Tuesday, June 13, 2023

REVIEW: Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood



I super loved Love, Theoretically. I'm sure it has something to do with having a strong female character. Probably also had to do with that strong enemies to lovers trope. And no doubt, it had to do with the way Ali Hazelwood played with my emotions..I mean I had literal tears on my face at one point and was NOT expecting that to happen, at all. 

In Love, Theoretically we get to see Elsie, a theoretical physicist, pitted against her nemesis (even though he has no idea she exists), Jack, a experimental physicist. Through a series of events, we learn that they *do* know each other but not as the STEM gods they are...no they know each other because Elsie's been fake dating his brother. It all comes to a head when she shows up to an interview dinner and realizes he's on the hiring committee. 

Without going into detail because it would be easy to spoil, I'll just say that their snarling and sniping made for some great reading and then when they, because of course they do, eventually get together, the sweetness is a great contrast to all of the earlier angst. I loved all aspects of their story, even the science-y stuff; it was perfectly paced, the dialogue was well done, and I couldn't help rooting for them, even when I was rooting against them (I know it doesn't make sense, but it kinda does). Loved this one and can't wait to grab something else by Ali Hazelwood. 

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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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