Series: The Secret Scientists of London #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Setting: London, England
Source: ARC, NetGalley
What is a Victorian lady's formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry—it's elemental.
Lady Violet Hughes is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England's most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.
Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally.
When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet's laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test—and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart.
A Lady’s Formula for Love utterly stole my heart! Violet was the most charming heroine I have read in a long time. A widow whose husband had crushed her spirit, she is now a haven for others seeking shelter and support. Arthur is a bodyguard with a heap of self inflicted guilt who helps Violet find her own comfort.
Violet is brilliant and has created a special place for other women who are brilliant and innovative. Athena’s retreat is her special project. However, she is also tasked with coming up with an antidote for a terrible new chemical weapon that has placed her and Athena’s Retreat in danger. Enter Arthur: bodyguard extraordinaire! Arthur is solemn and withdrawn; he is also ready to retire but agrees to take on a final job for a friend.
Arthur has trouble opening up and getting to know people due to a terrible event in his past. Violet cares so deeply for others, she can’t help but try to understand them. There is lots of chemistry between these two and I loved it. Their stolen moments gave me butterflies. What I adored most is what Arthur gives Violet: a safe space. Violet has done so much for others, but she herself has been beaten down and diminished. Arthur begins to help her repair her self image and confidence. It’s simply beautiful.
I really can’t express how touching A Lady’s Formula for Love was to me. I cried several times because I was so moved. I adored Violet and Arthur and will forever want more of them.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: yes! Tears for Violets past, tears for Violet and Arthur’s love
- Trope: bodyguard
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Violet was verbally abused by her husband before he died; another character is disavowed by his family for being transexual « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: standalone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, but I would have loved an epilogue! « Hide Spoiler