Heat (Elements of Chemistry #2) by Penny ReidHeat by Penny Reid
Published April 2015
Series: Elements of Chemistry #2
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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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.

When school-nerd Kaitlyn Parker hears about complot against her lab-partner and secret crush Martin Sandeke while she was hiding in the chemistry lab closet (don’t ask), her instincts tell her to give him the heads-up. Not because that would earn her an IOU from the school’s most popular jock (who she shouldn’t fantasize about, to begin with), but because it’s the reasonable thing to do. What she didn’t expect from Martin in return though, are a kiss and an invitation to spend spring break with him.

She also never expected those couple of days to feel so great, and that she could open her heart and her mind to all things Martin Sandeke. But as she put her trust into him, other things come crashing onto the young couple, leading Kaitlyn to wonder whether opening up to him was a good idea at all…

What I loved about this book:

  • The great storytelling
  • The humour
  • The main characters (especially Kaitlyn)
  • All the feels!

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Absolutely nothing!

I wasn’t much of a Penny Reid fan simply because the previous books I read from this author (i.e. the Knitting in the City series) were simply too tame for me – although absolutely charming, I must admit! But then, I read The Hermit and the Hooker and even though this was a collaboration with another author, it completely did it for me and I was definitely pre-ordering Element of Chemistry. And it was so great that I chain-read my way through Part 2 as well, and my review of the sequel is just as enthusiastic as its prequel’s review.

I love the fact that in Part 2, Kaitlyn shows more of her girl-side than her geek-side. A few days with Martin, and her mindset changed completely – and understandably. But still, she remains the feminist and engaged woman she is without being reduced to a puddle of swoon, and never once loosing her awesome humour and sarcasm.

“Women were more than the status of their hymen or their dress size. My sexuality bitch-slapped my guilt. Then my guilt sucker-punched my sexuality. I mentally took a step back, leaving them to fight it out amongst themselves, like a giant squid and a sperm whale in the depths of the ocean.”


“It was one thing to be passionate, it was quite another to let passion be the sole driving force in my life. Reason and rationality still had a place at the table, even if passion wanted to have sex on the aforementioned table.”

In Heat, we actually get even more insight into Kaitlyn’s personality than before, and Martin points out a very important thing about her: while Martin could easily be considered as the rebel child, Kaitlyn has an extreme sense of commitment, leading her to sometimes choose what she thinks is reasonable over the passion and what the heart really wants.

“Martin was right – I was analytical overly so – and I used it as a way to suppress passion. (…) Except when Martin touched me, I felt a little out of control… or rather, a lot out of control. I felt unsteady, I felt uncertain, I felt… I felt.”

Thankfully, Martin is there to help her break free (at least a little) of her rational ways. And while he’s extremely right in noticing and pointing out to her that Kaitlyn lets reason get the better of her, Martin deals with issues of his own. Part 2 is also a revelation of Martin’s situation, because despite of coming from a wealthy family, he doesn’t have the home-life that Kaitlyn is used to, and it seems that he is looking for a friend, a supporter and a person that cares for him because of him, and not because of his status. And while he knows Kaitlyn can be just that girl, her trust issues and her reluctance to give in to her feelings make him feel like he comes second – again.

“Touching you right now is meaningful for me. (…) But it’s not going to be meaningful for you… unless you’re passionate about me.”

The end of Part 2 is a a decent punch in the guts, if I dare say, and definitely brings the story to another level. It’s rather unexpected and heartbreaking for the two of them, and you might not cheer for Team Sandeke anymore by the end of the book… But thankfully, there’s a Part 3 in the making, and Penny Reid will definitely know how to make this better.

Detailed Rating
5 Stars
5 Stars
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars