Author: Ali Hazelwood
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Summary: This romance checked all the boxes and featured some delightful, quirky scientists I loved getting to know.
As I started to write this review, I realized that I have a lot of similar things to say about the romances I enjoy. This book checks all of those standard boxes. The plot doesn’t rely too much on miscommunication. The characters generally talk through their problems. The relationship is built up believably with the characters obviously loving specific things about each other. Consent is handled well, sex is reasonably explicit, and the author doesn’t use overwrought metaphors or quirky historical terms in the sex scenes. That’s pretty much my baseline for any good romance!
There are also a few unique things I enjoyed about this book. As the title suggests, this is a romance about scientists! The science isn’t very detailed and is outside my realm of expertise. I’d guess that what’s accomplished is a little bit of stretch compared to where science is today, but nothing jumped out at me as completely unreasonable. More importantly, the main characters’ attitude about their work and careers felt familiar to me. Their geeky references and quirky interests also resonated with my own experiences. That contributed to how comforting and uplifting I found this book during a week of exhausting work travel. And it was good enough that I immediately put the author’s other standalone romance on hold!