by Susannah Nix
After four lousy boyfriends in a row, chemical engineer Penny Popplestone swears off men until she can figure out why they keep cheating on her. But her no-men resolution hits a snag when the mysterious and superhumanly hot barista at her favorite coffee shop strikes up a friendship with her.
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.
We meet Penny, a curvy, crafty, and intelligent woman who is tired of being cheated on by her boyfriends. She decides that maybe she's been too nice...and too much of a doormat. This, plus some other occurrences encourages her to proposition the attractive, but really quiet barista at her favorite cafe after he's shown some interest. The kicker? Having a purely physical relationship is better said than done for Penny.
I loved that Penny did not change herself in this book. She did the things she enjoys, such as knitting, volunteering, baking, etc. The only thing she really did was open herself up to new experiences. She was already a strong woman, but she showed some bravery in going after what she wanted and not really thinking about what people would think. She didn't fall apart - didn't seek revenge either. Penny was simply just Penny. Also? She has great friends, and was not portrayed how curvy, plus sized women are usually portrayed. Meaning, that instead of reading about her scarfing down donuts, I read about Penny taking care of herself and realizing that a size 16 is where her body seemed to naturally want to be. Wow. I have never heard that described. I found it quite motivating actually.
Now Caleb. I really do love Caleb even though it was infuriating that he wouldn't talk sometimes! I am a huge sucker for dual perspectives in romance novels, and that is something APC does not give you. HOWEVER, if you're like me and enjoy this....well, you won't be completely without Caleb's perspective *nudge*nudge*wink*wink*
I definitely recommend this book for romantic comedy lovers, but also for anyone who is ready to read about a woman who doesn't even consider changing herself for the possibility of love. This story is all about being who you are, loving who you are, being loved for who you are, and being brave. Who wouldn't want to read about that???