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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a 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 towards 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 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Your world is about to be rocked." (Elena Armas, author of The Spanish Love Deception)

"Hopelessly, brilliantly, wonderfully romantic. I loved it even more than The Love Hypothesis, and I didn't think that was possible." (Cressida McLaughlin)

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Reparativ and predictable plot

It's just as it's predecessor, just in an other setting. No struggling with finishing though. The smutt is not for me, jumped over it all. Great narration, made it real and gave justice for the characters.

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  • Becca
  • 08-23-22

I wanted to scream

I wanted to SCREAM while reading this and then listening to it. the second they mention anonymous twitter pals and then her wearing her grans wedding ring you just know the rest of the book is full of miscommunication tropes . super annoying!!

but the romance parts were cute and I like the science. and I just really feel bad for levi the guy needs a hug and a slap!

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  • Stephanie Paul
  • 08-25-22

Ali why did you have to mess with a good formula?

I really enjoyed the Love Hypothesis. it was fun and frothy.
The first thing that got me is that this is written in the present tense. This is a totally personal pet peeve of mine anyway, but I couldn't get passed it here. which makes me more angry because I liked Bee's character (except for one point) and Reike is a hoot, and I really wanted to like this book.
The second thing is that over and over again Bee tells Levi he hates her, you know what after the 20th time I would have hated her on principle! Honestly it's ridiculous, and it undermines her character.
However I do love the narration, Brooke Bloomingdale is fabulous, her accent are diverse and she gives each person a sense of individuality

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  • Hal
  • 08-24-22

Gorgeously lush and delicious

Gosh, just when I thought my love for romcoms (thanks to Love Hypothesis) could not get any deeper, Ali Hazelwood gifts us with this gem of a book!

I loved every moment! The characters, the interesting science, the enemies to lovers vibes, the awkwardness and the chemistry. Mostly, I adored Bee and Levi (even more than Olive and Adam). The characters are so much more dynamic and fun! Bee is a science genius with a quirky personality, obsession with Marie Curie, a vegan with bright hair, piercings and love for cats! She’s totally relatable and absolutely lovable!
Then there’s her fellow science genius/ arch-nemesis: the broody, tall, dark, handsome and literally swoon-worthy Levi! They are perfect together (despite being oblivious to the fact). And they both come with such an intriguing history together. I enjoyed how the two characters interacted throughout and how the story flowed so well around their personalities.

I liked that the book has a similar vibe to The Love Hypothesis (both standalones) while also feeling distinct and unique. It is also, steamier than The Love Hypothesis, but still has that slow burn romance. The whole book is low angst but friction-filled, with enemies to lovers vibes and so much gorgeous sexual tension. It really is a beautiful, feel-good romcom.

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  • Laura
  • 09-28-22

Read it, listen to it, you’ll love it!

It’s a fantastic story, I genuinely could not stop listening to it. There’s romance, academia, spice. Give it a go!

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  • Stephanie Mills
  • 09-28-22

A fun listen

This book is a little eye-rollingly cringe at times, but it is entertaining. A great one to listen to on a long drive (not with children) haha.

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  • Tina
  • 09-27-22

Disappointing installment

The Love Hypothesis was fantastic. Love on the Brain felt like a weaker version where the author shoved her personal views down our throats.
Did you know the mc is vegan? Are you sure? I think there were a few pages where it wasn't mentioned.
She also is hypocritical - women's rights, but often needs rescuing by a man and, 'I'll happily let him pay until equal pay.' Doing that is exacerbating the situation!
There is no respect for differing opinions from her own, they are 'wrong opinions.' Supposedly a scientist who doesn't understand that an opinion is just that; it can't be 'wrong.'

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  • ES
  • 09-26-22

It was ok...but I expected more...

Having read The Love Hypothesis and the three novels by the author I couldn't wait to listen this one, but I don't know. The Love Hypothesis had a spark. I found a heroine in academia very appealing and I needed more. We need more heroines like Bee and Olive.

But, in my opinion, Levi was Adam. I understand that the author's likes and beliefs affect her book characters, but it was a bit "lazy" whilst she haven't written so many books, especially since this one of her second "full extend" book.

I like her writing (having also buy and read her books), but I'm not sure if I will buy one again.

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  • Dany
  • 09-09-22

I understand the impostor syndrome but why!!!

I liked Bee, I understand that obsession with believing herself being hated by someone else, but I agree with the other reviews, she could have hold on the repetition after he confirmed that wasn’t the case. But anyhow, that didn’t put me off, what really got me is that she drop something very important to her without any evidence. She suppose to be a scientist for god’s sake, the author keep adding very force science statements throughout but when it really came to evidence she made her a weak character why??? I understand this is a romantic novel, but some real empowering on a bad male dominated situation couldn’t hurt

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-22

Easy; predictable

Not as good as The Love Hypothesis but a nice easy listen for a beach read! Voices brilliant; a great narrator

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  • Silversea
  • 08-31-22

Cute but confusing

Overall I enjoyed the story but it felt like it needed more of a polish. There was more tell vs show which I found frustrating. I was dissapointed in the plot. The hints that were there were obvious and then other things *coughs* were completely out of left field and I couldn't really believe them. The characters voice felt almost there but it missed the mark, and her story line was there, but it also wasn't (lack of character developement). Parts felt quite rushed and others non-existent.

The thing I enjoyed most was perhaps all the Marie Curie facts. I think they grounded the story.

I give it three stars and not two because despite its flaws it was still cute and I still listened to it, and wanted to listen to it rather than put it down.
I'll still read more by Ali as well.

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  • Lexbeans
  • 09-18-22

Similar content

I’m convinced the male protagonists in Love on the Brain and Love Hypothesis are the same person. Ali must have a type haha.
Enjoyable book and I couldn’t stop listening, especially towards the end. It’s a romance novel, so there are predictable parts of the story, but it’s still cute. Great narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-30-22

Perfect

Just as good as The Love Hypothesis. Well developed characters and an interesting plot. Nerdy science + adorable love story. Definitely a five star listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-22

Worth it !!!!

Characters are so cool, and there is so much range. As it seems with Hazelwoods writing the inner-monologue is a lot, BUT I personally love it especially the humour. But I do wonder how long everyone in the scene is standing there staring at her while she thinks 3 paragraphs worth of thoughts hahaha.

Loooveeee the romantic longing and build up - deffs my fave.

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  • Olivia
  • 08-29-22

Fine... I Guess

Author writes the same two characters every time. It has officially become grating. Had high hopes for this one and was pretty disappointed! Definitely not a bad book, but it felt like it was just hitting the right beats with very little charm.

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  • Cassie
  • 08-26-22

The best

Amazing as always I just finished this and want a reread already! I can’t wait for more of Ali

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-22

Utterly charming

I love the way personality quirks are explored and getting to dip my proverbial toe in the world of academia, can’t wait for the next release!