Andrew Grey
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
October 2013
Book 2 of Chemistry

When his college biochemistry class turns out to be much more difficult than star quarterback Freddie Samuelson imagined, his lab partner, Kurt Maxwell, agrees to help. They're very different: a rich kid athlete and a hardworking openly gay scholarship student. But Kurt slips past Freddie's defenses, and little by little—despite Freddie ignoring his own sexuality in the past—Freddie realizes he wants to get to know Kurt, especially when Kurt helps him through more challenges than their science class. But it isn't long before rumors begin to fly, and the obstacles Freddie will face may block him from both the future he planned on and the future he didn't know he wanted.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Sep 18, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
143 people found the following review helpful
BIOCHEMISTRY is an emotional story about self-discovery and sacrifice, figuring out who you are, what you want, and what you're willing to sacrifice to have both.

Freddie Samuelson, star football player, signed up to take biochemistry because he heard that the teacher was really nice and dating the assistant football coach. Although the teacher is nice, he expects his students, even the football players, to do the hard work required to pass. Freddie gets partnered with quiet Kurt Maxwell, who is motivated to do well because he is attending school on scholarship and doesn't want to mess anything up.

Despite Freddie being rude to him the first time they meet, Kurt offers to help Freddie with the class work. Kurt is able to help Freddie with more than just his class work, and Freddie can't deny his growing attraction to Kurt, despite his best efforts to always deny his sexuality. The two of them grow closer until their relationship is outed by one of Freddie's roommates. From there, Kurt is crushed by Freddie's actions and Freddie is crushed by his father's actions. Both have to figure out what's important to them and if their feelings are strong enough to overcome the hurt that has been caused.

This story was incredibly enjoyable. I found myself going back and forth about my feelings for both of these characters. I loved Kurt's strength and determination despite his being small and "nerdy" and at school on a scholarship. I found myself rooting for him while also thinking he was making bad choices by exploring a relationship with the arrogant, closeted, quarterback. The same could be said of my feelings toward Freddie throughout the story; I loved him and I hated him. His reactions to being faced with his sexuality and his reactions to some of Kurt's attempts to help him were, as expected, negative. However, his protectiveness and affection towards Kurt are sweet and, at times, heroic. These two create a great opposites attract story where there is opposition, struggle, hurt, and eventually love.

I liked the continuation of the Organic Chemistry story and enjoyed seeing Brendon and Josh again. Josh has a great role model role in this story. I would definitely read more in this series and more by this author.
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