The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis

New Book Crush Alert 🚨


“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.”


Genre: Romance
Trope: Fake Dating
Pub Date: 9.14.21
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5

“I’m starting to wonder if this is what being in love is. Being okay with ripping yourself to shreds so that the other person can stay whole.”

I probably will hear a resounding “I told you so” from those of you that have read The Love Hypothesis. But, hear me out; whenever I see a book hyped all over Instagram, I start to worry that it won’t live up to my expectation. I’ve been burned before when it comes to this particular genre. So… I kept pushing off reading TLH, and finally, I said, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.

And dang it, if I didn’t LOVE this story. Adam is my new book crush. I looked forward to every interaction that he and Olive had. I wish there had been chapters from his perspective.

I thought it was a reasonably vanilla storyline. There was absolutely no steam. There was chemistry between Olive and Adam, but that was it. And then I found myself amid CHAPTERS (not just one), which had me feeling like I needed to fan myself and hide behind my book because my face was probably a million shades of red.

Overall, this was such a perfectly executed Fake Dating trope, and I am counting down the days until @alihazelwood releases her next book!

😎 Fake dating
🔬 Women in STEAM representation
🤩 Adam Carlsen
🔥 Holy steaminess
🎧 Audiobook

❌- sexual harassment

I definitely recommend adding this book to your reading list, today!

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