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The Love Hypothesis

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 14th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Look at the cover reminds us Reylo (Kylo and Rey disguised in lab coats, kissing each other till they get breathless), two nerdy adorable characters who were pretending as couple: a rigid-a.hole but also charismatic 34 years old professor and sweet, quirky, gold hearted Phd student who tries to find the cure of pancreatic cancer! I’m sold!!!

Banters are nerdish, sexy, entertaining but I have to scream at hot professor Adam’s face at each time he calls Olive smart ass! I wish he may have ca
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Why does that look like Kylo Ren and Rey wearing lab coats tho
OMG I don't know what to say...... but one thing is sure, it's one of the BEST romances I read in a very LONG time!!!!

It's so good!!!! Like, really AMAZING, from beginning to end. There was NOTHING in this book that I didn't love. Brilliant debut novel!!!

Full review to come....

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Chloe Liese
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Berkley & NetGalley for the advance review copy—all opinions are my own! Full review to come closer to Pub Day, September 14, 2021. For now...

This was a lovable, funny, banter-loaded RomCom that unabashedly embraced its STEM in academia setting with humor, playfulness, and tender honesty. Olive was thoroughly likable, her backstory incredibly sympathetic, and her character arc was deeply satisfying. Because this is single POV, we don’t see much of Adam’s interiority, especially beca
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
I'm trash for fake dating tropes so throw in this mix two equally smart people with absolutely zero skills at dating or flirting, add in a pinch of love unrequited and you get the loveliest, cutest, awkward, sexy romance. Also: meddling friends. Yes to pushy friends.
And YES to Reylo fanfics. I mean, reading this and hearing Adam dialogues in Adam Driver's quiet, clipped voice? Yassss.

It could have been a 5 stars for me but... miscommunication, GUYS. Ugh.
Review to come.

I had resigned my
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Oh gosh, there aren't words to describe how much I adored this book. As in, this, alongside of 'A Dangerous Kind of Lady' by Mia Vincy, both of which I read this year, might qualify as my top two of all time. My heart melted into a puddle over and over again, so much that I'm not quite sure how to return to normal. What a high.

Olive. Let's start with her. She's absolutely precious on every level, and a protagonist I think most will relate too. She's nervous, awkward, shy, completely self depreca
Jan 19, 2021 marked it as to-read
(I read this when it was still up online and fell HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE *ehem* and I cannot wait to see what it's like in print! Ali is an amazing writer; def one to watch out for) ...more
book bruin
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book checked all of my boxes and was an absolute joy to read. It was adorkably wonderful and gave my heart all the flutters and swoops that I love to feel. The Love Hypothesis combined so many of my favorite tropes like fake dating, "I hate everyone but you", slow burn enemies to friends to lovers, etc, and leaned into them so perfectly. All the pining and longing had my heart beating so fast and every loaded glance and near touch had me swooning. I'm always a sucker for those thoughtful li ...more
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Olive + Adam

We're in Stanford, California.
26 year old Olive is a biology grad student who is desperately trying to convince her bestie Anh that she's dating someone - so that Anh wouldn't feel guilty dating Olive's ex.
Only problem - Olive doesn't have the time and energy to date anyone.
Enter Adam.
He's a 34 year old bio professor and he's a bit (aka very) feared around campus.
And he's also the guy that got accidentally smooched by Olive in the hallway - because Anh was watching ... LOL!
He doesn'
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided to me from NetGalley
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I really admire how the publishing team behind this decided to stick with reylo influences and design the cover in such a way that it clearly looks like daisy ridley/rey and adam driver/kylo ren/ben solo

Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
This book has skyrocketed into my all-time favorites and I am really excited to see it out in the world and in the hands of readers this year!

Truly, it’s been a long time since a book kept me up late, but I found myself staying up until 2am to read this because I just couldn’t get enough of these characters, I have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with them.

Olive is a PhD student who, in a moment of panic, finds herself in the middle of a fake dating scheme with none other than the noto
Ivy Deluca
4.5 Trope-a-licious Stars

AHEM. *pulls out bullhorn* ATTENTION ALL SLOW BURN ROMANCE LOVERS - you're going to want to read this book. Yes, I'm talking to you Mariana Zapata fans, Elena Armas fans. Just sayin'. Also, it won't hurt if you're a lover of Reylo, because....yeah. The romance Force is strong with this, y'all and I read it in one day.

