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Imperfect Chemistry

Imperfect Chemistry

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by Mary Frame

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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


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?

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Publishers Weekly
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)

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Meet the Author

Mary Frame is a full time mother and wife with a full time job. She has no idea how she managed to write a novel, except that it involved copious amounts of wine.

She doesn't enjoy writing about herself in third person, but she does enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and damaging the ear drums of her co-workers when she randomly decides to sing to them.

She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, two children and a border collie named Stella.

To see what she's working on, you can follower her blog, Twitter, or Facebook.

Twitter: @marewulf

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Imperfect Chemistry 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is....Lucy.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I wasn't sure at first that I'd like this book, but quickly fell in love with all characters.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Lucy is a complete social nerd and you cant help but love her and the bluntness she brings. Jensen is an artisticly smart man with parent issues and it all becomes unraveled in a painful way. The story itself is quirky, cute, funny and compelling.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I got this book because I liked the cover art and it was free. It was so good that I could barely put it down. Will definitely be paying for "Imperfectly Legal".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable romantic comedy! Will definitely look for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really sweet, great story! Couldn't put it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young adult story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely will reread and get the next .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny in all the right places
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The story was good. Started off a smidgen slow but i wanted it to never end. Love the characters and their stories. Love that the female lead was strong and sweet and didn't change for anyone but adapted to new experiences. I love that the male lead was super sweet. The conflict wasn't stupid and out of the blue and it was redolved very well. Left me wanting more story but that's ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
182 pages was good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quirky, fun and honest. If you like Big, Bang Theory, you will appreciate the humor in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I both enjoyed this book. Like the writers style, funny,quirky.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character reminded me s little bit of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun. Well written with good external and internal dialogue
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Lucy London is a bona fide genius, having been at university since the ripe old age of thirteen. Unfortunately, Lucy’s genius status means she doesn’t have the best people skills, which is a shame since she’s currently working in the peer counseling clinic in an effort to help students. Imperfect Chemistry is about Lucy’s efforts to learn about two topics that have always mystified her; people and passion. Lucy embarks on a study of passion and lust in an effort to maintain the only life she has ever known. Mary Frame does a fantastic job of showing us just how awkward Lucy is and she does it hilariously. Lucy is honest, straightforward and about to experience her first case of lust and love, and it comes in the form of her neighbor Jensen. The thing that is so appealing about Imperfect Chemistry is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which allows the reader to simply let go and enjoy Lucy in all her awkward glory. Her first real interaction with Jensen was genius and put her lack of people skills on full display, but it was even more appealing because she doesn’t connect enough to feel bad about it until that first encounter is over. Mary Frame has produced the perfect nerd romantic comedy for the New Adult set. There’s almost no angst and plenty of great secondary characters to keep you laughing while watching Lucy get hit by lust and emotions for the first time. This is a great story that was very charming. In the words of Ted, “she is so weird, I think I love her.”
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
I read this New Adult Romantic Comedy with great pleasure and speed. Thank you. A New Adult Romantic Comedy. We need more of these. It isn't all laughs but it is a sweet and engaging romance with great secondary characters. The heroine has the social awkwardness of the genius female stereotype but its a troupe I enjoy so Yea for me! The hero is a great person. Wow. Imagine that. There are surprises along the way and a very enjoyable HEA. I am excited about the next book in the series and any others that follow. Mary Frame is a promising new romance writer and I will pre order the her next book for certain. The book has its rough patches. The character development needs work. I have no idea what Lucy looks like--she has long hair and a good body under her practical clothes. This is all I know. What are her degrees in exactly? Why does the hero focus on the subject matter he does? His parents are very flat and uncomplicated. There are just loose threads here and there and belief I have to suspend that if I thought about too much would make me crazy. But overall, I am charmed and looking forward to this writer's development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This New Adult romance was a real treat. Clever characterizations, a smooth storyline with just enough angst thrown in, and satisfying outcomes resulting from the characters' inner strengths. As an older reader, one of the things I really enjoy about this genre is watching the characters "become." It's all about potential. Events occur, decisions are made, actions taken, all based on the fascinating mix of emotion and rationality of this stage of life. And every moment has the potential for determining the direction a life takes. As a former (okay maybe not so former) nerd girl, I was taken with the emotional development of the nerdgirl heroine. Typically in these stories people who are emotionally stunted come from an abusive background. What's fascinating here is that she's not damaged, but completely unexposed. No need to erase past mistakes. She's never needed emotions for fulfillment, so she never explored them. It's great fun to see her study others, then dive in fearlessly and without hesitation. Not to say the experience is painless, but that potential I mentioned earlier takes her to a wonderful HEA. And it doesn't hurt the story at all that she arrives at her HEA with a very engaging, hot, talented, sensitive, damaged but healing prince. So enjoy! It's all good.