Heat by Penny Reid

Heat by Penny ReidHeat by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #2
Published by Smashwords Edition on April 19th 2015
Pages: 188
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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.

Quite literally a next-sentence continuation from Penny Reid’s first installment, ‘Heat’ continues the burgeoning saga between Kaitlyn and Martin, pretty much encapsulating the physical evolution of their relationship. I hadn’t expected much more, but there were smaller hints about more abstract ideas that I liked in this story: the power of words and their nuances (in a conversation Kaitlyn points out the use of ‘fuck’ and ‘making love’) in particular.

But the hard choices and angst that come in the latter part of ‘Heat’ were what I thought were necessarily ‘evils’, so to speak, shedding light on Kaitlyn’s maturity – that still outpaces Martin’s by far. I’m reminded why I still can’t like Martin at all, despite the good reasons we’ve been given for his hard and loose but revenge-driven behaviour: that character growth that Kaitlyn experiences somehow passes him by and at the end of the book, I felt that Martin remains the manipulative guy who would love only when conditions suit his purposes. My respect for Kaitlyn on the other hand, grew for her ability for wanting to work things out rationally, despite the constant accusation of her lack of emotion and other insecurities.

Now, onto part 3.