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Remedial Rocket Science

(Chemistry Lessons #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  4,750 ratings  ·  695 reviews
Rocket science is no problem. Falling in love, on the other hand…

College student Melody Gage is craving a night of no-strings fun when she meets charming out-of-towner Jeremy, and that’s exactly what she gets. Until three years later, when Melody relocates to Los Angeles and finds herself thrust back into Jeremy’s orbit.

Not only does her hunky one-night stand work at the
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published August 21st 2017 by Haver Street Press (first published June 21st 2017)
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Emer (A Little Haze)
Practically perfect NA-style rom-com. Yes it's trope heavy. Yes it's clichéd but it was everything I wanted from a cute, easy-breezy read. It never took itself too seriously, there was no girl hatred, great wit, laugh out loud moments, likeable characters... Loved it. Cheered me up immensely
I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded adorable, the cover is just beautiful, and I'm always in the mood for a quick rom-com.

Unfortunately, several things about this book bothered me.

One: the main character, Melody. While I did like her--she was a sensible main character who made smart decisions and focused on her career--I also thought she was super judgy about certain things. While she didn't say any of these thoughts aloud, reading them made me iffy and overall, just really m
4 Stars

I basically dropped everything to devour this story after I read that amusing synopsis – and devour it I did.

The romantic pairing of the rich playboy with the geeky girl has always been one I enjoy exploring in my romance reads and I believe this is a very successful venture where this combination of character archetypes is concerned.

I have to give Nix props for writing what I found to be a really likable female heroine in Melody. She was a bit geeky and a little quirky, but wholly rela
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I'm going to dnf this at about 60%. I've been waiting for some depth to happen and am finding myself disappointed over and over again. It actually starts off pretty strong. I liked their initial meeting and getting to know each other and it was interesting that there was zero steam in the one-night stand that kicks off their "relationship".

But then it skips three years and everyone got shallow. And it starts by finding out that Jeremy had had a girlfriend all those years ago when he slept with M
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am surprise how much I do not enjoy Remedial Rocket Science. I was expecting a fun cute sweet romance between a geeky heroine and a playboy hero.

In Remedial Rocket Science, the story of moving to LA and adjusting to LA life taking more than 50% of this book. Some of the plot or the conversation do not support the romance aspect. Jeremy, the hero seems like a supporting character because he is barely shows up in the plot. When he does shows up, he is acting stupid or immature.

Melody is the he
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for a rom-com. Especially with the geeky girl trope. Our heroine meets up with our hero while he is running wild on vacation. She wants a one night stand and that is exactly what she gets.
Years later she finds herself back in his orbit. Now he is a respectable fellow who wants to be faithful to his fiancee. So he slips our heroine into the friend category. To atone for his past he decides to introduce her to his fiancee and friends so she won’t be alone in a new city. He might have
Quirky Omega
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I wrote a whole review and my Internet acted up just when it was uploading, and I lost a 300 word review. Let's please observe a moment of silence for the death of my patience.*

Anyhow, Remedial Rocket science is absolutely amazing. It's got a heroine who is in a STEM field. That alone got me interested. On top of it, the author hasn't made the heroine a cluster of clichés who is capable of solving any and all engineering and science issues. (I would have straightaway given a 1 star rating in th
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
3.5 Stars

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

This was a light, fun ROM-COM. Easy to read with great banter and great characters.

Melody is a bit of a nerd attending MIT who came from a very humble background and is quite different from Jeremy who is heir to a company worth billions and dropped out of 2 colleges. They meet completely by chance and end up having a one night stand. Then they don't see each other for another 3 years. They then reunite as "just friends" at this time.

The story
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-kindle, read-2018
The blurb was way better than the book.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was an enjoyable light romance read with interesting characters. A bit of a slow burn though, and unusually for modern romance novels, we fade to black in bedroom scenes.

The concept behind the series is to have romantic comedies with the female leads from the STEM professions. I think that's terrific, although I had to bit my tongue a lot during this one. (A west coast engineering company is not going to offer a relocation package to a graduate, let alone then have an MIT graduate do things
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sadly this didn't live up to expectation, I was expecting a jock and nerd type story. The story was slow, overly descriptive and lacked any sort of chemistry. Not my cup of tea - sorry.
3 stars

This was cute. Lots of fluff, not a lot of personal drama. The trope is one of my absolute favorites (rich/famous guy, "normal"/not famous girl), and it definitely delivered what I wanted. I just didn't feel super emotional or connected with the characters. Otherwise, a very entertaining read.

Cute, cute, cute.
Remedial Rocket Science is sweet, funny, and for the most part lighthearted- with just a tiny bit of angst. I read this is one sitting, it's one of those books that's just so easy to fly through. I admit there did come a point where I had to stop for a second, thinking please don't let what I think is happening happen, but luckily things were cleared up and I could continue on.

