Love Theoretically Book Review

Love Theoretically Book Review

Ali Hazelwood has found a romantic formula and she’s not afraid to use it again and again and again. Luckily for Hazelwood, it’s a pretty successful one, and I’m not mad about it.

All of Hazelwood’s novels have lived in her Stemverse, but this one, as she admits is probably the most academic. Which I kind of love. Her Women in Stem world is one of my favourite parts of her novels. As I’ve said before, it’s like a central, complex character.

The Plot

Elsie is a chronic people-pleaser and theoretical physicist. To make ends meet she grades thousands of student papers and is a fake girlfriend escort on the side. Then she meets Jack Smith, the brother of one of her fake dates, and her potential new boss. Sparks fly, and Elsie is forced to be her true self.

The Review

This book follows the exact same formula as her first two books. It’s enemies to lovers, the hero is tall and muscled (even though I’m sure those types are few and far between in academia), and our heroine must deal with chauvinistic men in her field of science.

She’s done it before, but she does it so well. I just loved the scientific language in this book. The way Elsie speaks is amazing, even though I only understood a quarter of her academic asides. It builds the character, it builds the world, and it’s all done without any hint of treating her audience like people who don’t know anything about physics (which I’m sure is most of us).

Hazelwood’s world-building is next level, and if she ever got tired of romance I’m sure she’d write a kick-arse fantasy just because of this skill. The politics and quirky people feel real, which is always important in romance.

There were some hiccups in the formula. I lost interest for a few chapters after they went from enemies to lovers. It was like the book had ended for my brain, and I had to convince it to keep reading. It eventually picked back up, but it’s like there’s a Part 1 and Part 2 in the book.

The other was the drama at the end with one of the villains (I won’t name names because of spoilers). This person was meant to be a master manipulator, but he gave himself away too easily and was far too black-and-white in the confrontation. In an academic situation that kind of manipulation would be much more like gaslighting.


I enjoyed the enemies to lovers part of the story, and the fake dating job was just another great aspect for drama and character development. One of my favourite parts (like all of her novels) was the Stemverse and the machinations and shenanigans that happen in it. I was even delighted to discover that a major plot point is based off a real life academic disaster. There were some plot problems, but overall I enjoyed it.

— Bliss
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