Under One Roof

Penguin Random House Audio. (The STEMinist, Bk. 1). Feb. 2022. 3:38 hrs. ISBN 9780593584637. $9. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Hazelwood (Love Hypothesis) certainly knows how to pack a punch. In the first of the three-part “STEMinist” novella series, available first in audio, narrator Emma Wilder introduces listeners to Mara, an environmental engineer. Mara has recently inherited a house, and Liam, a big-oil company lawyer, is the co-owner. With no plans to sell and no alternatives in sight, Mara decides to make the best of the situation and move in with him. From enemies to roommates to friends to lovers, the romance begins in the present, jumps back to six months earlier, then slowly heads toward the present day again. Because of this, the pacing can feel rushed or choppy at times, making the chemistry and a steamy sex scene either a hit or miss for listeners. The wonderfully talented Wilder has an impressive vocal range. With the bright high-pitched Mara, some listeners may be surprised to learn that Liam’s deep and sexy voice is not only swoon-worthy but also performed by Wilder.
VERDICT A quick and easy listen with representation of women in STEM throughout the series.
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