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Summary

When things heat up between Kaitlyn Parker and Martin Sandeke - previously known as the jerk-faced bully - Kaitlyn 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.

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Penny Reid (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Liv
  • 06-08-16

Martin really is the Count of Monte Cristo!

If you could sum up Heat in three words, what would they be?

Realistic, captivating, surprising

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heat?

I felt my forehead wrinkle as my eyebrows pushed upward. “Multiple? Is that even possible? I’m pretty sure I read that was a myth.”“Parker…” He dipped his head to my neck, nibbled my earlobe, making me shrug my shoulder reflexively and shiver with delight.He continued on a whisper, “If multiple orgasms are a myth, then you can call me Hercules.”

What does Cris Dukehart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She acted out some of the reactions which I may not have done while reading it for myself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I sometimes felt just as frustrated with Kaitlyn's logical nature as Martin did. I prefer to laugh over cry when I read a novel, so I was relieved that there were plenty of humorous moments.

Any additional comments?

Overall rating: ★★★★½ - In spite of Kaitlyn and Martin's romance getting serious in only a week's time, I was truly invested in their love story. I can't see a way out of their current predicament though, so I'm really curious to discover how author Penny Reid wraps up the series in the final novel, Capture (Elements of Chemistry #3). I already know I'll be really bummed if they don't get a happily ever after ending.

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  • Valerie
  • 06-06-16

Heat

Highly enjoyable 5 stars, love mystery and conspiracy, what more can you ask for? Great book for book clubs. ❤️

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  • jodiod
  • 30-07-15

Enjoyable.

Love these two and all the chemistry references. She has an Aspergers temperament similar to Flat-Out Celeste. Very fun.

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  • BethdigsFootball
  • 06-08-18

Uggg.. stop the madness

I am so disappointed. I liked the first book, but I wanted to slap both characters around in the second book. I am skipping the third book.

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  • Cinema4
  • 02-08-18

The manic pixy analytical girl

Ive read a few Penny Reid books, and I find she's known for the mousy, nerdy, heroines who are just a wonder to the strong brooding often oversexed dudes.

The thing is, the heroines aren't characters, they are gimmicks. Its the same thing that happens in 'Neanderthal Seeks Human' the nerdy girl is awkward about a guy who is interested in her for no other reason than the story mandates it, keeps engaging her even though they have nothing really in common, and so it goes with her analyzing reason after reason as to why she can't be with him when she just prefers to read. But the guy sticks around.

As far as this story I found Kaitlyn very snide and though she talked a lot, she didn't say much. Well, she said what needed to be said in the end of the paragraph because the story has to keep moving.

I listened to the first part of this book- which is one large book cut into 4 parts for some reason. I don't buy the 'chemistry' between the characters and the 'slow burn' was just too annoying with little substance.

There is much better content out there.

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  • Mary Haak
  • 21-07-18

You lost me in chapter 3

I liked the first book... but the story seemed to get stuck in the 2nd book. Felt like it was focusing on how the guy was trying to coerce the girl into giving him sex. Which is just a little too far over the line for me, when the girl keeps saying no and feels pressured to move faster. I really like this author and the way her heroines are awkward and strong... but unfortunately this one fell flat for me.

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  • Beccaboo
  • 02-07-18

This is not a book. This is Part 2 of 1 book.

So here we are again - thank you Romance Package for providing me with the opportunity to finally read this book that is randomly divided into 3 parts.

Penny Reid writes well. So well that I'm really starting to hate Martin. Martin is so well written that it's clear he's NOT a good match for Kaitlyn. AT ALL. And Kaitlyn, hide in the closet, anxiety riddled Kaitlyn, gets pushed into spending her break on an island with the entire crew team. And somehow this super creepy college guy who she heard drugs various girls to rape them is casually hanging out there too, despite her having told Martin. What the what. Kaitlyn would be hiding in the closet the whole vacation. And of course, there's a miscommunication to cause angst.

I'm a little let down by this. It's the fluffiest of fluff pieces - so I wouldn't call it a "smart romance" at all. Enjoyable for young adult angst, if that's your thing. I was hoping for a bit more depth because I enjoy Reid's Knitting int eh City and Winston Brothers series.

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  • CrazyBookNerd
  • 23-05-18

Not sure what is going to happen....

Heat by Penny Reid (Audiobook)
Narrated by Cris Dukehart
Series: Elements of Chemistry book 2; Hypothesis 1.2

3 stars. I find it hard to write this review. I like Kaitlyn. I like her nerdiness and naiveté. I don't really know how I feel about Martin.. on the one hand I like how he seems to care about Kaitlyn.. but on the other, I dislike how Martin treats her, because if he truly cared, would he treat her that way? Ms.Reid writes him well as I feel the emotions I suspect she wants me to. I am about to listen to the conclusion of this series. Not quite sure what is going to happen.. I have hopes though so we shall see. Yes, this book has a cliffhanger.

The narrator has done a great job.

~ Paragraphs and Petticoats ~

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-17

Part 2 NOT Book 2

I'd like to say this is a wonderful story, because I really enjoy the author and have read many of her books. But this "book" is only Part 2 (mislabeled Book 2) of what should have been a single book. Since I haven't finished the "series", I don't yet know if it's a good "book". Luckily I'm getting it as part of the Audible Romance subscription, so I don't have to pay full cover price to finish the book aka series.

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  • Hope
  • 23-08-15

Second installment is longer and tedious

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed Penny Reid's first five books on Audible; the Knitting in the City series. The characters were quirky and the dialogue was clever. All the plots were fun and romantic and were well developed. Unfortunately, based on those books, I preordered the three Elements of Chemistry books, and because I don't like cliff hangers, I waited until I had all three to listen to them. The first books was fairly silly and surprisingly juvenile. I think that it is very, very important for a publisher (or self-publishing author) to let their potential readers know if they are switching genres. I guess I would call this a New Adult book, although the college age characters are much more immature than most of the high school students I know. I am puzzled at how Ms. Reid can have written the other five books that I've liked and then put out these books which I think are basically wish-fulfillment for teenage readers. So I've been hating these books, but they are getting so many rave reviews that I'm forcing myself to listen to them to be able to give other Penny Reid fans and other more mature romance readers a heads up as to what these books are really like.

There is none of the cleverness of Ms. Reid's other books; we are told again and again how smart the heroine is but she comes across as a rather simple minded and extremely insecure ninny. She comes from quite an impressive family and in my experience with only children from impressive families like hers, she would be actually more mature and self-confident. She has a father who adores her and her mother is powerful and very connected. So her personality makes no sense.

The hero is a stud, from a very wealthy family (is this a YA version of all the billionaire books out right now?). Supposedly he has patents and makes investments all on his own (at the age of 19) which is certainly possible, but he doesn't feel smart in his interactions with the other characters.

And then there's a lot of sex; these books are basically a vehicle for lots and lots of sex scenes; some just potential, some acted out and some semi-abusive. That is a valid reason for a book, but the relationship between the hero and heroine just feels flat to me. It doesn't ring true, so the sex feels weirdly artificial.

Also, the more I listen to the narrator, the less I'm impressed by her; she overacts and is definitely in the way of the story. Her voice is very young which should be appropriate, but instead adds to the feel of inanity. I would not listen to any other books she narrates unless she gets a good producer who tones down her need to dramatize.

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