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Publisher's Summary

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman's carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

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 on her way to a happily ever after was always going to be tough, scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting woman, 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 he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire and Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support (and his unyielding abs), their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion.

Olive soon discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

©2021 Ali Hazelwood (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Contemporary romance's unicorn: the elusive marriage of deeply brainy and delightfully escapist." (Christina Lauren, New York Times best-selling author of The Unhoneymooners)

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The BEST Romance

The book is ELITE. It was hilarious and I loved how self aware the writing was. By far one of the best contemporary romances I've read! Highly recommended.

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Read It!

Well! Where do I even start!

I both read this book on Kindle AND listened to it on Audible at the same time…. Then my AirPods died at 2am in the morning… so I got up at 7am and finished it!

This book was delicious! The build-up was SOOO good it hurt…. hurt soooo much! AND THEN YOU GET TO CHAPTER SIXTEEN….. oh god.

I absolutely loved the setting of this story being in the academia world, and chuckled often at the constant references to rom-coms, romance novels and one bed tropes… I could just imagine the author in those moments writing these parts of the story!

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the self deprecating joke made this for me

If you've read/heard this book you may know what I'm referring to.
Not a lot of substance but great for lazy weekend mornings

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Great! But wanted her to just believe in herself!!!

I really enjoyed this book and storyline, but Olive’s constant low self esteem and negative self talk and not believing anyone like ~Adam could ever love her~ was a bit much.
It was forever present throughout the whole storyline. Sometimes I just wanted to fast forward to when she come to her senses! But overall an entertaining read ☺️

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  • MM
  • 15-11-2021

Awesome

Absolutely fantastic. Lovely and charming and fun. Didn't want it to end. Highly recommend for an addictive relaxing ride. Only needed more sex scenes because what was there was epic!

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  • 11-11-2021

Fun story, strange performance

This was a fun, easy story… But the narrator’s voice was incredibly distracting at times. She sounds exactly like Siri. That flat, monotone, robotic voice… Not exactly nice to listen to!

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Oh Callie, Callie, Callie

I will never forget falling inlove with Callie's narration of Kulti and following all of Zapata's books.
Now we have Ali Hazelwood, a true romance novelist, probably smart sticking to subjects she knows, but has timing and dialogue sussed out. She trusts her readers to figure things out as the story unfolds and lets the romance dominate the story, with the loads of academia trivia told in an unassuming way. Very clever.
What a duo these two ladies are.
I was gripped. I cried. I loved the swoon and the romance.

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What a sweet and easy read.

Best book I’ve listened to all year. Really enjoyed Olive’s story, and I completely fell for Adam. Such a sweet, easy, enjoyable read.

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Cute, fun and light read

There were so many cliche, cheesy and unrealistic moments but I LOVED it and I could completely switch off and escape!

~ Pick this up if you enjoy ~

✔️Grumpy and sunshine
✔️Fake dating
✔️Light and easy read
✔️Slow burn
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This was a fun and addictive read. It was light, cute, humorous and the characters were likeable. I also loved the academic STEM setting, it brought me back to my uni days. I had a year-long research project and it was tough, kudos to all the scientists out there!

I didn’t feel as much fiery chemistry or tension between Adam and Olive as I would have liked, even in the awkward situations they got into.

The one thing that did get a little annoying was the continual use of the word fake. Fake dating, fake date, fake girlfriend, fake boyfriend, etc.

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Worth all the hype!

This was so good! I found myself audibly laughing at some things that Olive and Adam would say to each other. Oh, it was cute and funny. They both gave me serious Jude and Cardin vibes which I'm glad for because I love that trope.

Olive is asexual. Why isn't this talked about more?

As someone in the academic world I was reading, Tom's manipulation of Olive made me mad. Trust me when I say that I'm happy I wasn't reading this in public because the tear came flowing.

How do people not like this book because, step aside, I'm getting on the hype train!

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  • 17-11-2021

Loved

I simply enjoyed every part. 10/10. I'm looking forward to read more form you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2021

Why did ppl let me read this????

This is unfair pls noone ever recommended a good book to me unless I can read at least 3 other books by the author. This was absolutely amazing I am obsessed with Adam he is definitely a demigod and same thing goes for Olive except her lack of confidence was incredibly frustrating sometimes. She is clearly super intelligent, funny, all around amazing and I hated how she let people walk all over her (I'm not talking about tom that is different). Like baby I love you but you're an idiot, I really felt like I do with my irl friends sometimes. You just want to shake them and tell them how they're goddesses and should have waaaaaay more faith in themselves. I do love the line "carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man" because yes that is it. I aslo love the enemies to lovers but not really trope. Also Adam pining over Olive is everything it is incredibly cute I loved their relationship and I aslo really loved Holden. The only things I would change are the ending and the sex scene because they both frustrated me a little. There is this thing that stories with fake dating often do and it is incredibly annoying, there is all this tension and sometimes multiple sex scenes while they are fake dating but when the couple actually gets together? You get nothing. Excuse me, that is so not fair. Same thing with the ending it was soooo abrupt, I wanted them to talk more, I would've loved to hear why Adam fell for Olive in the bathroom or just see them interact as an actual couple more clear things up better. Regardless of my complaints the book was absolutely amazing and I am obsessed with the author I'll definitely read anything they publish in the future. I also think the voice acting was too tier, it made the story 10x better.

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  • Aleksandra
  • 01-10-2021

Love love love!!!!

I waited for this book for so long! And it didn’t disappoint! I couldn’t stop listening, I stayed up until 3 in the morning and only went to sleep because my AirPods died!

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  • Amanda C
  • 02-10-2021

Best book I have read in forever!!

This book was just perfect, I don’t normally read a lot of romance but as a Reylo and if you know you know, I had to read it and I am so glad I did, it has easily become my most favourite book I have read in years and I will definitely listen to it again and again. Also the narrator did a fantastic job she brought every character alive. I only wish I could give more than 5 stars.

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  • Pola
  • 12-11-2021

Done in one sitting

The plot is not flawless, but despite that whole story is so very enjoyable, I couldn't put it down. That is definitely 5 stars comfort read.

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  • Aimee C
  • 05-11-2021

My new favourite book of all time

Ali Hazelwood is a goddess and we are just living in her world. This book is FANTASTIC, full of beautifully written, multidimensional characters and one of the best love stories out there. 100/10 would recommend

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  • Glenese
  • 31-10-2021

A book worthy of its name

funny witty heartbreaking and a lot of insecurities. but I just couldn't stop. from beginning to end absolutely loved it.

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  • Emily Nash
  • 21-10-2021

Great book!

loved it binged it in 3 days, wish it didn't have to end. Great characters and great chemistry

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  • Alex
  • 15-10-2021

What a refreshing and charming book!

This was exactly what I was looking for. Something different, quirky and which made my heart sing.

I only gave it 4* because I battled with the narrative being in the 3rd and 1st person, but once I got used it, it was fine 🙂

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  • Ana
  • 05-11-2021

Official my favourite book

Discovered this book via Instagram and omg I love it especially the stem aspects - can’t wait for more books by Ali

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 29-11-2021

We love STEM romances in this house

This has been everywhere on book social media, so I gave into the hype and grabbed the audiobook. It took me a whole lot longer than I thought to read this, but I enjoyed it plenty. Now I didn't LOVE love it, but I can see why people do. Despite the..thing that happens, it's actually really sweet and the friendship between Adam and Olive is adorable. It's never a bad time with a grumpy x sunshine, stoic longing hero.

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