The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig—until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and broody older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And that same Jack who now sits on the hiring committee at MIT, right between Elsie and her dream job.
Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but…those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?
Elsie and Jack are rivals, mainly because they work in different branches of physics and Jack caused a physics scandal a few years ago that impacted Elsie's field more than his.
So, they are not a match made in heaven. Add in that she is fake dating his brother, initially thinks Jack isn't a physicist, a possible position at MIT that will solve all of her problems, and a vengeful mentor, and you have a whole lot going on that makes them being together seem...unlikely...at best.
I did believe in their romance, but I think I wanted more in the way of a connection with them in places. I liked his admission that he was angry that his brother was dating someone that he wanted, but I think I wanted to see it rather than hear it. There were times I did, but those left me wanting just a little more from him.
This book was quirky, but in a relatable way...although I will be the first to admit I didn't get all of the jokes and had to look up "Go" to figure out what it even was.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.