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.
Title: The Love Hypothesis
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Comedy
This book was everything and more! I absolutely understand all the hype around this book and must concur with the masses. This book had strong females, STEM topics, and an awesome fake dating trope.
We’ve seen the fake dating trope a million times (and I hope to see it a million more times), but this book somehow felt original and new. I think the motives behind the fake dating were original. Also, the STEM related topics and academia careers made this book something unique entirely.
This book starts out with hypotheses (hypothesi?) at the beginning of each chapter and they’re so funny. I wanted to laugh out loud at each one. They gave a fun preview into what each chapter was going to be about or an event it was going to highlight.
Now, I have to talk about the two main characters. Olive and Adam were electric together! It’s a bit of a grumpy-sunshine trope and I lived for it. Getting to know Adam and his motives was amazing. However, seeing Olive’s journey -both academic and character growth- was even better. In the end, they complemented each other so well and really pushed each other to reach their full potentials. And the romance between the two was fire. I have never wanted two people to end up together more than these two. It’s a slow-burn romance that had me aching for them to just share one longing look. I couldn’t get enough.
Overall, I would read this book again and again if I had the time. This book should be high on your TBR! Trust me.