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Love, Theoretically

"The reigning queen of STEM romance."--The Washington Post

An Indie Next and Library Reads Pick!

Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist romcom from the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain.

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she's an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.

Honestly, it's a pretty sweet gig--until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and arrogant older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor's career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And he's the same Jack Smith who rules over the physics department at MIT, standing right between Elsie and her dream job.

Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but...those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she's with him? Will falling into an experimentalist's orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?
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400 pages

Average rating: 7.71




Community Reviews

Jun 10, 2024
9/10 stars
4.5 stars (Finished the book in under a day!)

If you like somewhat cliche rom-com books that are well-written and will make you laugh out loud at least once, this is a good book for you!

Rom-com, super funny and interesting! It was a fast-paced and entertaining read for sure!! Who knew a plot twist could come up in the last 40 pages?!? More goofy than serious.

It doesn’t contain a lot of smut and is very plot and character-heavy, which I love! Realistic in the sense of the unhinged number of pop culture references, including one from the magnum opus which is Shrek! Also, the amount of references to real problems that exist in STEM made it much more enjoyable for me.

Only reason I’m not giving it a five is because the author used the word “home” instead of “hone” and it disrupted the flow of the sentence for me
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May 21, 2024
Finished in one day I’m obsessed
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May 17, 2024
8/10 stars
This is Ali Hazelwood’s best book. She didn’t let the miscommunication trope go on for 3/4 of the book so we actually get the MCs together for half the book which was a very welcome change. I wish she’d stop mentioning how big of a man Jack was but that’s an Ali Hazelwood book for you so it wasn’t surprising.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot. I knew what I was getting with a Hazelwood book and was pleasantly surprised when it surpassed my expectations.
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May 09, 2024
8/10 stars
wasn’t bad but might i remind u… there’s a george in this!!!
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May 07, 2024
8/10 stars
I enjoyed the comedy of this book first, then the romance. Even with all the science lingo and academia talk it was an excellent read as usual.
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