Review: Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood

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Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn….
As an environmental engineer, Mara knows all about the delicate nature of ecosystems. They require balance. And leaving the thermostat alone. And not stealing someone else’s food. And other rules Liam, her detestable big-oil lawyer of a roommate, knows nothing about. Okay, sure, technically she’s the interloper. Liam was already entrenched in his aunt’s house like some glowering grumpy giant when Mara moved in, with his big muscles and kissable mouth just sitting there on the couch tempting respectable scientists to the dark side…but Helena was her mentor and Mara’s not about to move out and give up her inheritance without a fight.
The problem is, living with someone means getting to know them. And the more Mara finds out about Liam, the harder it is to loathe him…and the easier it is to love him.

I never expected to adore The Love Hypothesis as much as I did….but it turned out to be one of my favourite books of the year so far. Almost immediately after reading it, I wanted to dive into anything else by Ali Hazelwood, and I finally got around to picking up one of her novellas. After talking to my friend Charlotte about each of the premises, I decided to go for Under One Roof, which follows Mara as she moves into a house left to her in a will, but she has to share with Liam.

There’s only so much an author can do within 112 pages, but I was gripped from the outset. We jump into this story when the action is picking up, and then go back through the months they’ve spent living together. I really enjoyed reading about Liam softening and Mara and Liam getting to know each other, even though it was pretty predictable in plot.

My main complaint for this book is that the non-linear format did throw me a bit, and I couldn’t quite remember how we got to the first bit of the book by the time we looped back around. But there is only so much that can be jammed into such a short book, and it seemed like quite a small factor overall.

This was such a fun novella and I couldn’t put it down! I’ll definitely be picking the others up and I’m looking forward to the collection being released in paperback in 2023.

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

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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.

I never expected to be here, almost a month after I read this book, still thinking about how it might just be my favourite book of the year so far.

There are certain books that I just don’t find myself being drawn to – and this was one of them. I never wanted to read this one, because I don’t tend to drift towards romance, or ‘TikTok books’ in general. But I changed my mind when I first heard this book had demisexual rep, and soon afterward started getting recommendations for this from friends. Thank you specifically to Amy and Charlotte for recommending this and making me finally pick it up!

I wish you could see yourself

I read most of this one on audio, and then finished reading it physically because I literally couldn’t put it down. I was absolutely hooked, and I wanted to know what was going to happen to Adam and Olive. I loved Olive as a main character a lot, and Adam was an absolute sweetheart. Adam’s personality absolutely made my heart melt, and I rooted for them throughout the entire book.

But there was more than just the romance to keep me interested – I really loved the atmosphere around Olive being at university, and reading about her PhD while I was finishing off my dissertation was so good. I feel like there was so much I could relate to on the academic front, and I also enjoyed reading about her friendships and other relationships too.

the way I see you.

Honestly, I just don’t have a bad word to say about this book. I absolutely loved it, I immediately wanted to read anything else by Ali Hazelwood and I still want to re-read it. I never expected to love this as much as I did, but it was so good.

★★★★★
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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