Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood (389 pages)
Love, Theoretically Has Elise As An Adjunct Theoretical Professor by Day, a For-Hire Fake Girlfriend by Night
Elsie Hannaway is barely making ends meet, toiling away as an adjunct theoretical physics professor. To generate extra income, she offers her services as a fake girlfriend to clients in need. The gig isn’t bad until she comes face-to-face with her nemesis in the science world.
Jack Smith is a smart, sexy, renowned physicist who ruined several theorists’ careers. Now, Elsie’s career ambitions are in the hands of Jack at MIT. It’s time for her to level up her academic credibility in the science world, and she needs this dream job.
This love story is gloriously nerdy with on-point commentary about women working in STEM.
Science is Sexy as Hell
Elsie Hannaway is overworked and underpaid in the STEM field. She’s living paycheck to paycheck and secretly working a side job as a fake girlfriend for hire. Her role as girlfriend is perfect, as she can adapt effortlessly to the needs of her clients.
Elsie has her sights set on a position at MIT, but her nemesis, Jack Smith, is on the hiring committee. Jack happens to be her favorite client’s brother. These sworn enemies find themselves at odds over a paper Jack wrote, dissing the work of theoretical physicists.
This enemies-to-lovers romance has laughs and swoon-worthy moments with open and honest conversations between the love interests.
The Bottom Line: 4/5 Brookie Stars
Love, Theoretically is a book steeped in my favorite genre – romance. From its excessive mentioning of cheese to a roommate’s hedgehog, my inner nerd found this science romance relatable, quirky, and overrun with witty banter that made me laugh out loud.
Hazelwood once again delivers a smart, sexy romance with women charging forward in the world of STEM. Unlike her previous books, this novel focuses heavily on academics and science. Fans of her books will appreciate cameos from Olive and Adam.
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