I got this book for free at BookBub (FYI it’s an absolutely brilliant place to find good (and sometimes FREE!) ebook bargains) and, for starters, I’m not usually one for chick-lit and romantic novels (I’m more of a thriller sort-of girl), but I’d read good reviews about this book on both Goodreads and Amazon, so I thought I’d give it a go.
Even so, Imperfect Chemistry is a fun book, and it feels like a breath of fresh air in the romance genre. How many times could you experience love in a scientific way? That, if feelings cannot be explained by science, the way our heroine, Lucy, went through the cycle, no scientific formula could actually explain the experience. I am not a scientist or as much of a geek as she is, but her quirks and humour related to what she was feeling at certain times, thus engaging me as if I was one of the people around her.
Opposites attract perfectly here. Lucy’s love interest, Jensen, is a virgin, and she has no social skills and takes everything literally (like a female Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory). She’s a genius who very honestly speaks what’s on her mind. She comes from a big, loving family and, while she’s the black sheep of the bunch, she does have a close relationship with her brothers. She first rubs him up the wrong way because he doesn’t know what to think of her. He’s the neighbour who lives across from her and keeps his distance but Lucy decides that he’ll be the one to show her the correct way to interact in social settings and with people. He is not sure what to make of her (a bit like the two neighbours from the film It’s A Boy Girl Thing), but she quickly becomes a part of his life and she is very clear in what she wants from him. They fit so well together and their friendship evolves into a love affair that is very tender, yet engaging. The physical side of their relationship hits the spot in all the right places. Their attraction towards one another is also very believable, even when a massive block occurs that almost ruins everything they have created together.
Apart from the story, I liked how the author made sure that the characters grew throughout, because those who achieve growth are a big deal. It makes them seem more human and of course it’s usually a mark of a well-thought-about story that you can actually see it moving forward instead of just going round and round in circles.
Imperfect Chemistry truly is a perfect read with an adorable couple and is a solidly romantic story. I look forward to more.