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The Love Hypothesis

Review of The Love Hypothesis

Hypothesis: If you read The Love Hypothesis then I predict you will experience swoopy butterflies and grin-inducing feelings from start to finish, stay up until 4 am to read every last word, and will 100% want to reread the book in its entirety immediately upon completion.

Result: It is me. I am proof positive that this hypothesis is true.

Ok, as illogical as it sounds, I have the hardest time reviewing books that I absolutely love—and I really really loved this one.

I mean, fake dating, grumpy and mysterious hero, super smart and awkward heroine, and an undiscovered unrequited crush that lasts for years? What’s not to love?!?

As a huge fan of women in STEM + nerdy heroes, it checks so many of my ‘love to read tropes’ boxes.

The Love Hypothesis Summary

Olive is an adorkable Ph.D. student (and the sunshine in this story) who is trying to prove to her best friend that she’s ready to date by grabbing a random guy in the lab and kissing him.  Thankfully, even after the ambush smooch, Dr Carlson agrees to fake dating to keep up the farce.

Adam is a driven and hard-nosed professor (and the grump / I hate everyone but you hero) who is unexpectedly kissed by the object of his unrequited crush from afar.  Fake dating is harder than it looks when real feelings are involved.

Slow Burn Grumpy/Sunshine Romance Goodness!

Olive and Adam’s journey is not only sweet, but there’s fantastic banter, excellent side characters, interesting academia politics, and gives us a fresh perspective on familiar romance tropes.

This is a debut that definitely doesn’t read like one, and I devoured all of the cuteness in one sitting.  I then re-read it on audiobook and loved it the second time around just as much.

I didn’t know at the time I read this (in April 2021) that this actually began as Reylo fan fiction. I don’t follow Star Wars, so this didn’t even occur to me nor did it influence my reading experience. However, if you are a Reylo ‘shipper, you might devour this book whole!

Thank you for the advanced copy of  THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood.  All opinions are my own.

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About the Book


date published : September 14, 2021

publisher : Berkley

pages : 384

audiobook narrators: Callie Dalton

audiobook length: 11 hrs, 8 min

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

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.

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