The blurb from the publisher…
Kylie and Regan have been best friends since kindergarten, supporting each other through thick and thin.
While everyone thinks they would be perfect for each other, they insist there’s no chemistry between them—and Regan should know since she’s a chemistry teacher.
To prove it, they agree to a little chemistry experiment: they’ll go on three dates with each other.
So what if their gazes start to linger and accidental touches no longer feel platonic? They chalk it up to the romantic atmosphere—until a friendly good night kiss turns passionate.
Can their friendship go back to the way it was before? Do they even want it to? Or will they risk losing what they have for a chance at love?
A beautiful friends-to-lovers lesbian romance about taking risks and figuring out that sometimes the perfect person has been right in front of you all along.
- Author: Jae
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing
- ISBN: 3963245476
- Publication date: August 2, 2021
- File size: 2909 KB
- Print length: 224 pages
- Available formats: paperback, ebook
Jae takes an old tried and true friends to lovers trope and does something really clever with it. She develops a romance between two best friends via a dating experiment. She plops them in a Petri dish and lets nature take its course, so to speak. With Kylie and Regan’s close friendship and long history, love is bound to happen; she just gives it the time and attention it needs. Cultivating romance and sexual attraction meticulously under the scope of an experiment, Jae enables readers to buy into it effortlessly. Readers are able to see Kylie and Regan together just as easily as their friends do. And, when the two do come together, everybody gets an HEA that they can cheer for.
There is a long list of things to find delectably scrumptious about Chemistry Lessons, namely Kylie and Regan. These two leading ladies are extremely likable and carry the romance effortlessly. Readers are quickly swept up in their little “dating” experiment. Though their friendship is deep and abiding, they’ve always persisted in ignoring anything that signaled more. After being enlightened while fake-dating, they are forced to examine their true feelings. When they realize that they do indeed have chemistry, both women are finally able to see that it was there all along.
Jae always has interesting secondary characters, and Chemistry Lessons is no different. She does a fantastic job of developing them and they simply shine on the pages of this book. Working together like a well-choreographed ensemble, they help to give shape and dimension to the storytelling. Their presence manages to push the story arc in the most heartwarming ways. Additionally, they aid in giving credibility and accountability to the storyline. Their well-crafted use is just one more example of why Jae is an award-winning writer.
Because Jae is a master storyteller, she understands the importance of building sound relationships amongst the characters. These relationships prove to be essential in establishing relatability; she knows it’s vital in romance writing and she demonstrates it perfectly in this book. The bonds that this cast of characters share with one another are beautiful. They add generous and glorious color to the landscape of this story, and it’s precisely what makes this story so endearing. I found myself smiling right along with Kylie and Regan’s friends, family and coworkers as they tease and prod the two. Their dynamics really elevates the mood of this romance. It all works together to culminate into a fun and entertaining read.
Don’t hesitate to add Chemistry Lessons to your reading pile. It is absolutely adorable! Jae has taken one of lesfic’s favorite tropes and given it the perfect twist, making this friends to lovers romance a true stand out. Filled with tender moments and big time chemistry, it’s a guaranteed good time. I wholeheartedly give it two thumbs up!
- Light-hearted, easy reading
- Likable characters
- Fun storyline
- Fantastic character dynamics
Every time the waitress stopped by their table to ask if they—or rather Ky—needed anything else, Regan mentally deducted two dollars from her tip. Three if she “accidentally” brushed Ky’s shoulder or touched her arm while refilling her water.
By the time they asked for the check, Blondie owed her fifteen dollars.
Eighteen, she corrected as the waitress put the leather-bound folder with the check on the table, again managing to brush Ky’s arm. She nearly toppled over the half-full glass since she was busy staring into Ky’s eyes.
Granted, Ky’s eyes were beautiful. According to her ID, they were blue, but Regan had always thought they were gray with hints of green. But no matter how interesting they were, that was no reason to dreamily stare into them.
It wasn’t that Regan was jealous. Of course she wasn’t. But what if they really were on a date—one where they both had romantic intentions? Blondie couldn’t know they were only humoring their friends.
Flirting with Ky right under her nose was beyond rude, and Regan would not stand for that kind of disrespect. She snatched the leather-bound folder with the check off the table. “I’m paying,” she told the waitress with her sweetest smile. “After all, I asked her out.”
Blondie paled. “Oh. I didn’t… Um, let me double-check that. I think I made a mistake with the drinks.” She tried to take back the folder.
Regan held it out of reach and peeked inside.
That was bold. Blondie had written her phone number across the top of the check.
Regan ungritted her teeth to confirm that she had indeed made a mistake—not with the drinks, but by flirting with Ky. But then she stopped herself. What are you doing? You and Ky have no chemistry, remember? Apparently, Blondie was convinced there was plenty of potential for a chemical reaction between her and Ky, though. If Ky thought the same, Regan couldn’t stand in the way.
She closed the folder with a loud slapping sound and held it out to Ky. “You know what? The check is yours tonight.
They always argued over who got to pay, so Ky stared at her for a moment before taking it. “Oh, sure.”
Good thing they were going to the movies next. They would sit in the dark, without having to talk or look at each other, and by the time the flick ended, they would be past this weird awkwardness and back in friend territory.
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