You couldn’t design a better hero than the very eligible and extremely charming Earl Grantham. Unless, of course, you are Margaret Gault, who wants nothing to do with the man who broke her youthful heart.
Widowed and determined, Margaret Gault has returned to Athena’s Retreat and the welcoming arms of her fellow secret scientists with an ambitious plan in mind: to establish England’s first woman-owned engineering firm. But from the moment she sets foot in London her plans are threatened by greedy investors and—at literally every turn—the irritatingly attractive Earl Grantham, a man she can never forgive.
George Willis, the Earl Grantham, is thrilled that the woman he has loved since childhood has returned to London. Not as thrilling, however, is her decision to undertake an engineering commission from his political archnemesis. When Margaret’s future and Grantham’s parliamentary reforms come into conflict, Grantham must use every ounce of charm he possesses—along with his stunning good looks and flawless physique, of course—to win Margaret over to his cause.
Facing obstacles seemingly too large to dismantle, will Grantham and Margaret remain forever disconnected or can they find a way to bridge their differences, rekindle the passion of their youth, and construct a love built to last?
About the Author
Elizabeth Everett lives in upstate New York with her family. She likes going for long walks or (very) short runs to nearby sites that figure prominently in the history of civil rights and women's suffrage. Her series is inspired by her admiration for rule breakers and belief in the power of love to change the world.
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Praise for Elizabeth Everett
“Dazzling. Love By Design is full of heart, brains, and white-hot sizzle.”—Lynn Painter, author of Mr. Wrong Number
"Fizzy, engrossing romance...a whole-hearted celebration of women who choose to live gleefully outside the bounds of patriarchy's limitations."—Entertainment Weekly on A Lady’s Formula for Love
“Smart is the new sexy, and Elizabeth Everett does both better than anyone else!”—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
"A delightful romp."—PopSugar on A Lady’s Formula for Love
"Explosive chemistry, a heroine who loves her science, and lines that made me laugh out loud—this witty debut delivered, and I'd like the next installment now, please."—Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author on A Lady’s Formula for Love
"Sparkling, smart, moving, original–just delightful from start to finish."—Julie Ann Long, USA Today bestselling author on A Perfect Equation
"Splendidly entertaining...detonates with an ingeniously orchestrated display of wit and whimsy that dazzlingly celebrates the importance of both STEM research and love in a lady’s life."—Booklist, starred review on A Perfect Equation
"A must-read for those looking for STEM romances."—Library Journal, starred review on A Love by Design
“A second-chance, friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance that imagines smashing the patriarchy…Fans of Lisa Kleypas will also appreciate glimpses of the tropes she's popularized in the Victorian historical romance genre, including “hurt/comfort,” fused with a sequence reminiscent of the scene in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility in which Alan Rickman’s Brandon carries Kate Winslet’s Marianne home.” —Kirkus Review, starred review on A Love by Design
"No one does a better job at making science sexy than Everett, and the latest artfully engineered addition to her Secret Scientists of London series is another triumph of emotional vulnerability and sizzling sexual chemistry. Built upon a solid foundation of engaging characterization and innovative plotting, this clever historical romance is deftly embellished with delightfully droll humor."—Booklist, starred review on A Love by Design
“It’s easy to sympathize with brainy Maggie and her quest for independence, and George proves to be a hero worthy of her. The fight for women’s rights is front and center, giving heft to this otherwise lighthearted romance.”—BookPage, starred review on A Love by Design
“I’ve always loved Everett’s Secret Scientists of London series — historical romances that revolve around the early women of STEM and the men who are either bowled over by their smarts or self-preserving enough to get out of their goddamn way and let them do their thing.”—Paste Magazine
“With its engaging plot, memorable characters, spicy love scenes, and a bromance for the ages, A Love by Design is one book no romance lover should miss. Highly recommended.”—Historical Novel Society