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    A charming story of chemistry and unrequited love

    A story of two sisters fighting the memory of unimaginable loss with the present day’s complexities of unrequited love. The first third of this story really captured my attention. It’s not often women in science are primarily featured in a book and I felt a kinship with Molly. Her career in biochemistry and pheromones brought back fond memories of my own time at uni studying biochemistry and neuroscience. The enthusiasm she had for her ‘Love Bug’ science project, the reason for the aptly chosen title, was endearing. I couldn’t help but support her attempts to gain the attention and affection of the man she secretly loved! Despite my love of Molly, this book was hard for me to rate. There were a lot of things I liked and equally disliked about this that left my overall rating somewhere in the middle. I adored the science representation in the book, as well as the premise of two nerdy characters (Molly and Ewan) slowly falling in love. What brought this book down though, was Molly’s sister Sarah. Her story-line, which was half of the book, was very annoying to read. Her constant indecisiveness became frustrating half-way through the book. If this book had been solely about Molly and Ewan I would have rated it much higher. Regardless of this, it was still a sweet book that I think many readers would enjoy. CHARACTERS Molly – Easily my favourite character. She was kind, independent and career-driven. Her unrequited love for Ewan pulled at my heart-strings. While unrequited love is never easy, the constant mixed signals form Ewan really toyed with her emotions. She deserved someone willing to be proud of her on their arm, not neglecting their emotions due to the opinions of others. In addition to this, The unrequited affection in their personal lives played an interesting parallel to the nature of their research in to a chemical compound that would effectively create the illusion of love. The temptation of using it would be hard for some people to ignore, when in a similar predicament. Molly put a lot of effort in to being a good sister and helping Sarah out of her latest dramas. She definitely deserved a good HEA after all of that emotional turmoil. Ewan – was a character I never fully understood. His actions were so hot and cold toward Molly and were quite confusing throughout the book. That poor woman! She didn’t know which way was up in their relationship (or lack thereof). Despite this, he was a genuinely nice and unexpectedly hilarious guy when he finally started opening up. Sarah – The most indecisive woman on earth. Her inability to make any decision for the entire second half of the book really took away my patience. I really felt for her in the beginning. She had been dealt an awful hand in life and had really gone above and beyond to look after her sister. Her compromising nature to put others before herself was heartening to read about. I couldn’t help but want her to finally have everything she had missed out on. When presented with these opportunities though… she refused them. And then complained about it. It just… frustrated me. To say the least. In spite of this, I still have respect for all that she sacrificed in her life. Perhaps a life of constantly compromising would lend itself to a future of indecision and guilt at the idea of finally putting herself first. Liam – The most patient man in the world. He really had to put up with a lot of hot and cold action from Sarah. In spite of Sarah’s hormonal tendencies, he was such a sweetheart. Maybe this was the reason I disliked Sarah so much. She had an absolute gem of a guy waiting around for her and she kept being obsessed with her cheating ex! He really deserved better, in my opinion. Overall, this book had some highly enjoyable moments mixed in with a few lacklustre ones. The writing was done well and I particularly enjoyed the colloquial English terms used in this. It really painted a vivid image of the characters and their backgrounds. If you’re a reader that is sympathetic for indecisive, introspective characters then I think you’d really enjoy this book.
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    one plus one equals everything

    The Love Solution by Ashley Croft a five-star read that gives the correct answer to the love equation where one plus one equals everything. This was so great; it was a little slow at times but overall so good and funny. I was laughing and sometimes laughing so hard I was crying. I went into this thinking it was going to be a certain type of story and it became so much more. Sarah and Molly go together like Ben and Jerry but they are vastly different, it could be because of what they have faced in life and how the dealt with it differently, taking different roles in the relationship. Watching them as they face this new life and the challenges in it are complex and full of drama. Watching Molly and Ewan get to grips with the ride of their lives is just amazing and watching Sarah as she comes to terms with changes in her life will make your heart break but also watching her as she goes through those changes will also make your heart grow.
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    What a fun book!

    What a fun book! I am a huge fan of British romantic comedy books and this was well worth the read! Molly and Sarah both had quite interesting stories. But, as a scientist myself, I confess to enjoying Molly's story a bit more. I don't want to give too much away about the premise of the book, but following a few months of the sisters' lives make for a fun and interesting book. I learned a lot about tandem bicycles and tiara making! There is one loose end that I would have liked tied up, but that's my only quibble with this pleasant book. Thank you to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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