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Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood

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Not in Love

A forbidden, secret affair proves that all’s fair in love and science—from New York Times bestselling author Ali Hazelwood.

Rue Siebert might not have it all, but she has enough: a few friends she can always count on, the financial stability she yearned for as a kid, and a successful career as a biotech engineer at Kline, one of the most promising start-ups in the field of food science. Her world is stable, pleasant, and hard-fought. Until a hostile takeover and its offensively attractive front man threatens to bring it all crumbling down.

Eli Killgore and his business partners want Kline, period. Eli has his own reasons for pushing this deal through—and he’s a man who gets what he wants. With one burning exception: Rue. The woman he can’t stop thinking about. The woman who’s off-limits to him.

Torn between loyalty and an undeniable attraction, Rue and Eli throw caution out the lab and the boardroom windows. Their affair is secret, no-strings-attached, and has a built-in deadline: the day one of their companies will prevail. But the heart is risky business—one that plays for keeps.


The Review

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood. In this contemporary romance, we follow Rue, a biotech engineer at a food science start-up, and Eli, who works at the private equity firm, whose plan is to take over the company Rue works for. The stakes are high for both Rue and Eli, both have reasons to hate each other, but there’s an undeniable chemistry that these two can’t resist exploring.


Hazelwood penned an authors note to her readers about how this book is a bit different from her other STEM romance novels. With themes and content that can be emotional and deeper in scope. And Rue in particular is a very different character from the three other ladies who star in Hazelwood’s novels. At first glance she seems aloof, frosty, and blunt. Even though she’s the grumpy to Eli’s sunshine, Rue is a complex character who readers will find a soft spot.

A Few More Thoughts

Fans of Hazelwood’s STEM romance novels will love her hallmark humor, witty banter and dialogue, plus the emotional struggle of choosing between a shot at being in love or fighting the work takeover by the man Rue might fall for.

A conundrum you’ll want to find out for yourself. 😉

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked


About the Author

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Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis, as well as a writer of peer-reviewed articles about brain science, in which no one makes out and the ever after is not always happy. Originally from Italy, she lived in Germany and Japan before moving to the US to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. When Ali is not at work, she can be found running, eating cake pops, or watching sci-fi movies with her three feline overlords (and her slightly-less-feline husband).

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
11-Jun-24978-0593641040400BerkleyAdult NetGalley, Digital ARCApril 6, 2023

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