Falling in love is a chemical reaction.
Just ask Kaya Rubio, twenty-five year-old Molecular Genetics graduate student and research assistant. Fed up with her spinster aunts’ relentless reminders and unsolicited advice regarding her Single Since Birth status, she designs a scientific, evidence-based methodology to find her a suitable partner in time for her cousin’s wedding. As any good scientist knows, any valid experimental design requires a negative control. Enter the most unsuitable candidate for a potential boyfriend: the messy, easygoing, café owner Nero Sison. Her null hypothesis? Going out with Nero would establish her baseline data without catalyzing the chemical reaction she seeks.
But when Kaya’s recorded results refuse to make sense, she is forced to come to the conclusion that there are some things in life that are simply, by nature, irrational and illogical. And that sometimes, chemistry doesn’t always happen inside a lab.
I really enjoyed this love story.
The writing style takes a while to get use to because it is so internal to the heroine’s way of processing the world which is very scientific. Also, she knows where she is and who people are so she rarely signals these things to the reader. It took me forever to figure out she was in Manila.
This worldview is the joy of the book (and sometimes a drawback) as the reader is sitting in a room with a limited perspective and as her perspective grows so does the reader.
The is an extra pleasure for me here because this book is written with a full Filipino cast and location like a map with your own country at the center. I love reading books written by writers from other countries like this and feel so lucky this one is in English so I can sneak in.
The hero and the heroine are opposites which is always fun but it turns out the have lots in common which is why they fall in love. All the family and work backdrop make this a very special book with extra nerdy STEM and Arts love.
I wish there was a bit more steam and couple time at the end but overall the book was a pleasure.
Can’t wait for the rest of the series!