If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll know I'm a big fan of historical romances. I'm always on the hunt for more to devour, so big thanks to the publisher for having me as part of the blog tour for A Perfect Equation by Elizabeth Everett!
|Pub Date: 2-15-22|
Adult - Historical Romance
For the past six years, Letty Fenley has been shunned by most in high society, but she's found her place among the other women scientists at Athena's Retreat. All Letty wants to do is focus her time preparing for the prestigious Rosewood Prize for Mathematics, but is roped into managing the Retreat while her friend Violet is away. Despite wanting to help her friend, Letty has no desire to oversee the comings and goings of the other club members and she definitely doesn't want to work alongside the insufferably handsome Lord Greycliff.Lord William Hughes, the Viscount Greycliff is so close to securing the position of his dreams. He's spent years training to become the director of a powerful clandestine agency, but there's one blemish against him: Athena's Retreat. Grey promised his stepmother he'd help Letty run the Retreat despite their mutual animosity, but with his career in the balance, Grey is being pressured into shutting it down for good. Grey knows he should close the Retreat, but the more time he spends with these brilliant women, especially Letty, the more he can't bring himself to tear away the one place they can fully be themselves. Will Grey walk away from the opportunity of a lifetime, or can Letty solve the problem and prove that love and brains always persevere?
I have to admit I wasn't a fan of the first book in this series, but I'm glad I gave it another try. I ended up liking this one way more. I thought Letty's storyline was more compelling, and I liked her dynamic with Grey. There's this history between them that led them to hate one another, and you can't help but want to know more. Is it a silly reason once you find out? Yes, but I can look past that. They had great banter and weren't afraid to give as good as they got. Like in the first book, I thought the pacing of the relationship was a little off as it felt like it started and stopped quite a bit, but I did think the chemistry worked better. Also, there were moments where the plot felt clunky and didn't flow as smoothly as I'd like. While this is a companion novel, there are a lot of references to the first book, so it might be helpful to read that before going into this. Overall, I thought it was an improvement and I'd recommend if you're a fan of the genre.