Love According to Science – Claire Kinglsley’s latest release – is a truly delightful read.
It’s the story of two nerdy psychology researchers who starts out as rivals but ends up as so much more. Hazel Keigen is a brilliant scientist, smart as a whip and beautiful to boot. When Hazel’s department hires Corban Nash though, Hazel can’t exactly keep up a professional facade. Corban’s research is entirely too un-scientific and his findings completely unsubstantiated. At least according to Hazel. Then Hazel and Corban are forced to work together on a research project. But their professional disagreements and heated discussions provokes way too many contradictory feelings in Hazel. Some of them very inappropriate for work.
Love According to Science has everything you could possibly want in a romance. First, the enemies to lovers trope is always a winner. Then there’s the awesome, heartwarming relationships between Hazel and her girlfriends. There’s hot and super steamy nooky. And of course the requisite misunderstandnings and dramatics that makes a good lovestory truly great. Add to that some emotional side-stories and this read is the best.
I must admit though, that I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story. To me, the characters weren’t exactly instantly likable and especially Hazel was difficult to relate to. She was depicted as the ultimate prude, stuck-up, know-it-all with all the stereotypic characteristics of a scientist, right down to her glasses and her tendency to express herself as a scientific paper. And I perceived Corban as a rather immature and definitely asexual individual. But as the story unfolded I got more and more engaged. And, oh boy, was I invested in both of them! Once I got past the stick up Hazel’s ass and Corban’s childish games, I loved this read. Loved it! I couldn’t put my Kindle down and read way too late into the night. There were some tears and many heart-wrenching moments. With the best end imaginable.
Love According to Science is the third stand-alone about the women of the Dirty Martini Running Club series. But if you ask me, this is the absolute best of them. It was simply a pleasure to read it and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a feel-good romance.