Series: Laws of Physics #1, Hypothesis #2
on February 11th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Smart Romance
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Forced to lie to protect her sister . . .
What’s the worst that could happen?
Mona is a smart girl and figured everything out a long time ago. She had to. She didn’t have a choice. When your parents are uber-celebrities and you graduate from high school at fifteen, finish college at eighteen, and start your PhD program at nineteen, you don’t have time for distractions outside of your foci. Even fun is scheduled. Which is why Abram, her brother’s best friend, is such an irritant.
Abram is a talented guy, a supremely gifted musician, and has absolutely nothing figured out, nor does he seem to care. He does what he feels, when he feels, and—in Mona’s opinion—he makes her feel entirely too much.
Laws of Physics is the second trilogy in the Hypothesis series; Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.
LAW OF PHYSICS: MOTION
by Penny Reid
I get the biggest kick out of Penny Reid’s stories. My nerdy heart soaks up every little scientific detail she hides in them. As you can guess by the title, LAWS OF PHYSICS is full with physics puns and jokes and I ate up every single one of them. GEEK. HEAVEN.
Then there are Penny Reid’s awesome characters. Mona is everything I expected and so much more. Socially awkward, painfully so, whip smart, highly organized but people puzzle her. She has a set of phrases she uses (which are all hilarious) because one of them always fits as an answer to an awkward question. When she meets Abram he not only confuses the hell out of her, he is also irritatingly attractive and she doesn’t know what to do with THAT. Her initial reaction is to avoid him like the plague but her brilliant, scientific brain also wants to discover. Mona’s inner thoughts are a delight and her sweetness and vulnerability made me fall in love with her instantly.
I was a solution, he was a solute, and total saturation was on my mind.
We met Abram in Dating-ish as Marie’s brother and in Elements of Chemistry as a side character. His life is messy and unorganized and pretty much the opposite of Mona’s, except one thing: He’s a pretty smart guy too. There is also a vulnerability about him that I found utterly endearing. When he meets Mona, he holds on to some resentment he has for her twin sister but there really is a lot to like about Mona so he opens up to her quickly and experiences Mona’s intelligence, depth and sweetness. He doesn’t hold back with his emotions, good or bad – I loved that about him but it’s his biggest vulnerability. Mona and Abram’s relationship is built on lies and he HATES lies so that definitely raised my anxiety level and made me fear for Mona.
This wasn’t a crush, this was requited desire and reciprocated like. Kissing, unscripted touching, gazing, whispers. . . I was near dizzy at the thought. But in this specific case, that also totaled certain disaster.
There were some cute and funny scenes of them fighting over donuts and Abram imparting his knowledge of whale poop, which was hysterical, especially because as rare as it was, it was something Mona didn’t know. There were also some intense and beautiful scenes between them and I think we’ll get more of those in the next book. Especially when Abram made his feelings so obvious I just wanted to give Mona a shove into his arms.
“You have to tell me what you want,” he whispered gruffly. “If you don’t want me, tell me. But you have to know, you must know, I only want to make you happy.”
Penny announced that the cliffhanger would be brutal so I was bracing for it. I have to say that it didn’t hit me as hard, maybe because I was forewarned. Maybe also because book #2 will be upon us very soon. Be that as it may, still may it be as it may be – I can’t wait to get it in my hands to see how Mona and Abram continue their dance around each other.
There’s no escape from destiny.