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Publisher's Summary

A #1 LibraryReads and Indie Next Pick!

From the New York Times best-selling 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?

©2022 Ali Hazelwood (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

“With her sophomore novel, Ali Hazelwood proves that she is the perfect writer to show that science is sexy as hell, and that love can ‘STEM’ from the most unlikely places. She’s my newest must-buy author.” (Jodi Picoult, number one New York Times best-selling author of Wish You Were Here)

“I cannot get enough of her brand of brainy romance!...Writing with an emotionally brilliant and witty pen, Hazelwood is an absolute romance powerhouse.” (Christina Lauren, New York Times best-selling authors of The Unhoneymooners)

“Gloriously nerdy and sexy, with on-point commentary about women in STEM.” (Helen Hoang, New York Times best-selling author of The Heart Principle)

“STEMinists, assemble. Your world is about to be rocked.” (Elena Armas, international best-selling author of The Spanish Love Deception)

Editorial Review

I need more Hazelwood, STAT.
I was a little nervous to pick this one up. I completely loved Ali Hazelwood's debut novel, The Love Hypothesis, but I've been around this block enough times to know how second novels sometimes go, so I approached with a little caution. Let me be clear: Do not approach with caution. Hazelwood has absolutely killed it again with Love on the Brain, bringing us a whip-smart heroine fighting the good fight in the male-dominated STEM world. This is in part a classic enemies-to-lovers story but, as with every Hazelwood hero, there is way more than meets the eye. I enjoyed every minute of this fun and slightly suspenseful tale, and can't wait for what Hazelwood has up her sleeve next. With zero hesitations. — Emily C.

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Not my favorite

I wanted to love this book, but I couldn’t get into it.
The narration was fairly good.

I love Ali’s writing style. She’s obviously on her element and is amazing at it, but this one was not my favorite and has much to do with the main characters.

With this book I was missing all the chemistry we get in her previous books. Communication was an issue too, Bee was inside her head ALL the time and it got frustrating after a while.
I think we can call this a slow-burn romance, but it was torturous and not in a good way.

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it was okay

Ali Hazelwood's Love Hypothesis was so great that I had really high hopes when this new book came out. Love on the brain wasn't as good but it was okay. I just didn't find the characters as compelling.

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Ugh I wanted this to be so much better

I was really wanting this to be better. The first book wasn't super great either but I hoped for the best. The over all story was good but all the author's beliefs and views should have been left out. Also there is no way in holy heck anyone would not pick up a gun to keep a potential killer from getting it!!!!!! I don't like guns a whole lot but you can bet your butt I'll kick, move, or pick one up to save my life!
Leave out all the crap and horrible, way too long, sex scenes and it would be 5 stars!

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Love a STEM love story

Cute story. A bit predictable but I really loved the humanity in the lead characters.
Excellent narration.
Ali Hazelwood's books always make me smile.

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Not the Love Hypothesis

If you loved the Love Hypothesis because it was smart and fun, you probably will be disappointed by Love on the Brain. It is slow and predictable. Annoying and not fun. And, I have to say it, for a book supposedly about smart women in STEM, it's dumb.

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Yeeeesh

I couldn’t even finish this book. The author was reachhhhing for woke brownie points at every turn of the page. Loved her other book, this one seemed like the same book- destroyed by annoying woke comments, boring romance and predictable page after page incessant whining. I want my money back.

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Waiting for Ali's magic to come back

To begin with, I dot on what Ali has written so far. I subscribe to the community of STEM folks she writes about, and have played all her novels on a loop on their release, except for this. Her characters, prior to this novel, have been real, relatable, and believable. This novel, however, has been overdone and has overgrown all of these aspects.
To have an exact apples-to-apples comparison, I have known three women who grew up in European countries, came to US for different STEM PhDs, and have an identical twin sister, who hasn't studied STEM. My curious brain has also done a study of a STEM Ph.D.'s relations with immediate family members. My data says that the conversations of the PhD student with an artsy sibling who sounds like a spoiled high school teen all the time do not last or stay healthy for more than their first 3 years in a STEM Ph.D. program.

This brings me to the next topic: the twitter saga. Gorsh, it was already too predictably unbelievable, and now, adding the choice of being regularly on Twitter for the only 30 mins of peace that a post-graduate scientist gets and a Ph.D. student never gets, it's just too much. I'd have also loved seeing some coping skills to deal with never-apologizing, ever-blaming, and victim-finding academicians instead of a Twitter blast.

In addition, me being someone who is not American but lives in the US, having English as a 2nd language, and coming from an under-represented minority in every way, the propaganda of opposing a test to do justice to an under-represented minority instead of empowering this community with the coaching to compete by the standards makes no sense. I'd have loved to see the efforts go into "here is how you take a test and beat it black and blue" instead of starting a no-GRE movement.

This was the first novel I couldn't even finish in the entirety, skipping over 50% of it, forget about playing it on the loop. I am not a fan of this one. At all. Can we please stick to the STEM parts of it, instead?

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This couple is too smart for me, but I liked them!

What a fun story with a woman in STEM! I really loved spending time with Bee while she maneuvered her project for NASA. Even when she finds out that the co-lead is her nemesis from years back, Levi. He's grumpy and a stickler for the rules (maybe?) and his intense gaze always seems to be on her.

She had a tough time at the beginning and so did I to be honest. I struggled to know what was going on, not from lack of the author's talent, but more so the heavy amount of science lingo. I enjoyed all the references and stories about Marie Curie but as to what the project they are actually working on? I was confused most of the time.

However, once the forced proximity becomes overwhelming with her and Levi, and some secrets about his feelings for her start to peek through.. it was a great time. They were so charming together and when things heated up... it was FIRE. This hero is ready to put it all on the line and open his heart to her... even if she is only supposed to be here for a temporary stint, he wants to play for keeps.

I ended this book with a smile on my face and I can see this book charming many of my friends and viewers.

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Like Love Hypothesis and the Hating Game had a baby

Not quite as good as the aforementioned titles but still a predictable and enjoyable listen.

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I loved this story.

Granted I think The Love Hypotheses was my favorite book, this one took a close second! Her stories are intelligent and interesting rather than reading typical romantic comedies. Please keep writing above a 4 th grade reading level. As women we need to have engaging fun literature. Please write many more! I am an official fan!