XOXO is pleased to welcome Micah Persell, author of Uncharted Waters, to the blog today! Micah’s heroine, Bethany Morgan, is a scientist who discovers the schematics to a world-changing recycling system that will help her realize her greatest dream: providing clean water to the world. To celebrate heroines like Bethany, we’ve asked Micah Persell to suggest some of her favorite romances starring women in STEM. Here are 5 more romances to read when you’d like your heroines to be STEM and strong:


A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

Genre: Historical Romance

Heroine’s STEM field: Geology

In this second installment of Dare’s bestselling, RITA award-winning Spindle Cove series, Minerva Highwood must get to Scotland. By posing as a man in her written correspondence, she has secured a spot to present her finding of a rare fossilized footprint to the Royal Geological Society. But she’ll need the reluctant assistance of the tempting rake Lord Payne to get there.


Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heroine’s STEM fields: Mathematics and Coding

This can’t-be-missed installment of Cole’s bestselling, RITA award-winning Immortals After Dark series has heroine Holly Ashwin—mathematics professor, coding extraordinaire, and newly minted Valkyrie—trying to escape those who would kill her simply for existing all while attempting to resist the dashing demon Cadeon Woede AND completing her doctoral work: creating a code that attacks unwanted intruders.


Tokyo Love by Diana Jean

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heroine’s STEM fields: Technology and Engineering

In this female/female romance with a healthy dose of technological magic, Kathleen Schmitt, an American working in Japan at a robotics company, is asked to beta test the company’s new love robot. Part of the process is a brain scan that identifies the “customer’s” preferences. She is shocked when the robot shows up female, and even more shocked when it looks exactly like one of her co-workers.


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical Romance

Heroine’s STEM fields: Horticulture and Anatomy

In MacLean’s second Rules of Scoundrels novel, Pippa Marbury is the first botanist to find a way to grow pink roses (years before this scientific advance occurred in our real history) and is set to marry a near-stranger in two weeks’ time. She approaches an expert in sex, Cross, a math whiz and part-owner of the local gaming hell, to educate her in what she doesn’t know, all in the name of science.


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Heroine’s STEM field: Technology

Dimple Shah is headed to Stanford in the fall, but first she’ll attend Insomnia Con, a summer program for app developers that could launch her career in coding before it even starts. However, she is shocked to discover her parents only paid for her to attend because their idea of the IID (Ideal Indian Husband) will be there too.


Micah Persell holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a double master’s degree in literature and English pedagogy. She is an avid reader of all types of literature, but has a soft spot for romance. She currently teaches high school language arts classes.