The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I’m finally reading this one! The perfect heartwarming romance for summer!

Themes: Contemporary romance, adult fiction

The synopsis

As a third-year Ph.D. 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 is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, 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 Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

The review

I’ve heard so much about this book that when I saw it on sales on Amazon I had no other choice but to buy it! And even though I’m usually not the biggest fan of contemporary romance, I read this one in one sitting!

I enjoyed the story and each character in it. Olive is a smart, shy and very funny PhD student with a tendency to speak a lot when she’s stressed. I totally fell in love with Adam, who’s perfect for Olive since he has a lot of humour too and is able to bring out the best in her 🙂 The side characters were also very enjoyable and had a real role to play in the story.

For once, all the tropes you’re used to finding in romance were debunked and reversed (the scene with the beds made me laugh a lot). This time, it’s Adam who has been in love with Olive for ages and it made the book even more lovely to read.

Finally, I really liked that it was a light read but still a bit more complex than the romances I read before. The author manages in making a romcom which is still denouncing the PhD world be it the harsh life of the students or the inequalities and sexism that can happen.

My rating: 5/5


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