Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Posted July 11th, 2016 in book review / 20 comments

Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary FrameImperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
Series: Imperfect #1
Publisher: Self-Published on April 23, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 198
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars
Heat: two-half-flames

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her-people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she's offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she's given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there's only one way she can study emotions-by experiencing them herself. Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated-in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions...or giving in to them?

At A Glance

I just love books like this!

The Good

I love characters without emotions. Don’t know why. I just find the concept interesting. Lucy is a 20 year old genius scientist who might lose her grant money if she can’t figure out how to study emotions, or more specifically, passion. All she needs is a subject to study. In walks her neighbor Jensen, the only guy she finds attractive. What Lucy never expected was finding her own emotions as she slowly falls for Jensen.

Lucy was awesome in every way. Definitely a different kind of heroine. She is so analytical and literal you can’t help but laugh at what comes out of her mouth. She’s blunt and honest about everything, it’s kind of shocking. I was so excited as she slowly started making friends, going out, experiencing life outside of the lab. But it’s Jensen who really breaks her out of her shell as their scientist/subject relationship turns into a real friendship then into a romantic relationship. Jensen finds Lucy’s honesty to be refreshing. He feels like he can be his true self around her, which is something he’s not use to reveling to anyone.

Lucy and Jensen were perfect together. I don’t even know why, they just were. Lucy stole the show for me though. I loved her imperfect family and her imperfect friends and her imperfect emotions. She is perfectly imperfect and the side characters expertly enhance that about her. I often laughed out loud, which is always a good sign. Imperfect Chemistry is a light, fun read that I enjoyed immensely. It really worked for me personally.

The Bad

The ending wasn’t my favorite. There was nothing wrong with it but there was nothing right with it either. It just felt bleh compared to the rest of book. I think because it took so long for Lucy and Jensen to get together I expected more pizazz somehow.

The Snuggly

The snuggly was slow coming. It was pretty hot once it did come though but sex is not the focus in this one, which was nice. It’s all about the friendship. The best part was Lucy being super horny and Jensen wanting to hold off. So hilarious. Lucy is surprisingly aggressive sexually, which makes sense with her blunt personality. OMG, the penis size talk was the best ever!

Final Thoughts

This is not the most exciting book but the characters really made it. Lucy was so different and interesting. She was a breath of fresh air in the million romances I’ve read. I would highly recommend Imperfect Chemistry as a fast, light read.


“Is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”

“Nearly everyone who sees you complains,” he says.
“Nearly? There are some people who don’t complain?” I ask.
“I was being nice. Everyone who sees you complains,” he says.


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20 Responses to “Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame”

  1. Braine

    I do love geeks and nerdy love stories. I’m curious about the ending and why it fell short. Did it lack some swoon factor?

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      It was just very generic. Instant forgiveness and “okay, we’re together again.” The end. I like endings to be more meaningful.

  2. Olivia Roach

    I have been hearing so many amazing things about this book that I just know I want to try it at some point. I really like the sound of them being a perfect couple and the romance just being so well done! Eee, I want to read it <3 Happy you enjoyed it! Wish the ending could have been better though.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I really hope you do try it out. It’s so interesting.

  3. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I’m so glad you have enjoyed this one so much! This sounds like it has some good humor in it and that totally makes me interested. Wary a bit about the ending since I’m an ending girl, but it doesn’t sound like it gave you too much trouble. Brilly review.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      No, not a horrible ending, just not a great ending. The rest I amazing though.

  4. Lekeisha

    I have this one, and I’m thinking of doing a buddy read next month with a Goodreads group. I’ve read great things about it!

  5. Melissa (My words and pages)

    I remember seeing this book a time ago. It sound like a great read. So glad you enjoyed it! 😀

    If you like characters without emotion, have you watched Stitchers yet? It’s a tv series you might enjoy. 🙂

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    Sounds like this is just what you needed. I know I get in the mood for a good fast, fun read. I’ll probably be wanting one soon as a matter of fact so I will keep this one in mind. Great review!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I think you would really enjoy this even though it’s contemp.

  7. Mary Frame

    Yay!! I am so happy you enjoyed Imperfect Chemistry!! Thank you for reading and reviewing, I super appreciate it! <3

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