Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Posted February 25, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 9 Comments

Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali HazelwoodThe Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Series: Love Hypothesis #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on September 14, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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The Instant New York Times Bestseller and TikTok Sensation!

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A BuzzFeed Best Summer Read of 2021

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 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.

I liked this book. There has been a ton of hype surrounding this book since its release and just about every review that I have seen gave this book all the stars. I had high expectations when I picked this book up and I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed when I wasn’t quite as taken with it as everyone else seemed to be. Don’t get me wrong – this was a really good book but it stayed solidly in four-star territory for me. I enjoyed this book and am really glad that I finally got around to picking it up.

I liked Olive and Adam a lot and I thought that they were great together. At the start of the book, they embark on a fake dating scheme. I thought that the reasons behind their reasons to fake date each other were rather lacking but I went with it. It was so obvious that Adam was smitten with Olive from the start and I really enjoyed the time that they spent together in the story. I did really like that they were both scientists and enjoyed the scenes where they talked science and Adam gave a few suggestions. Olive helped Adam to see how the students saw him.

I did think that a lot of the book was rather predictable. Of course, I knew from the start that Olive and Adam would fall for each other since this isn’t the first romance that I have picked up. When the main drama of the story popped up, I wasn’t surprised. I really just wanted these two to sit down and have a conversation and avoid most of the problems. Of course, it would be a short book if the author did it my way so what do I know.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a well-done romance with great characters, a lot of chemistry, just the right amount of humor, and a STEM backdrop that set it apart. I will definitely be checking out more of Ali Hazelwood’s books in the future.

9 responses to “Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one too. I really loved the STEM backdrop. I agree that it was pretty easy to guess what was going to happen sometimes but I was okay with that. I just loved Olive and Adam so much. 🙂

  2. It does drive me crazy when characters won’t just have a conversation that would easily fix 95% of their problems. Despite the issues this does sound like a good read!