The Love Solution by Ashley Croft
A book set (partly) in a biochem lab – I’m up for that.
Molly and Sarah are sisters. Molly is a scientist, working on a thing that can help two people fall in love (possibly). Sarah is a jewellery maker who makes tiaras, who has just found out she’s pregnant.
There are two romances in the story. Molly and her grumpy boss Ewan … and Sarah with her love triangle. Molly is a little prickly, but I liked her scenes. Ewan running hot and cold on her was frustrating, but understandable because of what had happened to him before.
Sarah’s story was a bit more difficult, not least because she tries to persuade Molly to take a huge risk with her career and basically do something unethical (this aspect is discussed quite a lot, which was good). Her plot arc with Liam was lovely. In fact, Liam was adorable.
This is a story about sisters, a bit of romance, quite a lot of riding about on a tandem. All in all a nice, light summer read. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC
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Beginner's Luck by Kate Clayborn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I kept hearing about this book and how it had really good representation of a scientist heroine. I'm so glad I picked it up.
Kit is a material scientist, who is happy with where she is, especially as a lottery win allows her to do the thing that she's always wanted to do and put down roots.
Ben has been sent to recruit Kit to a large private organisation. If she accepts, she would have to move.
I loved that both characters had issues and that the conflict between them was tied so deeply to those issues. I also liked the relatively slow burn of their relationship. Ben is a nice guy hero (I LOVE a nice guy hero!). Kit was firm in her convictions. I how they both had to compromise to get to a place where they could be together.
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Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As you know, I’m a big fan of STEM heroines in romance novels so long as they are realistic. By realistic, I mean not a cliche.
Melody is not a cliche. She’s a bit socially awkward, but not overly so. She is really, really good at what she does (computer science), but is in a realistic ‘starter’ job where she’s doing boring things, but hey, it pays well. I loved her voice. It was fresh and interesting without trying too hard.
Melody meets Jeremy in a college bar, quite by chance and they have a one night stand. She later finds out that he’s a rich playboy and not altogether trustworthy in matters of the heart, but she didn’t know that at the time. When she moves to LA for her new job, she meets up with him again and also meets his girlfriend Lacey.
The friendship between Melody and Lacey is lovely. The friendship-which-could-be-something-more between Melody and Jeremy is lovelier.
There’s no on-page sex, which I really liked. Also, I love the covers… and the titles.
Overall, I think I’ve found a new author whose books I love. Yay!
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UK Remedial Rocket Science: A Romantic Comedy (Chemistry Lessons Book 1)
US Remedial Rocket Science: A Romantic Comedy (Chemistry Lessons Book 1)