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LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood

Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project-a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia-Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school-archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?


Title : Love On The Brain
Author : Ali Hazelwood
Format : ebook
Page Count : 384
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Sphere Books, Little Brown UK
Release Date : August 23, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 5 star review

Headlines:
All the unrequited longings
For cat lovers
Brain waves to the heart

I dove into Love on the Brain and stuck my nose out of the book to sleep overnight, then emerged the next morning with coffee to complete it and I am absolutely buzzing about these characters and story. Academia, NASA style was such fun to read for this academic, with some relatable aspects and puns I appreciated but the world was realms away from mine and I loved it.

Levi Ward, His Wardness, Dr Wardass, despised me.

Levi seemed to put the arse into hole but there were definitely misunderstandings about his character. His early hate was fun to read but the change in his interactions with Bee were all consuming to read. Bee was quirky and lovely, a small fainting package with a quick wit and broad shoulders taking on the misogyny in this world. I could totally relate to sausage referencing, I was laughing so much at that and many women will relate in their work and personal lives.

With Levi present, his team tends to agree to my suggestions more quickly – a phenomenon known as Sausage Referencing(TM)….the better-regarded the man, the higher his Sausage Referencing(TM) power.

The plot was really engaging. You don’t have to have any interest in neuroscience to enjoyit, but it was still a fun background to the project, the co-working and the more. When hump(s) in the road hit, I got that clawing feeling in my gut, I was so damn invested in these two.

Ali Hazlewood has written a superb follow up to The Love Hypothesis, I love them both equally, just as I find I adore her way of writing, her wit and skill with dialogue and characterisation. I will devour anything she writes.

Thank you to Little Brown UK for the early review copy.

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive on her way to a happily ever after was always going to be tough, scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting woman, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire and Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support (and his unyielding abs), their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion.

Olive soon discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.


Title : The Love Hypothesis
Author : Ali Hazelwood
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 384
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Piatkus
Release Date : September 27, 2021

Reviewer :  Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 5 star review

Headlines:
Awkward equals awesome
Tentative growing feelings
Consumed every word

I inhaled every word of this book as best I could over 24 hours with a work day in the middle, but if I could have done, I would have read this front to back without a break. It really was unputdownable.

This contemporary romance set in academia and around PhD programmes in STEM was so much fun for me because so much of it resonated, even though my PhD programme didn’t have so much excitement. The life of an academic was so true to life, the pressures, the pedanticness, the politics and good bits too. There were a lot of funny details that were all so real to me, jokes that hit the funny bone. I loved seeing this world in the background of a fantastic story with engaging characters.

…but academia was a lawless land.

These two, Olive and Adam were all quirk and awkwarness. From that kiss on the cover, to the uncomfortable realisation of feelings, was brilliantly writtten with endearing characterisation. Adam the ass of a supervisor, brought a genuine and honest side of himself to Olive from the beginning. Olive was a sometimes chaotic and always committed student, who was in the fake relationship for the sugar.

The plot was interesting in every moment, even through the uncomfortable themes that arose. I didn’t want the story to end but I appreciated the smiles that crossed my face when reading. Also did I mention the heat? Yeah, that was great.

Thank you Piatkus for the review copy of this now firm 2021 favourite.