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Publisher's Summary

Based on the available information and the data hitherto collected, my hypothesis is that the further I stay away from love, the better off I will be.

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 PhD 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 on her way to a happily ever after was always going to be tough, scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting woman, 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 he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire and Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support (and his unyielding abs), their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion.

Olive soon discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

Ali Hazelwood's latest novel, Love on the Brain is out now. 

©2021 Ali Hazelwood (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Contemporary romance's unicorn: the elusive marriage of deeply brainy and delightfully escapist." (Christina Lauren, New York Times best-selling author of The Unhoneymooners)

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I simply enjoyed every part. 10/10. I'm looking forward to read more form you

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Great From Start To Finish

This book was so intriguing, entertaining, amazing, and I already want to reread it. The narration was so great and Callie did an amazing job of showcasing the different characters. I cannot wait for the next book in the series if this book was anything to go by and it was definitely a good recommendation.

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All the tropes and I am soooo here for it

This book was the best thing I needed. The rom com made my heart so giddy and I will be pre ordering the next book

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typical tropes but still so good

This book has a lot of predictable tropes but I love the fresh take of the love story in an academic setting and themes of power and consent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-21

Why did ppl let me read this????

This is unfair pls noone ever recommended a good book to me unless I can read at least 3 other books by the author. This was absolutely amazing I am obsessed with Adam he is definitely a demigod and same thing goes for Olive except her lack of confidence was incredibly frustrating sometimes. She is clearly super intelligent, funny, all around amazing and I hated how she let people walk all over her (I'm not talking about tom that is different). Like baby I love you but you're an idiot, I really felt like I do with my irl friends sometimes. You just want to shake them and tell them how they're goddesses and should have waaaaaay more faith in themselves. I do love the line "carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man" because yes that is it. I aslo love the enemies to lovers but not really trope. Also Adam pining over Olive is everything it is incredibly cute I loved their relationship and I aslo really loved Holden. The only things I would change are the ending and the sex scene because they both frustrated me a little. There is this thing that stories with fake dating often do and it is incredibly annoying, there is all this tension and sometimes multiple sex scenes while they are fake dating but when the couple actually gets together? You get nothing. Excuse me, that is so not fair. Same thing with the ending it was soooo abrupt, I wanted them to talk more, I would've loved to hear why Adam fell for Olive in the bathroom or just see them interact as an actual couple more clear things up better. Regardless of my complaints the book was absolutely amazing and I am obsessed with the author I'll definitely read anything they publish in the future. I also think the voice acting was too tier, it made the story 10x better.

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  • Steph
  • 01-25-22

Another stereotypical cringey romance

This book had amazing reviews and was a New York Times bestseller so I was excited to give it a go. I was left quite disappointed - it was unbearable in places, some of the things the characters did or said just didn't ring true and some of the dialogue felt silly. I'm also getting pretty fed up of heroines in romance novels always being the same person: don't care how they look, what they eat, are forgetful and chaotic. I feel like the author was avoiding one stereotype but fell straight into another one. On a final note, from a feminist point of view, I can't stand Olive. She continuously doubts herself, has no confidence, and tells herself she's stupid constantly. I can't stand listening to that and find it very frustrating that women are constantly written about in this way.

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  • Arabella
  • 02-07-22

It got weird

The story was enjoyable enough until the sex part. I am baffled that this was written by a woman...the male character is delighted that her vagina is 'so small and tight' and the female character does this weird naive psudeo virginal thing of 'will it hurt', 'I've never done this before ', 'will it fit' and 'am i doing it right'....it just smacked of male fantasy. I agree with another review that the female lead becomes tiresome with her lack of backbone after a while.

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  • Aleksandra
  • 10-01-21

Love love love!!!!

I waited for this book for so long! And it didn’t disappoint! I couldn’t stop listening, I stayed up until 3 in the morning and only went to sleep because my AirPods died!

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  • Pola
  • 11-12-21

Done in one sitting

The plot is not flawless, but despite that whole story is so very enjoyable, I couldn't put it down. That is definitely 5 stars comfort read.

