I'll start off by admitting that I didn't think mathematicians could be so sexy. I was a little worried when I found out Camden's main thing besides solving the murder was figuring out some math theory (is my prejudice against math showing yet?). I didn't see how that could be interesting. But it was. Because A) the author thankfully didn't go into too much detail about the math, and B) she wrote about Camden's quest to solve the math problem with so much wit and humor that I forgot to be bored.
But enough about the math. Camden was a highly likeable hero. He's logical and straightforward and doesn't play any games. Which is exactly what Sophia needs, coming from her abusive husband. I really enjoyed Sophia. I'm always a little wary of abused heroines, but I think Anna Randol pulls it off pretty well. And what I liked most was that Sophia finds her footing and her strength by herself. Camden doesn't do it for her. I mean, yes, he provides some reassurance, but Sophia's growing bravery is all her own. I also appreciated that Sophia's healing process is just that--a process. It takes time for her to come into her own, which made the whole thing feel more believable.
The mystery of who killed Sophia's husband wasn't that deep and was maybe a little too easily resolved, but I guess that's to be expected since this is mainly a romance, not a full-out mystery, and a short novella at that. I guess there wasn't really time to make the mystery too complex since the time had to be spent making the romance believable. And really, I would've been totally okay with this novella being a full-length book. It's really good as is, but I wouldn't have minded getting more time to get to know the characters and their pasts.
Oh, and just as a random head's up--in the Kindle version of this novella, the story ends at 70%. The rest is excerpts from the author's other books. I didn't realize that when I started reading it, so I was a little confused about why all the development was taking place so early in the story. Turns out it wasn't early, I was just misinformed about how long the story actually was.
But overall, a great story with great characters. It was funny too. I love it when books manage to be witty on top of everything else. I'm definitely looking forward to Randol's next book.