Advanced Physical Chemistry, Susannah Nix
After a string of lousy boyfriends, 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?
Her heart, it turns out.
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?
Having never read this author before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this story. As it turns out, it was a super fun and enjoyable read that was quite poignant at times and got me right in all my feels. Well drawn quirky characters that had just the right amount of backstory, and a depth of plot that was unexpected in this mid-length novel. Highly recommend for some light reading that just might ding your heart a little bit.
Favorite Quote/Scene: Her mother clucked sympathetically. "Sometimes you have to follow where your heart leads you."
"Even if it's headed straight to heartbreak town?"
Margaret shrugged. "A little heartbreak builds character."
"You mean scar tissue."
"Po-tay-to, po-tah-to," her mother said lightly. "No one's ever did of heartbreak, is my point."
"Romeo and Juliet did."
Margaret's lip curled as she let out a derisive snort. "Romeo and Juliet died from being insufferable idiots. They'd have been much better off if they'd built up a little more scar tissue."