#BookReview: LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood @EverSoAli @BooksSphere

Publication: 23rd August 2022 – Sphere Books

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 – 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. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school – archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

But when her equipment starts to go missing and the staff ignore her, Bee could swear she sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas… devouring her with those eyes. 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?



After reading The Love Hypothesis, Ali Hazelwood has become my favorite author. I love her witty and addictive writing style (I would probably read her grocery list if she publishes it!) and she creates amazing characters and plots. So when she announced her next novel, Love on the Brain, I couldn’t wait to read it and I was delighted when Little, Brown accepted my NetGalley request (thank you so so much, btw!!!). I started reading it right away, even though I thought that no one could surpass Olive and Adam and their story… and I loved it!!!

Enter Bee and Levi. They first met in grad school, but Levi seemed to dislike Bee right from the beginning, leaving a room when she entered, looking the other way when she talked in class, and refusing to collaborate with her on a project. Years later, Bee is offered her dream job leading a neuroengineering project at NASA, but the problem is that her co-leader is none other than Levi. She has no choice but to work with her enemy, after all that’s what her idol Marie Curie would do. But is Levi the arch-enemy she’s always considered him to be? And who is trying to sabotage their project?

I LOVED BEE AND LEVI!!! I adored them, and not only because Empire Strikes Back is their favorite movie. They are smart, funny, relatable, cat lover, nerdy, and just incredible and adorable characters. Bee had a difficult childhood as she and her twin sister Reike were raised by different relatives in different countries following the death of their parents. And while now Reike travels around the world, Bee wants stability and security. She is a fan of Marie Curie (I enjoyed all the references to her life) and she created an anonymous Twitter account, @WhatWouldMarieDo, where women in STEM can vent their frustration on the way they are treated by their male counterparts.      

With a few similarities to The Love Hypothesis – grumpy vs sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, protagonists who misunderstand each other, women in STEM – Love on the Brain is another brilliant, unique, witty, and addictive novel by Ali Hazelwood, whose novels always leave me in a huge reading slump that it takes me a while to overcome!

Ali Hazelwood is a multi-published author—alas, of peer-reviewed articles about brain science, in which no one makes out and the ever after is not always happy. Originally from Italy, she lived in Germany and Japan before moving to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She recently became a professor, which absolutely terrifies her. When Ali is not at work, she can be found running, crocheting, eating cake pops, or watching sci-fi movies with her two feline overlords (and her slightly-less-feline husband).

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