Author: Christina Laurens
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 368
Date of Publication: May 18, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
Jess Davis is a staistician. In fact, she is a genious when it comes to numbers and equations of any sort. As a single mother, she had given up on dating. However, she decides to date again, but using number crunching to find her perfect man. There is a matchmaking company naned GeneticAlly, and this program pretty much to guarantee to match people together perfectly based on their DNA. Jess is shocked to discover that she matches Dr. River Pena with near perfect compatability.
Wait! She knows River Pena and he is NOT her type. Not at all. In fact, he has traits she finds deplorable. So, how can he be her soulmate? To prove the validity of the program, Jess is offered a deal. If she gets to know River they will pay her, and this is something she seriously considers. In fact, she is struggling financialloy, so just maybe she can make enough money for her and her daughter - while also proving that the program is flawed.
Can Jess get to know River well enough to see if they are indeed soulmates? Is the match real? If so, what would it mean for the bottom line of the company itself? Well, I loved discovering these things as I read this terrific story. Christina Lauren definitely hit it out of the park with this book and I am looking forward to reading more of their backlist and anything else coming up from them.
Many thanks to Gallery Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fifteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received multiple starred reviews, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, been inducted into the Library Reads Hall of Fame, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and the Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal starred The Unhoneymooners, out May 2019.
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos. She lives in Utah with her husband and daughter, thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter.
You can follow their shenanigans at:
@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter, and @ChristinaLauren on instagram.
For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie/TV news and more, follow @christinalauren.