The Love Factor by Quinn Ivins

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Author: Quinn Ivins

Description

A smart, opposites-attract, student-professor romance filled with nostalgia, edgy politics, and the forbidden thrills of lesbian love in the nineties.

Molly Cook is almost thirty, with dismal career prospects, and has given up on saving the world. It might be the nineties, and everything’s shoulder pads, Doc Martens, and The X-Files, but people won’t budge on gay rights. Molly decides to give a PhD a whirl but finds herself more interested in campus politics…and her strict and sexy statistics professor.

Professor Carmen Vaughn is stuck in small-town Maryland with smarmy blowhards for colleagues and ungrateful students who can’t handle her high standards. She has no intention of coming out, least of all to Molly, a troublemaking grad student who can’t stop picking fights with the conservative faculty.

But when Molly discovers evidence implicating a homophobic colleague in a scandal, Carmen can’t ignore it—even if the subject hits too close to home. As the two women work together to make their case, they grow closer than Carmen ever imagined. But she absolutely refuses to get involved with a student.

The thing is, as the chemistry builds between them, Molly isn’t sure she wants to be a grad student anymore…if she ever did.

Additional information

Publication Date

July 2020

Formats

epub, mobi, and pdf

Length

75,000 words

Language

English

ISBNs

978-3-96324-378-3 (mobi), 978-3-96324-379-0 (epub), 978-3-96324-380-6 (pdf), …

Publisher

Ylva Publishing

3 reviews for The Love Factor by Quinn Ivins

  1. Karola

    :

    ***free ARC
    Age gap, slow burn, opposites attract, you‘ve got it all in this book. While Molly realizes early that she has feelings for Carmen, Carmen is more occupied with hiding her real self in front of everyone. Until it‘s too late and Molly is gone. But what would be a good book without a happy ending and a second chance? A really good story.

  2. Hsinju C.

    :

    Due to recession and her activist past, Molly Cook decided to pursue a PhD degree in political science. In advanced statistics by Dr. Carmen Vaughn, an aloof professor with incredibly high standards, Molly showed promising performance. When she stumbled upon a scandal of a homophobic faculty member, Molly sought guidance from Carmen. The two began to spend more time working together, and their professional boundaries blurred. But Carmen was closeted and would never get involved with a student. Little did she know, Molly was not entirely sure if she would finish her program, either.

    Set in 1997 and 1998, The Love Factor is an academic intrigue romance with great historical context. As a Millennial-Gen Z hybrid, it was not a time I remembered but definitely lived through. And that heightened the reading enjoyment as I experienced those years with Molly and Carmen.

    I confess I have a weak spot for stories set in academia. Being a grad student and teaching assistant, I immediately connected with Molly, and to some degree, Carmen as well. It goes without saying that teaching a university class is incredibly challenging. I deeply admire both Molly and Carmen for their confidence and strong technical knowledge.

    Molly was very hands on. She truly internalized what she had learned and flawlessly integrated her statistics expertise into things other than coursework. Meanwhile, Carmen was suffocating from the conservative department, struggling between being content with current situations and standing up for what she believed in. Both were strong women in their own ways, and though I tend to have trouble believing in ice queen romances, Ivins’s The Love Factor was very solid. Never once did I question their mutual attraction. Since Molly and Carmen built their relationship from mutual respect and passion for statistics, they made mathematics super sexy. I had an urge to crack open my textbooks and study to be as good as they were.

    Though the sex scene escalated a little fast for me and the scandal was outrageous, I believed in everything Ivins delivered. She did a wonderful job at storytelling. I love how both Molly and Carmen significantly grew as characters, going from being unsure of themselves to flourishing. Also, it was a cute decision to make the scene break notations Molly’s scrunchies.

    If I were to sum up this book in one sentence, it would be “lesbians taking down a sexist homophobe using advanced statistics.” If that does not sound appealing, I don’t know what does. The Love Factor is a perfect romance for nerdy people like me.

    [I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.]

  3. Karen Reno-Cobb

    :

    An age gap/ice queen story set in the late ’90s, just after Ellen came out and President Clinton was lying about Monica Lewinsky, both of which I remember very well. Although the teacher/student relationship is a hot button for some, I enjoy these stories as I lived it myself (41 years going strong). Carmen is not only a grade A ice queen, but she’s an extremely successful, closeted, college professor who is unable to resist falling for her favorite graduate student (who is 30). But is does until Molly has completed her Master’s degree and moved on.

    As a professor whose specialty is Political Science/Statistics, there’s a lot of math going on, which I happen to enjoy. In addition to the love story is an intrigue involving bringing down a colleague who has falsified data for a published study. I found myself unable to put the book down until it resolved, even though I knew it would be.

    A very well-written debut novel (with the exception of two issues with wrong names) and I’ll anxiously await Ms Ivins’s next book.

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