Series: Chemistry Lessons #5
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 15, 2020
Format: eARC, 246 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Reading Challenges: 2020 Romanceopoly
“Just friends” is all Brooke and Dylan have ever been. (Except for that one night in high school, but they don’t talk about that.) Growing up, he was her protector. Her confidant. The one guy she could always trust.
Now she’s a marine biologist working toward her PhD in California, and he’s an underwear model in New York. Despite the distance and their wildly divergent career paths, they’ve managed to stay friends.
Dylan’s only in town for a few days, crashing on Brooke’s couch and repaying the favor by acting as her date to a friend’s wedding.
It was totally an accident she saw him naked.
Pretty soon, the “just friends” thing goes out the window, and they find themselves giving friends with benefits a shot.
It’s all going great…until it isn’t.
Dylan’s got a ticket back to New York at the end of the week, and Brooke may have accidentally broken his heart. Can they navigate these uncharted relationship waters? Or has she wrecked her oldest friendship?
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
Whale, whale, whale… Experimental Marine Biology, the latest installment in Susannah Nix’s Chemistry Lessons series of standalone novels, was exactly what I need in my life. It’s no secret my reading hasn’t been super great as of late. The books I would normally enjoy can’t seem to hold my interest. It often takes me days to finish the books I am enjoying because my focus is totally shot. There’s just too much going on in the world for me to unplug and read the way I used to pre-COVID and everything else.
Thankfully none of that was a problem once I picked up Experimental Marine Biology. I swear, I literally could not/would not put this book down. It was a nearly one-sitting kind of read and, well, that hasn’t happened for me in quite a while. There was just something about Brooke and Dylan that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m a sucker for a good best friends to lovers book and when mixed with the expiration dating/friends with benefits piece, I was all the more hooked. The couple times I did sit the book down to do other things, I was chomping at the bit to get back to it.
There were a million little things to love about this book, not the least of which was the wonderful chemistry between Brooke and Dylan and the humor. Boy, do I love a good whale pun. There’s at least one joke in here that I ended up texting to several friends while reading. While the overall vibe of this book was light, there were mentions of tougher issues. (CW for past abortion and parental illness) While the latter hit me in the feels, it wasn’t totally overwhelming.
Brooke and Dylan were just so good together. They charmed me — especially as he was the one who was “all in” and she took some convincing — and made me swoon. Don’t go in expecting a lot of heat from this book — it’s closed-door — but I found I didn’t miss the sexy scenes at all. They weren’t really needed to illustrate the feelings and passion between these two characters.
“What’s a mansplainer’s favorite animal?”
“A whale, actually.”
Blood didn’t make you family; it was just an accident of nature. Family were the people who stood by you no matter what, not the ones who were nowhere to be found when you needed them.
“You’re the only one in my life who’s a hundred percent real. When you look at me, I know you’re seeing the real me, not the person I pretend to be.”
“I nurture my grudges as if they were my children. I keep them healthy and well-fed, and make sure they take their vitamins every day. My grudges will outlive me.”
Have you read any of Susannah Nix’s Chemistry Lessons books?
Is Experimental Marine Biology on your TBR?