Love on the Brain

Berkley. Aug. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780593336847. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Hazelwood (The Love Hypothesis) offers another contemporary rom-com featuring women in STEM, this time introducing pierced, tattooed neuroscientist Bee Königswasser. Bee is a purple-haired devotee of Marie Curie and the owner of the anonymous @WhatWouldMarieDo Twitter account, which shines a light on sexism in STEM. She is also the co-lead on an innovative new project with NASA that could launch her career and get her away from her sexist boss, but only if she can manage to work with her longtime nemesis Levi Ward, a man who’s hated her since grad school. The tension between Bee and Levi grows and changes from mistrust to attraction as their program is beset by seemingly random setbacks that put their potential relationship, and Bee’s entire career, at risk.
VERDICT Bee is an appealing character who manages to recognize unfair practices in STEM while also using experience and practical skills to navigate them. Readers will quickly recognize the misunderstandings behind Bee and Levi’s antagonism but will be no less compelled by their chemistry and scorching love scenes for that. An ideal selection for fans of The Kiss Quotient or Courtney Milan’s “Cyclone” series.
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