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Review: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Title: Love on the Brain
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA (TX, LA) 

SummaryLike 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?

Review: I enjoyed this author's debut novel Love Hypothesis (link to my review) so figured this one would be fun, too. I like that the author is a scientist and so she includes science (real science) in the story. In this one, the main character is obsessed with Marie Curie so there are tons of tidbits about her throughout the book.

I also really enjoyed the Twitter portions of the book in which the main character is the voice behind a women in STEM account, bringing out the issues women face in the sciences. Many of the issues are ones faced by women in various businesses so I could relate. I've also seen some very similar tweets when I was on Twitter so this part felt grounded in reality.

I say this each time I review a romance, but I am totally okay with knowing the couple will get together in the end. I like the predictability, the romance, and the tension. I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish this novel and am glad that I did.

Challenges for which this counts:
  • Literary Escapes--Louisiana

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