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.
'Contemporary romance's unicorn: the elusive marriage of deeply brainy and delightfully escapist.' Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners
When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman's carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.
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 on her way to a happily ever after was always going to be tough, scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting woman, 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 he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire and Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support (and his unyielding abs), their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion.
Olive soon discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.
What the five star reviews are saying about The Love Hypothesis:
'Did I read this in 24 hours? Yes.'
'Funny. Snarky. Intelligent. Real.'
'If you're even slightly thinking about getting this book to read, just go a head and do it'
'Adam is just *swoon*'
'Ali Hazelwood has made herself an auto-buy author'
'It was just... perfect.'
'A heroine you will instantly fall in love with'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This adorkable fake-dating romance set in the world of academia might just be one of our favourite reads of the year. Biologist Olive Smith is too busy with the third year of her PhD program to worry about romance, so she’s fine when her ex and her best friend hook up. They feel guilty about it, though, and determined to see her best friend happy, Olive enters into a fake relationship with campus grump Dr. Adam Carlsen to prove just how over her ex she is. Little does Olive know that the curmudgeonly Adam has been secretly pining for her. Ali Hazelwood’s book is full of delightful tropes and a great sense of humour. The opposites-attract chemistry between stoic Adam and sunshiny Olive left us grinning from ear to ear.
Funny and romantic
Didn’t want the story to end
If you don’t read it you’ll never know that you missed the best book I’ve read in a while!
I’m just finishing my PhD in a medical field and honestly, I passed by this book many times thinking it would be silly and poorly researched (ironically). But it only took a few chapters to realise that this author actually knows what it’s like to be a PhD candidate because it felt very familiar. Academics can be callous and incredibly self centered and Hazelwood’s descriptions captured this perfectly. The story was familiar (but hey, isn’t that what you kinda expect with romance?) and the ending was predictable, but it was still a very pleasant read. I actually liked the protagonist a lot and the relationship she shared with her love interest was more than just physical attraction (Which is refreshing for this genre). The quality of Hazelwood’s writing is very high. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an enjoyable read with a few laughs and a romantic plot that delivers.