Call it Chemistry by D.J. Van Oss – Review

Posted August 28, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Call it Chemistry by D.J. Van Oss – Review

Call It Chemistry: A Golden Grove Series Small Town Sweet Romance

by D.J. Van Oss

Series: Golden Grove #1
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Publication Date March 1st 2017
Genres: Clean Romance, Romance
Pages: 324


If you love clean romances, don't miss this sweet and sunny read! Is it ever too late for second chances?

Peter Clark had always planned on a prestigious career in chemical engineering. That is, before he lost his dad. Now here he is, still stuck in the small riverside town of Golden Grove, teaching chemistry at his old high school. The last thing he expected was seeing his childhood crush Katie back in town for a few days. A few days he finds himself hoping will turn into weeks.

Kate Brady never thought she'd set foot in her hometown of Golden Grove again. After all, it was the scene of the biggest embarrassment of her life, back when she was "Katie Braces", the art nerd. But if she's going to climb the ladder at her demanding graphic design company she has to take on a re-branding job for Nitrovex, the big (and boring) chemical plant on the outskirts of town. And to do that, she's going to need the help of Peter the chemistry teacher, the guy she's never gotten over.

Will Kate be able to get the job done while enduring these heart-thumping distractions from Peter? And will Peter leave Golden Grove for greener pastures or take a chance on finding love with the girl he once let get away?

Also in this series: Write By Your Side

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This was a fun, sweet story of lost love and learning forgiveness.  It was also the story of making assumptions and the bad results that occur.

The characters were well developed.  Carol and Lucius were great supporting characters who were quite funny.  Their meddling with Peter and Kate’s (lack of) relationship was quite funny, especially the bumbling they did as they tried to manipulate Peter and Kate into “bumping” into each other.

Without going into details that would give away the story, I think my favorite line was near the end of the book where Kate mentioned calf exercises.  I won’t say more.  Read the story to see what I’m talking about.  You won’t regret it.

Though the story isn’t written for young adults specifically, it is super clean and there is nothing inappropriate in it.


About D.J. Van Oss

DJ Van Oss Author

D. J. Van Oss writes sweet and sunny romantic comedies with an emphasis on second chances; kind of like the book version of finding an extra pack of icing for your cinnamon roll. He’s also the author of five humor books under the name Dan Van Oss.
When not writing you can find him working in the yard, walking the dog, or staying up too late watching BBC mysteries while eating honey peanut butter straight out of the jar.
He lives in the country suburbs of Iowa with his wife and three step-daughters. His writing partner is Jack, a pretty-boy golden retriever who grunts when you rub his ears.

Facts about D.J. Van Oss

  • I played keyboards at a World Series MVP’s wedding.
  • I once owned a 1939 Chevy. (I like old cars.)
  • I also design book covers at
  • I recorded a CD of piano solos called “Bedtime Piano”.
  • Growing up I had pet hermit crabs, gerbils, and newts, all of which got out of their cages.
  • I’ve lived in all three cities that have a “Tulip Time”. (Pella, IA, Holland, MI, Orange City, IA.)

Why He Writes What He Does

I’ve always loved old romantic comedy movies with Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and the like. The comic timing was perfect, the scenes a little crazy but so well put together, and all without having to go beyond a G rating. I feel there is still a desire for those kinds of quality but clean stories, so that’s what I try to write.

Favorite Book or Character?

It’s always the latest book, isn’t it? ? But I do feel that Write By Your Side flowed the best for me, probably because it features two writers and is set in the fictional Iowa town of Golden Grove. Lot’s of chances for small town flavor.

My Notes

I have read everything that D.J. Van Oss has published so far.  His books are consistently very good with a sense of fun and humor sprinkled in (as you can tell from reading what he has in his bio).  I can strongly recommend that you give his books a read.

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