Organic Chemistry

Andrew Grey
Organic Chemistry
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
April 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Brendon Marcus lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early twenties, he doesn't know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn't sure what to make of him.

Josh has his own problems. His successful parents aren't particularly happy with his career path, and some of the players don't like having a gay assistant coach. He begins to have doubts, but Brendon makes the world look a little brighter.

But when Brendon's department head starts to make trouble, Josh and Brendon discover that standing up for each other is the first step to standing up for themselves.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Jun 06, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
213 people found the following review helpful
Brain and brawn connect to create a romantic reaction.

Brendon Marcus is the socially awkward genius professor with a heart of gold. Josh Horton is the hunky new assistant football coach who loves to help people. After a chance meeting in the hallway, they begin a sweet romance while dealing with college politics.

Brendon was presented as almost childlike in his behavior and responses to others. After losing both of his parents, he found himself alone in the world. However, since he was a genius, he was able to lose himself as a college professor and research scientist. Although completely inept at interacting with others, he never came across as mean or arrogant, but simply clueless.

Josh managed to see past Brendon's social issues to find the kind man underneath. Josh was also a really strong character who cared deeply for his team and wanted to help them become better people. They made a great couple, especially as they worked to resolve issues with Brendon's department head. The only issue with this story was some of the dialogue. At times, Brendon sounded like a young child while talking which hurt the romantic angle and took you out of the story.

Otherwise, it was a quick and easy romantic read with really nice characters and a sweet ending.
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Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Aug 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
194 people found the following review helpful
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY is a great nerd/jock, opposites attract, true love story.

Brendon Marcus is a young, highly intelligent, college science professor. His whole life has been focused on academics which has left him a little lacking in social skills. This leads Brendon to panic when the assistant football coach, Josh Horton, asks him to have dinner with him. Brendon immediately does some online research regarding the etiquette of having dinner out with a friend. Brendon is completely thrown off course when he realizes Josh is hoping they can be more than friends.

Josh is a friendly, easy going guy who loves his job and his family, but neither is without stress. Josh has to deal with the narrow mindedness of some of the players on the football team who are not excited to know they have a gay coach. Josh also has to deal with some narrow mindedness from his successful family who don't understand how he could be happy simply being a football coach. Brendon is literal and serious, Josh is fun and sarcastic. The two are like oil and water, but somehow they mix perfectly.

These characters are wonderful! Josh is patient and understanding when Brendon is overthinking things or speculating whether something is a joke or not. Brendon helps Josh see that he is so much more than just a football coach. Josh and Brendon have some very sweet and funny moments when Brendon is trying to learn to interpret and react to Josh's jokes and sarcasm. Josh helps Brendon stand up to his bullying department head and Brendon helps Josh stand up to his judgmental family. They are so good for each other and complement each other in just the right ways that it doesn't matter that they appear to be polar opposites. The love these two develop for one another is so strong and genuine that it helps them both become better people.

The story was made more dynamic by the fact that not only did these two have the stress of forming a new relationship, but they were also dealing with their stressful jobs and families. The way the author developed and grew each character made me care about them and their relationship.

This story and the characters were a pleasure to experience.
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