The Love Hypothesis // Book Review

About The Book
As a reluctant Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith’s skepticism about love is challenged when she pretends to date Adam Carlsen, a notorious professor, to satisfy her best friend’s expectations. Despite Adam’s reputation, he unexpectedly supports Olive during a chaotic science conference, sparking an unexpected attraction. As their fake relationship blurs into something real, Olive navigates the complexities of love and her academic career, discovering that both require more than just scientific proof.
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My Rating

I was very unsure about this book before picking it up. All I knew was that there was a lot of hype surrounding it and that it was a STEM-based romance. Although I love reading adult romance books, I had never read a book with a STEM aspect. However, after giving it a chance and getting through the first ten chapters, I found myself truly enjoying the book. Therefore, if you are struggling with the book, try to give it until at least the halfway point.

The plot follows Olive, a Ph.D. candidate who initiates a fake dating relationship with Adam Carlsen, a well-known young professor. The book includes the fake dating trope and a grumpy-sunshine romance. Although everything happens a bit too quickly at first—Olive literally jumps Adam in the first chapter—I am glad that the story slowed down as it continued.

Olive’s character was likable, and it was understandable that she had a difficult time letting people in. However, I am not a fan of characters who cannot see what is right in front of them. Adam was an amazing love interest, but I might just have a thing for no-nonsense male characters. The chemistry between the two characters is evident, and there is just the right amount of witty banter between them.

“That’s the thing with science. We’re drilled to believe that false positives are bad, but false negatives are just as terrifying.”

As for spiciness, I would not say that it is all too steamy. However, it is not a closed-door romance. I would give it a spicy rating of 2.5 out of 5. The one sexy scene the author gave us is perfect for someone who wants a predominantly clean romance with a touch of spice. In my opinion, it is nothing that will make you blush, but it is a descriptive scene.

One of my favorite aspects of the book was the focus on how women in STEM are treated. The author did a great job showcasing how they are not taken seriously in the field. Sadly, this is true in reality, as it is mainly a male-dominated career path. Thus, the book shows that we need more women in the STEM world. I enjoyed this deeper element of the plot.

Overall, the writing style was fantastic, and the plot was enjoyable. If you don’t mind the miscommunication third-act break plot device when it’s done well, then this is the book for you. It was a fun read and serves as a great palate cleanser between heavier books. I look forward to reading more from this author and agree that this book is worth the hype.

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Molly | Transatlantic Notes

I like it when a book ends up being an enjoyable surprise. I sometimes pick up books I am not sure about, but end up really getting into them. This sounds like a good read, and I like the STEM focus!