Science Romance Review: Love on the Brain

September 28, 2022 Uncategorized 6 ★★★★

Science Romance Review: Love on the BrainTitle: Love on the Brain
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Source: Library
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

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!

6 Responses to “Science Romance Review: Love on the Brain”

    • DoingDewey

      That’s great to hear! I’ll have to check out your romance reviews with that mind. It’s always nice to find someone with similar taste in romance 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Ooh, thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been eyeing Lessons in Chemistry on goodreads (as I do anything that features a female scientist) but I wasn’t sure I’d like the story. I think I tend to avoid books that are set earlier than the 70s and that feel like they’d highlight the way women’s lives used to be more limited because they seem a bit depressing. It’s probably not fair of me to pre-judge all of the books like that without giving them more of a chance!

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