4 out of 4 stars
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James O’Malley is a renowned engineer that is well known for his talent, but not his people skills. When his latest assistant, Olivia, steps foot into his office, he finds that she exceeds his standards in both brains and beauty. Olivia, the recent college graduate, knows of O’Malley’s reputation and hopes that she can live up to his standards. They both find what neither of them expected - an intense passionate love. Will they sacrfice their love to complete a critical project on time, or is there perhaps a way for both to thrive?
Calculation of Love by H. Taft is a short yet heartwarming romance between two engineers. It is roughly 45 pages long, which makes it a quick read. Despite its short length, I found that this is one of the more substantial love stories I've read. Too often, romance stories will put characters in a whirlwind romance without first giving the reader a chance to get to know either of them. Fortunately, this is not one of those stories.
What I liked most about the book is that the author manages to flesh out both characters well enough to make the romance meaningful. He quickly establishes both characters' backgrounds, and lets us see a few of their quirks through the other person's eyes. I think it was a great move to have the story told from both James's and Olivia's points of view.
I can't say I disliked anything about the book. I'm not the most romantic person so reading about these characters mooning over each other felt sappy on a couple of occasions. But hey, what else can I expect from a love story?
Although the main goal in the story is for James to design a specialized vehicle for the army, this never plays into the plot except to serve as a deadline to meet. I personally didn't care, but people who are into sci-fi or military thrillers with engineers should keep in mind that romance is the only focus in this story.
I found only one typo in the book, so it looks professionally edited to me. Since it was only one error, I didn't want to take away any stars.
My final rating for this book is 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone who wants to settle down with a short and charming love story that can be finished in an evening or two.
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