A Must Read for Smart Romance Lovers
“See that’s the thing about adulting: at some point, one has to start doing it.” —Under One Roof
This is a callout to every reader who loves smart romance, rivals to lovers, and intellectual idiots who are as smart in their profession as they are stubborn in their romantic lives. Loathe to Love You by Ali Hazelwood is a collection of her three previously released audiobook STEMinist novellas: Under One Roof, Stuck with You, and Below Zero. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that Ali Hazelwood has cemented herself as not only a brilliant storyteller, but one who enchants readers with humor, beguiles them with fiercely smart women in science professions, and empowers readers with romances that are both emotional and addictive.
Under One Roof is a tale as old as time: the inheritance switcheroo. Why wouldn’t a recently deceased beloved friend and family member meddle in the lives of two idiotically stubborn young people? This the deviously fantastic premise of a fantastically wonderful, forced proximity, roommates to lovers romance. Liam and Mara stole my heart from the get-go. I listened to this audiobook exclusively and loved narrator Emma Wilder. I was so impressed by her portrayal of Liam and loved her snarky delivery of Mara. When Liam and Mara finally get their act together and admit to themselves that they’ve fallen in love, it’s truly the stuff of dreams. No lies detected.
“It’s hard to sustain high and prolonged levels of hatred at someone who’s saved on your phone with a cutesy nickname.” —Stuck with You
Stuck with You features one of Mara’s best friends, Sadie, and her one-night stand turned rival, Erik. It isn’t every day that I run into a novella that makes me sob. I promise, it’s because Erik is so inconceivably wholesome in his earnestness to do right by Sadie. I cried so many happy tears. Stuck with You features a forced proximity (in an elevator), second chance romance, and while Sadie and Erik are rivals, it’s truly one-sided. *Insert side-eye to Sadie*…anyway! The reason why I swooned so much is because of the Scandinavian ties that Erik has, the cat references, and Sadie’s grumpiness to Erik’s sunshine really sealed the deal for me.
Below Zero is the novella that gave me the most Mr. Darcy saves Elizabeth Bennet energy of all three of these wonderful stories. Hannah (the other third of the friendship trio) is a woman who didn’t discover her love of science until she was well into high school, which is well below the bell curve of her nemesis, Ian Floyd. Considering that she interviewed him and had a particularly memorable tête-à-tête while in college, you would think that Ian and Hannah would work well together. Not so. Now at NASA and working on groundbreaking new tech for a future mission to Mars, Hannah finds herself wedged in a crevasse near the frosty Svalbard Islands in Norway. Given that Ian did everything in his power to see that the funding of Hannah’s trip to test her tech would never happen, it seems odd that Ian Floyd is the one person who goes out of his way to ensure she survives her ill-fated mission and gets her to safety. This premise alone held my attention hostage from start to finish.
“Caring what others think is a lot of work, and— with a handful of exceptions—I am not a huge fan of work.” —Below Zero
Loathe to Love You also includes a bonus chapter told from the POV of the men in each of these stories: Liam, Erik, and Ian. With each of the novellas, the bromance grows between these three men who have been thrust together through the friendships of their women. Since this entire review is essentially a thesis as to why I love Ali Hazelwood, then I would assume that you have already queued up Loath to Love You and will one-click accordingly. Happy Reading!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.