Full review to come closer to release date.
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-favorites
Can I give this ten stars?!? 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

✨ Thank you to Tej @readaholic19 for being an angel on earth and letting me borrow her ARC! 🥰✨⁣

I finished The Love Hypothesis last night and I actually have no words. The only way I can describe how I felt after reading is to quote something from @alihazelwood’s acknowledgment page: ⁣


Listen, I read a lot of contemporary romance. It’s my comfort genre, the one that got me into romance in the first place. And I can truly say I can’t re
Kendra Cusworth
5 stars

I knew I was going to love this but I don’t think I expected this to be a new all time favourite.

first of all, the fact that (I’m pretty sure) this is reylo fanfic is enough for me to be head over heels. I won’t get too much into that but our hero’s name is Adam and he’s a grump and he’s got black hair and he’s tall...

Anyway this book has an insane amount of charm. Our protagonist, Olive, is extremely likable and relatable. She’s so easy to root for because she has a passion and she wor
Jan 29, 2021 marked it as to-read
If you know, you know. I’m sooooo excited!
Y'all, this book. I've seen so much hype for it and, let me tell you, it deserves ALL OF IT. Olive and Adam gave me all the swoony feelings. They were so soft and I just wanted to squeeze them. Theirs is a slow burn fake it till you make it, which is one of my favorites. It's not without heat either. They were combustible.

I'll have more to say later, but for now -- just make sure this is on your TBR. It's one of my favorite reads of 2021 so far and I suspect it will be on several of my "best of
ARC received!! Thank you so much, Berkley!

I love a fake-dating trope and this one sounds perfect. I can't wait to get to it!!
Emma Carter
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2021-wrap-up
This book is fantastic!

The perfect, feel-good romance, with a dash of women in STEM! I read this book in one day and it did not disappoint.

I laughed, I cried, I got a warm fuzzy feeling...and it made me want to go to grad school?

Olive Smith is such a wonderful MC who shows the cutthroat world of a woman in academia. Trying to stand out and prove yourself and find confidence in your own capability I think is a struggle we can all relate to no matter our field. Dr. Adam Carlsen is the perfect broo
Hannah Azar
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this book in the early days of its existence, and I am so thrilled for Ali and its upcoming publication!

This book is fun, nerdy, and spicy at times. You’ll care deeply about the characters and root for their overall happiness. You’ll also face palm when the lovable, obscenely academically smart dummies can’t seem to figure out how to communicate. But by the end you’ll have enjoyed the journey even if the moments of angst give you the nervous sweats like they did t
Thank you Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 14, 2021

Rep: Demisexual MC, mlm side relationship, Vietnemese best friend, tall women rep.

I have been on a romance binge and I have to say that this book caught my eye because of the cover. It’s very much giving me Reylo vibes, and with the love interests name being Adam my suspicions were only heightened. Naturally, I did some digging to discove
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
Apr 12, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
literally only here bc the cover art is modern Reylo DO NOT CHANGE MY MIND
sarah 🍦
Jan 29, 2021 marked it as wishlist
Shelves: romance
Always here to support a fellow Reylo 😉 This looks incredible, I can’t wait to read it.
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love a good fake dating trope. I adore it actually. It was all kinds of wonderful in a perfectly paced book of nerdy science stuff and awkward beginnings of not only a fake relationship but a relationship in general.

This book offered everything you want in a romance. It was funny, sweet, a lil' saucy ;), and all around so satisfying. Adam is a rude, anti-social asshole of professor and Olive is an unsure but dedicated student, trying to make a difference with her research on a cure for pancre
Madia M
Feb 09, 2021 marked it as to-read
A love story featuring scientists. My biochemist brain is already releasing dopamine in anticipation.
Alison Cochrun
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just absolutely loved this book. I loved the honest representation of academia, and I loved seeing awesome women in STEM. Hazelwood writes with such a clear voice for Olive, and I laughed out loud multiple times. The dialogue crackles with wit and chemistry between the two characters, and the romance has so much tension! I can't wait for September when everyone can fall in love with this book! ...more
Carolina (bookedforadventure)
So ridiculously excited for this ♥️📚🧬🔬
3.5/5 stars!

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Romance for sending me an E-ARC of this book for an honest review.

I was super excited to read this book because I have heard nothing but amazing things from other readers who got early copies of this romance. This book was fun! For me, I think I liked the book the more and more that it went on. I did really love the two main characters, Adam and Olive. I also loved seeing two academic characters and I loved how interesting the romance was.
Readaholic Book Reviews
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Love Hypothesis was absolutely amazing. After reading the synopsis it was high on my tbr and I was SO excited to be able to read an ARC! Olive and Adam were just so damn cute. I loved their meet cute, their relationship and the banter between the two as well as other characters in the book was amazing! As a romance loving female in STEM I related so much to Olive. The Love Hypothesis was the perfect combination of sweet, funny and sexy - add it to your tbr and pre-order now before it release ...more
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I'm Ali, and I write contemporary romcom novels about women in STEM and academia. I love cats, Nutella, and side ponytails. I'm also currently learning to crochet, so as you can tell I'm a super busy gal with an intense and exciting life! ...more

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