Book Review: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Hello everyone,

Today’s review is on Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood.

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.

Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project – a literal dream come true – Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school – archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

But when her equipment starts to go missing and the staff ignore her, Bee could swear she sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas… devouring her with those eyes. The possibilities have all her neurons firing.

But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do? 

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed Love on the Brain, however I didn’t love it as much as The Love Hypothesis, and that’s probably on me for reading them so close together. It probably didn’t help either that I jumped into it right about reading a pretty heavy book.

I really liked the backdrop of NASA, however, there are some things that happen in the book where you have to suspend your disbelief because they would have been way bigger issues than they are made out to be in the book. I did also really like the commentary on standardized testing that is made throughout the book, and I highly agree that standardized testing in any capacity is an absolute crock! I also liked how each chapter was titled with a specific part of the brain, it was really cohesive.

One thing that I did not like was how a lot of things had a TM next to it, I get that the author was trying to be funny, quirky erven, but it did get to be annoying after a while.

I did really like both main characters, although I kind of wish they’d cleared up their differences closer to the start of the book, because it got a little annoying that Levi wouldn’t clearly communicate that he doesn’t hate Bee. I did like the complexities of both characters, especially Be who has dealt with a lot of crap in her life, particularly with people close to her leaving. I also really loved her obsession with Marie Curie! I did also like Levi and finding out why he seems so taciturn. I loved their chemistry and how it was noticeable from the first time they interacted.

There are other things that I would love to touch upon but I shouldn’t because spoilers. My only other critique is that the ending was kind of rushed and I wish there’d been at least 10-20 pages more to help answer the questions that I still had. But I still really enjoyed Love on the Brain, and I can’t wait to see what Ali Hazelwood puts out next. 4/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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