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Intermediate Thermodynamics

(Chemistry Lessons #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,632 ratings  ·  321 reviews
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 en
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 310 pages
Published October 4th 2017 by Haver Street Press (first published September 21st 2017)
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Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Started so brightly with lots of humour and initially likeable characters but by the end it descended into such a dull, maudlin tale of cliched broken people. And that ending??? Why??? It just was stretched out for seemingly endless chapters and then when I got used to the interminable ending and thought oh okay, we are having this little extra piece of storyline it actually ended pretty abruptly!!!! Such a shame. Read book one in this series if you want something cute. This one is very meh!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought I liked Susannah Nix's Remedial Rocket Science, but Intermediate Thermodynamics surpasses it in every way. The characterization, the romance, the tension -- every aspect of Esther and Jonathan's swoon-worthy romance possesses a depth and heart that left me utterly captivated. If this is how Nix avoids the infamous "sophomore slump," I cannot wait to see how her writing progresses. Sweet, funny, and heartfelt - highly recommended! ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is so hard to get me to fall for a contemporary Romance. It is not often my genre of choice and as readers we all know that we get in moods and rhythms and we need certain books to meet our cravings at certain times.

Intermediate Thermodynamics might be one of the best Contemporary Romances I have ever read. It is certainly one of the smartest. Definitely one of the best-written and it is the only contemporary romance that has ever made me ugly cry.


Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A very believable romance between two imperfect people- hit all the right beats and was a lot of fun.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Underappreciated aerospace engineer Esther doesn't much like her neighbor Jonathon, but makes a deal with him to help out with his SF movie script in exchange for going out with Esther's best friend to distract her from going back to her horrible ex. The dates happen, and so does the script review, and Esther and Jonathon end up spending time together. But both of their individual hang ups that get in the way of their budding relationship.

This one goes a lot more into the negative sides of being
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I was surprised by the fact that I found myself enjoying this! I wasn't the biggest fan of book one, so I was a bit hesitant, but I'm glad I gave Esther's story a try.

Part of the reason I liked this a lot was because there was a solid best friend in this book. Jinny, her BFF, was a great character to have and I loved the interactions between her and Esther--there's a whole different side to the main character and I was happy that the author made their relationship such an
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I liked the element of a slow burn romance, but still, this is kinda the poor man's Penny Reid when it comes to geeky female leads. ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The raw real-ness of this book is what makes it a 4 star read for me. I love that Nix took two ordinary lives and made it a beautiful love story. I could see all of this happening in reality. This wasnt a sugar coated fluffy rom com. These were two individuals with real lives who came together in a complete believable way. They had ups and downs and navigated how to make their relationship work. I also love that Esther was a badass rocket scientist.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in this series, Remedial Rocket Science, read like a first effort. A good first effort, but hampered by characters a bit too tropey, voiced a bit too young, the attraction between Melody and Jeremy not quite believable.

Intermediate Thermodynamics is much more accomplished. Esther and Johnathan are complete characters and well voiced. I particularly liked this exchange between them:
Esther: I just think I was meant to be alone. I rather be by myself or with my friends than with any
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a nutshell we have: Exhibit A, Esther: really smart, but flawed in the relationship department, protagonist who works in the aerospace industry as an engineer and she's good at her job. She's got a big negative thing for Exhibit B, laundry-facility-hogging neighbor Jonathan, who is a scruffy wannabe screen-writer, but not doing so well at that, so he can use some help. (Incidentally, this same guy appeared as a minor character in the previous book, Remedial Rocket Science, and some other char ...more
I hoped for more from this book. Especially after a charming, funny beginning.

The encounters of the main couple were enjoyable, what I expect from YA, contemporary romance. I rooted for Jonathan. I adore such beta-heroes.

Some ideas as additions for the romance were also good (e.g. Jinny and Stuart, Esther's mother).

But between the mentioned above were characters, events, topics I wasn't interested at all. They looked like they were added just because Susannah Nix thought she had to add the threa
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Another heroine in a STEM field job, who is unfortunately less likeable than I remember the one of the previous book being.

Esther, an aerospace engineer, aka rocket scientist, is a meddler and a coward. Her best friend is considering getting back with her douchebag ex and Esther, wanting to keep that from happening, decides that setting her up with her cute neighbour is the best solution.

In order for that to happen, she kind of forces Jonathan, her neighbour into asking her friend out and going
Leigh Kramer
"She could work with that. She'd be the Henry Higgins to his Eliza Doolittle if that was what it took. She'd Pygmalion the shit out of him. As long as Jinny was willing to give him another chance." p. 45

Let’s talk about Susannah Nix’s novels and how happy they make me. I loved every part of this smart romance. (The heroines all work in STEM fields in this series!) It made me laugh and cry! Typically I struggle when a character makes a lie of omission but somehow Nix made it work here and I think
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNFed at 43% fairly soon after we learn the heroine, a young woman, is financially supporting her mother who isn’t disabled, just incompetent at working and budgeting. Then, we learn the hero’s mom is a surgeon who doesn’t bother to show much affection for her husband because she is so ‘type a’.

