Love on the Brain Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.
Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project—a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia—Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.
Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.
Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 23, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #815 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#17 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#37 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#431 in Romantic Comedy (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2022
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Ali Hazelwood has a groove …a niche… a rhythm unlike any other author. She’s got me deep in the palm of her devious scientifically brilliant, romantically pulsating STEM-lively hand and I’ve devoured every single one of her 5 books, starting with debut novel The Love Hypothesis. She hasn’t lost an ounce of her edge, unique wit, writing skill, or ability to reel me into nerd love with total abandon. I’m down for every single couple: the sexy awkward girls teeming with relationship insecurity outside a lab setting, and the manly men that tower over them with a quietly aggressive, restrained passion and enough elemental attraction to set my hair and heart on fire. Science and love at its best. She knows her characters, subject matter, and how to make STEM so dang sexy and relatable to the hungry romance reader that nothing else will do. I can’t get enough of her books and I’m not even the least bit sorry that I’m not the least bit objective about making her my newest obsession.
“Seriously: why are men?” Come and get me quirky love-shy Bee (28) and intense broody Levi (32) because I’m here for you all the way. Not as much a slow burn as the other books, there are more plentiful smexy times in a romance with an unresolved past and alot of moving parts like spinning plates. Mix a couple of supposed arch-nemeses on a research project with a generous dose of misunderstanding, a bunch of unfair trash-talk, some panty-melting chemistry, and a sprinkle of “You’ve Got Mail” tweets in a beaker and watch it all explode in a confetti-like love-bomb. She the neuroscientist … he the engineer and her sworn arch enemy … and ne’er the twain shall meet in agreement on their past history. As co-leads on a NASA project on Levi’s turf, the collaboration could make or break Bee’s stalled career.
What would Madame Curie do? The famous female scientist is Bee’s idol and she’s the anonymous voice behind a Twitter account @WhatWouldMarieDo where STEM gals air their academic grievances against the male-dominated system, except for one guy that Bee bonds with online. What’s a girl to do – and what would Marie do – as Bee navigates her reunion with fantasy handsome Levi, suspected sabotage against her, mistrust of Levi, and a complete U-turn in their relationship? As usual the author has the most freshly original and beguiling wit that totally ensnares me and never fails to amaze. Levi is a double scoop of yum. His description of the horrors of space for astronauts is the funniest thing ever; while Bee is the most enchanting kind of smart nerd who just can’t seem to get out of her own way. Her charmingly random fainting spells and sensitive aversions had me in stitches. These heroines are booksmart, but not in matters of the heart.
Watch out for some cute cat humor, Bee’s infectious Emo/Goth research assistant Rocio, and her trippy, globetrotting twin sister Reike. Laughs galore. All those belly laughs made my head explode, and even tiny bits tie up so neatly at the end. Everything in the story has a place of importance. The formula of the tiny, quirky femme and the handsome grumpy homme is one that works in all the books. There’s plenty of misunderstanding to straighten out on both sides, lovers’ blindness to the truth, complications from the research, and even sinister sabotage that could derail both their careers. And those face-fanning lovemaking descriptions? … FAR from stereotypical.
I think I love Hazelwood’s writing. It’s simple but delivers so wonderfully. Does the spice leave a lot to be desired? Yes. It’s milder than TLH (which was by no accounts “spicy” or “steamy” or whatever word you want to use), but when the characters and humor and interactions are so wonderful, I can overlook it. Especially when the boy is so obviously in love with the girl.
What I wanted more out of this book was the interactions between Levi and Bee. They are forced to work together, grumpy sunshine trope, but it was missing a lot more of that “forced” interaction that made for awkward but cuddly and adorable growth between characters. It was there, but I almost feel like I missed out on having *more*. The ending bit was good, a little obvious, but there was a moment that happened in that last exciting scene that really pulled me out of the moment. Same with the semi odd chapter following which I will not spoil but felt like it didn’t really make an impact in any way, shape, or form to the story.
There also seemed to be scenes that went… nowhere. Levi’s interactions with his family is the big one. There was no point to it and the dinner with them served no purpose (and it wasn’t even described well). Just a few open ends that never really panned into anything.
Overall, I love this book still and I need a Rocío story please.
The story follows Bee, a neuroscientist whose last relationship almost tanked her career before it even started. The bright, bubbly woman is now a little more closed off, though she's incredibly excited about the career opportunity that has come her way. The temporary assignment is the kind of project that could change her entire career trajectory, and Bee can't wait to get started... until she discovers who her co-lead on the project will be. Bee met Levi back in grad school, and his attitude couldn't have made it clearer how much he despised her. She hasn't forgotten about her grad school nemesis in the years since, and seeing him again makes all of those old feelings come rushing back. Her hatred and resentment towards him, of course. As the two start work together, their old issues rise to the surface, and it doesn't take long to realize that their project won't be successful if they can't get along.
