Love on the Brain
by Ali Hazelwood
Publication Date August 15, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Workplace
Reading Challenges: 20 Books of Summer 2022
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
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?
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and once again, I was not disappointed. There is a reason that romantic comedy is one of my favorite genres and Love on the Brain is one of the reasons. I just loved the mix of humor, emotion, and readability.
Bee Königswasser is over the moon at getting a job at NASA working on a neuroengineering project until she learns that she will have to co-lead the project with her graduate school nemesis, Levi Ward. She doesn’t want to see Levi again, she knows he hates her, but she needs this project for her resume so she can finally get away from her job, and her horrible boss.
Bee goes ahead and takes the job as she also needs to get away from her ex-fiance who broke their engagement recently. She knows she can ignore Leve, but can she? The project seems doomed as soon as she gets there, no email, missing equipment, and no support from NASA, and she’s starting to believe she’s being sabotaged. Is it Levi? Or someone else?
Ali Hazlewood is back with her STEM characters and her signature humor. I love a book with a brainy heroine, and Love on the Brain fits that perfectly. Bee is quirky and unique without being over the top. And Levi is a wonderful hero. A bit dark and broody, but with a heart of gold. This is an enemies-to-lovers trope, and it’s got a You Got Mail vibe as the two main characters correspond via Twitter without knowing who they are DMing.
Both Bee and Levi have some serious baggage they must overcome, and there is a bit of miscommunication in the beginning, but it’s believable. Every interaction they have is just wonderful, from witty banter to swoony tender moments, this couple is everything I want in a rom-com couple.
I found the pacing of the book perfect, I was pulled right in from the beginning and I didn’t put this down until I read the very last word. If you liked The Love Hypothesis, you’ll love Love on the Brain.
I highly recommend Love on the Brain by Ali Hazlewood to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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