This is the second book I’ve read by this author and both books feature awful mothers, one successful but cold and the other poor but hopelessly unsophisticated and useless. In neither case is a mother a
4.2 points :D
Once again I enjoyed author's writing very much but sadly I felt the main conflict to be somewhat contrived and didn't see any HUGE issues with heroine's actions in the beginning that kicked off the whole plot. Everybody else in the book did though, so I might be an awful human being. It is entirely possible.

It was true though that h avoided coming clean to everybody a bit too long thus creating a bit of a mess but certainly there was no mortal sin everybody seemed to perceive.

Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 this neighbors to friends to lovers kinda thing be kinda uwu,,, also jonathan brinkerhoff i love u babie 😘 and esther abbott being a part of the bangs community,,, i love it here,,,

(.5 for the sexy times and i enjoyed the friends to lovers transition they cute,,,,, be warned it ends in a cliffhanger so?? what’s up w that 🤧)
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Maybe 3.5 stars, but I felt like this got better as it progressed. Mostly, I wasn't wild about the start, but once it gets going, it's fairly charming.

I really like Esther and Jeremy becoming closer as she critiques his screenplay. The secondary characters are all pretty great; females in STEM fields is always a plus. I enjoy how casual workplace sexism is dealt with. It's condemned, and it's also fairly realistically done, and a thing that I think should feature in more books. Bonus points for,
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2020-april
I liked this book better than the first book in the series. I love that the author is trying to use Female Main Characters with STEM backgrounds but I wish the story had a deeper technical background. I did love that this book had more of a view of what it's like to working a male dominated field and some of the frustrations that young women have with social criticism but I wanted more of that. Overall, good RomCom! ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
It took me half the book before I got into the story. I even gave it a couple of days resting. But timing. I should not be reading this type of novel right now. Clearly not in the mood.

Anyhoooow. It was so sloooow in the beginning. And then there was all the PC stuff. (And OMG I am an intersectional feminist, so THAT right there, me getting cranky should just tell you what a shitty mood I am in right now.) Then there was the ending, that didn’t have a prologue. (See, this book was wasted on me
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a book of bad choices & messed up priorities imo. Jonathan was too good for Esther.
2.5 stars
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Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started reading this admittedly with some expectations that it was going to be a rom-com with a lot of geekiness/nerdiness topics squeezed between witty and humorous dialogue and basically lighthearted. Instead, I got a very snarky and abrasive female protagonist, who happens to be very smart and a potential love interest whose first impression was that of a highbrow would be scriptwriter. There were no sparks of attraction initially jumping off the page at all when these two are introduced. E ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Okay, this was much better than the first book in this series.

The romance was better as there was a tighter plot to it.

Esther annoyed me as a character though which is why this wasn’t rated higher. I think this was because she wasn’t super flushed out as a character. There was little depth to her backstory as to why she was emotionally distant. It was just given and not fully explored until she decides to overcome it. I also didn’t care for her being so defensive about legitimate criti
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, so the fact that the male lead in this story is Melody's bad date from book one was really funny to me. Also, I loved Esther shredding the science in his screenplay. There were a few laugh out loud moments in this book because I recognized myself so much. I had to read a few passages to my husband because I knew he would find them as amusing as I did. I also love that the heroine has friends. It sounds dumb, but so many romances have a solitary heroine, but so far in this series, the girls ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book if you like brainy, complex, messed up heroines. Read this if you like hipster dudes sans man buns (man buns are the worst). Read this if you like choosy cats. Read this if you like romance. Read this if you like books. Read it.
This one dragged a lot for me in the middle and I didn't like the heroine much and the whole book was her perspective. But the turned herself around and the last bit of the book was cute. ...more
Olga Godim
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I smiled almost the entire time I read this book, or at least the first half of it. My prevalent feelings were humor and recognition. I recognized myself in the heroine, Esther. In the beginning, she appears cold and arrogant, a talented aerodynamic engineer with a mistrust of anything emotional and a disgust for fools. She is afraid to love.
Jonathan, the male protagonist, is a writing student with a writer’s sensitivity and a penchant for deep emotion. He wants to love and trust. Of course, the
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I am so freaking glad I finally made the time to dive into Susannah Nix's Chemistry Lessons series. If you read my review of the first book in the series, Remedial Rocket Science, you know how much I enjoyed it. It got me off to a good start with Susannah's writing and the series, but Intermediate Thermodynamics was a whole other level for me. I loved every little thing about this delightful book. I listened to the audiobook version and I think
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Susannah Nix is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing swoony, relatable romances, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, and watching British mysteries on TV. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.

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