• The Love Factor

  • By: Quinn Ivins
  • Narrated by: Lori Prince
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Molly Cook is almost 30, with dismal career prospects, and has given up on saving the world. It might be the 90s, 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.

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Quinn Ivins (P)2020 Tantor

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Slow burn...

Another audio Lori Prince knocks out the park. Read the book a couple of months ago, my first go around with this author and was pleased and more than happy to support the audio version. No real complaints. Would be nice to see how their life shapes out since it was such a slow burn or an epilogue would of been icing on the cake. Just my two scents.

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Another great one!

Whew! Holy time worp Batman! Not only did Quinn bring the nineties back in all its glory and decking but placed believable characters in our midst. Carmen and Molly were a while chemistry set and brilliant to boot. Thank you Mrs Ivins. Lori Prince’s narration was immaculate.... as always 💜

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A Great Story!

I loved this book! Narration by Lori Prince was superb...no surprise there. And the author, Quinn Irvins, new to me, wrote one compelling story. Taking place in the late 1990s with a backdrop of the political unrest of President Clinton’s special prosecutor’s investigation and impeachment, Dr. Carmen Vance and grad student Molly Cook become enmeshed in their own investigation of fraud fueled by hate and bigotry. The characters are fully developed, engaging, brilliant, strong women. My suggestion: get this book!

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Worst narrator!!! Great story!

The story is great! But the narrator is the worst one! Her voice killed my mood! Never going to listen to lori prince again!

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Suggested read for the younger LGBTQ generations

Beautifully written! As a 35 year old lesbian, this book hit home in many ways. But, it also reminded me of how far we have come. This book highlights the bravery of women to be their true self in a time when it was still wrong to be gay. I love how it played out, my only wish is that the ending would have been an epilogue into their future. Despite that, this was still an insightful read.

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Age-Gap Slow Burn Romance

Molly cook is a PhD candidate at Maryland University and an out an proud lesbian. She is interested in campus politics and her sexy statistics professor. When Molly discovers evidence that a homophobic colleague has falsified a survey data Professor Carmen Vaughn and Molly are forced together to prove he committed fraud. A very slow burn lesbian romance.

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A lot of academia material

This story was long on academia and data points, short on romance. I actually got a little bored with the theme about the middle to 3/4 into story that even though the 2 main characters had a mission together there was very little hint of any romance developing. The actual romantic climax of the romance wasn’t until the end of the book.

Lori Prince is one of my favor narrators but I think Prince missed the mark in representing one of the main characters by voicing her in a ‘raspy’ rough voice without femininity.

This is not one that I dreaded the ending or that I am interested in listening to again. Lacking in excised romance.

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Loved this story

It was probably a little too political, but there is no way around politics in a story about a Political Science department at a university, I guess. Setting the story at the end of Clinton’s presidency, and written in the style of the nineteen nineties I actually liked it.
And Lori Prince is wonderful narrator which added charm to the book.

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  • Foxy
  • 09-08-21

Great book

I really enjoyed the book although I don’t know much about what the course consisted of.
This book was a really slow burn book which I love.
I was rooting for Molly and Carmen to be together, Molly and Carmen had good chemistry.

I will say I would of like more of them together as a couple, as the book does have a short chapter on this, but I still feel it needed more.
I also feel it would of been nice to see Carmen meet Molly’s family and I would of liked Molly to have met Carmen’s family.
I think we should have seen Carman come out to her parents as I feel that’s so important in someone’s coming out experience.

Narration was brilliant as always with Lori Prince.

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  • FC51
  • 08-18-21

Loved this intelligent F/F romance

Who knew math could be so interesting? ;) Could not stop listening to this well written, intelligent and heartwarming story set in 1990s US. It has a really well thought out plot and a great narrator. As a listener with a visual disability, I hope Tantor Audio / Audible make all of Quinn Ivins writing available as audiobooks narrated by Lori Prince because I cannot get enough of both their work.

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  • AliMac67
  • 01-31-21

I was hooked from the start!!

I loved this book and was hooked from the start. It had so much more going for it than a simple love story. The characters were completely believable in all their different guises. As someone who came out in the 90s, I completely understand how difficult it was. The attitudes of all the different characters was well written and completely believable. The inclusion of the Clinton impeachment was done well as was the support shown for Monica Lewinsky. I can’t wait to read more by this author. The narration by Lori Price was brilliant as usual

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  • ILoveReading
  • 08-16-21

Great read and/or listen

Great story. So interesting incorporating historical events and the social mores of the time. The characters were likeable and really pulled you in so that you felt for them, and wanted that happily ever after for them.

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  • Jess
  • 12-07-20

Smart and engaging

Best lesfic I have listened to for a long time. And I loved the window to the 90s for gay women.