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Capture: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis) (Volume 3) Paperback – May 8, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
When I came across Parker in Attraction, it was instant LOVE. To quote Disney’s Cinderella, the secret to a good life is to be kind and to be courageous. I think that’s the secret to a great heroine too. In Attraction, Parker was kind and courageous. She went outside of her comfort zones (of a lab closet) to attend a frat party and warned Martin of a nefarious plan. Absolutely loved her for embracing change with rational and zainy. Then, in Heat, it was almost a mental game. There was a push/pull relationship with lots of heat. And now with Capture, I wonder where the Kaitlin I fell in love with went. She was fearful. She hid from the fear of rejection, and she was obtuse to the situation. And in a way, Martin’s mind games didn’t help Parker’s faith in him either.
I’m use to Penny Reid writing books about smart, quirky women over coming fears and fighting for their happily ever after. With this book, Kaitlin Parker was intelligent and she was quirky, but she lacked the courage and tenacity that her fellow heroines had.
Writing Style: 5 stars
Heat: 4 Stars
Characters: 3.7 Stars
Willingness to recommend Penny Reid Books: 5 Stars.
I really liked how Martin redeemed himself in this book, how he proved himself to Kaitlyn while still being himself. And how Kaitlyn finally came out of the closet and found herself. It was sweet and wonderful and fantastic how they helped each other find their better selves without requiring a complete 180 change.
A generally sweet story of young love. It's technically NA but Martin and Kaitlyn's intelligence and personalities make it so much better than a typical college kid story.
Having said that ....
I'm not totally opposed to serials where the combined price of all the episodes is roughly what I'd pay for a good book anyway. That's pretty much the case with the "Elements" serial as well. When you add in that book 1 in the serial was free on kindle this works out ok, with my treating the 3 parts as in effect a single book with its book 1 as just an extended sample read.
Ok, and with that, an actual review ....
The "Elements" serial was actually quite wonderful when viewed as a single "book". The plot was excellent, the writing superb and the characters amazing. (How's that for a bunch of superlatives?) I'm totally in love with the Martin, the Hero of this tale, want my daughter (who is about to start university next fall at a prestigious school) to be our heroine Kaitlyn and adore Sam and wish everyone had a best friend like her (AND love that Penny Reid has captured how real friends act unlike so many others who don't seem to understand what a healthy friendship between two women is). The emotions in this book are real, without having to resort to using any "cheap tricks". The romance is real and wonderful. Take away Martin's billions and the subplot with his dad (which are actually well done) and this could be a love story of anyone. The HEA (at the end of book 3, "Capture") makes sense and works beautifully.
All in all if the "Elements" serial had actually been a single book I'd have been sorely tempted to give it five stars (which I almost never do - less than a single handful in the ton of reviews I've written), as it's just that good. Sadly it's not a single book and for that reason I'm deducting stars. Nevertheless it really is so good that I will only deduct 1 star from each book in the serial. Hence my 4 star score for "Capture". If you can't stand the whole idea of serials then deduct more stars. If you're like me and look at this as simply one third of a real book and don't find yourself bothered by the serisluzation then add in that 5th star.
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