I haven’t been able to ‘get’ into any big books lately. My mind has been constantly bombarded by family drama, work drama, and society drama. Every time I’ve tried to sink into a nice big book and get lost I’ve had to set it down and it feels like weeks later before I can pick it up again. But I was flying and at the airport early and wanted something to read that wasn’t attached to a screen. Enter this enchanting little anthology.
Three novellas in one package. Longer than short stories, not complete books, and yet all perfectly complete. All of the stories are told about women in STEM, all the women have unique interests, characteristics and descriptions. Each character felt complete and whole and the editing is razor sharp not letting anything superfluous add to the word count. All of the stories are those classic meet-cute set ups and as romances you know exactly where they are going to end up, and yet, the author still manages to write tension into the stories just enough to make you second guess up until the last second. The novellas are also chalk full of jargon, lingo, and just enough science to make you feel they are written by someone who knows their stuff or at least did a good amount of research.
The first novella is about an environmental scientist who moves to DC for her dream job and ends up with a roommate from hell.
The second is an environmental architect who becomes smitten with a guy… who ends up being a potential corporate spy and saboteur.
The third is about a NASA scientist who falls for a guy who ends up almost derailing her project. (This is the only one I looked side-eyed at and felt was a bit too mansplaining- he saved her but had a good reason nonsense found in so many romance novels)
I’ve never read the author before but I will absolutely look for more of her work.
If you are interested in romance novels, short and sweet and easy to read and don’t demand too much, this is an excellent