Full disclosure, I picked up the first book in this series last year after having pre ordered the book and eagerly waited for it to come, only to be horribly disappointed. I didn’t finish the first book and felt incredibly sad about that. By all accounts this series should be right up my alley. I had majorly high hopes for the first book in the series. There wasn’t anything that really stood out as ‘bad enough to make me DNF’ but it just wasn’t holding my attention and I just didn’t know why.
So why am I featuring this second book if I didn’t even like or finish the first book in the series? Because I believe in redemption. I have to take into consideration that not every book is for me, but this series should have been something I loved! I thought back to the time I read the first book and I wonder if I just wasn’t in the mood for a romance or if I just wasn’t in the mood for that kind of romance? The first book felt like a Victorian version of The Bodyguard movie to me and I just didn’t like it, it’s not really my troupe. But I do like the enemies to lovers troupe so much, which is why I want to give this series another go.
While I couldn’t work it into my review schedule, I ordered the book and am eager to dive into this one and see if I like this romance better than the first book. Sometimes a series is like that for me. I didn’t like the Bridgerton books when I read The Duke and I but I ended up loving the others in the series so I think it’s entirely possible to not like one book in a series but love the others. I will be sure to share my review of this one when I finish the book but in the mean time, I know this series has gained quite a big fan base since the first book released and since it’s the ‘month of love’ why not check it out and see if you find something to love in this one!
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? (summary from Goodreads)