Love on the Brain – Ali Hazelwood | Book Review

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Title: Love on the Brain
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Romance, Enemies to lovers
Pages: 363
My Rating: 9/10

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Love on the Brain

Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuro-engineering project—a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia—Marie would accept without hesitation. The only problem? She is a co-leader and the other co-leader is Levi. They met when they were both students at the university. For some reason, Levi never really liked Bee. He basically ignored her the whole time. He did not want to work with her on a project, he walked away when she presented something and did not want to sit next to her.

And now they have to work together, but it is a huge opportunity and Bee does not let Levi ruin her whole dream. Besides there are already enough problems because she does not have the equipment when she arrives at NASA and many things are going wrong.


At first, I thought the book I was reading before this one, was okay. But when I started reading this book, I realized that the other book was just below average. This is the kind of quality I look for in romance books and at this point, I think Ali Hazelwood won’t let me down. So far I’ve read 5 books by her and I loved all of them. 

I believe they all follow the same ‘recipe’ because they are all STEM women and all of those stories/books are enemies-to-lovers trope books. But apparently, it is a formula that works. But I wonder if Ali will ever write a friends-to-lovers story. I kind of want that actually. I think that is one of my favorite tropes. 

But I like Ali Hazelwood’s writing style. It is really hard to stop reading it and it is just so good. Sometimes with other books, you don’t mind putting it down for a while, but I can’t do that with Ali’s books. I also really liked the story. I think I have mentioned this before, but I have absolutely nothing with STEM. But even though it is a big part of the books, I don’t mind reading about it. The romance part of the books is so good, I don’t mind reading about technology and more. I think I have read another book about a woman working in STEM too and that one was pretty boring. Ali has the talent that it does not become boring to people like me.

I really liked the characters in this book. They were all very likable. But honestly, I also thought Bee was a little blind, but for me, it was obvious that Levi really liked Bee. All of those things he did for her. He also tried so many times to tell her how he really felt about her, but she always cut him off. Some people (especially in books) need to let other people finish their sentences. 

Funny enough, this story kind of reminded me of one guy in my class at university. He was acting like Levi, never saw that guy again so I don’t have an ending like Bee, but I thought that was kind of funny. This story was pretty relatable. 

One thing though. Some of the romance books I read have spicy chapters and I am totally okay with that. the only thing I have noticed is that all of the guys in those stories are big if you know what I mean. The women in those stories are afraid it is not going to fit. Especially in Ali’s books, this happens a lot. And it is definitely an eye-rolling moment for me because I kind of think it is too much. 

The good news is that there is one more book by Ali that I still can read, which is ‘Love, Theoretically,’ And another book called ‘Check & Mate’ is coming out at the end of the year and I am really looking forward to reading those two books.



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