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Love on the Brain

By: Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by: Brooke Bloomingdale
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Publisher's summary

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A #1 LibraryReads and Indie Next Pick!

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.

Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project—a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia—Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?

©2022 Ali Hazelwood (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic reviews

“With her sophomore novel, Ali Hazelwood proves that she is the perfect writer to show that science is sexy as hell, and that love can ‘STEM’ from the most unlikely places. She’s my newest must-buy author.” (Jodi Picoult, number one New York Times best-selling author of Wish You Were Here)

“I cannot get enough of her brand of brainy romance!...Writing with an emotionally brilliant and witty pen, Hazelwood is an absolute romance powerhouse.” (Christina Lauren, New York Times best-selling authors of The Unhoneymooners)

“Gloriously nerdy and sexy, with on-point commentary about women in STEM.” (Helen Hoang, New York Times best-selling author of The Heart Principle)

“STEMinists, assemble. Your world is about to be rocked.” (Elena Armas, international best-selling author of The Spanish Love Deception)

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Editorial Review

I need more Hazelwood, STAT.
I was a little nervous to pick this one up. I completely loved Ali Hazelwood's debut novel, The Love Hypothesis, but I've been around this block enough times to know how second novels sometimes go, so I approached with a little caution. Let me be clear: Do not approach with caution. Hazelwood has absolutely killed it again with Love on the Brain, bringing us a whip-smart heroine fighting the good fight in the male-dominated STEM world. This is in part a classic enemies-to-lovers story but, as with every Hazelwood hero, there is way more than meets the eye. I enjoyed every minute of this fun and slightly suspenseful tale, and can't wait for what Hazelwood has up her sleeve next. With zero hesitations. — Emily C.

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