Review #23

Title- The Love Hypothesis

Book of the Month Selection

Rating– 4.5/5

Genre- Contemporary Romance

POV- third person, past

Trope- fake relationship

Similar Books/Comps– The Dating Plan, Red White and Blue, The Billionaire’s Fake Fiance,


Endearing Olive is a grad student and unapproachable, moody Adam is a scientist superstar


As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

Best part-

The hypothesis at the beginning of each chapter was great for hooks

What I’d change-

The antagonist conversation at the conference felt a little forced.

The mutual physical/sexual consent felt a little overdone & extensive. But I understand the reasons why.

Some transitions were rough where a week went by quickly without updates or they were on a dinner date and we didn’t get to see any of the date play out on the page and then it was a new setting abruptly


Page 30- love the female scientist & STEM theme
Page 50- only two chapters have gone by in 50 chapters. Very long chapters.
Page 250- it’s so good I had to keep reading while working out, holding them book during squats.
Page 273- unexpected spice but I LOVED it! 4/5 steam here
Page 326- AHHH! Perfect!

The ending was super satisfying with a hint of Pumpkin spice!

Pace– easy, fast, quick read

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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