Ascension, Mister Temptation & The Love Hypothesis

Happy Thursday! I hope you’re all having a great week!

I have three reviews for you, and then hopefully I’ll get more up soon. No promises!

When demons threaten London, even ladies must answer the call…

Lord Gabriel Thurston returns home from war to find his fiancée much changed. She’s grown from a sweet girl into a mysterious woman who guards her dark secrets well. When he sees her sneaking away from a ball, he’s convinced it’s for a lover’s rendezvous. Following her to London’s slums, Gabriel watches in horror as his fiancée ruthlessly slays a man.

Lady Belinda Clayton’s only concern was her dress for the next ball—until demons nearly killed her, and a group of Demon Hunters saved her life. Now, a lady by day, and a demon hunter by night, she knows where her duty lies. Ending her betrothal is the best way to protect Gabriel from death at a demon’s hands.

Gabriel soon realizes, like him, Belinda has been fighting for her country. He joins in the fight, determined to show her that their love can endure—even at the gates of Hell.

I went into this book completely blind, so once I got into it I found the whole premise of a historical fiction/romance with a paranormal bent intriguing. It’s not unheard of, but it’s also not something I’ve come across a ton of.

Gabriel returns from war to discover his fiance, Belinda, is much changed. He knows she’s involved in something, and he follows her. He’s very much surprised to watch her kill a man. He doesn’t know at the time that what he really witnessed was her slaying a demon.

The book sucked me in quickly and held my attention for the most part. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Gabriel and Belinda. Gabriel was the perfect mix of protective and supportive.

The Demon Hunter Society and its cast of characters was cool – along with its lack of discrimination, which was so prevalent at the time.

Overall, I really enjoyed it, but felt it could have done with some more editing. But, I’m definitely interested in continuing on with the series. 4 Stars!

They might be the best matchmakers in the city, but they don’t know a thing about love.

When Mia’s business partner dies unexpectedly, she’s shocked to discover their business is deeply in debt to a competitor. Unfortunately, it’s not just any competitor, but none other than Tenor Butler, owner of Bachelor International. Bachelor International is the antithesis of her own agency and Mia vows to do everything to get her company back no matter how attracted to Tenor she is.

Tenor knows all about Mia and he’s delighted to finally have her as one of his employees. He’s certain she’s what his business needs to take it to the next level. But as he gets closer to Mia, he realizes two things: 1) he doesn’t want her as an employee and 2) she hates his guts.

Will this pair of romance experts be able to create their own love story or will they be the only ones without a Happily Ever After?

So this didn’t have the greatest plot or the deepest characters, but I was still sucked in and enjoyed it. For those of you that enjoy a good matchmaker story, though, be forewarned that though both characters are matchmakers, there’s not any focus on them actually doing any matchmaking, which I was a little bummed about.

On the flip side, those of you that enjoy the boss/employee trope, this might be for you because that was definitely what most of this story was based around.
The book could do with a bit of editing, but it didn’t keep me from being able to get into it. And, the story kept me entertained. 4 Stars!

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

First, I have to say that Olive won my heart right from the start. The book starts with her fretting over getting into a graduate program for biology. I might have been a little bit partial here since my oldest son is close to finishing his undergrad in environmental science, and then he’ll be in her shoes.

Seriously, though, I didn’t need that connection to fall for either Olive or the overly serious Dr. Adam Carlsen. This book gave me ALL the warm and fuzzies I could want with a bunch of laugh out loud moments thrown in to make this the perfect rom-com! And it definitely hit all of my geekish buttons for those of you that love a woman in STEM.

I only really wished that I would have had a further glimpse into their future at the end, it left me feeling a little unsatisfied…so maybe I need a sequel. I definitely need more Olive and Adam!! 4.75 Stars!

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While I enjoyed all of these, The Love Hypothesis definitely stands out. I’d have to say that it’s definitely amongst my top faves of the year!

Happy Reading,

Alison

10 thoughts on “Ascension, Mister Temptation & The Love Hypothesis

    • Yes! There is, but I didn’t know it at the time. I’m not sure yet if it will feature Adam and Olive or another couple. I’m thinking another couple after some details I saw on from a booktuber, but I can’t remember what all they said about it at the moment. Goodreads doesn’t have anything but the title yet.

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