Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.
When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions: by experiencing them herself.
Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?
Imperfect chemistry by Mary Frame feels like a breathe of fresh air in the romance genre. How many times could you experience love in a scientific way? Reading Imperfect Chemistry felt like that. That even if feelings cannot be explain by science, the way Lucy went through the cycle was so scientifically inclined yet no scientific formula could actually explain the experience. Yep! I felt like I experience it too the way Lucy did even if I am no scientist or as geek as she is. Her quirks and humor even without intending to, wormed the way to relating to what she was feeling at certain times thus engaging me as if I was one of the people around here.
I normally don’t like romance written in the first person point of view as it felt like I am invading someone else’s diary when I do so but I think that with Lucy’s character, Mary frame made the perfect choice. There’s no better way to understand Lucy and see things from where she was than reading it from her perspective.
Aside from the story, I liked how the author made sure that the characters grow. Characters who achieve growth during the span of the novel are being deal to me. It makes them more believable and more human and of course it’s usually a mark of a well thought of story that you actually see the story moving forward and not just going in circles. And I like that she did it with smooth subtlety.
From all the characters, my favorite one is Freya. From the onset that she appeared in the book, I knew that she will play a big role in it. I loved her instantly and I love more how the friendship between her and Lucy evolved. Which of course means that I’ll make sure to read her story.
The only thing that made the story imperfect for me was the conflict being predictable. From the moment it was hinted, I knew exactly what the hindrance to their love affair will be and what might they do to resolve it. It’s not it’s just that I’m a curious little being and it’s always been a challenge to myself if I could predict the conflict right (I anxiously wait for that part when I read). Aside from that, the story as a whole was very enjoyable for me. Especially that Christmas with Lucy’s family. That was one of my favorite parts.
So if you haven’t read Mary Frame’s Imperfect Chemistry, READ IT! And hey! It’s FREE! 🙂
Mary Frame is a full time mother and wife with a full time job. She has no idea how she manages to write novels, except that it involves copious amounts of wine. She doesn’t enjoy writing about herself in third person, but she does enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and damaging the ear drums of her co-workers when she randomly decides to sing to them.
She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, two children and a border collie named Stella.
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