Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: May 24-25, 2021
Format: ebook via Publisher
Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents–who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno–Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.
But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess–who is barely making ends meet–is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist–and the science behind a soulmate–than she thought.
Funny, warm, and full of heart, The Soulmate Equation proves that the delicate balance between fate and choice can never be calculated.
Christina Lauren have hit a home run again! This is by far one of my favorite of all their books (and I pretty much love them all). This one had its funny moments, but had a much more serious tone than their previous novels. This one centers around Jess, a single mom and River. This one is an enemies to lovers (favorite trope) that was very reminiscent of Pride & Prejudice (favorite book) at times.
And yes, there was a LOT of nerdy math and science talk surrounding statistics and DNA. While most of the actual wordage/terms went over my head (not as smart as these MC’s lol), It did not take away from the story as a whole. Especially because this book gave me ALL the feels. It had angst, had laughs, made me smile a lot and cry a little. It was the absolute perfect romance read! Would make a fantastic summer/beach read. I highly HIGHLY recommend if you love a good contemporary romance.
Special Thanks to Gallery Books who gifted me an eARC through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Content: This one does have some open-door scenes (not extremely detailed though) and language.
About the Author
CHRISTINA LAUREN is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced sixteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)
You can contact them via twitter (@seeCwrite for Christina and @LolaShoes for Lauren) or their website. http://www.christinalaurenbooks.com