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.
Published: September 2021
I picked this book up in Waterstones, saw it was written in 3rd person and immediately put it back down. If you’ve been around for a while you will know I have a pretty strong aversion to reading anything in 3rd person, I usually only give them ago if I like the author or if it’s a Fantasy book. I haven’t read a romance book written that way in literal years! Not even a week laterI noticed the ebook was on offer on amazon for 99p and because I did like the look of the blurb I decided to give it ago, and OMFG! I’m so glad I did. it was so flipping good.
This book has one of my favourite troupes: The Fake Relationship, with the added bonus of it being set in a science lab.
I loved Olive and Adam was so freakin adorable, both of them are so sweet on nerdy! I couldn’t get enough of them! Even though you don’t any perspective from Adam I still really connected with him, there needs to be more male love interests who just sweet and nerdy and only a tiny bit alpha! It’s always so refreshing for me to have a male main character who is isn’t a controlling jackass! Olive was super lovely, I enjoyed her back story and I thought it gave her character lots of depth. She is so dorky and lovable.
The story was immersive and really captured my interest. It was a of those books that I just didn’t want to end. it was like a hug in book form, it just had everything I could want from a romcom, great banter, hilariously awkward moments and the side characters were interesting and likeable.
Even though this was the first book by Ali Hazelwood I’ve read, it certainly won’t be my last, already have my eyes on Love on the Brain!
This book totally deserves all of the hype it has received.
My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
About – Ali Hazelwood
My favorite thing in the world is to explore traditional romance tropes—and to picture how they’ll play out in academic settings.
Rival scientists falling in love despite their better judgement?
There’s only one cot in the lab?
Fake dating during faculty meeting?
Sign me up!
I’m originally from Italy, lived in Japan and Germany, and eventually moved to the US to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I recently became a professor, which absolutely terrifies me. Oh, the sheer dread of being entrusted with the care of young minds!
When I’m not at work you can find me binge-watching shows with my feline overlords (and my slightly less feline husband), running, or eating candy.
I’m represented by the amazing Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.