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Let’s talk about Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood, a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.
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Love on the Brain
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Genre: Romance, Fiction
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 – 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. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school – archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.
But when her equipment starts to go missing, and the staff ignores her, Bee could swear she sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas… devouring her with those eyes. 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?
I have been waiting for this book to be published since I read Ali Hazelwood’s first book, The Love Hypothesis, in January. By the way, if you have not yet read The Love Hypothesis, get on that! It is one of my favorite books of 2022.
I loved so many things about this book. I loved the two main characters, Bee and Levi. I loved Bee’s quirkiness. I loved Trey’s devotion to Bee. I loved Bee’s interactions with her assistant, Rocio. I loved that the book highlighted women in STEM and the discrimination they still face. I loved that a subplot focused on the shortcomings of standardized testing. I also loved the You Got Mail vibe in the story.
Is the plot predictable? Yes.
Is it easy to tell where the story is going? Definitely.
Does this book include some of the same elements in The Love Hypothesis? Yep.
Do I care? No!
I still enjoyed reading how Ali Hazelwood developed the story and Bee and Levi’s relationship.
Bee and Levi work on a joint project for the National Institute of Health and NASA. Bee is a neuroscientist for the NIH. Levi is an engineer working for NASA. Their task is to create special helmets for astronauts. Bee and Levi first met years ago in graduate school. Bee does not like Levi because she thinks he hates her. This creates quite an interesting work environment.
Now I must eagerly wait for Ali Hazelwood’s third book, Love, Theoretically, to be released in Fall 2023.
I give Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood 5 out of 5 stars.
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