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Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood: FAQs + Books Like It to Read Next

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

I've never been a short-story reader. Rather, I gravitate towards chunkier books like Sarah J. Mass's Court of Thorns and Roses series. So, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy Below Zero once I clued in that it was a novella (around 250 pages on my Kobo). Would I like the characters? Would the relationship be able to develop in such a short span?


While I had my doubts, I'm happy to report that I was wrong! Below Zero was a fun read, easy to get into, quick to finish, and delivered just enough smut to make your girl happy. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


If that's what you're looking for, then look no further! Have questions about the book and want answers? Want to dive into other books like Below Zero? If so, continue reading this article for answers to both of those things.

Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood

What Is the Book Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood About?

At the start of Below Zero, we meet Hannah Arroy, an aerospace engineer working on a project with NASA, in Norway. While out working in a remote area, Hannah takes a nasty fall and sprains her ankle, leaving her unable to walk. With a serious storm beginning, she finds out that no one will be able to come and help her. Resigned to a grim fate, Hannah is shocked when her estranged colleague and ex-hookup, Ian Floyd, shows up to rescue her. From there, Ali Hazelwood flips back and forth between Hannah and Ian's first meeting to their reunion in Norway.


Is Below Zero LGBT?

Yes - The main character, Hannah, identifies as bisexual. However, this is not explored or discussed in any depth beyond the initial mention of it.


Is Below Zero Steamy?

If you're looking for a short and steamy read then you've come to the right place because yes, Below Zero is steamy!


How Long Does It Take to Read Below Zero?

Unlike Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood, Below Zero is a novella (short story). This means that it does not take long to read it; 2 hours and 18 minutes to be exact according to How Long to Read.

How Many Books Does Ali Hazelwood Have?

As of September 2022, Ali Hazelwood has published two books (Love on the Brain and The Love Hypothesis) and three novellas (Below Zero, Under One Roof, and Stuck with You). The novellas are also available in a collection titled, Loathe to Love You.


What Order Should I Read Ali Hazelwood’s Books?

When I bought my first Ali Hazelwood book I asked myself the same question and after a little digging, I found that all of her current books focus on different characters. So, technically, there's no particular order you have to read them in. If you want to though, I would go in order of release dates:

  1. The Love Hypothesis (September 2021)

  2. Under One Roof (May 2022)

  3. Stuck with You (June 2022)

  4. Below Zero (July 2022)

  5. Love on the Brain (August 2022)


What Is the Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood Paperback Release Date?

Given that the publisher of Below Zero, Penguin Random House, does not mention a paperback on their website and that no news articles have recently been published on the topic, it would be reasonable to assume that there is no official release date for a paperback version of Below Zero. However, all three of Ali Hazelwood's have been published in a single paperback named Loathe to Love You.


5 Books Like Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood

If you flew through this novella as quickly as I did and are ready to dig into another novella or book like it, then here are my top five recommendations of books like Below Zero for you:


Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

1. Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Love on the Brain was actually the reason I read Below Zero. When I read the summary of Below Zero, I was surprised by just how similar they sounded. Most notably, both feature main characters whose paths have crossed before and reunite unexpectedly at NASA years later. While this initially made me doubt how different the characters and plots could possibly be, I was pleasantly surprised that they were, in fact, quite different from each other.


Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix

2. Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix

Are you looking for another STEM romance but want to try a different author? If so, check out Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix. It's very similar to Below Zero in certain aspects but different enough in others that I think it will still be totally enjoyable. Here's the idea of the book: Melody is excited to start working in the IT department of an aerospace company - her self-proclaimed dream job. That is until she finds out she'll be working with her college one-night stand, who also just so happens to be the CEO's son. Despite her best efforts to keep her distance, in time the two form an unlikely friendship, and the attraction becomes too much to ignore.


Set on You by Amy Lea

3. Set on You by Amy Lea

Instead of a STEM enemies-to-lovers romance, how do you feel about a fitness-themed enemies-to-lovers book? If you're up for it, then you might find Set on You by Amy Lea just as enjoyable. In fact, the author of Below Zero, Ali Hazelwood herself left this review on Goodreads for it: "Set On You delivers on every front: it has a relatable heroine who’s impossible not to love, all the humor and hilarious situations a reader’s heart desires, and just the right dose of delicious steam. It's the perfect combination of scorching hot attraction, enemies-to-lovers, slow burn, and rom-com shenanigans."


Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood

4. Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood

If you aren't quite in the mood for a full-blown novel and would rather stick to a novella for your next read, then I'd definitely recommend jumping into Under One Roof. Like Below Zero, this novella features the enemies-to-lovers and forced proximity tropes. Despite this, it didn't feel like a repeat to me. To give you an idea of what it's about, here's a short description from Goodreads reviewer, Anna: "Mara is an environmental engineer who inherits half of her mentor's house. The other half-owner of the house though is a hot, evil lawyer named Liam. The novella spans a six-month period of co-habitation, full of ups and downs and petty fights and jealousy, and sexual tension. All the GREAT stuff."


The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

5. The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

With an average rating on Google of 4.4 out of 5, The Mistake by Elle Kennedy isn't just similar to Below Zero, it also comes highly rated! Like Below Zero, this book is about a couple who hooked up in the past, it ended badly, and are now meeting again. However, the main characters in this book are slightly younger than Hannah and Ian as they're in college. Here's a short description: "Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over John Logan, the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She's not a charity case, and she's not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he'll have to work for it."

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