Title: The Love Hypothesis
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Well this was cute! Olive doesn’t believe in love nor has she ever really felt attraction for anyone. So when she needs to convince her best friend Anha that she is dating, she kisses the first man she sees. Unfortunately, that happened to be the grumpy and difficult professor Adam Carlsen.
Olive was a great character. She was smart, sassy, and dedicated to her career. I enjoyed her dedication to science and her random references to it during random conversations. I didn’t always understand it but it was fun. I loved how she slowly came to trust Adam and slowly opened up to him, especially about her sexuality.
Adam started out as a grumpy and stern hero. We don’t get a lot of him in the beginning but once they actually start talking more of his personality finally comes through. He had a surprisingly dry sarcastic humor that I enjoyed. Yes he was a stern taskmaster of a professor but he had a good reason for it. I do wish we had gotten his POV some during this book though because I really wanted to know what he was thinking at times, especially towards the end when feelings were being admitted.
Overall, this was a great STEM and fake relationship romance. This is one of my favorite tropes and I really enjoyed this couple’s story. I look forward to reading more books from this author now.
Trigger Warnings: sexual harassment by another professor
*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*