Series: Chemistry Lessons #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 2, 2019
Format: eARC, 262 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Adam Cortinas may be gorgeous, but he’s made it clear he can’t stand Olivia—and the feeling is one hundred percent mutual. Too bad, because in order to bring the company’s new power plant online, they’re stuck with each other for the next week.
When their travel plans go horribly awry, Olivia finds herself stranded in the middle of nowhere with Adam, AKA the bane of her existence.
He’s in her space and in her head. All the forced proximity is driving Olivia insane. That’s the only explanation for these FEELINGS she’s suddenly having.
But it doesn’t change anything. They still hate each other.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
Applied Electromagnetism had all the makings of a Kim book from the blurb alone. Forced proximity (hello road trip!), office (but not really IN the office) romance, STEM heroine and nerdy hot hero. The only thing I needed was for there to be a hotel scene with only one bed (*spoiler alert* there totally was). I’d been in a bit of a book funk before picking this book up. I was unable to stick with any one book for any length of time. Applied Electromagnetism? I didn’t want to stop once I started. It was a total one-sitting read.
I’m always Team Heroine when I read. I mean, I love my book boyfriends, but I won’t excuse their crappy behavior. Let’s just say early on, I was 100% prepared to dislike Adam. I won’t say why, you’ll discover for yourself. BUT that said, he ended up being a wonderful hero. Total book boyfriend material. He just had to work for it with me — and with Olivia, for that matter. What a pair they made! I’m a big fan of forced proximity to get characters together and it was executed so well in this book. I also kinda loved that the “office romance” took place outside of the office. So, so good.
I just couldn’t keep a big grin off my face while reading Applied Electromagnetism. (And I didn’t really want to, either.) When done well, a good slow burn is like catnip for me. The slow burn here was perfect. Plus, it gave me plenty of swoons, chuckles and feels. I love Susannah Nix’s Chemistry Lessons series more with each new release. (Also, while looking around on Goodreads, I realized I never read the third book in this series so I need to rectify than sooner rather than later. Fail, Kim. Fail.) I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’m hoping for more from this series and it’s STEM heroines. More of that in romance in general, please and thank you.
“Until you’ve spent your entire life navigating misogyny, maybe don’t criticize how I choose to do it.”
“I’m starting to feel like we’re on a D&D quest instead of a business trip, and there’s an evil dungeon master who keeps throwing obstacles into our path.”
He ought to come with a warning label. Caution: may erupt into spontaneous orgasm face while eating.
“Almost stupidly romantic could be the title of my autobiography.”
“I was miserable for so long, I forgot how to be anything else.”
Have you read any of Susannah Nix’s books?
Do you have a favorite?
How about other books with STEM heroines?
I can’t get enough of those!