Published on April 17, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
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.
There are books that made me fall in love in the story and to the characters. One of those is this book by Six de los Reyes. Why? Because 1.) it is the story that captures my heart even if some of the words are foreign to me since it’s all about Science and I’m not good at it. 2.) I get to know the hero and heroine of the book, it didn’t left me wondering about the characters. and lastly 3.) I have a soft spot for an introvert and nerdy protagonist. Am I too biased? I guess not. *wink face*
Kaya Rubio is an NBSB – No boyfriend since birth. She’s a scientist and her field of work is about molecular genetics, introvert, and loves her family. When her aunts asked about her dating life and it stresses her out, she made an experiment to test it out. It’s called The Boyfriend Experiment. Then there’s Nero Sison – the owner of the In Lab Café that Kaya and Eugene (her best friend) always went. They knew each other before because she’s a regular customer but the Boyfriend Experiment made them closer together.
I list down things that made me so in love onto this book:
- What made it more real is that Kaya is a socially inept which I could relate to. To be honest, not a lot of us is great at socializing in public.
- Our hero and heroine shows their vulnerabilities and realness throughout the book and made me fond onto this story. Some romance stories don’t have a good character development to the love interest of the main character even if it is a short story.
- The romance is so so good. This is the kind-of-romance that I really adored. You know, they started as being a friends and this guy started to like this girl even if they are pretending. I know it’s pretty much cliché but I love how the story build up and it makes me giddy all the time.
- Even if Nero and Kaya has a lot of differences, it shows that differences is not a hindrance to the attraction.
- It’s my very first time to read a main character is a scientist. Clearly, her social experiment is fascinating and mysterious and I was hooked by it.
And last but not the least, it shows that no matter who you are or what you are going through you deserved to be love. I know, you’ll probably say it’s too cliché but it is truly an interesting read and gives hope to the readers. I read lots of romance books and some of it that I know are far from the reality or possible to happen. This book is the latter and truly holds a place to my heart.
Read this if…..
you want to learn more about the Filipino culture and loves science.