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Love on the Brain Review: Back-of-Book Description
An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A #1 LibraryReads and Indie Next Pick!
From the New York Times bestselling 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?
Love on the Brain Review: My Thoughts
Romance isn’t one of my favorite genres, but it’s also not my least favorite I suppose. Every now and then I enjoy a nice romance book to spice things up. Figuratively and literally.
Love on the Brain was my Book of the Month choice back in September. I liked that the description involved a lot of science. So I saved it on my shelf until I was feeling like a steamy, love story. Well, I guess after the last disturbing thriller I read, now felt like a good time.
I really enjoyed the light hearted, witty nature of this book, coupled with the slightly educational undertones of science and history – what with all the Marie Curie references.
I want to mention right away that this is a romance novel – with erotic, sexy scenes. I’m talking way more erotic than I would have expected. I didn’t mind this, but I could see how some people would be a little taken aback.
In any case, the sex scenes were just a part of an overall good story! I really appreciated the science aspect of the plot and setting. It kept me really interested even though there were a lot of pieces that felt a little too obvious and easy to guess how it would play out.
I found the characters fun to read, and their dialogue was natural, providing a good amount of story information as well as sexual tension and misunderstanding. There were plenty of fun jokes and dry humor throughout.
As I mentioned, there were plot points that felt obvious to figure out where it was going and how it was going to end, but there were still a decent amount of suspense and “will they, won’t they”.
The writing itself was really enjoyable. I have already found another title by this author that I plan to pick up and read. I found a lot of quotes I liked.
Favorite Quotes from Love on the Brain:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a community of women trying to mind their own business must be in want of a random man’s opinion.”
“I miss not having to google whether or not I’m having a psychotic episode.”
“I find myself reluctantly acknowledging that according to science, exercise is a good thing.”
“A lot happens between the beginning and the end.”
“Emotions are transient by nature. They’re temporary states brought on by neurophysiological changes that aren’t meant to be long-lasting.”
“They say disasters come in threes, but it’s not true. It’s just a quirk of the human mind, always on the lookout for patterns in random statistical observations to make sense of chaos.”
Love on the Brain Review: In Conclusion
I really enjoyed this book! Love on the Brain was a fun, sexy read and it gets 4 stars from me. I loved the combination of science and romance and I would definitely read more from this author.
I would recommend this to people who like romance and are ok with some explicit sex scenes. I’d also even suggest it to people who simply enjoy a science based fiction with a strong female lead and little humor. Those points are prominent and fun.
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