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Book Tour/Review: Intermediate Thermodynamics by Susannah Nix

Intermediate Thermodynamics

by Susannah Nix
Chemistry Lessons
Publication Date: October 4, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy


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Aerospace engineer Esther Abbott doesn’t believe in love, but she’s perfectly happy hating her screenwriter neighbor, Jonathan. Until she’s forced to make a devil’s bargain with him: if he distracts her best friend from a mouth-breather ex, Esther will be his science advisor for the sci-fi script he’s writing.

Her patience is put to the test when it’s time to fulfill her end of the deal. But the more time she spends with her nemesis, the more hate turns into attraction—and attraction into something much deeper. As Esther’s carefully-constructed defenses start to crumble, will love be her undoing or her salvation?

Intermediate Thermodynamics follows in the tradition of contemporary romantic comedy favorites like Penny Reid, Sally Thorne, and Jennifer Crusie. This sweet, enemies-to-lovers romance is the second in a series of standalone rom-coms featuring geeky heroines who work in STEM fields.




5/5 stars!

What can I say other than I loved it! I have been trying to stay away from contemporary romance, but the cover and characters drew me in. I was particularly interested in the female lead. Recently, authors have been trying to make their heroines interesting and unique but instead end up turning them into manic pixie dreams girls or caricatures.

It may seem that way in Intermediate Thermodynamics at first. Nix does a perfect job of creating an introverted Esther and the poster child of hipster in her hero Jonathan. She does such a good job that it was hard not to create an image, especially of Jonathan. And yet, as Nix masterfully weaves a story filled with more emotion than I thought possible, she managed to give her characters depth as well as growth. I am not just talking about Esther’s big epiphany towards the end either. The reader starts the novel with a very clear image of who these characters are, and as the story progresses, does not even realize the characters are evolving until the end.

It was one of the more rewarding romances I have read. To read not only the characters’ evolutions, but the evolution of their relationship as well, was both fulfilling and realistic. I also loved the slips of focused feminism as well. You can already tell the female characters, as well as the author for that matter, care about women’s rights and equality. But the period focus on the inequality that takes places, particularly in Esther’s workplace, gave me hope.

Do you like humor? Characters you can become invested in? A love story with as much brains as it has heart? Then please do yourself a favor and pick up this series. Nix will make sure you don’t regret it. Just make sure you have some tissues!


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About Susannah Nix

Susannah Nix lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.


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