An Exhaustive Proof of Love by Josie Juniper - Full Review

This math-infused novel was fast-paced and fun! If you love women in STEM, enemies to lovers, or a little drama in your comedies, you might want to check this one out. This book probably isn’t for you if you don’t like adult language or steamy scenes. This book taught me some fun things about math and engineering and also that American’s spell the candy as “Toffifay,” which is a piece of knowledge I never saw coming. Now, with that out of the way, let's get into the review!


Characters

Edyth

The main character is a not-so-sweet, definitely-not-old-lady named Edyth who has a passion for mathematics and not nearly enough money in her bank account. She also knows what she wants and isn’t at all afraid to speak her mind, even when she shouldn’t. I love her engagement with the people around her, in that it really fits with her personality. And I love that there are people around her willing to call her out when she’s being, well, Edyth.


Lawson

This boy is the perfectly dressed, well put together, hairdo man of Edyth’s nightmares. Well, maybe no nightmares, but her first interaction with him isn’t ideal as he has an irrationally upset response to not having a hotel room with a view. He’s irritating. And attractive. And it’s irritating that he’s attractive. This engineer and playboy is immediately someone she doesn’t want to like, but there’s more beneath the surface that comes out in the later parts of the books and I just love it. Particularly his relationship with his family and his mother, which I can’t explain because SPOILERS.


The Relationship

I loved their meet cute. Due to Edyth’s aforementioned bank account issues and Lawson’s aforementioned desire for a view, he manages to convince her to switch rooms with him in exchange for his paying for the hotel room and the room service. It’s not a bad deal as she’ll never have to see him again.


We’ve all read a romance novel before. She’s definitely going to see him again. And when she does, I just about died laughing at his expectations of her based on her name, her attire, and the suppositions they have about each other right from the jump. At this point, I knew I was going to need a lot of popcorn while I waited for their story to unfold. The enemies to lovers element was beautifully set up in this one interaction.


I also thought the things that pulled them apart and pushed them together were believable and realistic. From the common acquaintance who seemed a little to good to be true, to Edyth’s best-friend-turned-fake-wife Gigi, to their work-related investigations, I thought their relationship developed quite naturally. And by naturally, I mean, with all the setbacks and messes you would expect from these two spitfires in the same room as one another. I do wish we had seen a bit more of them together, but I thought the author did a good job of keeping them both in focus throughout the story, so that’s more of a personal preference than anything.


What I Struggled With

I was a little disappointed that the title and the idea of a proof of love didn’t play more explicitly into this story, though. The idea of a man working to mathematically prove that love is not a fool’s game is part of what drew me to this story and while the idea did come out, I wish it had played more strongly in the overall story. Maybe one day Lawson will write it for us one day.


And, while I did like the mathematical homage to a textbook or proof on the cover of the book, I do wish it had given me a better idea of what I was getting into, especially when the title already gave me the mathematical vibes. It would have been fun to see some hint of the colourful, bubbly nature of this book right from the front cover.


Overall

This story was full of amazing characters, funny situations, drama, sexy electricity, awkward moments, and twists I didn’t see coming that worked so nicely with the story. I did enjoy this story, and would recommend it to people who are interested in women in STEM, unique and nerdy characters, and romantic comedies with a bit of steam. I really loved the themes in this novel, and my favourite one was this:


Until next time,

Your Romance Reviewer,

Eliza.


 



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