‘𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥, 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘺𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘐 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧𝘧 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦.’
Okay, I fell for the Tiktok and bookstagram hype, especially when a fellow bookstagrammer whose opinion I value started shouting about it. Let me tell you, I am so glad that I picked up The Love Hypothesis, and I was equally bereft when I finished it within 24 hours!
The basis of this gorgeous contemporary fiction novel is that third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith and handsome young hotshot professor and well-known ass, Adam Carlsen start up a fake, yet mutually advantageous relationship – one full of electric and, well, chemistry but remember, it’s fake…. Right?! The slow burning intensity of this coupling had me edging towards the end of my seat and holding my breath, hoping, wishing for that explosive kiss that from the beginning you can hear your brain begging for.
With a sprinkling of awkwardness sewn into The Love Hypothesis, we also get Witt, two characters who we are totally rooting for and a very healthy dose of fireworks, with some underlying spicy briefness. An array of characters, from Olive’s friends to Adam’s peers. I loved the themes of consent, friendship, sexuality and character development enveloped within the storyline.
Set in the world of science academia, we fall completely head over heels in love with Ali Hazelwood’s writing. Within The Love Hypothesis, a number of themes are weaved into the storyline, ones that added this whole extra dimension to the plotline. One of the things that I loved was the inclusion of a demi-sexual representation, one that explains the basics but also creating an individual who others can identify with. I really loved that this was a part of Olive’s character!
For me, one of the aspects that highly appeals to me include the strong women involved in the STEM side of the novel, as a science graduate, I know how important it is for women to be represented in STEM and that’s why I’m also looking forward to Ali’s upcoming novella’s this year, and the second book following The Love Hypothesis, strong women who know their own minds but also allow themselves that vulnerability.
I dare you to read this book in more than one sitting! I loved how each chapter started with a hypothesis, and how each one was related to it – nothing goes smoothly when it comes to the subject of love! A feel good, light, contemporary romance that will make you want to add more of the genre to your TBR pile.
If this sounds like the book for you, you can find it published in paperback, Audible and eBook (currently a steal at 99p!) You can purchase yourself a copy here, Let me know if you get yourself a copy!