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The Potion

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A secret formula. A mysterious blue potion. A determined woman.
In the tradition of mad scientists, Vera Kennedy will stop at nothing to create the elixir that will give women the power to live according to their own desires.
But when Georgette Harris comes to her with a plea for help in finding the key that could rescue her from destitution, Vera is pleasantly distracted. T
Published April 24th 2018 by Dirt Road Books
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Lex Kent
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. This was a quite the interesting read. I have never read Emanuelle before, though I have one of her vamp books. I liked her writing and her ideas. This story is different, and I’m always a fan of different. I guess the best way to describe this would be Victorian romantic mystery.

The story is about two women, whose scientist husbands have died. While one woman is trying to become a better scientist than her husband was, the other woman is just trying to survive. When it comes to lig
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drb
The Victorian era was a time of advancements in science and technology. It was an age of enlightenment for men of science. So what were the wives of these scientists up to in Victorian Boston? Smart or otherwise, women were at the mercy of the decisions made by their husbands. Their survival hinged on the talents of their spouses and their success or failures in the advancement of science.

The Potion explores the lives of two of these women, widows of notable scientists. Vera Kennedy is nobody’s
Kitty McIntosh
R.G. Emanuelle had my rapt attention from the start with this Victorian mystery romance. Vera Kennedy and Georgette Harris are widows whose scientist husbands appear to have been carrying out some unorthodox experimentation. As the women become more involved in finding out exactly what they had been doing and why, their attraction to each other grows. But secrets, pride and trust issues conspire to keep them tantalisingly so near yet so far.

The writing was so wonderfully descriptive and had me r
M the avid reader
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engaging and mysterious story
When I read the blurb for The Potion on Dirt Road Books's website weeks ago, I was intrigued and wondered what kind of book it would be. A mystery or one involving paranormal or supernatural forces or events? The lack of specifics fed my curiosity so I was eager to read it as soon as possible.

The book is similar to the blurb in that the story is told in such a wonderfully controlled and intentional way; details are gradually introduced, dropped like breadcrumbs leadi
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well written, but the story just didn’t do it for me. Too slow. In addition to that I didn’t like MC Vera much. She was too cold and distrustful for such a long time that the romance between the mc’s was not very believable anymore. Not enough genuine feeling.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesfic
I really enjoyed this. I don’t normally read historical fiction but this appealed because of the "mad scientist" angle and I wasn’t disappointed. Two widows - their husbands were scientists and may or may not have worked together. Their circumstances are totally different. Vera is working in her husband's laboratory but on what? Georgette is destitute and struggling to keep her house... in Victorian Boston they meet, and we have science experiments, bodices and petticoats, fights in alleyways an ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Potion by RG Emanuelle was a really interesting and enjoyable mystery. I found myself rooting for the main characters and feeling for Georgette. I was so wrong about what the noise upstairs was. I like not being able to figure the mystery out! Nicely done, RG Emanuelle. I highly recommend it. I would definitely read it again. I received an arc in exchange for my honest review.
This story is certainly captivating and unique because I got caught up in the numerous twists and turns as Vera navigates the scientific underworld. I admire Vera's determination to hold onto her autonomy and I also admire her quick wit because she sets out to do what no woman has ever done before. My heart really went out to Georgette because she has endured so much heartache and disappointment in such a short period of time. Many people would have fallen apart under the tremendous pressure Geo ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars for an interesting read.

At the start of the book, I struggled a bit. Perhaps I was not used to the author’s writing style? Or maybe the story was dragging itself? I’m not sure. But towards the middle part of the story, I can’t seem to put the book down and kept looking forward on what’s going to happen next. Then the story ended with its plot twist that has left me wanting more. It was like a roller coaster ride, really. Slowly building the anticipation, dropping and experiencing exhil
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest ARC review.

While the premise of the story was intriguing I found the writing to be more of a telling rather than showing thru the character's dialogue and actions, I found myself wondering when the two MCs would actually have a conversation face to face. Unfortunately, this lead to insta-love and a plot that moved along with no real intent in my opinion.
Carol Hutchinson
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest ARC review.

