A Romantic Comedy
Series: Chemistry Lessons #3
Release Date: March 16, 2018
lousy boyfriends in a row, chemical engineer Penny Popplestone swears off men
until she can figure out why they keep cheating on her. But her no-men
resolution hits a snag when the mysterious and superhumanly hot barista at her
favorite coffee shop strikes up a friendship with her.Penny strives to keep things platonic, but when Caleb gives her the kiss of her
life, she realizes he wants to be more than just friends. Tired of always being
“good little Penny,” she throws caution to the wind and pursues a no-strings
fling with the hottie barista. It’s not like they have anything in common
beyond scorching physical chemistry, so what does she have to lose?
Only her heart.
Now, this fanfic-reading, plus-size heroine faces an unsolvable problem. What
do you do when being apart is unbearable…but being together is impossible?
Advanced Physical Chemistry is the
third in a series of standalone rom-coms featuring geeky heroines who work in
talk?” Penny tilted her head toward the back. “Privately.” Was it her
imagination, or did Caleb’s eyes widen momentarily in fear?
his hands on a dishtowel and nodded. “Sure.”
after him down the back hallway, past the restrooms. He halted in front of the
office door and turned around to face her. It was quieter back here. The voices
of the businessmen had faded to a dull murmur, blending with the white noise
hum of the refrigerator case at the end of the hall.
them spoke. They were standing close enough that she could see the gold in his
eyes. As they stared at one another, the memory of the kiss floated in the air
between them. Their fevered breaths. The way he’d moaned into her mouth. Penny
licked her lips.
an apology,” Caleb said.
punctured her thin bubble of hope. “I see.”
shouldn’t have kissed you like that.”
she heard herself say a little too loudly.
at the challenge in her tone. “What?”
shouldn’t you have kissed me?”
the front door jangled, and there was a murmur of voices as more customers came
in. Malik was out front. He could handle them.
shuffled his feet like he was itching to escape. “Um…”
have a girlfriend?” Penny asked.
his head at the floor. “No, nothing like that.”
her hands on her hips. “Did you not mean to do it? Am I supposed to believe it
was some sort of accident? That you tripped and fell onto my face?”
course not, I—”
I’m trying to understand why you’d do something like that and then run off and
leave me standing there. And why you’re apologizing now for kissing me instead
of for running off.”
for that part too,” he said quietly.
right, it wasn’t. I’m sorry.” God, he was beautiful when he was being contrite.
It made it impossible to think straight.
stared at his collarbone, which was also stupidly attractive, but not quite as
distracting as his face. “So why did you do it?”
Or kiss you?”
Either. Why are you being so weird about all of it?”
shifted his weight, lowering his eyes to the floor. If she hadn’t been standing
between him and escape, he might have actually bolted like a horse.
her arms. “Did you not want to kiss me?”
trailed off, rubbing his palms on his thighs.
waited. She was prepared to wait all day if that was what it took.
up. “I’ve wanted to kiss you for a long time.”
stopped her in her tracks. “W—what?”
looked into hers. “You heard me.”
burned in her chest, constricting her voice to a whisper. “But you don’t even
true.” He looked pained.
was a long time? Since last summer when he’d started working here? Did that
mean—could she have been dating Caleb instead of Kenneth? She tried to
picture it. Caleb asking her on a date, taking her out to dinner. Smiling
across the table as he tried to charm her, hoping for a goodnight kiss at the
end of the evening. She couldn’t even picture the smiling part, much less the
rest of it.
to clear her throat and made a choking sound instead. “You acted like
you didn’t like me.”
trying to keep my distance.” His expression turned reproachful. “You had a
cheating jerk. Which you could have told me at any time.” If Caleb had ever
given her even the slightest hint he was actually interested in her, she would
have dropped Kenneth like the flaming bag of dog poop he’d turned out to be.
afraid you’d hate me if I was the one to tell you.”
Literally, it was impossible to believe this man who’d barely acknowledged her
existence had actually been attracted to her all this time. It was
inconceivable, and not in the Princess Bride sense of the word.
kissed her. It hadn’t been a half-hearted kiss either. That was a serious kiss
he’d given her. Deadly serious.
swallowed. “I don’t have a boyfriend anymore.”
Nix lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid
amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a
powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.