Review: Capture by Penny Reid

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in book review / 10 comments

Review: Capture by Penny ReidCapture by Penny Reid
Series: Elements of Chemistry #3
on May 8, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 234
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars
Heat: two-flames

One week.
Manhattan apartment.
Super-hot ex-boyfriend.

…What’s the worst that could happen?

It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before.

But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants.

Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?

At A Glance

Not the strongest ending to the series but Capture was still good.

The Good

It’s been months since Kaitlyn’s mother and Martin’s father pushed these two apart. Kaitlyn was pretty devastated and her description of the 5 stages of grief was pure awesomeness! I loved that Kaitlyn actually comes out better on the other side. She has dropped her chemistry major and switched to music, her passion. She’s in a band and plays low-key shows that fit her style just fine. I was happy to see her following her dreams, and we know this is because Martin pushed and inspired her to do so.

Martin is doing his thing with his big businesses and real estate. He finally got his revenge on his father (which is what pulled these two apart) but there is more to his story. He is not as selfish as he appears.

It was a slow process of friendship as Kaitlyn and Martin found their way back to each other. I enjoyed the ride. They are still adorable together even if they kept their feelings for each other close to the vest most of the story. I am really proud of Kaitlyn’s progress. She’s still hilarious and quirky but she has matured so much. She really went after what she wanted. You go, girl!

The Bad

I expected more from the ending of this series. I was disappointed that Martin and Kaitlyn didn’t have much page time. Martin was mostly MIA and Kaitlyn was doing her own thing which is fine, but for a romance series conclusion, it just didn’t feel right. I wanted more.

The Snuggly

Not much snuggly in this one. Since Kaitlyn and Martin don’t spend that much time together there just wasn’t time to hop into the sheets. But we get some sex near the end.

Final Thoughts

I had a great time with the Elements of Chemistry series. Capture could have been stronger but I still had a good ending. I simply love Kaitlyn and Martin. They will go down as one of my favorite couples of all time. Very recommended.


“I don’t want a beautiful week with you. I want a beautiful lifetime.”  

“Maybe love, at its essence, is being a mirror for another person—for the good parts and the bad. Perhaps love is simply finding that one person who sees you clearly, cares for you deeply, challenges you and supports you, and subsequently helps you see and be your true self.”  

“We all belong to ourselves, until we have children. Then our children lease us for as long as they want.”

“She’s my BFF, do you know what that means? It means: Boy I will fuck up your face if you mess with my girl.”  


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10 Responses to “Review: Capture by Penny Reid”

  1. Braine

    That’s odd that there’s not a lot of “togetherness” as it’s the last book. I guess this more about Kaitlyn being all woman hear her roar…

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      That’s what really sucks, it being the last book and we don’t get a lot of couple time.

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