Just ask Kaya Rubio, twenty-five year-old Molecular Genetics graduate student and research assistant. Fed up with her spinster aunts' relentless reminders and unsolicited advice regarding her Single Since Birth status, she designs a scientific, evidence-based methodology to find her a suitable partner in time for her cousin's wedding. As any good scientist knows, any valid experimental design requires a negative control. Enter the most unsuitable candidate for a potential boyfriend: the messy, easygoing, café owner Nero Sison. Her null hypothesis? Going out with Nero would establish her baseline data without catalyzing the chemical reaction she seeks.
But when Kaya's recorded results refuse to make sense, she is forced to come to the conclusion that there are some things in life that are simply, by nature, irrational and illogical. And that sometimes, chemistry doesn't always happen inside a lab.
Six de los Reyes
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I loved the idea of this from the very start. I have a soft spot for nerds, and I mean that in a good way. :) Kaya may seem a little hard to understand at first, with her no-nonsense way of narrating the story, but everything about her sounded authentic. I loved the little moments of vulnerability, particularly when her family and her relationship status is involved and it just made me grow fonder of her as the story unfolded.
And of course, I love Nero. What's not to love about him? :) His chemistry with Kaya (heh) felt very real and I liked how it was at just the right pace. Of course, that right pace is subjective, but trust me on this. :P Kaya's doubts were understandable, especially for someone who hasn't been in a relationship, which made the grand gestures sweeter and happier - something the characters really deserved.
It must be noted that the supporting characters were also hilarious. I loved, loved the Teddies, and Francis and Phylle, and Kaya's entire...
This book has what I like about romances: a determined heroine, a handsome outsider as the hero, secondary characters who assist the course of romance. But it is lacking heart. The heroine is lacking humor. The hero is in places a seeming afterthought. The secondary characters are more appealing. Perhaps while trying to "nerd" the book, the author over-extended, creating an approachable heroine whose STEM background is praise-worthy but forces her into the mold of one who avoids social interaction. There is very little self-awareness on the part of the heroine unless she considers her life in scientific terms.
The book is well-developed and well-written, although it focuses heavily on the STEM and the world of research which causes the storyline to bog down in places. During the few moments the heroine is self-reflective, I found myself cheering her on, but those moments are few.
The book just has no heart and lacks warmth. And I hate to say that, given that it...
Fun science romance. Kaya is a biochem PhD student busy with her experiments and dissertation whose personality tends toward the awkward and unemotional. Put nicely, she's very analytical in her approach to life. But she's not totally unself-aware. After a conversation with family, she realizes that she might be missing out on life by not dating. It's not that she feels the absence of a guy, but she is concerned that maybe she's alone because she's never put herself out there. So with her best firend, she decides to concoct a boyfriend experiment. Her goal: to find a compatible date as efficiently as possible in order to figure out if a relationship is something she wants to do.
I liked the first part of the novel, I was totally cracking up at some of Kaya's observations and interactions. I liked Nero, and loved the scene where he told her not to hide her excitement about her work-- to not hide who she was, but to "talk nerdy to him." That was very...
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