Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 18, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
Do I have a new favorite Christina Lauren book? I just might. There was SO MUCH to love about The Soulmate Equation. I’ll forever love a good fake dating story and I especially appreciated the way this duo took a familiar trope and put a unique spin on it. A DNA-based matchmaking service? Brilliant. A little creepy, sure, but brilliant nonetheless. The CEO and a client? Perfection. Messy, complicated perfection.
Jess and River brought the feels. (And Jess’s daughter and grandparents were fantastic too.) Of course, I was hooked on them long before they even realized they were falling for each other. Bless their soft, nerdy hearts. I loved them so much. This book is absolutely going on my “must reread a billion times” shelf.
Have you read The Soulmate Equation?
What’d you think?