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  • Amanda C
  • 10-02-21

Best book I have read in forever!!

This book was just perfect, I don’t normally read a lot of romance but as a Reylo and if you know you know, I had to read it and I am so glad I did, it has easily become my most favourite book I have read in years and I will definitely listen to it again and again. Also the narrator did a fantastic job she brought every character alive. I only wish I could give more than 5 stars.

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  • Aimee C
  • 11-05-21

My new favourite book of all time

Ali Hazelwood is a goddess and we are just living in her world. This book is FANTASTIC, full of beautifully written, multidimensional characters and one of the best love stories out there. 100/10 would recommend

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  • Glenese
  • 10-31-21

A book worthy of its name

funny witty heartbreaking and a lot of insecurities. but I just couldn't stop. from beginning to end absolutely loved it.

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  • Emily Nash
  • 10-21-21

Great book!

loved it binged it in 3 days, wish it didn't have to end. Great characters and great chemistry

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  • Alex
  • 10-15-21

What a refreshing and charming book!

This was exactly what I was looking for. Something different, quirky and which made my heart sing.

I only gave it 4* because I battled with the narrative being in the 3rd and 1st person, but once I got used it, it was fine 🙂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-22

missed the mark for me...

I struggled to finish this- found the characters lacking depth and the voice actor sounded quite robotic. Very predictable and while you can tell that the author is attempting to write this from a modern female approach - ultimately the protagonist's self-deprecating internal narration did really grate on me! Solid two chapters of sex scene could float your boat but didn't do much for me... although strong consent themes were good!

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  • Kady Stan
  • 10-02-21

Read It!

Well! Where do I even start!

I both read this book on Kindle AND listened to it on Audible at the same time…. Then my AirPods died at 2am in the morning… so I got up at 7am and finished it!

This book was delicious! The build-up was SOOO good it hurt…. hurt soooo much! AND THEN YOU GET TO CHAPTER SIXTEEN….. oh god.

I absolutely loved the setting of this story being in the academia world, and chuckled often at the constant references to rom-coms, romance novels and one bed tropes… I could just imagine the author in those moments writing these parts of the story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-21

DNF

I couldn’t finish this one. The narration was really difficult and cringey to listen to. Like listening to a soap opera. Have heard amazing reviews so don’t let me preview stop you from reading it. It just wasn’t for me :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

The BEST Romance

The book is ELITE. It was hilarious and I loved how self aware the writing was. By far one of the best contemporary romances I've read! Highly recommended.

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  • Jabs
  • 09-04-22

Solid storyline

Really enjoyed the story of Olive and Adam, always so disappointed when good books like this one finish as soon as protagonist gets her man. I found the narration really odd at times, like dictation which took away a bit from Olive’s character.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-27-22

Great Listen!!

Enjoyed this audio book so much! I only wished I had set aside enough time to listen to it in one sitting: it was hard to shut down the app when real life intruded. The story, characters and narration were all *chefs kiss* I'm hoping Callie Dalton is narrating the rest Ali Hazelwoods books as her tone, cadence and ability to play both roles was part of the reason I found it hard to switch off,(as opposed to put down) the book. 10/10, highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-22

Hell no…

I feel like I have been provided a completely different copy to all of the 5 star reviewers…
That was the most boring, awkward and cringey read that I can’t take back unfortunately.
Oh well, there is only up from here I suppose.

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  • Allana Kate
  • 08-16-22

Absolute Favourite

This book is funny, smart, witty and swoon worthy to the highest extent. Hazlewood develops the relationship between Olive and Adam in such a spectacularly meaningful way, it puts other Rom-Coms to shame. As a woman in STEM myself, I feel Hazlewood not only did us girls justice in her strong. empowering portrayal of Olive but also made me feel more connected and passionate about the work I do and love.

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  • Kamakshi Ganduri
  • 08-15-22

Love this book so much!!

I love this book so much!!! It made me love reading again!! I would definitely recommend it!

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  • Sam Souza
  • 08-07-22

Addictive

Loved it so much i listened to this book twice! The characters are wholesome and smart, such a lovely romance.

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