Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I think you’ll find this book is very much worth the hype.


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.


There is over 18,000 reviews of The Love Hypothesis on Amazon alone; the world really doesn’t mean mine as well. But this is the first romance book I truly loved in a while, so I just couldn’t resist.

I can’t quite put my finger on what makes The Love Hypothesis so special. The plot has been done before and it has its fair share of cheesy scenes. The ending is more or less a given and the whole story is pretty simply. Yet it gave me butterflies in my belly. The author’s words magically made me feel like I was falling in love for the first time. I was filled with happy emotion that left me smiling like a Cheshire Cat. I had a big book hangover.

I loved the characters in this book too. Such a great mix, and down to earth and likeable. Of course, with the have-to-hate character thrown in to make things spicy. And, who doesn’t love a book that bigs up women on science.

The Love Hypothesis will def make my top 10 of 2022. Pick up your copy of the book here.

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