Title: Stuck With You
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Series: The STEMinist Novellas #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 3 hours (127 pages)
Publisher: Berkley; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: March 7, 2022
Content Warnings: confinement (elevator)
Nothing like a little rivalry between scientists to take love to the next level.
Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn…
Logically, Sadie knows that civil engineers are supposed to build bridges. However, as a woman of STEM she also understands that variables can change, and when you are stuck for hours in a tiny New York elevator with the man who broke your heart, you earn the right to burn that brawny, blond bridge to the ground. Erik can apologize all he wants, but to quote her rebel leader—she’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee.
Not even the most sophisticated of Sadie’s superstitious rituals could have predicted such a disastrous reunion. But while she refuses to acknowledge the siren call of Erik’s steely forearms or the way his voice softens when he offers her his sweater, Sadie can’t help but wonder if there might be more layers to her cold-hearted nemesis than meet the eye. Maybe, possibly, even burned bridges can still be crossed….
To read Mara and Hannah’s stories look for the novellas Under One Roof, available now, and Below Zero, coming soon from Berkley!
This is my second favorite of the STEMinist novellas! Honestly, the plot, tropes, and conflict are very similar to Below Zero, but better executed in this story. After a meet cute, Sadie and Erik instantly click, resulting in a romantic dinner and spicy night together. However, they are both engineers, and shortly after their hookup it seems that Erik betrays her professionally. As a woman in STEM, Sadie is used to being slighted, but she never expected that betrayal from Corporate Thor after their witty banter and undeniable connection.
Once again, Ali Hazelwood relies on miscommunication and perceptions of betrayal to create conflict between love interests; however, in this novella, I truly understand why Sadie is so willing to assume the worst of Erik and cut him off. Proximity forces them to confront one another and discuss their sides of what really happened. So many moments had me laughing!