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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

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 recapture 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?

©2015 Penny Reid (P)2015 Tantor

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Pleasant Surprise Series

This series was a really good listen. Loved this author. I loved she mixed romance with science and politics. Loved her characters. Characters with realistic issues and emotions! This is so worth investing in. The narrator was a first for me but she was wonderful,

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  • 10-12-18

Elements of chemistry and an absolutely clueless female lead

I disliked how clueless this character was to the obvious interest of Martin. I found her ignorance annoying. I preferred the first two books. I wish the author had just gotten to the point & provided the happy ending that we all wanted in about 4 hours time rather than seven plus hours.

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love love love

young romance. angst. misunderstanding then happy ending. exactly what I needed. also love smart heroines!

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Disappointment

I really like Penny Reid but this one is a miss. Kaitlyn {female lead} is just beyond dense. I had to stop listening.

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  • T
  • DALLAS, TX, United States
  • 08-31-18

She wore me out

I love Penny's writing, but the female star in this series made me fustrated. She jumped to conclusions and was not brave enough to just ask for the answers she wanted. I know there has been a time in my life when I was Katlyn, so I understand why her story need to be shared. Sometimes we has to just stop and face things. hiding in closets don't always get the results best for us. Thank you Penny, good job just not my favorite.

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Anxiety inducing realism

As someone who doesn't read people and spent half my life trying to be invisible the writing is spot on. And yes looking back I want to scream at myself as much as you will want to scream at these characters. Really great series.

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Good finish to the series, but...

...honest to goodness, our author had the heroine being so dense that I almost skipped ahead. It was painful to get through. I was one of those smart but naive, ugly duckling kids who eventually turned out ok SO I GET the whole not-understanding-why-the-guy-likes-me thing. But this got ridiculous. Felt like the author was desperately trying to make the story longer but I couldn’t figure out why. Compared to a lot of the stories out there, Ms Reid is a good bet, but this wasn’t my favorite of hers.

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Like but annoyed

I like the book series, but this book#3 is annoying. Why do many authors write the woman as a stupid, irrational person, and not owning up to her own decisions. Seriously? Letting her go? Was the character drunk to not remember that he asked, pleaded, and begged for her not to leave? But overall, I enjoy the story and the humor.

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  • Bex
  • USA
  • 07-02-18

This is not a book. This is Part 3 of 1 book.

And so it ends. Okay, honestly, if you have the Romance package, it's worth a read, just because Penny Reid is a lovely author. And this one is a good 7 hours so I see why there was division but 2 at most - not 3. Her writing produces gems ("Barnacles!") in this book quite often and while I did actively eyeroll throughout the story I also laughed. Or at least gave a grudging smirk. Hah.

My last two reviews were not as nice because, well, like the titles say, this is not a whole book. Both of the first two ended at the cliffiest of cliffhangers and I expect better from my Winston Brothers author. However, it's a decent new adult book.

That said, it's kindof a watered down 50 Shades. Capture seems an apt title since it seems Kaitlyn has become emotionally ensnared. Martin gets to throw his wealth around in this book (literally he - spoilers - buys her a piano and has it set up in his apartment) but the distance between these two becomes a gaping hole. I still have no idea why she's with him, even with his past revealed.

As far as the protagonist goes, Kaitlyn does kindof learn to walk a little more steadily on her own two feet, even if it's in a bumbling way. Her rejection of her parents money and her move into music leads her down a more solid path of discovery. And there's Martin, still obsessing over her. I suppose my frustration comes from the missed opportunity to show character growth - Martin could become less douchey and Kaitlyn could hold her own and become a 50/50 power couple. That's not quite what happens. But they get a HEA so... yay?

If this is your first Penny Reid book PLEASE head over to her Knitting in the City series. It's a delight and will lead you to the wonderful Winston Brothers series. Alllll the Reid books you could ever want.

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Loved the Heroine, Hated the outcome

Martin is still a creep, in my opinion. He's manipulative and controlling. I read his book because I wanted Kaitlyn to find happiness and someone who wasn't going to be domineering and lie to her. But Martin didn't really change, and Kaitlyn forgives him for everything because of the little baby steps he made.

I love the narrator, and I love Kaitlyn as a character. It just hurts to have such a lovable character be with a guy who threatens to slam down doors and lies to get what he wants.