by Susannah Nix
Publication Date May 18, 2021
Published by Haver Street Press
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Fiction / Women
Mia has had her whole life mapped out since she was 18. She’s supposed to follow up her math PhD with a research postdoc, but her 20-year tenure plan takes a surprise deviation when she’s forced to settle for a temporary teaching job at a small-town university.
It’s not easy adapting to rural life when you’re an inveterate city girl, but Mia tries to make the best of it until she can get the heck out of Podunk—er, Crowder, Texas. Things finally start to look up after a run-in with some terrifying local wildlife sends her careening into the arms of a sexy goat farmer/cheesemaker.
Mia finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Josh’s gruff cowboy charms, especially after she learns what lies behind the thick walls he’s built around his heart. The deeper their connection grows, the more Crowder starts to feel like home.
But Mia can’t afford to stay. Not unless she’s willing to give up on her dream—or trade it in for a new one.
ELEMENTARY ROMANTIC CALCULUS is a full-length standalone novel and the sixth book in the Chemistry Lessons series of contemporary romances featuring STEM heroines. Each book in the series focuses on a brand new couple with their own happily ever after and can be read in any order.
Elementary Romantic Calculus by Susannah Nix is the sixth book in her Chemistry Lessons series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I’ve read the first three books in the series but missed a couple before this one came out that I will have to go back and read soon.
Mia has known what she wants in life since she was a young girl, and she has a plan to get there. However, when her plans change and she’s forced to take a college teaching job in Crowder, Texas, this city girl decides it is just a small detour and she’ll be back in the city and back on her plan in no time.
But, she doesn’t expect to enjoy the town, her job, and her landlady’s goat farming nephew as much as she does. Teaching math classes in a small university is much more rewarding than she expected. Plus she’s getting too involved with the goat farmer and his aunt and sister. But, she only has a year in this Texas town, and then she’s off to bigger things.
I enjoyed this latest installment in Susannah Nix’s Chemistry Series featuring STEM heroines. I enjoy a smart, intelligent heroine in my stories, and this series is a good one. In this book, Mia is a mathematician and she is pretty intelligent but lacks some social cues. I was drawn into this book immediately as the action started right at the beginning of the story. The pacing throughout the book is very good.
This is a perfect small-town romance with a broody goat farmer and cute goats too! Josh, the goat farmer, is a well-drawn character and has good reason for his moodiness and seclusion. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a small-town romance with an intelligent heroine. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.