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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new steamy, STEMinist novella....

It will take the frosty terrain of the Arctic to show these rival scientists that their chemistry burns hot.

Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: When it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn....

Hannah’s got a bad feeling about this. Not only has the NASA aerospace engineer found herself injured and stranded at a remote Arctic research station - but the one person willing to undertake the hazardous rescue mission is her longtime rival.

Ian has been many things to Hannah: the villain who tried to veto her expedition and ruin her career, the man who stars in her most deliciously lurid dreams...but he’s never played the hero. So why is he risking everything to be here? And why does his presence seem just as dangerous to her heart as the coming snowstorm?

To listen to Mara and Sadie’s stories, look for the novellas Under One Roof and Stuck with You, available first on audio!

©2022 Ali Hazelwood (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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My favorite of the series so far!

This is the third book in the series and by far my favorite. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the other two as well, but there is something about Ian and Hannah's story that was enjoyable. The other two novella's in the Steminist series made me laugh out loud. While this story was not quite as humorous, I enjoyed the slow burn and tension between the two. I like that the characters always have something solid to build a relationship foundation upon. If you haven't given this author a try yet, I highly recommend that you do. Her unique humor, intelligence and wit bring so much to her stories. It is refreshing that women are depicted as intelligent and sexy. Well done Ms. Hazelwood!! Savannah Peachwood gives a stellar performance.

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The STEMinists are back!

Third installment in the STEMinists (love the pun!) novellas, this ones brings us a story about Hannah, whose only purpose in life is to work for NASA.

Five years ago, she had a scorching and unforgettable encounter with Ian (a former boy genius who already worked at NASA himself), but Hannah doesn't do relationships. Hell, Hannah doesn't even do dinner! So, much to Ian's dismay, they part ways.

Now, when they both work at their dream jobs, Ian vetoes Hannah's revolutionary dream project. It's the dream of a lifetime and Hannah is beyond pissed. A colleague (the same one who outed Ian as the supposedly secret veto vote) says he managed to secure the funds for the project, but she will have to cut some "extras". She heads to Norway and finds herself in a major pickle: caught in the middle of a snow storm, with a sprained ankle , not enough gear to survive this, and the knowledge that they won't be coming for her until the storms pass. To her utter surprise, Ian comes to her rescue, braving the inclement weather to make sure she is safe. All that by himself, with no help from NASA or any other organization. Yup, he's risking everything just to save her. Has Hannah misjudged Ian?

Told in Hannah's POV, this is a lovely, short, sweet, and steamy ride! Hannah is the feisty, commitment-phobe scientist who can't believe that Ian is actually into her. Ian is the sort of shy, a little socially awkward genius, who is smitten by "the one who got away.. without even a single proper date".

Short, sweet, adorable - and we get to see a little bit of Sadie and Mara too. Lots of fun!

Wonderful narration by Savannah Peachwood

Possible triggers and representation: heroine is bisexual; heroine is stuck in an arctic snow storm with no hope for immediate help 

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Great Conclusion to the STEM Series

What’s great about this series is not only the special chemistry between Hannah and Ian but also this brilliant spitfire’s special bond Mara and Sadie. If you enjoyed the previous two novellas, you’ll enjoy this. Although I wish it was a bit longer, you get what you expect from Hazelwood: laughs, steam, and STEM.

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Sweetness

This was such a sweet story. I loved the vulnerability and intensity that both of these characters share!

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Loved it

This is an excellent addition to the Ali Hazelwood collection. Smart women finding love and kind men pursuing them with respect… and some solid steam. Definitely looking forward to the authors next book.

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Meh

The dialogue or inner monologue of hannah just left me bored. Neither one of the characters pulled me in as much as they have in previous books.

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Cute and short

Love this whole series. Its short, cute and the perfect way to spend a few hours.

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Great way to end the trilogy

I have really enjoyed the flashback setup of this series. I think this one may be my favorite of the bunch. Under One Roof is still the most fun of them but this story had a great deal more substance. I got choked up for a moment at work which is my criterion for great literature.

I will also say that, while I still believe most books would be better served by dual narration, Savanna Peachwood did a great job here. I hedge that all three of the men in the series were supposed to be deep/rich sounding which is hard to accomplish cross the gender line but at least all the men didn't sound exactly the same this time.

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Reading a million more times

LOVED this book. Love interest is hot and isn’t overbearing like a lot of other romance novels. Protagonist is smart, funny, and extremely likable. I will be buying a physical copy of this, and I will be reading this a million more times

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✨ 3.75 ✨

Below Zero was a fairly enjoyable novella.

This is the third book in the STEMinist Novellas and can be read as a standalone or after the first two books.

I listened to the audio version of this novella and it was fun to listen too. The narrator did a pretty good job with the different character voices.

I will say though, this one was my least favorite of the novellas as the overall storyline was a bit bland. The miscommunication trope is heavily used as well, which I actually didn’t mind.

The main characters, Hannah and Ian were pretty okay. While, I loved that Ian was a protective and pining hero there just wasn’t a lot of chemistry between them.

There was some good spice and heartwarming moments but again they just seemed to lack that spark. I think that a bit more development between them definitely could have benefited their romance more.

The one aspect that I did really like was how Ian went on a full rescue mission just for Hannah.

Overall, just a nerdy and lighthearted audiobook.