Melody is a great character. She's smart, kind, and caring. Although she's a bit out of her element wh
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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The end is really sweet and left me with a good feeling - but the more I think about this book, the more disappointed I am.

The book has many good things going for it. It features Melody, a woman working in STEM who makes sensible decisions about her job, finances, and relationships. Even though it is a rich playboy-boss/poor girl-employee trope, Jeremy is never creepy and actually backs off when Melody asks him to. They really get to be friends first.

Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Billed as the first of series of rom-com's with nerdy heroines from the STEM fields. Clever title, but has nothing to do with the book. No rockets. None of the characters are scientists (the lead works in IT, the love interest in management). In fact, no science at all in the story.

Melody is cute and nerdy. Jeremy worldly and rather superficial. Didn't fully buy their attraction. Felt one-sided; more physical attraction Melody to Jeremy the bad boy vs reciprocal or a match of equals.

Nix is a go
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, adult-fiction
Cute, but not life-changing.

That's it, that's the review.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s a sweet story.
I especially enjoyed how the h & the other women in the H life interacted.

4 low drama stars
May 27, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNFed @~49%

I don’t know why this would be a rom-com. So far there’s little comedy and little romance (besides a fade-to-black one night stand.) It’s more about the heroine starting her new life after college.

I'm DNFing because I don't care for the the judgy heroine, who loves the money she makes in her corporate job but then judges everything about the company. I sort of like that the hero was a bit lost at the beginning but I wished he was more put together when she met him later on. And with t
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I breezed though this one. I think Susannah Nix's writing is easy and pleasant to binge read in a sitting or two. That said, Remedial Rocket Science didn't really live up to its blurb. While it's an enjoyable read, it's just not entirely successful as a contemporary romance.
Kimberly Russell
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y'all. I just found my to-go romance recommendation. It's light and fun and really falls more into the Rom Com category. I read it in almost one sitting.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, free-ebook
Funny, fluffy, light, and cute contemporary that was exactly the palette cleanser I needed!
I really liked that Melody and Jeremy went from one-night-stand to actual friends, spending a lot of time just platonically getting to know each other without anything else hapening until they are ready to trust each other. And given Jeremy's wastrel past, that takes some time.

One tiny thing that dampened my enjoyment a bit: the cheating. Oh sweet mercy, the cheating... (view spoiler)
Review to come.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult, eye-roll
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A (Is For Awkward)
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-april, reviewed
This was a real disappointment. This was a KU book I had been meaning to read for awhile, but never quite got into. I finally made my way past the first few chapters last night, and finished first thing this morning, and honestly.. It had some potential, but this was far less "romance in STEM" than I was hoping for.

Rich playboy hero. Heroine from a background in poverty. Fake Relationship. Crazy Mothers. Quirky heroine who is socially awkward! The second chance romance. The miscommunication "we
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
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Lia Alfonso
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Predictable like all rom-coms, yet it was funny, smart, insightful, and interesting.
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I was thinking of rounding up, then changed my mind, for two reasons:

1) 'Tis really frothy. Fun, flirty, and entertaining (I always enjoy fake-dating, and it's a fairly believable of a dude maturing out of being a bit of a self-absorbed idiot - the time jump helps, as does the fact that he's never actually an idiot to the heroine), but I got to the end, and it felt like it lacked... substance. It's great for a fun light read (which is all it's trying to be, to be fair), but it doesn'
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
This was so cute and so enjoyable I barely have the words. I loved Melody's character so much, I loved Jeremy and ooooooh my goodness were they good together! I also really liked that there is a lot of friendship building in this book, and not just between Melody and Jeremy. There is some girl-hate on the surface but that gets flipped around pretty quick. I love the life that Melody builds for herself. It's a really good Young (new) adult novel, as in she's a young 22 year old getting her first ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, scribd
They promised me a story of a girl studying computer science at MIT, who was more secure with studying than relationships...

I got about 30 pages of that story and then the whole setting was switched to LA and a corporate management firm. What's more Susannah Nix put all the "typical" romance tropes in one story without deciding which one she wanted to follow and persue...

This was a decent slow burn book. I enjoyed myself and finished it between two connecting flights. It had a great MC who stood up for herself and didn't put up with people who didn't share her ideals. I thought she was a great character. It was just lacking any of those really memorable scenes that take a decent book to an outstanding one.
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Susannah Nix is a RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary romance who is best known for her Chemistry Lessons series featuring heroines who work in STEM fields. She currently lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull.

Other books in the series

Chemistry Lessons (5 books)
  • Intermediate Thermodynamics (Chemistry Lessons, #2)
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry (Chemistry Lessons, #3)
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