When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.
As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.
That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.
Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.
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Emily’s Rating: 5 Stars
This book. This book was absolute perfection, and I’m struggling to find the right words to properly express how much I loved it! I’ll start by saying I literally could not keep myself from smiling for almost the entire story, and my face hurt by the end of the books from how much I was laughing. I can never resist a good fake dating to lovers stories, and The Love Hypothesis did not disappoint in any way. The banter was whip smart, and so entirely hilarious. The grump and sunshine slow burn was AGONY, but the payoff was for sure one of the BEST I have ever read in a romance.
The longing and pinning between the main characters was written expertly. Adam is honestly so drool worthy, and one of my favorite “I hate everyone but you” characters I have ever read. Olive was just the most adorkable girl ever, and so relatable! I really love a clumsy, awkward heroine. I also really loved the demisexual rep, and thought it was done beautifully. The arc and growth of both Adam and Olive was amazing, I loved watching them grow both as people and together as a couple. I don’t have a single complaint about this book, and I encourage every single romance fan to give it a try!