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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 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This adorkable fake-dating romance set in the world of academia might just be one of our favorite 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 humor. The opposites-attract chemistry between stoic Adam and sunshiny Olive left us grinning from ear to ear.
Hazelwood debuts with a charming, offbeat rom-com pairing a somewhat awkward doctoral candidate with a hotshot young professor. Olive Smith, a third-year PhD student in biology at Stanford University, doubts that happily ever after exists, while her bestie, Anh, is a hopeless romantic. But Olive briefly dated Anh's current crush, Jeremy, and now Anh's refusing to act on her feelings because of "girl code." In an attempt to prove she's over Jeremy and alleviate Anh's guilt, Olive impulsively kisses famously irascible professor Adam Carlsen and convinces him to "fake-date" her. But as attraction and chemistry grow, their relationship becomes more than pretense. Things further evolve after Olive is harassed and belittled at a professional conference and Adam provides a supportive shoulder. But can their relationship hold up in the real world? With whip-smart and endearing characters, snappy prose, and a quirky take on a favorite trope, Hazelwood convincingly navigates the fraught shoals of academia. The delightful supporting characters, especially Adam's colleague Holden Rodriquez and Olive's friends Malcolm and Anh, add flavor—and readers will love seeing the villain of the story dispatched in appropriate fashion. This smart, sexy contemporary should delight a wide swath of romance lovers.
I absolutely love this book! It’s funny, romantic, angsty, sexy, and offers the public a look into the absolutely draining (yet partially rewarding) life as a STEM grad student. Love the diversity and the message about the hardships marginalized grad students face in the cis-white-male dominated world of academia!
Such sass and much cuteness
Oh my god. I loved it. So much. Holy crap.
The banter. The snark and the relationship dynamo between the main characters. Everything I could have hoped for. Get it. Get it. Get it. Devoured this book in a day.
This book was every STEM girls dream 🤩 the man was smart and hot, supported the main lead, and the main lead was a strong independent woman but i lovedddd the progression and flow of this book. Also how it talked about such important aspects of STEM both good and bad. Definitely a good read!!! :)