The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Main Characters

  • Olive Smith
  • Anh Pham
  • Dr. Adman Carlson
  • Malcolm
  • Tom Benton
  • Holden

Publisher’s Summary

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. This 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.

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My Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The hype was real. The Love Hypothesis is a well-written romance novel. It has what you’re looking for. The chase, the sweetness, and the spice. I like Olive’s character even though the story is kind of far-fetched; a student “fake dates” a professor so her friend can date her ex-boyfriend. I looked past that part and enjoyed the book. The Love Hypothesis keeps you interested in what will happen next and chapter 16 will have you saying “all the other chapters were worth it for this.”

I recommend this book if you’re looking for an easy-going romance with the spice at chapter 16.

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carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man

― Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis

I’m starting to wonder if this is what being in love is. Being okay with ripping yourself to shreds, so the other person can stay whole

― Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis

you can fall in love: someone will catch you.

― Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis