Is there a science to falling in love?
Carlisle Santiago is through with men. After the devastating end of a seven-year relationship, she’s trying to put her life back together. What she doesn’t know is that she is the subject of the patient and methodical observations of blue-haired scientist Matteo Villegas, who just wants to find love himself. She must decide whether she’s ready to give love another shot or if this is doomed to be one failed experiment.
I gotta admit, if you don’t have a background in molecular biology/immunology/biology, you might not have any issues with the book. Ultimately, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief and just accept the inaccuracies (more like impossibilities and errors). I guess I expected that any science in this book would be correct, or even the reality of applying for grants and publishing. It wasn’t even advertised that there will be a molecular biologist character in this one so I thought there wouldn’t be any problems because the geology aspect was spot-on (but then again, those were just puns and jokes).
Prior to the disappointment/rage, I was about to rate this book 3 stars. It was cute but I didn’t feel very shippy with it. I liked the main character and the love interest enough and I appreciated that it tackled work and heartbreak. I connected and empathized with Carlisle. Sadly, it was Matteo that didn’t exactly click with me. Firstly, he came across as a bit creepy to me because of his stalking tendencies and his journal. His journal read like a cross between his personal diary and a laboratory notebook for experiments. I guess that was the point but it read as creepy to me! It didn’t come across as a recording of his scientific query and results but AS STALKING. But when I realized that Matteo was a puppy and he’s harmless, I felt better but I guess I’ll never be that into him. He lacked something I couldn’t pinpoint, maybe more of a character aside from his blue hair?
I feel so bad rating this book this way but I can’t help my feelings~ It was a cute and okay story and I am usually forgiving with science in books, especially in sci-fi because it’s fantasy. For example, I’m fine with some loopholes in time travels or if it’s a dystopian/futuristic book, I could assume that that technology was possible. But with contemporaries like this one, I realized that I couldn’t deal with that because THIS IS REAL LIFE. I feel so sad and mad because I wish I just didn’t know. Or that the book just had a molecular biology student as a character but didn’t go into details.
Oh well. This was a cute enough story but if you have a background in biology, just, beware.