If you’ve been on BookTok, you’ve probably seen some of Ali Hazelwood’s books pop up on your FYP. She burst onto the scene in 2021 with her instant hit, the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Love Hypothesis. Born in Italy, Hazelwood is a neuroscience professor who uniquely combines her knowledge of the science world with her ability to write charming love stories.
Dubbed the reigning queen of STEMinist rom-coms, Hazelwood’s work is the perfect combination of delightfully geeky and squeal-worthy romance. Through her funny and smart heroines, she sheds light on the unconscious bias women face in STEM-related fields. From rivals-to-lovers and forced proximity to grumpy-sunshine, there’s a Hazelwood book no matter what trope you love.
The one that started it all. The instant New York Times bestseller and BookTok sensation takes you to Stanford University, where Ph.D. candidate Olive Smith has somehow found herself in a fake dating situation with Dr. Adam Carlsen, the school’s needlessly antagonistic and unapproachable professor. They both have their reasons for the farce, but what happens when real feelings enter a fake relationship?
Who knew chess could be so riveting? For Mallory Greenleaf, chess is a dangerous game that tore her family apart and she wants no part in it. Until her best friend convinces her to play one final tournament where she beats the world’s #1 chess player, Noah Sawyer. For his part, Noah is befuddled at the nobody who unceremoniously beat him. A rivalry has begun and underneath, a love story is brewing. In her YA debut, Hazelwood gives us a slow-burn romance that’s guaranteed to be a checkmate in your TBR list.
Fantasy lovers, this one’s for you! In order to preserve peace among the Vampyres and Weres, Misery Lark, daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman, must marry Lowe Moreland, the Were Alpha. It’s an arranged union that’s supposed to bring peace. But Misery has a secret hidden agenda behind the marriage of convenience. And if it means staying with Lowe in Were territory, so be it. But the sparks flying between Misery and her new husband? That wasn’t something she was expecting. In Hazelwood’s first foray into the fantasy world, she gives us a smart heroine that’s full of sass set in a paranormal world.
In her signature style of brilliant and witty, Hazelwood introduces us to Elsie Hannaway, a financially struggling adjunct professor. She leads a double life by posing as a fake girlfriend to make ends meet. Her two worlds collide when she discovers that her favorite client’s older brother is none other than infamous experimental physicist Jack Smith. Jack is also the head of the physics department at MIT and is the one thing standing in the way of Elsie and her dream job. This swoon-worthy romantic read features quirky characters, geeky science jokes, and a rivals-to-lovers story you can’t help but root for.
Marie Curie-obsessed neuroscientist Bee Königswasser just landed the gig of a lifetime — leading a neuroengineering project at NASA! The problem? Her co-leader is none other than Levi Ward, her academic rival since grad school. But Levi isn’t quite as harsh as he used to be, in fact, he’s kind of a cinnamon roll. Soon, Bee realizes he might be the ally she needs in order to succeed both professionally and maybe even romantically.
Mara is an environmental engineer focused on preserving the planet’s health. When her mentor, Helena, passes away, she leaves Mara co-owner of her house. The house is a dream for the financially-strapped Mara. The problem? The other owner is Liam, Helena’s nephew who also happens to be an attorney for a big oil company. They couldn’t be more different but now they’re roommates. The next six months are full of petty fights, jealous fits, and unbelievable sexual tension. Adorably addictive, this novella is the perfect fit if you are searching for a fun and quick read.
Sadie is stuck in a nightmare. Actually, she’s stuck in a New York elevator with the guy who broke her heart, so it’s worse than a nightmare. After a great date, Sadie never hears from Erik again and she’s crushed. Now she’s stuck in this small lift until help arrives. As the minutes turn to hours, the two begin to talk – really talk – about what happened. Could Sadie have gotten it wrong? Sweet and delightful, this novella nails the miscommunication trope perfectly with complex characters that are full of emotion.
Cute and concise, this novella features Hannah, an emotionally unavailable NASA aerospace engineer. And she’s in trouble. Injured and stranded, she’s stuck at a research station in the remote frosty Arctic. And who’s the leader of the dangerous rescue mission? None other than her long-time rival, Ian Floyd. There’s something dangerous about his presence, and it has nothing to do with the life-threatening snowstorm that’s heading their way. Could Hannah be ready to open her heart?
Enjoy all of Hazelwood’s STEMinist novellas in one place! Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends and scientists who share one mantra: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn. As their careers take them all around the globe, their belief in love and relationships is put to the test. Each novella is a standalone story but linked with characters of the same world. In her signature style, Hazelwood shows us that science can be more than flirty, it’s downright sexy and full of romance.
Rue Siebert and Eli Killgore aren’t supposed to like each other. In fact, they’re supposed to hate each other. After all, he’s the businessman coordinating a hostile takeover of the company Rue works at. But their attraction is instant and they can’t fight it. To get each other out of their systems, the two decide to start a no-string-attached secret affair complete with an expiration deadline. But love doesn’t always play by the rules. Are Rue and Eli’s romance doomed to fall apart, or will their love story prevail?