Published by Berkley on September 14, 2021
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
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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 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.
Oh my gosh you guys! You were all sooooooooo right! This book was so good! I could barely put it down! I am so glad I ended up taking a mental health day from work on the day I started this because I was able to just read all day. What a way to help my mental health by reading this fun, sweet, funny, romantic, and steamy story! I loved the characters so much. Olive was so funny, but I totally got her thoughts and reasonings for why she did things the way she did. And then there was Adam. I didn’t get right away exactly about his feelings, even though I knew the story trope, and I knew he was the guy at the beginning, because obviously. I also adored him!
And I have to say that with my own current health issues and things, I really liked the way the first time they did it went. How Adam handled, with dignity and definitely sexiness! I wasn’t happy that she did the whole expected thing she did after the little incident with his friend Tom towards the end. I hate that she didn’t just tell him, or remember what his other friend Holden had said about Tom at one point. I know, I know, the drama of romance that is expected, even when it annoys me. lol
I just adored so much about this story. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you’ve read it on other peoples’ reviews by now. And I agree with pretty much all the good things that have been said! Now I’m just as eager for the second book and will be getting my hands on all the little novellas that are supposed to be somewhat part of the series or at least related!