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The Love Experiment

(Stubborn Hearts #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Can you fall in love in thirty-six questions?

The closest rookie lifestyle writer Derelie Honeywell gets to megastar reporter Jackson Haley is an accidental shoulder brush in The Courier's elevator. That is, until the love experiment: a study designed to accelerate intimacy using thirty-six questions and four minutes of sustained eye contact.

As far as Derelie is concerned,
Published October 2nd 2017 by Carina Press
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Although the book definitely delivers on its premise and I had a decent time reading it, I just couldn’t bring myself to really like it.

There were aspects of the story I truly enjoyed –like the church fighting and the whole newspaper atmosphere but, ultimately, I wasn’t invested on the relationship. I think I just didn’t like the couple at all. Not even as individuals.

The writing style was fine –it was your typical contemporary kind of telling but yeah, didn’t like the romance.

I hope to have be
✰♊ Angie ♊✰
I really liked the unique angle of this book. An experiment to determine whether 36 questions asked and answered honestly between two strangers can spark the emotion of love. It's an interesting theory and I enjoyed reading about how these two completely opposite co-workers attempted this challenge.


For the most part, I really liked reading this story. Watching two MCs go from enemies to lovers is always like book crack for me and made for some great push and pull. I do think this book could hav
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Stars. The writing was beautiful and hot, but it took me a while to warm up to the hero. He was a total ass for the first 25-30%, and then all of a sudden he was amazing.

I'm happy with how it all worked out, but I thought it wrapped up a little too quickly.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

This book lived up to my hopes of an office love-hate and more. After reading the blurb, I knew this had potential and what I found was a funny, chemistry-laden office scenario, with characters who were superb. The story of THE LOVE EXPERIMENT built through the pages into what eventually became an intense love story.

Derelie (pronounced like merrily) was what seemed to be a mousy reporter doing lifestyle pieces. She slipped under the radar in meetings and in the office. She was commissio
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I heard about this book from Lucy Parker when she retweeted a link to it. I read the summary and was immediately intrigued. As much as I adore romance, there’s no denying that there’s sometimes a lack of creativity in the genre. So, the concept of The Love Experiment was a breath of fresh air. I just loved the idea of two people who would otherwise never connect falling in love through a proven survey experiment, and I thought Ainslie Paton worked with the concept beautifully.

One of the reasons
Maria Rose
If you like snarky banter, strong heroines and thought-provoking stories, then you need to add Ainslie Paton to your reading list. In The Love Experiment, she’s taken a psychological study meant to enhance intimacy and paired two opposites in a sexy, unique romance.

36 Questions. 4 minutes of sustained eye contact. 1 love match? That’s what rookie reporter Derelie Honeywell is out to discover when she’s assigned the task of participating in a ‘love experiment’ as part of her lifestyle section in
Sam (AMNReader)
I could break this up into thirds, I think: the first third was rough and choppy, and didn't build the enemies-to-lovers effectively for me. It's not that I couldn't sense the chemistry, I wasn't sure I cared at that point
Then, the 2nd third came.
We're a crash course in chemical attraction. we're lab rats let loose and juiced up on conversation. We're as ill-advised as we're inevitable. And I thought YES.

There is wonderful banter throughout, and Derelie may not appear tough, but she is tough- a
First read: September 2017 (4 stars)

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Derelie Honeywell and Jack Haley cannot be more wrong for each other. Derelie (“rhymes with merrily”) writes light-hearted, lifestyle pieces (that Jack snottily refers to as “clickbait”) for the online version of the paper they both work for, while Jack’s the star of the print version and has been dubbed the Saviour of the City for all the investigative reporting that he’s done. It took a while for them to get in sync (especially si
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-2020
Isn’t it the worst when you suddenly lose interest in a book/couple?

This was an office romance with a hate to love vibe. Two very different journalists who work for a floundering paper are forced into an experiment where a set of 36 questions is predicted to make the participants fall in love!

I absolutely loved the first half of this—LOVED. The writing was really good—unique, but reminiscent of other authors I favour.

I wont lie, an asshole male like Jack is right up my alley, and Derelie was al
2.5 stars
I somehow found the book a drag, hero was horrid & heroine was meh.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it a lot! The ending felt a bit rushed, I would have love an epilogue, but other than that is was quite nice - fun and smart and serious.

This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it a lot. It's a modern day sort of opposites-attract romance with complex character, a love story full of twists and turns unfolding at the background of the desperate struggle of old-school newspaper against going digital edition only. I'm in general wary of office romances but here the hero and hero
4.5 stars, rounding up.

Ainslie Paton is a new-to-me author, so I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this!

I liked the premise of two journalists at the same newspaper being thrown together by their superiors for the "love experiment," which refers to a (real!) questionnaire that is supposed to develop intimacy with a series of questions that two people ask each other. This felt like an original twist on the newsroom romance. I do want t
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: published-2017
Ainslie Paton is a completely new author to me and it is always exciting to find a new author to admire and read. The Love Experiment was such an unexpected pleasure for many reasons but perhaps especially because it never followed a predictable plot. While it begins with a light-hearted and pretty hokey questionnaire that forces two very different and even antagonistic co-workers together to test their ability to withstand artificial forced intimacy, it goes to places I did not foresee. It is q ...more
“The questionnaire didn’t give any hints of what you were supposed to do if you got beyond intimacy. That had to be what this was. An overwhelming desire not to be parted her, to know she was near, to hear her voice and see her smile. To know he could touch her in the most casual way and understand her in the most solemn. To feel in the core of his being that his own happiness was brought to life by hers. He didn’t know what do about feeling that way. What to call it except love.
3.5 stars

