Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review Tour & Giveaway: Capture by Penny Reid


Tour: Capture by Penny Reid
Capture by Penny Reid
(Elements of Chemistry #3)
May 16, 2015
234 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance 18+
Contains: Sex, strong language
Source: eARC for Honest review

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?

If you are familiar with this trilogy, then you know that book 1, Attraction, introduced us to Kaitlyn Parker and Martin Sandeke, fabulous collegiate chem partners turned spring break vacationers with a heavy dose of mutual attraction. In book 2, Heat, this attraction turned red hot as Kaitlyn and Martin coaxed their relationship into heated passion. But then the unthinkable happened, and we were left heart-broken alongside them in a wretched cliffhanger.

But all the waiting was completely worth it. Even though all three books are now out, I still highly recommend taking even a small break (at least a few days to a week) between books. There is something necessary about this timely pause to let the previous events simmer, yet also prepare you for the next stage in Martin and Kaitlyn's relationship. Each book is its own personality, and each stage allows Martin and Kaitlyn to grow in incredible ways. So just as their journey needed its own "breaks," so also do we so we can be even more impacted by their conclusion.

Having said all that, all the intense anxiety I felt throughout this book was completely worth it. I was so excited to fill myself up with Martin and Kaitlyn, having not a clue how things would turn out, except desperately hoping for a happy ending. As the synopsis reveals, K&M have been apart for months. From Kaitlyn's perspective, she has been trying to heal and move on from her love for Martin, and at the same time she has been exploring a new side to her that Martin brought out, the confidence and vision for her musical side. When Kaitlyn sees Martin again, we learn that he has also been busy these last months, but the specifics of what or why remain elusive until the details are slowly revealed.

What is not slowly revealed, but glaring obvious, is that these two are not done. Not by a long shot. The sparks may have been ignored, but they were not forgotten. But Martin's approach to Kaitlyn is all new. Which is good because Kaitlyn and Martin are also new. And I loved their story. Yes, I may have trembled with anxiety and anticipation. Yes, my stomach may have been was in knots. Yes, I may have swooned over a certain someone and all his yummy awesomeness. Yes, I may have smiled and sighed and cheered and fanned myself. But I cannot go into great detail with what actually happens. That is something you will want to enjoy all on your own!

I also deeply loved Kaitlyn & Martin. Penny Reid develops characters beautifully, and K&M are two characters you can tell she put her heart and soul into. They are so well thought out, and in this final book, their transformation and maturity is amazing. And I have to say that Martin steals the show a bit here. Seriously, if you were on the fence at all about Martin in the previous books, you won't be after this. I loved Martin! And then having K&M together... All the feels!!

I loved Capture and loved the entire Elements of Chemistry trilogy. I miss Martin and Kaitlyn already, and hope they appear somewhere in something at sometime in some way in the future, the near future, because I loved them so.

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About Penny Reid: SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing). By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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