By: Beth Fantaskey
Published: May 3, 2010
Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.
Jill Jekel is a shy, glasses wearing (I only mention this because you hardly ever hear of an MC who wears glasses), smart girl who seems invisible to the rest of her classmates. It seems like the only time they speak to her is when they want her help in chemistry, where she excels. I liked Jill at the beginning, but she definitely needed some back bone, which is why I found myself liking her more when she drank the formula and unleashed her inner bad girl. I especially liked when she told off a jerky football player type who had always given her a hard time, referring to his *clears throat* "private manly parts" as being too small. It was hilarious. Funny enough, even, for me to read it out loud to my hubster. Of course throughout the book this is mentioned a couple more times through the dialog between her and the football player who seems bent on proving her wrong about his size. LOL
Now lets move on to Tristen. Ahhhhh Tristen, the tormented boy who believes he's a killer, and is oh-so-smexy, who wouldn't be attracted to that? ;) I enjoyed the chapters through his points of view, because he's confident and has a darker side than Jill. He really pulled me in and had me flipping through this book like mad.
This was a good one for me, it had it's slow moments but the alternating egos made up for those scenes. Read this one if you are into urban fantasy with heavy romance and a little chemistry lesson sprinkled in.