Thank you so much to the publisher Little Brown Book Group for providing me with an advance copy of The Soulmate Equation on Netgalley. This in no way affects my opinion.
Title: The Soulmate Equation
Authors: Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings)
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 5th August
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 can already guarantee that The Soulmate Equation will become one of my favourite books of the year, and we are only in August. It is the first Christina Lauren book I have ever read, but I am already off purchasing some of their backlist.
I love all of the characters within the book, and they all brought something new and different to the plot. I absolutely adore Jess and River as our main romantic pairing, and their relationship was just perfect. I also loved River and Jess’s daughter Juno’s relationship; their relationship was just so wholesome, and I wanted more. But my favourite character has to be Fizzy, Jess’s best friend. Jess’s relationship with Fizzy is much like mine with my best friend (apart from the writing of romance novels), and it was just so brilliant to see it on the page. I would love a separate book all about Fizzy’s dating life as I feel there are a few stories to tell there.
When it comes to the plot, it moved along steadily, and it didn’t feel as if there were any points where I wanted more. Although I could guess where the story was going, I did really enjoy the journey, which is always a massive help in not getting bored.
As it was my first Christina Lauren book, I was sure how it would work with regarding the writing style as Christina and Lauren co-author it, but I couldn’t even notice a difference. The writing flowed perfectly, and it allowed you to really be sucked into the book and the romance.
I can’t wait to pick up another Christina Lauren book as they seem to have the formula for romance books perfectly. I highly suggest picking up The Soulmate Equation whether you have read all of Christina Lauren’s books before or are just starting out.