Book Review: A Perfect Equation
I was excited to receive an ARC from NetGalley of A Perfect Equation (The Secret Scientists of London Book 2) by Elizabeth Everett. Victorian era enemies to lovers with independent and intelligent female MC? Sign me up!
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
Available February 15th 2022 by Berkley Books AMAZON
“Love stories are the oldest and best stories we have.” So true, Letty.
The Perfect Equation is fast paced from page one, and I immediately wanted to know Letty and Grey’s backstory. Even after that mystery was explained, I was still turning the pages.
There’s a lot of humor here, especially from the snarky unspoken thoughts of our main characters. I’m a sucker for clever banter between the love interests. But balanced with the sarcasm and wit is a depth of feeling in both Grey and Letty. The story balances grief and resentment and disorientation with strong character arcs and romance with a lot of chemistry, no pun intended.
I enjoy historicals that explore women’s roles and their challenges to assert themselves in a framework that keeps them in a prescribed place. All of the women in Athena’s Retreat face that struggle to pursue their talents and be taken seriously and, as a supporting character says, of “mastering the art of being an unwomanly woman, who is just womanly enough.”
But the fight for equal rights and a room of one’s own never overpowers the love story or Grey and Letty’s personal arcs. This book is about moving on from your past, finding your place, and maybe not having to be alone while you do.
This is the second in a series, but you’re caught up quickly if you haven’t read the first one. I intend to go back and read Arthur and Violet’s story. Women in STEM for the win, plus it’s great to see a diverse cast of characters Athena’s retreat.
The Perfect Equation is intelligent, emotional, and sexy, just like its main characters, and I’m eager for the next installment of the Secret Scientists of London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Content note: secondary character miscarriage, off page.
I received a ARC copy from NetGalley. Anyone else fans of victorian-era historicals?