This was the first time I have ever read a book by R. G. Emanuelle and I was fascinated by it. This is a wonderful twist of Science Fiction and historic novel, peppered with a little light romance, and mystery. Just a perfect combination.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The way it developed was very clever, just revealing tiny snippets to me guessing as to who was involved in what when it came to the potion Vera and George
Devlyn Harley
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Potion is a complex story that was surprisingly easy to read. I really enjoyed this story as it didn’t follow a predictable plan, it had a bit of mystery, suspense and deception, while still having some romance at its root.
Vera Kennedy comes across as a mad scientist initially who is hell bent on finding a scientific formula to a mysterious problem. Her character becomes warmer as the story progresses and she endeared herself to me as her attraction to Georgette blossomed.
Georgette Harris is
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another wonderful book from Dirt Road Books. It’s set in Boston in the late 1800s and features the widows of two scientists, Vera and Georgette. Georgette finds information linking the two husbands which brings her to Vera’s doorstep. Georgette was left in dire debt and can only pay it off with the rest of the formula which she hopes Vera has. Vera is skeptical and reluctant to part with any secrets. That sets up the tension between them. As they continue to meet, they discover things a ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting gothic/gaslamp/Victoriana inspired story. It's a pretty decent read on the whole although it is very slow in places and repetitive. There are some issues, I think. For one, MC, Vera came across as cold and most mistrustful, which is in keeping with the general plot, but non-ideal for any romance. There was so much yes/no, trust her/don't trust her, come/go, seesaw until you feel you just want to get off the ride. MC Georgette, started off as a limp rag, but soon became a much more ro ...more
Ingrid Stephens
Wow. I don't know what else to say but wow! I was drawn to this book strickly based on the publisher, Dirt Road Books, blurb. It was horror, in a way. I suppose it falls under the new genre Speculative Fiction. There was mystery, sudden death, murder and possibly a Jeykle and Hyde situation happening. With a grin, ready to be amused,I tucked in and was transported back to Victorian Age Boston. Each and every character was believable and so very real. I loved the Protagonist Vera Kennedy's desire ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it but it took me awhile to get to that point. I was sort of frustrated with the character development. Vera, in particular, didn't seem to have a true line and I had to push to get past her continual change in thought and idea. It took awhile for the connection between the two characters to solidify and move past being told that they were attracted to each other and actually feel like they had a chemistry together. Speaking of chemistry, that part of the story was intriguing. I apprecia ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Potion was an interesting historical mystery, with a dash of the fantastic thrown in. Vera was a modern character (a female scientist), bound by the social mores and attitudes of Victorian Boston. The plot kicks into gear once Vera and Georgette work together to unravel their husbands' secret project.

While the Gothic feel of the writing - decrepit mansions and mysterious noises, cryptic notebooks and atmospheric lightning strikes - was cinematic, my favorite part of the story was how Georget
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great mystery romance set in the Victorian Era between two women whose husbands died mysteriously. Both Vera Kennedy and Georgette Harris are trying to find out what happened to their husbands and find themselves attracted to each other. Vera is following in her scientist husband shoes and trying to duplicate his research. Georgette is trying to find out how to get out from under the debt that her husband left her with. They band together when they find that their husbands where worki ...more
Maria Siopis
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Potion by E.G. Emanuelle is so well written that you will forget it’s about scientific discoveries or even magic. There is also a torturous relationship developing that consumes you entirely. Awesome read that will make your heart harmoniously erupt and crush in your chest, mine has not stopped ever since I finished the book. I love Vera Kennedy, total lie, I’m in love with Vera Kennedy who is the most sincere and sensitive individual. I wished she was real to meet. Georgette Harris is sweet ...more
Sam Alexander
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good story from R.G. Emanuelle and DRB. The writing is tight and flowing, and the intrigue is handled well. I was expecting something alchemical, and when I started reading I was expecting it to end up as Victorian steampunk. The story ended up being alchemical for sure and is a well-plotted and well-written Victorian mystery with some romance, but the steampunk didn't really materialise. I think it would have been better if it had. It might have also benefited from a little more world ...more
Fran Ringland
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was gripped firstly by the synopsis and unusual story for sure, then by the writing. About 30% and I did feel the protagonists were not progressing in their interactions (not a common complaint from me these days usually it is the opposite I complain about) then that would be another mysterious happening interaction or piece of information given and I was again intrigued with the goings on! I enjoyed this book and find it pacing and story refreshing. Good job! The only reason this is a four no ...more
Kristy Drexel
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I would like this story when I read the blurb, I'm not really a Victorian era kind of gal. But there was a mystery to this story that had to be found. The authors style and tone pulled me right in, R.G. is a great story teller. While you might know there is going to be a happy ever after ending there is always that since of expectation, waiting for another twist in the tail. When I finished this book I had to pause and reflect on the magic of the story...I received an ARC for an ...more
Hope Freed
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review copy received from publisher.
This is an enjoyable historical tale set in Victorian times. It's both a mystery and a lesfic romance and the author does a good job of building both the intrigue and the 'draw' between the two widows, Vera and Georgette. You find yourself involved and wanting to know more about the Potion and what exactly is going on surrounding it...or them! The slow build of trust as well as the two MC's mutual attraction is also handled with aplomb. Finally, the resolutio
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I rec'd an ARC from Dirt Road Books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a mystery romance with a dash of sci-fi set in the late 1800's in Boston with mold-breaking female scientists. A slow build storyline with ups and downs that still managed to flow and encouraged me to read through the night. Main characters Georgette and Vera will pull you along as their love progresses. Dare I hope for a sequel? I easily recommend Ms. Emanuelle's book.
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R.G. Emanuelle is a New York City native currently based in Brooklyn. She is the co-founder and co-owner of Dirt Road Books ( She is the author of novels, novellas, and short stories, as well as co-editor of several anthologies, including the Lambda Literary finalist All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance & Erotica. ...more

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