Title: Love on the Brain
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Book Length: 368 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
Read Start Date: February 28, 2023
Read Finish Date: March 5, 2023
Brief Summary of the Plot from Goodreads: 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.
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 – 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. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school – archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.
But when her equipment starts to go missing and the staff ignore her, Bee could swear she sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas… devouring her with those eyes. 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?
My Review: Bee Königswasser is the typical, snarky romance heroine with a twist: she is a brilliant neuroscientist. She thinks that she has just hit the jackpot when she is assigned to work as the lead on a helmet NASA is developing. Then she finds out that her engineering counterpart is Levi Ward. You know, the hunky guy that hated her in grad school for some reason that she could never quite figure out.
And it is clear that he still hates her–his evilness knows no bounds. He eats her freakin’ vegan donut…like who the F does that? Then he cancels the equipment she orders, prevents her from accessing the building…God what is this guy’s problem?
But then weirdly, things change. He is actually nice to her. He helps her. He says nice things about her to others…
As this is a romance novel, I’m sure by now you’ve already figured out they end up getting together. The sex scenes are very well written and are very steamy.
I normally do not enjoy romance novels, but for some reason I adored this one. Maybe it was the voice of Bee, maybe it was the plot, or the way Ali Hazelwood wrote the book (in a playful and informal style), but it was just great — much better in fact than her other book, The Love Hypothesis.
Do I recommend this book? Duh!