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Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

There's no better way to kick off a trip and kill time in the airport than to lose myself in a romance novel. This is why, when I sat down in the Toronto airport waiting for my flight to Milan, I went straight for Kobo's romance section. Fortunately, romance novels are having a bit of a moment, especially over on BookTok, so I instantly recognized many of the top picks. However, one new release, in particular, caught my eye - Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


By the time I landed in Italy, I had finished it. Love on the Brain turned out to be exactly what I was looking for in a vacation read. It was easy to read, low-stress, fun, and had a dash of smutty goodness to top it all off.


In the following article, I've answered some of the questions I had before and while reading Love on the Brain, as well as shared my list of books like it that I plan to read the next time I get a craving for a good old-fashioned romance novel. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)


What is Love on the Brain Ali Hazelwood About?

Love on the Brain is about two scientists who have been each other’s nemesis since grad school. However, when the two come together to lead a new research project, everything begins to change. Love on the Brain gives you an enemies-to-lovers trope that will have you falling as head over heels as the two main characters by the end.


Is Love on the Brain Worth Reading?

While I may have felt like all the science-lingo was a bit much for an English major like myself and the texting/DM chains were a bit cringy at times, overall, Love on the Brain was a completely enjoyable read. So, whether you're a fan of Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis, or you just want a fun, sexy, easy romance novel like I did, then Love on the Brain is definitely worth reading in my opinion.


How Long Does It Take to Read Love on the Brain?

I read Love on the Brain from cover to cover over the course of my 12- hour journey from Toronto to Milan. In fact, How Long to Read estimates that it would take the average reader approximately 6 hours and 6 minutes to read Love on the Brain - and I would say that is just about how long it took me.


How Old Are Bee and Levi?

In Love on the Brain, we have two main characters: Bee,who is 28 years old, and Levi, who is 32 years old.


Who is SHMAC in Love on the Brain?

From the very beginning of the book, I was sure I knew the answer to this question but it is later confirmed that SHMAC turns out to be Levi.


Why Did Bee and Tim Call Off Their Wedding in Love On The Brain?

When Bee finds out that Tim has cheated on her with many women, including her good friend, Annie, she calls off the wedding.


Is Love on the Brain the Sequel to The Love Hypothesis?

Before reading Love on the Brain, I had never heard of Ali Hazelwood or read one of her books. So, I was confused about whether Love on the Brain was part of an existing series or a sequel to The Love Hypothesis. However, I was later able to confirm it is not a sequel to The Love Hypothesis.


Is Love on the Brain Being Turned Into a Movie?

This is the type of book that just screams movie adaptation. However, there have been no news releases or articles written to say that anything is officially in the works. Who knows though, maybe one day we will get to see Bee and Levi on the big screen.


Can I Read Love on the Brain as a Standalone?

Ali Hazelwood Books

Yes - you absolutely can read Love on the Brain as a standalone. In fact, all of Ali Hazelwood's books and novellas as of right now are standalone, including:


5 Books Like Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Are you looking for another book like Love on the Brain? If so, here are five similar STEM romance, workplace romance, and enemies-to-lovers books for you to check out next.


Intermediate Thermodynamics by Susannah Nix

1. Intermediate Thermodynamics by Susannah Nix

As soon as I read the words "aerospace engineer" and "nemesis" in the description for Intermediate Thermodynamics by Susannah Nix, I knew it had to be on this list. I'm going to let you read the description, as I think you'll quickly see just how similar it is to Love on the Brain: "Aerospace engineer Esther Abbott doesn’t believe in love, but she’s perfectly happy hating her screenwriter neighbor, Jonathan. Until she’s forced to make a devil’s bargain with him: if he distracts her best friend from a mouth-breather ex, Esther will be his science advisor for the sci-fi script he's writing. But the more time she spends with her nemesis, the more hate turns into attraction - and attraction into something deeper. "


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

2. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

If you have yet to read the bestseller-turned-move, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, then consider this your sign to give it a shot. Like Love on the Brain, it's about two workplace nemeses' who fall in love. Here's what it's about: "Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through passive-aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head. The tension between the two has also reached its boiling point, which has Lucy questioning if maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua after all. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either."


The Unbalanced Equation by H. L. Macfarlane

3. The Unbalanced Equation by H. L. Macfarlane

While this romance might not be a true STEM romance, it is about two doctors. It even says right in the Amazon description that it's the perfect read for fans of Ali Hazelwood's books. Like Love on the Brain, The Love Equation is an enemies-to-lovers romance about two colleagues. Here's the description: "After suffering years of scrutiny from her Ph.D. assessor, Elizabeth believes she’s finally free of Dr. Thomas Henderson when she begins her postdoc. Sike. He's now working in the same lab as Liz. To make matters worse, Tom’s mum and Liz’s dad announce their engaged and Liz’s landlord just told her to move out. Suddenly, Elizabeth and Tom are stuck working together, living together, and planning their parents’ wedding together. Will Liz discover that Tom’s attitude over the last four years was all a ruse to hide his true feelings? Or are the two doomed to fail in their co-existence experiment?"


Shipped by Angie Hockman

4. Shipped by Angie Hockman

In Angie Hockman's book, Shipped, we trade NASA for a cruise ship. Don't worry though, it's still like Love on the Brain in that it's about two work rivals who hate each other at first and end up falling in love eventually (shocker). Here's a short description for you: "Henley Evans is a marketing manager who has just been shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams and so is Graeme Crawford-Collins. Graeme is a social media manager who just happens to also be the bane of her existence. Now, their boss has sent them on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands...together. As they explore the Islands together, they soon find the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard."


The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

5. The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

Last but not least, I'd like to recommend you one final STEM romance book - The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel. Like Love on the Brain, this is a workplace enemies-to-lovers story. Here's what it's about: "Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer and happily single woman. At her parent's last dinner party though they tried to set her up with the man they want her to marry, Jay Shah. A week later, Jay walks into Liya's office as the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company and neither is happy to see the other. As their witty office banter turns into late-night chats though, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. Except falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?" It's important to note that this comes with the following trigger warnings: "non-graphic references to sexual assault, death, and trauma."

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