Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Blog Tour and Review: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Pages: 368
Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance
Pub. Date: August 23, 2022
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Goodreads says, "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?"




Bee, a neuroscientist, just landed her dream job working on a project with both NASA and the NIH.  This is everything she has ever dreamed of, except that she is has to work on the project with Levi Ward, her nemesis.  Bee knows Levi from graduate school and he was impossible to work with, aloof, and an all around jerk.  Once she is there and Bee starts working on the project, things go from bad to worse. Someone is sabotaging her efforts; could it be Levi? Thankfully, Bee finds solace in her anonymous, but very popular, social media account that highlights issues in both science and academics, especially when it comes to women.  Slowly as Bee and Levi continue to work with one another, he has her back more often than not. So, who is creating all these roadblocks for Bee and BLINK, the program they are developing? Bee and Levi will have to work together like never before and can Bee get over her hesitation and broken heart from her ex-fiance?  Ali Hazelwood's Love on the Brain is a fun, laugh-out-loud novel for fans of STEM rom-coms.

I really liked Bee from the start of Love on the Brain. She runs an social media account called What Would Marie Do (as in Marie Curie) and it was so much fun to learn tidbits about Marie's amazing life as Bee channels her in her responses.  Hazelwood shares tweets and common concerns in academia via the social media account, so it was a nice touch.  Also, Bee lands her dream job, but she is hesitant about working with Levi as it hasn't gone well in the past.  As I mentioned before, someone is screwing things up for her while she is working on BLINK and at first, she assumes it's Levi. As time goes by, she realizes that it can't be him, so who is out to get her? She finds herself relying on Levi a bit more (maybe he isn't so bad?) and sparks fly.  If you like the whole enemies-to-something more trope, Love on the Brain will be right up your alley.  

What I like most about Love on the Brain is the dialogue. I am a sucker for witty banter and Hazelwood does it so well. She captures the nerdy academic side, but makes it seem cool and even romantic at times.  I really enjoyed the witty dialogue between Levi and Bee as well as the social media discussion between @WhatWouldMarieDo and other academic accounts. I felt that some of the issues she brought up were very timely and if a reader happens to be in the science or academic field, he or she will definitely relate and appreciate some of the discussions.  

The plot in Love on the Brain was a bit more twisty than The Love Hypothesis and I didn't see some of the plot twists coming. This definitely kept me flipping the pages. While I didn't love this one as much as The Love Hypothesis, it was still a solid and intelligent read.  

So, if you enjoy a brainy novel or are a fan of Hazelwood's The Love Hypothesis, definitely add Love on the Brain to your TBR list.  I know I'll read anything Hazelwood writes.  Are you a fan of Hazelwood? Is this book on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments below.    



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