Bee is quite the character, and she makes this story feel even more vibrant than anticipated. It felt like everything was turned up a notch - the personality, the science, the chemistry, the pop culture references. Oh, and the HEAT! This is steamier than The Love Hypothesis, but it's still got the slow burn goodness that I was hoping for. Bee and Levi are FANTASTIC together, and it was easy to see all of the ways they're perfect for each other... even if Bee is oblivious. The whole book is low angst but friction-filled, with enemies to lovers vibes and tons of sexual tension. It really felt like a rom com, and the tone is upbeat throughout. I loved Bee and Levi's rich history, how they are in so much of the book together, and how everything just felt so unique. I loved the whole thing, let's be honest here. This exceeded my (very high) expectations, and made for one incredibly memorable read.
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I think you have to go into this book knowing what to expect, otherwise, you will likely be as disappointed as I was. Let me be clear. I LOVED The Love Hypothesis. I try not to compare authors' books. However, it's impossible not to with this story as the characters' traits are almost identical to those in TLH - in particular, Levi, who is basically Adam (and by Adam, I mean both TLH Adam AND a certain other Adam... IYKYK). That presents a problem. I will preface this by saying I love fan fiction. But this is supposed to be a contemporary romance with, hopefully, new - different and distinguishable - characters. I hope Ali's future books will address that.
On the plus side, there are still the signature nerdy jokes and some really sweet moments. The STEM aspects were fascinating, but I could have done without the Marie Curie biography at the end of so many paragraphs. Marie Curie is actually one of my idols, but the constant references grew tedious. It felt like padding in an otherwise short, flimsy story. What I really liked were the parts with Rocío. Her reactions to Kaylee were absolutely priceless and invoked the sorts of feelings I was hoping for with Bee and Levi. I guessed the plot very early on. Not always a bad thing. Sometimes it's fun to read along as the protagonist discovers the truth. Here though I just wanted Bee to actually Stop Regurgitating Facts™ about Marie Curie, and actually Pay Attention™ to what was going on with Levi. I found it implausible that a woman so intelligent could be SO utterly oblivious, even when Levi repeatedly told her he didn't hate her. It was frustrating to read her continually telling the reader how much he disliked her, with very little factual evidence. By the end, I was just scanning pages. Ultimately disappointing.
Overall Rating: a very generous ❤️❤️
Heat Rating: 🔥🔥
Emotional Rating: 🥰😬🙄🤔🤦🏻♀️💕
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Brain waves to the heart
I dove into Love on the Brain and stuck my nose out out of the book to sleep overnight, then emerged the next morning with coffee to complete it and I am absolutely buzzing about these characters and story. Academia, NASA style was such fun to read this academic, some relatable aspects and puns I appreciated but the world was realms away from mine and I loved it.
Levi Ward, His Wardness, Dr Wardass, despised me.
Levi seemed to put the arse into hole but there were definitely misunderstandings about his character. His early hate was fun to read but the change in his interactions with Bee were all consuming to read. Bee was quirky and lovely, a small fainting package with a quick wit and broad shoulders taking on the misogyny in this world. I could totally relate to sausage referencing, I was laughing so much at that and many women will relate in their work and personal lives.
With Levi present, his team tends to agree to my suggestions more quickly - a phenomenon known as Sausage Referencing(TM)....the better-regarded the man, the higher his Sausage Referencing(TM) power.
The plot was really engaging. You don't have to have any interest in neuroscience to enjoyit, but it was still a fun background to the project, the co-working and the more. When hump(s) in the road hit, I got that clawing feeling in my gut, I was so damn invested in these two.
Ali Hazlewood has written a superb follow up to The Love Hypothesis, I love them both equally, just as I find I adore her way of writing, her wit and skill with dialogue and characterisation. I will devour anything she writes.
Thank you to Little Brown UK for the early review copy.
I personally really loved the characters and the tropes that came in. The cats were a total comfort trap for me (a trap I'm happy to get captured in) and though I did get a little frustrated at times with how blind our MC was being about the romance going on between them; I've had friends who are the same so it's not exactly unbelievable.
Honestly, I really enjoyed reading it and got to a point where I couldn't put it down and until I found out what happened next and found myself at the epilogue.
As a woman working on STEM I found this book full of clichés. Also why is it that Ali's main characters are either orphan or come from dysfunctional families?, and everyone has this abandonment issues or commitment fobia and that's always the character's arc (to be fair seems that all romance books are about the same)... to the editors: if you allow writers to take a dig at the flying spaghetti monster remove all mentions of Jesus from the book.. makes no sense, it's a bit offensive actually and it's precisely this type of narrative that inflames cultural wars..
I am happy today that I do not regret my purchase! This was wholesome, intelligent, and funny in a way that actually had me laughing out loud!
Genuinely a lovely read and let's be honest... We would all like a Levi 😉