by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date: May 18 2021
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Adult
Format Read: ARC
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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.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I am a FAN of Christina Lauren. From their early days of heart-pounding erotica to their switchover to more contemporary/women’s fiction, I cannot get enough and The Soulmate Equation is no exception.
Jess and River’s story is nerdgasmic to its core. Single mom, a data scientist with little prospects in the dating world, finds herself in the center of a brand new dating technology when she matches with one of the founders of the software.
River’s DNA analysis to find the perfect match is his life’s work so thinking he’ll match with anyone is not on his radar whatsoever. He and Jess don’t quite hit it off, and they definitely have to work through their differences to get to the endgame.
Mostly enemies to lovers, high key familial drama, and the sweetest little girl thrown in the mix, The Soulmate Equation was a fantastic read for me. Not epically heavy hearted but full of love and laughter, I highly recommend it!
Sarah is a romance-loving wife and mother of two transplanted to beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida byway of Pennsylvania. By day, she runs tech support for a prominent web hosting company, by night, she’s curled up on the couch with her Kindle and a glass of water. Sarah runs @dragonflyreads on Instagram. She reads primarily contemporary romance but loves some YA thrown in from time to time. When she’s not reading and momming and wifing, she’s looking for the next book signing or concert to go to.