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Remedial Rocket Science

Chemistry Lessons, Book 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Series: Chemistry Lessons Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4 out of 5 stars (355 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

College student Melody Gage is craving a night of no-strings fun when she meets charming out-of-towner Jeremy, and that's exactly what she gets. Until three years later, when Melody relocates to Los Angeles and finds herself thrust back into Jeremy's orbit.

Not only does her hunky one-night stand work at the same aerospace company where she's just started her dream job, he's the CEO's son. Jeremy's got a girlfriend and a reputation as a bad boy, so Melody resolves to keep her distance. Despite her good intentions, a series of awkward circumstances - including an embarrassing crying jag, a latte vs. computer catastrophe, and an emergency fake date - throw her together with the heavenly-smelling paragon of hotness.

As the billionaire playboy and geeky IT girl forge an unlikely friendship, Melody's attraction to Jeremy grows deeper than she's ready to admit. How much will she risk for a shot at her happy ending?

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Susannah Nix (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Val
  • Burbank, CA
  • 04-15-19

Delightful

I couldn’t stop reading/listening (audiobook was free- Romance package) to this book at all! I can relate with the the lead female, Melody, so much but by reviews, it seems a lot of people do not like the lead male, Jeremy. I have say, I like him a lot and how he turned out to be...people grow and acceptance is the 1st thing to do when it comes to finding love, to confide with that special person, & heck, to let the past to be the past. I love how the author choreographed each character & the story. It’s worth reading this beautiful light hearted yet giggly love-Melody and Jeremy. I will continue the series!!!!! Thanks, Susannah Nix, for making my day a little brighter & giving the feels!

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  • KR
  • Austin, TX USA
  • 05-20-19

Average, Tame, and Plodding

This is my first Susannah Nix story. If this is a good indication of what I can expect from her stories, I am not inclined to read her again. That being said, it wasn't bad...but it wasn't remarkable. The story is pretty basic and, while there are a couple vaguely intriguing subplots sprinkled throughout, none are really developed enough for me to care about them one way or another (i.e., Jeremy's provocative dating history, Melody's former relationship, Jeremy's mother, etc.).

The biggest drawback is how slowly the story moves, which is ironic, considering the not inconsiderable duration of time spanned from start to finish (it's not a whirlwind insta-romance) AND the aforementioned subplots left unexplored. Despite all the plot fodder, the author instead chose to ignore all the interesting rabbit holes, and simply filled the pages with mundanity and the devleopment of non-romantic relationships with side characters, which were never quite meaningful enough to justify the time dedicated to them. I can only presume the author was aiming for a slowburn romance, but, if so, she missed the mark; there is a distinct difference between a slowburn romance and a romance that is so protracted as to be virutually nonexistent.

The characters aren't unlikeable, but they both border on being lackluster more often than not. In terms of being compelling or fascinating, both main characters pretty much peak in the first chapter or two (of note, the confidence and/or initiative of one or both of the characters at their first meeting is markedly absent throughout the rest of the story...where did it go???). Jeremy probably had more potential than Melody. While she wasn't completely unsalvageable, she was just a touch too bland, a little too passionless, for me to love her (so why would I expect the hero to love her?). And, if the character who is the conduit by whom I experience the romance is not overly passionate, then it follows that I, too, felt little passion in this romance.

I did feel a sense of anticipation throughout, because I kept thinking 'when exactly is this romance going to deal with the two main characters actually interacting significantly, let alone falling in love?!?', but I wouldn't go so far as to call that sensation longing. And when the story finally...FINALLY!...focuses on their romance, it doesn't feel profound, or as if I were holding my breath all along, just waiting for this moment to come. No, I just felt like at least 50% (a conservative estimate) of everything that occurred between the beginning of the story and the end could easily have been cut, and it would not have had a significant impact on the plot.

My overall impression of this author is that she is a good writer, but not a good storyteller. Also, I really believe this story should have been written in first person, particularly as the story is entirely from the heroine's perspective anyway. Perhaps the first person perspective would have lent an intimacy between the reader and heroine that would make the reader feel more invested in the heroine's life and fate; at the very least, it would have justified the amount of the story we readers were forced to spend in Melody's uninspiring head. And where the heck was the comedy? Did I miss it? I don't recall laughing -- or even cracking a smile -- once.

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Fully rounded romance

It’s nice to read a romance themed novel where the characters have full storylines and personalities fleshed out. I found this title while looking for “feminist” romances and I’d say it adds up. Melody’s character is smart, driven, and loves to be herself. It really moves the story along for me when you like the people falling in love. This is not a “steamy” novel, but more story driven. I have already purchased Nix’s next book in the series!

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Really love this book!

The story of two people who on the surface have nothing in common but find love through friendship. Well written, entertaining, heartwarming, excellent narration. I look forward to the next audiobook in the series.

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Sort of like a Penny Reid book...

This book series is touted as similar to a Penny Reid series. And when it comes to extremely smart women, that is true. Other than that, it's lacking a bit in the cute, funny, and quirky character aspect. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it a bit, but it was a little long and a little slow. I'm still trying to decide if I want to continue with the series.

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  • Denise
  • Maplewood, MN, United States
  • 09-14-19

Too tame for me

I would have to categorize this as sweet. Too slow and I prefer at least some sizzle. Won’t get the next in the series.

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Super fun and romantic!

Remedial Rocket Science not only was a quirky, fun and romantic story, but also an amazing audiobook. Caitlin Kelly did a great job with this story by Susannah Nix. Most of the books I've read with nerd characters portrait a male nerd character instead of a girl, and this was a refreshing change. Melody was smart and fun, and I had a lot of fun listening to her story with Jeremy. It kept me entertained in a long road trip and can't wait to listen the next titles in the series.

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  • LL
  • Baltimore
  • 08-19-19

Fun and unique!

Such a fun and unique story. I loved Melody’s quirkiness and the fact that Jeremy had faults. The narrator’s performance was spot on.

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  • Andy B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah United States
  • 08-07-19

Loved it! A sure winner!

The story was very engaging and the narrator was the best that I have ever heard! I will likely listen to it again!

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butterflies in my stomatch

this story was the right amount of romance and a lesson on true love.great book.

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  • Renee
  • 03-18-19

All the chemistry

Loved all the tropes - geek girl, rich boy, second chance, friends to lovers, fake boyfriend. Funny and steamy with excellent narration.

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  • MadHatter
  • 09-25-18

Boring - couldn’t finish it

Listed as a romantic comedy, but it made me grimace, not smile.
The story was boring and the narrator was so sweet I got diabetes.