Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale is a novel I re-read from time to time. Here’s the blurb:
Merlin Lambourne is a famous inventor-and her life is in danger from Napoleon’s advancing forces. Lord Ransom Falconer, in service of his government, comes to rescue her, bringing her back to his estate where he promises she can work on her inventions and stay safe. But her dream is to build a flying machine, and Ransom is terrified of heights …
I like it because the heroine is a scientist. And yes, this is a historical romance. She’s very literal and honest and just wants to finish her invention, by golly. But Lord Ransom keeps getting in her way. He’s trying to keep her alive, but she can’t be bothered with that. LOL On top of the awesome heroine (her name is Merlin, how great is that?) and her hilarious relationship with Lord Ransom, the other thing I love about Midsummer Moon is Merlin’s sidekick. A cute hedgehog.
I mean, look!
What other cute sidekicks (they don’t need to be animals) have you come across?