Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood Book Review
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood Book Review is here. First of all, I want to thank Berkley Pub and Berkley Romance for sending me an ARC copy of this book. They also sent Netgalley copies to five of my influencers! We all did reviews and shared our thoughts on this book below! But before we talk about reviews, let me tell you what this book is about!
Love on the Brain centers around Dr. Bee Königswasser. Bee adores the late Noble Prize in Physics Marie Curie and is, in a word, a genius. Bee gets tapped for her dream job—working as the lead of a neuroengineering project and can’t wait to accept. But then she finds out she is the co-lead with none other than Levi Ward.
Levi is definitely easy on the eyes, and Bee can’t deny how she felt when his arms wrapped around her to stop her from falling. Bee being Bee, though isn’t quick to forget that in grad school, Levi made it clear they were better off working in separate dimensions. But now? Now, they must find common ground whether Bee trusts him or not. After Bee’s equipment turns up missing and people at work give her the silent treatment, it turns out her only ally may just be Dr. Levi Ward himself. Is romance in the workplace worth the risk for both Bee professionally and personally? Find out when you read Love on the Brain!
So first off, I was so excited to find out about this book because I loved The Love Hypothesis. But then I thought, ‘what if this book isn’t as good?’ Well, fear not because it is! Bee is such a breath of fresh air as a character! The STEMinist way Bee is presented is another homerun for Hazelwood. Bee is unique and has great dialogue! My favorite part of this book has to be the NASA setting and the way Hazelwood weaves in those details. I was honestly surprised by how detailed it was (for someone who isn’t familiar with NASA or astronauts). It felt original and unlike anything I’d read before. As far as the romance? I was a fan. I liked the chemistry between Bee and Levi (even though it felt similar to The Love Hypothesis). It worked for me. I am adding this book to the pile of ones you need to read and will see a lot of!
Ali Hazelwood can do no wrong. There I said it! If you loved The Love Hypothesis, then you will definitely want to pick up her new book when it comes out. Love On The Brain was a fun and fast read and caused a definite book hangover when I finished. I loved Bee’s quirky and loving personality and how she was authentically herself throughout the book. Levi was also super fun to read, and underneath all his broodiness was a true teddy bear. I enjoyed Bee and Levi’s banter and their overall love and support for each other. I love how she portrays women in stem and also addresses all the unfairness they experience. Also, I found both of these characters realistic and likable throughout the book. I easily rated this book five stars.
As a science teacher, books that involve STEM, especially WOMEN in STEM, are always a must-read. Love on the Brain is an amazing story about Dr. Bee Konigswasser and her opportunity to lead a brain mapping project at NASA. She and her team will be mapping the brain to create a helmet for astronauts. She cannot be more excited about this opportunity until she learns she will be co-leading with her nemesis, Dr. Levi Ward. Once she arrives, absolutely nothing is ready for her. It’s like she is being set up for failure. Of course, Levi is only making everything worse. With some collaboration, Bee and Levi are able to get started on the project, but are they successful? With a scientist like Bee, how could they not be! My favorite about this book was Bee. She was a strong, funny, charismatic character who made you wish she was your best friend. This book was such a great read, from the science aspect to the banter, to the relatable characters. I loved this book so much!
The Love Hypothesis is a bookstagram and booktok darling, so I imagine the pressure to produce a second book was immense. But Hazelwood managed to do it again. I have so much love for this book. Hazelwood has a gift for writing relatable, quirky characters with distinct, specific interests. Bee’s obsessive love for Marie Curie is endearing, as is her intense Vegan love for all animals -including roadkill! Hazelwood relies on many of the things that worked in The Love Hypothesis. Big, broody, man. Tiny, quirky, scientist girl. Men in STEM who subvert women. Adorable miscommunication. Awkward love. But I can’t fault her for it because she writes all these things so well. (And let’s face it, the displacement of women, especially in STEM, really can’t be reiterated enough). Love on the Brain is brilliant (I mean that literally. I learned so much about the human brain). But it’s also real and sweet and human—an enthusiastic five stars. I’ll read anything Hazelwood writes.
This was my first Ali Hazelwood book, and I’ve been crazy to have left one of her other books on my shelf for so long. Bee was eccentric, wickedly smart, and funny. She had insecurities that were easy to relate to. Levi was easy to love and the sweetest love interest I’ve read so far. Rocio was hilarious and the perfect addition, along with other side characters. I adored the NASA setting and chapter titles. Early on, I figured some of the surprises to come out at the end. Even though some of the read felt predictable (possibly on purpose), I enjoyed every second of how it played out. The story did take an interesting turn that I wasn’t expecting at the end. I liked how that was added to the reading. I found myself getting emotional during the epilogue and felt it wrapped the whole story up perfectly. This gets a five-star rating from me!
Ali Hazelwood is back with another charming, brainy, sexy rom-com that will surely be the next Bookstagram darling! In her sophomore novel, Hazelwood really amps up the science AND the steam! I loved Bee and seeing the world through her eyes. She is hilarious- both in her own head and when she banters with Levi and her Research Assistant, Rocio. Levi is such a great love interest. He is sexy, broody, and a bit grumpy, but there are no toxic traits here. I found that so refreshing. He is mature, grounded, and completely authentic to his wonderfully brilliant Star Wars and cat-loving true self. This could be described as “enemies to lovers,” but I think it’s more of a slow-burn miscommunication trope. I thought it worked well, thanks to a modern-day You’ve Got Mail subplot! Fans of The Love Hypothesis will adore this book–I even enjoyed this one more! 4.5 stars!
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