Capture by Penny Reid

Capture by Penny ReidCapture by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #3
Published by Cipher-Naught on May 8th 2015
Pages: 234
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One week. Manhattan apartment. Super-hot ex-boyfriend.
…What’s the worst that could happen?
It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before.
But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants.
Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?

A nine-month period of separation can evidently do wonders. Because it seems as though Kaitlyn and Martin have nearly undergone personality changes, the latter more glaringly so, to the point where I almost don’t recognise this polished, intense and earnest young man who has suddenly replaced the classless act that had been wandering around angry and cynical in the first two books. Just who is this Martin and why am I so riveted by him?

Change, as I’d suspected at the end of the second book, isn’t too bad, because this separation has done both Kaitlyn and Martin worlds of good and in the process, made them characters I now know I’ll have a very hard time saying goodbye to.

While ‘Capture’ lacked the snarky, off-centre, cute-geek feel of the first installment, it is easily the most polished gem of the three books, having left the juvenile grounds of college shenanigans behind and plunged into a world where feelings and decisions hold more gravity than they did in the first two. I like Martin for what he has become and got a little frustrated with Kaitlyn’s cluelessness, but seeing these two assured people become who they have in that time apart is quite the priceless treasure to be left with.