Series: The Secret Scientist of London #2
Genres: Historical Fiction
Setting: London, UK
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki
Also by this author: A Lady's Formula for Love
How do you solve the Perfect Equation? Add one sharp-tongued mathematician to an aloof, handsome nobleman. Divide by conflicting loyalties and multiply by a daring group of women hell-bent on conducting their scientific experiments. The solution is a romance that will break every rule.
Six years ago, Miss Letitia Fenley made a mistake, and she’s lived with the consequences ever since. Readying herself to compete for the prestigious Rosewood Prize for Mathematics, she is suddenly asked to take on another responsibility—managing Athena’s Retreat, a secret haven for England’s women scientists. Having spent the last six years on her own, Letty doesn’t want the offers of friendship from other club members and certainly doesn’t need any help from the insufferably attractive Lord Greycliff.
Lord William Hughes, the Viscount Greycliff cannot afford to make any mistakes. His lifelong dream of becoming the director of a powerful clandestine agency is within his grasp. Tasked with helping Letty safeguard Athena’s Retreat, Grey is positive that he can control the antics of the various scientists as well as manage the tiny mathematician—despite their historic animosity and simmering tension.
As Grey and Letty are forced to work together, their mutual dislike turns to admiration and eventually to something... magnetic. When faced with the possibility that Athena’s Retreat will close forever, they must make a choice. Will Grey turn down a chance to change history, or can Letty get to the root of the problem and prove that love is the ultimate answer?
A Perfect Equation is perfect follow up to A Lady’s Formula for Love! Book 1 was one of my very few 5 star reads of 2021, and A Perfect Equation is my first 5 star of 2022. Lettie and Grey were just perfection.
Lettie is one of the women scientists at Athena’s retreat, and her focus is really more mathematics. She is brilliant and driven, and after having her heart broken in the past, not interested in men at all. Grey has spent his life in the shadows and once savagely put Lettie “into her place”. So, these two have history for sure, and now they are left to keep Athena’s Retreat running in Violet’s absence.
Lettie is a beautiful mix of fierce and independent with a dash of naivety. It is impossible not to root for her! I loved Grey in book 1, but after finding out about his past with Lettie, I was less thrilled with him. But, Everett really redeems him beautifully and I just wanted these two to be blissfully happy!
A Perfect Equation is delightful and a must read for those who like their historical romances to have unique, quirky heroines. I cannot say enough good things about this book!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: none
- Trope: enemies to lovers, opposites attract, forced proximity
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
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- HEA: View Spoiler »