Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood

Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The synopsis

Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn….

As an environmental engineer, Mara knows all about the delicate nature of ecosystems. They require balance. And leaving the thermostat alone. And not stealing someone else’s food. And other rules Liam, her detestable big-oil lawyer of a roommate, knows nothing about. Okay, sure, technically she’s the interloper. Liam was already entrenched in his aunt’s house like some glowering grumpy giant when Mara moved in, with his big muscles and kissable mouth just sitting there on the couch tempting respectable scientists to the dark side…but Helena was her mentor and Mara’s not about to move out and give up her inheritance without a fight.

The problem is, living with someone means getting to know them. And the more Mara finds out about Liam, the harder it is to loathe him…and the easier it is to love him.

The review

I’ll be really quick with this review since we are talking about a novella here.

It was a very sweet romance were I found the same respect The Love Hypothesis’s hero had towards the heroine in the relationship between Liam and Mara. Same remark for Mara’s character who felt a bit insecure, was very intelligent and nice but shy exactly as was Olive. I liked the academic setting of the plot and I liked several tropes.

However, it was a bit short and left me with several questions such as Does Mara realises that Helena set them up?

In brief: It was a nice, quick read that helped me during a reading slump. It was not groundbreaking and felt a lot like The Love Hypothesis which didn’t bother me too much. I would’ve liked to have a more thorough epilogue, to see them more together and have a bit more of their chemistry as a couple.

My rating: 3.5/5


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