A review by somebooksomewhere
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


 This book releases 23 August 2022 in Canada.

I like Neapolitan ice cream. I love mint chip, but Neapolitan is very good too and sometimes I even prefer it. Which is largely how I feel about Love on the Brain compared to The Love Hypothesis.

In LotB, neuroscientist Dr Bee Konigswasser has been selected to help research and develop a type of anti-brain fog helmet for NASA. She's absolutely ecstatic about getting out from under her creepy boss' thumb and working on such a monumental project, until she finds out who her co-lead is: Dr Levi Ward(ass). Levi was finishing his PhD in the same lab that Bee was starting hers, and despite Bee's efforts to be an absolutely delightful human thank you very much, Dr Ward(ass) immediately formed the No Bees Allowed club. But whatever, she can avoid him and his vile personality. Or not.

Ward(ha!)ing herself against Levi's evil, Bee begins her work, only to find she's been brain-blocked by the higher ups. She reluctantly teams up with Levi to get her own half of the project underway, when revelations occur and sparks fly. After all, they say that there's a very fine line between love and hate. Maybe only as fine as a single neural pathway.

LotB has a lot of similar tropes to TLH: grumpy+sunshine, miscommunication (so much miscommunication), men being generally awkward and also sometimes terrible (why are men??), quirky side characters, etc etc. In some ways, it felt almost too alike. But you know what, I don't care. It's my Neapolitan ice cream. Good, reliable, enough going on to keep me interested.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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