A Romantic Comedy
Series: Chemistry Lessons #3
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Penny strives to keep things platonic, but when Caleb gives her the kiss of her life, she realizes he wants to be more than just friends. Tired of always being “good little Penny,” she throws caution to the wind and pursues a no-strings fling with the hottie barista. It’s not like they have anything in common beyond scorching physical chemistry, so what does she have to lose?
Only her heart.
Now, this fanfic-reading, plus-size heroine faces an unsolvable problem. What do you do when being apart is unbearable…but being together is impossible?
Advanced Physical Chemistry is the third in a series of standalone rom-coms featuring geeky heroines who work in STEM fields.
Perpetual people pleaser Penny Popplestone finds herself single once again after discovering her latest boyfriend is cheating on her. It's the same thing all over again and leads Penny to question why this keeps happening.
After deciding to stop playing the "good girl" and go after what she really wants, Penny focuses in on Caleb Mayhew. That is, Hottie Barista Caleb with the exquisite forearms. As surly and closed off as Caleb presents himself, there is a strong attraction between them and once they get together, the chemistry between them is hot.
I enjoyed Penny's character and the way she dusted herself off after a disappointment. She took her time to grieve but once that was done, she forges on, always learning a lesson, and trying not to repeat the bad ones.
The book started slowly for me. 20% in, and the story felt like Penny's self monologue interspersed with mental self flagellation over a man she'd only been seeing for two months. And a man she admits she was never in love with.
The story became much more interesting once Penny and Caleb started to interact. Caleb was a private person throughout much of the book and while I wish we got to understand him sooner, I understand that climbing those mental walls he'd erected was a journey we readers needed to go through the same time as Penny.
As always, there was a motley crew of support characters that added a variety of flavour and humour to the story.
Advanced Physical Chemistry is a great addition to Susannah Nix's Chemistry Lesson series. I hope there is more to come.