Women in STEM
Review,  Romance

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood @PRHGlobal @BerkleyRomance // Women in STEM book

It has been long I read a romance that made me smile, giggle, and laugh from beginning till the end. The Love Hypothesis was amazing, refreshing and entertaining romance and Women in STEM book.

Women in STEM book

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Publication Date : September 14th 2021

Publisher : Berkley Books

Genre : Romance / Adult romance

Pages :384

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Disclaimer – I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Many thanks to PRH international and NetGalley.
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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 is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, 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 Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope. 


refreshing and entertaining Women in STEM book

The Love Hypothesis was amazing and entertaining romance that revolved around Olive a PhD grade student and Adam, a faculty member tangled into fake dating by accidental kiss that turned into something much more dangerous, love. The story was about women in STEM, academia, working in field of men, anxiety, friendship, found family, and love.

Writing was gripping, fun, and fast paced that made smile throughout the book. It was written in third person narrative from Olive’s perspective. Olive’s voice was refreshing and her sunshine personality made the story perfect. I bet this would be amazing audiobook as her voice in my mind and even reading out loud sounded amazing. Plot was interesting and entertaining. A book makes me laugh from the very first chapter rarely happens and it did with this.

It started with prologue, Olive meeting a guy before her interview for PhD with whom she found connection but couldn’t see his face clearly due to her expired contacts and couldn’t get his name as well. Two years later Olive accidentally kissed a man to prove her point to her best friend and that person turned out a professor, Dr Adam Carlsen, who had reputation of destroyer of research career in biology department. (How the hell she wouldn’t know who she was kissing until the kiss ended!? Sounds absurd but very well explained and whole thing made me laugh so much)

Well the kiss wasn’t that believable and she had to dive into fake dating with Adam and Adam surprised her by agreeing to fake date and even supported her in whole charade as he too wanted something out of it. But As they spent more time with each other their harmless fake dating turned into something serious and dangerous that might cost their heart.

It was easy to connect the dots about the guy Olive met before her PhD was Adam but it was interesting to see when Olive would realize that and what they would do when they have to reveal they were fake dating or would they confess their real feelings.

Olive and Adam were perfect but I also enjoyed secondary characters. Olive’s best friends Ahn and Macolm were fantastic. I enjoyed reading how Olive met them and how their friendship grew stronger and became like family she never had. They were so supportive and protective of Olive and I loved them for nudging Olive to right direction, giving right advice, and always making her feel she belonged. I enjoyed reading about Adam’s friends, specially Dr Holden, who was with Adam in all phases of life and it was amazing to read their friendship.

Olive was charm of the book. She was brilliant, smart, fun to be around with sunshine personality that not just made herself glow but also people around her. She was definitely unique and extraordinary but she was oblivious to all those fact. I felt for her reading about her vulnerability, her fears, anxiety, and loneliness. Her story about her mother, why she decided to be in academia, pursue PhD in biology touched my heart. It made me want to hug her and cheer her for her research even more. It was amazing to see how meeting Adam, spending time with him boost her confidence, she found connection at Stanford that she didn’t feel so far and felt safe and secure with him. I liked how she realized she didn’t have to fear and lie about her feelings at the end.

Tall, broody, six packed, handsome with genius IQ but unapproachable, notoriously moody, obnoxious, and antagonistic- perfectly described Adam. His reputations in the beginning and all the gossips around academia about him made him hard to like but I loved him. It was clear there was more to him and as story progressed we understand him even more. He was fiercely loyal, protective, caring, and best professor and mentor. I admired him for not paying attention to rumors and his reputation, strongly believing in helping his grads becoming best scientist even though it hurt their feelings, and not taking advantage of his position. His past, his years as grade student and working under abusive mentor made me feel for him and admire him even more. I loved how being with Olive brought out best in him.

Opposite attracts, age gap, fake dating arc, and forced proximity… this had all amazing tropes. Romance was both cute and steamy. Chemistry between Olive and Adam was perfect. I loved the way their relationship grew and it was pretty fast as well. By middle of the book Olive realized she fell for Adam and still it was great to see her getting over her doubts and fears and how their feelings grew even more in second half.

Banter between characters was my most favorite part and I also loved Olive’s hypothesis in the beginning of each chapter. I loved how honestly author depicted women in STEM, BIPOC characters, hostile and grueling life of academia, what students go through and how competitive their life and personality becomes in academia, what women have to face in field of men and also title IX in U.S.

Twist and turns were good. Some of the things I could see coming, some I failed to see even though hints were there and that surprised me for what happened to Olive in climax. Author handled the situation and Olive’s feeling sensitively and perfectly. I liked everything that happened after Climax and end was so so lovely.

Overall, The Love Hypothesis was fun, refreshing, cute and steamy, and fast paced romance with all amazing trope and main character as a woman in STEM.

I highly recommend this if you love,
Women in STEM
BIPOC character
fake dating
Age gap
forced proximity
sunshine girl /grumpy guy trope
opposite attracts
well written setting and characters
cute and steamy romance

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