Monday, June 23, 2014

Deadly Chemistry by Teri Anne Stanley

Title: Deadly Chemistry
Author: Teri Anne Stanley
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Sex, Lies, and Science Geeks #1
Main Characters: Mike and Laura
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Former undercover cop Mike Gibson has been lying low, working as a maintenance man to put his troubled younger brother through college. But when a beautiful scientist enlists Mike’s help to repair the damage done to her lab by a group of vandals, Mike finds that his, and his brother's pasts, are about to be brought to light. 

Laura Kane was happy having a secret crush on the hot maintenance man at Tucker University, but when the drug she was studying is stolen, Laura has a chance to get to know Mike in person. The problem is, he seems to know more about what's going on than any maintenance man should. But then the drug turns up in the wrong hands, and Mike and Laura have to decide if their own chemistry will help, or hinder, the race to save innocent lives.

My Review:
I'll admit when it came time to decide whether or not to accept this book for review, I didn't look much past the series title...Sex, Lies, and Science Geeks. I do love it when geeks and suspense collide so this was a no-brainer for me. 

Overall, the book was okay. It had an interesting plot with just the right levels of science thrown in to make the "geek" part of the story line believable. 

I enjoyed the entire set up with Mike's family with his brothers and their troubled past. I loved all three of the brothers even though they are very different and have a difficult relationship with each other. I thought their story added a LOT to the overall book and the suspense story line. It was interesting to see how their past (especially Mike and Dylan's) helped the suspense line story unfold. 

Mike is the oldest of the three boys and takes that responsibility very seriously, especially when things go wrong...which you know they are going to in this book. That is one of the things that endeared him as a character though...when he loves, he loves deeply and completely. As a former cop, he is absolutely a protector at heart and takes it to heart when someone he loves gets hurt. He feels that he should be able to protect everyone, whether they want him to do that job or not...even the sad little crazy cat that he ends up adopting partway through the book. 

Then there's Laura...she's the science geek. She works at the university and is on the verge of developing a new drug. She knows all three brothers...the youngest acts as her assistant sometimes in the lab, the middle is another scientist who works there, and Mike, the oldest, is the maintenance man. She honestly doesn't realize they are all brothers until she gets involved with Mike because they are all so different. Laura has a pretty simple life...she works. She had a momentary fling with another scientist, but that was more a matter of convenience than anything. She never really had any true feelings for him other than annoyance when he offered his advice on her trials. She's truly pretty geeky...she works and has her cat. 

I'll admit that for me, something about the relationship between Mike and Laura didn't quite hit the right buttons for me. I just didn't get their chemistry. But the rest of the story line worked so well for me, that I was okay with that. The book was still well written and I'll probably plan on reading the next in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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