Love, Theoretically

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood Book Summary

"The reigning queen of STEM romance."—The Washington Post

An Indie Next and Library Reads Pick!

Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist romcom from the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain.

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.
Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig—until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and arrogant older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And he’s the same Jack Smith who rules over the physics department at MIT, standing right between Elsie and her dream job.
Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but…those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood Book Reviews

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This book was so well written. It was funny, sexy, and just had so much love.

Hazelwood relies, yet again, on miscommunication and misinterpreted feelings. As a scientist, I was offended by the female protagonist’s people-pleasing behavior and ineptitude regarding her career. I did, however, appreciate the author’s knowledge of politics in academia, financial struggles, and emotional insights.

As a diabetic myself I fell in love with Elsie so quickly finding out we shared a similar struggle. I see myself in a lot of Elsie and that’s strong reason for my new love if you’d book and the characters.🩷🩷

I found my love of reading through a love hypothesis, so obviously I had high hopes for this book and it did NOT DISAPPOINT!!! I loved every second of it. It was perfect!!!

My favorite Ali Hazelwood yet. I loved all of the characters so much. Great storyline. GREAT STEM female and queer representation.

While I loved The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain, I think Love, Theoretically is my favorite! Coming from a grad student with aspirations in academia, along with my fair share of similar negative experiences in my field, I just felt like this book did super well portraying the power relations that advisors/ mentors have over their students. A good reminder that tenured professors are not always the most perfect people. Besides that, I really loved the slower development of Elsie’s feelings for Jack and their relationship! Such a great book, looking forward to more.


I loved this book. I love all of Ali Hazelwood’s fictional work and have legitimately considered reading her academic work as well. I love the way she writes, and I love the way her characters start out just a little messed up but find their way in the end. It was honestly fun to read Jack and Elsie’s story. While there were definitely moments when I was shouting at the characters to “just say what you mean!!” I also understand the anxiety and reluctance to be completely honest to yourself and others. And again, all of the characters learn how to communicate by the end and there is nothing I love more than some healthy character growth. And the cameos! Having a glimpse of Adam and Olive after the end of The Love Hypothesis was like catching up with an old friend. It made me so happy! If you’re looking for a good romance and a good story, this is it. This is the one.

I don’t know the best words to say other than phenomenal. This book had me laughing like a mad woman. It felt real in a way. Like I could see parts of myself in Elsie. The flow of the writing keeps you tied in. I never wanted to put it down. I’ve read other books from this author and I’ve honestly loved them. But this one.. she definitely outside her self!

Beautiful. That’s the way I describe this book. Maybe the only way to describe this book. This will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride, as you feel the emotions- anger, happiness, sadness, and confusion- when you have to do a quick look up on physic words you have never heard In your life. But all together, as the story unfolds it all makes sense, and the ending is just so satisfying, definitely 10/10! With this being said, I am such a fan, and can’t WAIT to read more of this authors work.

The romantic build up was a much slower pace and the NSFW scenes didn’t take up much of the book but tbh I liked that! It was a gradual build and the story was nice and I really enjoyed the tiny plot twist that was included! Adam & Olive are introduced in the book which was nice to hear what happened between the two of them later. I hope the new release also brings up past characters from Love on the Brain.

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Ali has done it again, real life characters with safe consensual adult content and adorable hearts topping romance

I loved every moment of this book! It filled my heart in all my favourite ways. Elsie’s low self-esteem is beautifully written in a way the reader can deeply understand. The relationship between Jack and Elsie is realistic and beautiful. I honestly wish I could read it over again for the first time.

The chemistry between the two of the main characters is just present 💜

Absolutely love, love, love this book! I preordered it last minute and spent the entire night reading it. It is 3 AM and I’m laying in bed completely blown away by Elsie and Jack’s chemistry. I have never felt so connected with a character before (knowing Elsie is a die-hard Twilight fan definitely helps). Seeing her growth on a personal and career level was beautiful to witness. Can’t recommend this book enough. Thank you for making academia sexy.

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About Ali Hazelwood Wiki

Ali Hazelwood is the pen name of an Italian neuroscience professor and writer of romance novels. Her stories center around women in STEM fields and academia. Her debut novel, The Love Hypothesis, was a New York Times best seller. Career Hazelwood wrote The Love Hypothesis after a literary agent contacted her about her online fanfiction.In 2022 she published three novellas: Under One Roof, Stuck with You, and Below Zero. These stories were compiled into a book called Loathe to Love You released in 2023. Her second novel Love on the Brain was published on August 23, 2022. Her third novel, Love, Theoretically was published on June 13, 2023. Personal life Hazelwood was born and raised in Italy and lived in Japan and Germany before moving to the United States to pursue her Ph.D. in neuroscience. During her graduate study, Hazelwood researched brain simulation and cognitive neuroscience.Hazelwood currently works full-time as a professor. She has a husband and three cats. Works Novels The ....

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