s perfect. Except Lia Copeland. She’s flawless. And worshiped. And hated. From her perfectly proportioned figure and enviable bone structure to her instinctual talent for clothing design and cavalier attitude, Lia’s the woman every other woman wants to be and every man wants to have. Catapulted from sigh-maker in the high-school halls to super-stardom in the fashion world, she makes it look easy. A girl like that has everything; every reason to be happy. Then why does Lia Copeland just want everyone to leave her the hell alone?

A story about the choices made in the wake of travail and tragedy, it explores relationships with all their messy and marvelous moments and magnifies the beauty, wonder and endurance of first love.

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