Love on the Brain
Books | Fiction / Romance / Workplace
An Instant New York Times BestsellerA #1 LibraryReads and Indie Next Pick!From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, 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 after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia—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. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away. Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And 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?
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"Take Pride and Prejudice, mix it with You’ve Got Mail and place it in a modernized time period at NASA and you’ll have this book. And I loved every second of it. Idk what it is about Ali Hazelwood’s books and her tendency to write Adam Driver adjacent love interests, but I eat it up every single time. I adored all the tropes of this novel (Enemies to Lovers, Misunderstandings, Forced Close Proximity, etc.) Bee and Levi’s relationship was so organic and lovable. I also love how she didn’t constrain the sexual relationship between the two to one chapter like she did in the Love Hypothesis. Bee was quirky (if not a bit of a pick me) but her pov voice in the chapters was so entertaining!!!! I honestly loved all her little quirks. And let’s talk about Levi!!!! Dare I say I loved him more than Dr. Adam Carlsen? I can’t but it’s VERY close. His long lasting adoration of Bee was swoon worthy and it was so fun how Bee was misreading all his puppy dog love moments as disdain for her. A regular Mr. Darcy I say. I also really enjoyed all the minor characters. In the Love Hypothesis, there were only a few minor characters I loved but in this book there were soooo many!!! Rocio, Kaylee, Penny, Lily, Reike!!! They were all so distinctive and lovable!!! Ugh, the only thing I didn’t like is how self-sabotaging Bee was to her own happiness. At least Olive’s rejection of Adam made sense, but Bee just kept breaking her and Levi’s hearts for no damn good reason and it was SO. EFFING. FRUSTRATING. Anyways, besides that, I love love and this love story was no exception❤️ "
"*WARNING THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS* Ehhhhhhhh...no. I was actually really excited to read this one because I heard that it was better than the love hypothesis, but in reality they were wrong. The whole miscommunication thing really bothered me, I mean these 2 main characters are adults and they can't even talk to each other, like seriously?! Levi dude, man up. It's not that hard to tell someone you like them, instead of acting like a teenager who doesn't know how to act around their crush. And bee, stop eavesdropping on conversations that are private, even if they are talking about you, it's still none of your business. Now, as someone who's in the stem world, I honestly don't see any of this happening but that's okay because this is fiction not reality. But the one thing that really pushed me to lower my rating from 5 to 4 to a 3, is the fact that we kept getting the whole feminist thing on every, single, page, give or take a few here and there. I get it, there's more males than females, but as you can tell things are now changing. I absolutely did not need it thrown in my face every 5 seconds about how the inequality of the work environment needs to change or whatever. I'm okay with it being said a few times but dang not it be the whole book. It kind of took away my enjoyment of it. But once Levi and Bee got together they were cute, and Penny was cute. But honestly Bee passing out almost every day is crazy and it should be a serious issue. I thought she was going to end up pregnant and I think that would've been an awesome ending, especially if it was twins. The plot twist of Guy being the "destructor" and basically outing her was crazy and good lol. Overall, it was okay."
"There’s quiet literally, love on the brain. This is a story about two scientists, one of which is a neuroscientist. I’ve been told I don’t have a wide vocabulary, so the scientific vocabulary and neuroscience lingo written throughout this book reinforced this theory. I recognize that I most likely missed some of the layers in this book due to the “language barrier” if you will, but overall I thought this was an average love story. You have two rivals that become lovers (which isn’t a spoiler because you can see it from a mile away after reading about 2 pages). The two characters realize there’s been a misunderstanding about how they feel about each other, and by the miracle of science and love, they work together on a project long enough to see past it. The last chunk of the book is what makes the story more interesting. The story tended to be very predictable the majority of the time, but a string of events does happen at the end, which in my opinion, saves the rating of the book."
"This is such a funny, smart, refreshing, and uplifting read. Ali Hazelwood’s books are full of heart and substance. I love geeking out with the women in STEM representation, while simultaneously swooning at the character and relationship development. Her books require devouring and savoring, they’re hard to put down but you want to enjoy every word. Looking forward to Ali Hazelwood’s future books to come. ❤️"