Review: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Release date: August 23, 2022

Publisher: Berkley Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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?


Just gonna get this out there right away, I actually liked this more than The Love Hypothesis. I liked that one, it was good but I read it a little late and the hype got me. Like always. But this one was an easy five stars for me and I felt that way pretty early on even. Sometimes you just know and Bee won me over fast. It was instalove for me. She’s the most lovable nerd and while she’s way smarter than I’ll ever be and way into so many things that don’t appeal to me I still found myself being able to easily relate to her. She’s just so lovable and her quirkiness was super endearing. Levi was a doll and adorably awkward, so of course they were super cute together. The steam snuck up on me here, a couple sentences were downright nasty but I like some filth sprinkled in occasionally. One of the best parts of this for me was a side character, Rocio who is Bee’s coworker. She was hilarious and I loved her super dry wit. Overall I think fans will be pleased with this one, and I can’t wait for book three.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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