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Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: what would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project - a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia - Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.
Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled-in-distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings towards Bee very clear in grad school - archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.
Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it's her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas...devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there's only one question that matters: what will Bee Königswasser do?
Ali Hazelwood had her start writing fanfics on a popular site and I feel like that vibe is carried throughout her novels. Her second book is almost an evolution of the first, it also follows a woman in STEM and is an enemies-to-lovers.
That being said if you enjoyed the first book you'll love this. Hazelwood fans are turning up for one thing and it's exactly what they get - steamy science (if that's a thing). I read this by the pool on holiday and it took about a day and a half. it's a super easy lighthearted read. Ali Hazlewood fans will absolutely love this, although for me it was a little too similar to her debut!