This bo
I struggled with the writing style of this at first... but, I liked the premise and stuck with it, and I'm glad I did! Once I got used to the writing I really enjoyed the characters and their story. This is a simple, cute romance that is low on unnecessary angst (yay). I also appreciated having a likable heroine that didn't make stupid decisions (double yay). If you're looking for something light and sweet, this is a good one to try!
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
3.5 Stars, mostly because I felt like the relationship happened too fast was sort of slowburn at the beginning, however once the relationship happened it moved waaaaay too fast, I still enjoyed it a lot because both main characters were complex and we got to know a lot about what made them act the way they acted, I'm also taking points down because I love epilogues and this one didn't have one!!!!! GIVE ME ALL THE CUTE YOU CAN POSSIBLY FIT INTO WORDS BRING IT ON I AM READY
DNF 40%
I was bored and not at all interested in reading about the romance between two journalists.

"It's not you, it's me" 😉

Sorry. It just didn't click!
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had me turning the pages what a story it engages you from the start the banter and whit is so very entertaining there will be laughs and smiles as you get to know hero Jack Haley who is an investigative journalist with the Courier newspaper in Chicago, and new to the city journalist Derelie Honeywell who also works for the same paper although in the online department, sit back and enjoy.

Derelie was the girl from the country loved dogs comes from a fabulous family and was determined to
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how this book was more than just a romance. The realistic situations regarding the protagonist's professional lives were interesting to see.
I think there were some transition scenes a little boring, others a little repetitive but in the end I was glad the couple seemed to be a good match. After a certain conflict, though, I did expect the end to be a little sweeter or, at least, for the book to have a cute epilogue. It would have been a good balance to the less-than-easy situa
Talking Books
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about the characters of Derelie Honeywell and Jackson Haley in author Ainslie Paton's newest novel, The Love Experiment. A feel good read that I could not put down. Ms Paton is fast becoming my go-to author for unmissable reads.
Review copy received from Carina Press via Netgalley
Juanita Kees
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ainslie Paton has the gift to create a page turner. I loved this story from beginning to end. The hero is broody and mean, ala James Dean, yet you can't help but fall in love with him. The heroine is sassy and strong. She takes no nonsense from him, but when he does bruise her heart, boy, do you feel it like an arrow through yours. The emotional ride is spectacular, the characters come to life on the page. Ms Paton is a genius storyteller, and if you like hard-hitting, edge-of-the-seat, gritty-y ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, harlequin
Why did I let this sit in my tbr pile for so long? This book was amazing! Jack and Derelie both work for a Chicago newspaper. Jack is a cynical Investigative Journalist and Derelie is a country girl in the big city doing the "click bait" info-tainment stories for the online paper.

They both get roped into doing a story about The Love Experiment, a set of 36 questions said to promote intimacy. Jack is adamant about not getting involved in this fluff and he is quite an a$$ to Derelie for a large p
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The premise of this book is quite interesting but I had a hard time getting into it. I felt detached from the main characters and I think that is mainly because of the writing style.

There was (too) much focus on journalism and the changing times, where papers are starting to get obsolete and the internet is taking over. The Hero is old school, writes investigative pieces. He is thrown together with the heroine for a piece called The love experiment and they start a relationship, but when he enc
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, contemporary
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I had never heard of Ainslie Paton before and I only picked up The Love Experiment because Nick reviewed it and said it came on her radar because of Lucy Parker, an author I love, so I had to check this out. I preordered it and everything. I have no regrets, it was a swoon-worthy and addictive read I wasn't 100% I'd love but went in optimistic.

It all revolves around two reporters at a struggling newspaper answering questions to an experiment to see if it can forge a connection between them. As t
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Copy received from the author for an honest review

An Aislie Paton book is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get.

I love that they are a little bit left of centre, that the characters are quirky and fun.

Whilst The Love Experiment is a little more "normal" than her other works, I adored it just as much.

You can't help but love both Derelie (rhymes with merrily!) and Jack. Their relationship is not all fun and games, and you know it is going to be a loooong t
Rachna R
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
There was a section in the middle - after they got together (!!! yes there are CHAPTERS of them after they've gotten together!!! my fave kind of romance!!!!) - where I was certain I'd be giving this five stars. The way the leads settle into each other and keep learning about each other while knowing each other at a gut level at the same time was kind of wonderful. I especially loved seeing the building confidence with their relationship, from both sides; and how both of them were equally capable ...more
Kayne Spooner
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun one called The Love Experiment by Ainslee Paton with an Investigative Journalist and a ClickBait writer at a newspaper in Chicago. The humor was lively, especially in the beginning, when they are thrown together for an article about an Intimacy Experiment. There is insight into the changes in the newspaper publishing business as well as a farm girl adjusting to living in the big city.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I enjoyed the two main characters and their give-and-take dialogue. They built an interesting dynamic through the novel. Derelie developed as a character throughout and proved to be a nice balance for Jack. Sadly personal dislike of certain background concepts prevent me from rating this higher—that said I can understand why I’ve seen a few people compare this to “The Hating Game”. It’s not the same but the dialogue has a certain spark that is lacking in other books.
Took me a while to finish this book (2 months!!) and that had nothing to do with the book. I really liked it. Jack and Derelie's story was wonderful and I got a nice look inside journalism. The romance was sprinkled through perfectly and I loved the Marta bits! I always love Ms Paton's writing and this one again didn't disappoint.
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