Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood is a contemporary romance that has academia involved in it. Isn’t that one of the best kinds of stories we like to listen to and read as book lovers? Ali Hazelwood is a New York Times best-selling author of her debut novel, The Love Hypothesis. Hazelwood is known for blending academia with romance and making some impossible pairs possible. She writes rom-com stories about women involved in academia and STEM. Readers often complain about novellas for not being capable of developing a good plot. But, let’s just scratch the thought from our heads about this. Not every book has to be profoundly emotional, reading a crack-worthy book is sometimes worthwhile and Ali Hazelwood’s Under One Roof will prove it.

In this story, we have three friends Mara, Sadie, and Hannah. However, since there will be a series of novellas, and this is the first one of the Steminist series, the main character of this one is Mara. They are friends first and scientists afterword’s. Their academic career took them to three different corners. However, when it comes to science and love, three of having the same belief – that rivals make you burn and as Newton’s third law goes opposites attract.

Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood
Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood

Mara is an environmental engineer. She discovers that her dead Ph.D. mentor has left her a part of a house in Washington DC. The only downside and issue are that the other part belongs to the nephew of her mentor. His name is Liam Harding, a lawyer for big oil. Mara wants to start this new roommate rigmarole on a good note because of their recent loss. On the other hand, Liam like the grumpy and icy person he is wants nothing to do with her existence. As a reader of this century, you can already guess where this is heading.

Hazelwood serves – forced proximity, two people who are not fond of each other, the change from can’t-stand-you to friends, and then trying not to catch feelings for each other despite the obvious chemistry and tension between them? Another great thing about this novella is, that the readers will not get to know Liam’s point of view. And, we all love a bit of assumption and mystery, when it comes to romance, right? If we talk about Mara and her point of view, she is relatable and you would want to become friends with her.

The butterflies that Ali Hazelwood managed to offer to the readers are impeccable. I am perhaps insinuating a moment when Liam tucks Mara’s hair behind her ear? There is a moment when they will talk about their careers and how to stand out. Are we all not down for a romance where you can talk about everything and which is playful at the same time? Hazelwood did not disappoint us. We have some good steamy scenes friends, and when I say “did not disappoint” you should have faith in me. If you loved Adam and Olive from The Love Hypothesis, you will love Mara and Liam; especially because Liam and Adam are similar in several ways.

Another great thing about this story is that the three friends managed to maintain their bonds since grad school. Mara has her friends to rely on and we love a good friendship as much as we love a good romance. To get to know more about the other two friends Sadie and Hannah, look out for novellas Stuck With You and Below Zero. They will be available soon and first as audio.

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Book Review Podcast ( Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood )

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