Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect Series)
Mary Frame, author
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?
Perfectly imperfect characters and situations make Frame’s debut novel sparkle. Dr. Lucy London is the quintessential child prodigy with no clue how adults navigate social, non-academic situations. She’s also on a tight make-or-break deadline to prove her theory that emotions are nothing more than pathogens. Enter the perfect person for her to study and also practice her newly acquired social skills on: Jensen Walker. The mysterious Mr. Walker is Lucy’s neighbor, a student at the university and, if school rumor is to be believed, the perfect ladies’ man. While some of the ensuing misunderstandings are predictable, there’s a very real sense of character growth, brought to life by an evolving narrative style that parallels Lucy’s metamorphosis. The blend of humor and heart makes for a thoughtful, highly entertaining read. (BookLife)