Beautiful cover, NYT Best Selling author I had not heard of before, and the book was being offered for $0.99 during COVID. Yep, I snapped it up and finally got around to reading it.
The book is spectacular!
It is the second in the series, but it totally stands alone. Wouldn’t have even known it was the second in a series if it hadn’t said so.
The dialogue is sharp and witty. Seriously. It made me grin and even laugh out loud a few times. The sass, I loved the sass. So well done!
The characters, all of them, are terrific. Real. Quirky. Fun. And no one is too stupid to live. As a matter-of-fact, the heroine is literally brilliant. And it shows. Her friends are brilliant, too.
The plot is standard Regency fare, which is fine and what I was searching for amid the fear of a pandemic and everything else going on. I was not looking for a ride down a waterfall, but a nice float down a river. I more than got it. Best of all, the plot was real all the way through, and without filler.
The research that went into this book is stellar. You can tell the author understood the subject, and loved how the heroine saw the whole world through the eyes of a chemist. It was perfect!
I picked up two more books by this author. That says how much I liked this one.