Tara September: Blinded Me With Science

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Blinded Me With Science. I’m sharing an extract from the book with thanks to Rachel Gilbey for inviting me on the blog tour and to the publisher for providing the extract.


Opposites attract like a magnet to steel, or in this case, Emerson to Steel

Emerson Powers has been so focused on obtaining her science degree that she’s neglected the more social aspects of college life. With the new start of her junior year, she’s determined to fix that with a real hands-on lesson in biology. The assignment is simple enough—teach the rock star’s son how to be good, while he shows her how to be very bad. Two objectives, one outcome … will the lesson be love or heartbreak?

Steel is no longer the bad boy Emerson knew from prep school, and he’s set to prove it by helping Emerson complete her secret list of desired college experiences. And if he can convince her that they are meant to be together along the way, even better!

While teaming up on experiments, both in and out of the classroom, Emerson discovers a new side to Steel. Leaving her to question everything she thought she knew. Still, is it enough to forgive the past or just mere chemistry?

*This story originally appeared in the bestselling anthology Kiss & Tell.*


Emerson is totally absorbed by her pursuit of a degree in science — to the detriment of her social life. But on the first day of her Junior year of college, Emerson decides to take action… 


I must, I repeat, must make the most of a new school year and thus, new start. But my time spent as a social outcast and being sheltered by my parents did not prepare me for the true life of a college student. I can see that now as clearly as glowing phosphorus. 

Flipping through my notebook to an open page near the back, I make a list of experiences to finally check off before the next summer break. This way, I can nod in agreement when someone wistfully informs me these are the best years of my life. 

With a purple pen, I write down: “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” I smile seeing my geeky headline for this new list. Potterhead for life, baby! Yikes, I might need to tone down my fandom love if I’m going to accomplish any of these goals though. 

1.    Do something stupid (does this list count?)

2.    Execute an epic prank (nothing mean!)

3.    Go clubbing (fake ID or wait till December?) 

4.    Attend a party on Greek row (invite needed?)

5.    Get drunk (safely though.) 

6.    Hookup 

7.    Make love Have sex

I could keep going, but seven is a lucky number and I’ll need some luck to, you know, get lucky. Seven is also an indivisible prime number, but I don’t suppose that helps at all. Seven planets. Seven days in a week. Oh, and seven is the limit to the amount of information we can process and remember at one time. It’s perfect! I reread my list, committing it to memory.

I feel better simply putting pen to paper and seeing my inner desires written out. After all, the first step to any action is planning, right? Besides, there hasn’t been a list yet that I haven’t completed … eventually, and I have one hundred seventy days to do it. I got this.  

The creak of the classroom door opening has me slamming my notebook shut. A tall and buff, sandy-haired guy enters, and I can’t help but stare. Enlisting the help of a frat brother like this specimen seems like the easiest solution to my list. He could probably help me cross off several experiences right off the bat, particularly the last four. And OMG, he looks perfect, but so does the girl on his arm. The couple head toward the very back row and proceed to make out. And why not? It’s not like they even noticed my presence. 

I sag in my chair. Right. The only way I can hang with a guy like that is if I tutor him in exchange or something. And how would that conversation even go? “Excuse me, I’ll help you get an A if you give me the D.” I cover my mouth to keep from laughing at my own joke but am still giggling inside. God, if only I had the balls to propose something like that.


Blinded Me With Science is available from Amazon.

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