A Lady’s Formula for Love
Author: Elizabeth Everett
What I’m Talking About:
A Lady’s Formula for Love is overall fiercely modern, engaging, and wonderfully witty. Not unlike Bridgerton in the romance and self discovery areas of the story, it was fun to read about women skirting the ton, busying themselves with things they weren’t supposed to be doing, breaking rules, and making discoveries that would change the world even if they didn’t receive proper credit for the discoveries.
Violet is bright in every sense of the word and shares the brightness with the entire cast of characters, often at her own expense, ultimately learning to put aside social expectations in order to truly embrace who she is and what she wants in life. Arthur is the brooding bodyguard who must learn to let his guard down in order to truly live life and love another.
Although the book was almost painfully slow to start and felt a bit too scientific in some areas it finished strong with a well-played O’Henry twist. The characters are bright, colorful, and anything but traditional which was a nice change from the traditional historical romance.
The chemistry between Violet and Arthur is palpable from the moment they meet and continues to build the entire novel. The dialogue is well written, and the setting is interesting if not overly dramatic or diverse. Overall, if you enjoy science, women beating the odds, or Bridgerton, I think you’ll enjoy A Lady’s Formula for Love.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
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 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.
Release Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Series: The Secret Scientists of London #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (336 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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