Capture by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #3, Hypothesis #1.3
Also in this series: Attraction, Heat, Motion, Space
on May 10, 2015
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He broke her heart, and now he’s back . . .
From the New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid
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?
Elements of Chemistry: CAPTURE is the final part in a three part series; it is 65k words.Part 1 (ATTRACTION) Available Now! (ends on a cliffhanger)Part 2 (HEAT) Available Now! (ends on a cliffhanger)Part 3 (CAPTURE) Available Now!
Let me clarify, right now, the reason why Capture doesn’t have a 5 stars rating— there’s no freaking epilogue. NO EPILOGUE, PEOPLE! I live for epilogues. Epilogues complete me. I would marry romance epilogues if that was a thing.
But let’s start from the beginning. After Attraction led to a hurried one-clicking of Heat so I could determine what the heckerino was going to happen with Martin and Kaitlyn, I thoroughly enjoyed their shenanigans. That is until the second cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers happened and my heart shattered into a million pieces along with Martin and Kaitlyn’s. So yeah, not a happy ending. This was immediately followed by the hasty one-clicking of Capture with the hope of it living up to its title and an HEA in the near future. (Which it does and there is, so go read it at ease)
There is much personal growth here for both Kaitlyn and Martin. Kaitlyn pursuing music as a career leads to a new self-awareness and the need for some changes. I really enjoyed witnessing these new developments but also loved that she maintained her quirky, nerdish core personality.
Martin was dreamier still (and I’m still pretending he is in his 30s so I can lust after him without feeling like a cradle robber), having worked through a lot of his issues. Kaitlyn’s decision to ignore everything Sandeke-related and her obstinate obtuseness regarding Martin’s actions toward her, made me want to shake some sense into her while consoling Martin (if only he were interested). At times, it also made me want to tear out my hair and fling my kindle across the room… Fortunately, for my overall outward appearance and the physical integrity of my e-reader, I was able to abstain. But it was this close.
Regardless of my impatience with their lack of openness about their feelings, I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. Their chemistry and connection ensured that I felt every feeling along with them. And let me tell you, what a freaking ride!
As I uncharacteristically read these out of order (the Hypothesis Series), I loved that we got to see a bit of Abram. I’m thinking the time frame puts this after Motion but before Space. This also means that even though I’m completely flabbergasted with the lack of an epilogue (as previously mentioned) I remembered that there are little Kaitlyn and Martin sightings in Motion (which you’ll be guessing correctly is what I’ll be rereading next).
Full of humor, sweet romance and nerdiness, Capture was a total win. Though I was left wanting for a little peek inside Martin’s mind, this whole trilogy is going to my favorite reads of the year. I literally couldn’t put it down since I started the first book and it had me feeling all of the feels you can feel while reading. Ms. Reid really knows what she’s doing with this writing gig for reals… although, you know… epilogues.
Rating: 4.5+ “WHY NO EPILOGUE?! I NEED ME SOME EPILOGUE!!!” Star
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