I picked the first one up on a whim and before I'd even finished it, I hurried to purchase books two and three. These books hit *all* my buttons. The heroines are smart, career-focused women with a healthy appreciation for various types of pop culture. They're not perfect, and the prickly Esther in particular, the main character in Intermediate Thermodynamics, is downright exasperating at times. But these characters feel so real, and they are the kind of nuanced, smart female characters I long for every time I pick up a book, turn on the TV, go to the movies, or fire up a video game.
As someone who's struggled with weight and body image issues, I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate Penny, the main character in Advanced Physical Chemistry. I wanted to cry when I read Nix's description of how Penny eats well and exercises, and is naturally a size 16. I could write an entire essay about how much I relate to that.
Not only are these ladies marvelous, their male love interests are *exactly* the kinds of male characters calibrated to make me swoon. Jeremy, the love interest in Remedial Rocket Science, has some alpha male characteristics--at least at first glance. But then he grows and develops throughout the book. Every male love interest in these books not only lusts after the female main characters, they admire and are fascinated by them, and they are *kind*. One of the things that really turns me off about so many romances and rom-coms is when the female characters are saddled with either jerky manboys who need their women to make them grow up or when the alpha male needs to assert his dominance over his woman, treating her in downright abusive ways as their "love" story develops. Those tropes are blissfully 100% absent from these books. And, trust me, these very nice, sweet, and caring men are SUPER sexy.
I do wish the books were available wide for my non-Kindle readers, but the upside is that they're free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Please, please read them so you can come back here and gush with me about how fantastic they are.