Review ~ The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Posted June 26, 2023 by Melissa in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review ~ The Love Hypothesis by Ali HazelwoodThe Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Published by Berkley on September 14, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
4 Stars
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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.

The Love Hypothesis wound up being a really enjoyable read. It was the perfect balance of drama and romance and just felt like a quick, light read. I need to snag the rest of Ali Hazelwood’s other novels. These ladies in STEM are just amazing, I can’t seem to get enough.

Olive is doing what any best friend would do, kiss the first guy she sees at work and pretend he’s her boyfriend. Why you might be asking? Her best friend Anh is crushing on the guy that Olive just broke up with and Olive thinks they would be perfect for one another. Enter the fake dating situation. What she didn’t expect was that Adam, the grumpy professor she randomly kissed would be willing to play along with her charade. Their dating has the gossip mills on campus going full speed, so the charade must go on.

While a bit predictable at times, I had such a good time reading this book. The characters really shone, and I was rooting for Olive and Adam to confess their feelings and things to work out. It overall was a well rounded book, some funny bits mixed in with the swoon worthy romance and some very steamy bits. I would recommend this for anyone that is a fan of fake dating romance books.