The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Also by this author: Sweet Filthy Boy, Dirty Rowdy Thing
Published by Gallery Books
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Read in: June 2021
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren has 100% put this author duo on my autobuy list. I had pre-ordered The Soulmate Equation on Audible and had the hardcover coming too. I read In a Holidaze back in December and it automatically hit my holiday annual reading list. I had high hopes for this story as well.
I was able to really identify with Jess. I found her inability to trust herself or the happiness that she was starting to find with River uncomfortably familiar. Unlike Jess I haven’t had only myself to rely on or a child to raise. It didn’t mean that I couldn’t empathize with her situation.
River was also easy to like. At first he seemed anti-social and an automaton. But it turned out that his mind was frequently busy and in other places. River certainly had a lot on his plate.
That doesn’t mean that there weren’t frustrating moments. I know that a lot of people (including myself) get frustrated when problems or issues can be resolved with frank conversation. I also know myself well enough to know that I have trouble with those conversations so why would I expect better from a character?
Lauren writes a beautiful love story that involves both math and science and my nerdy little heart couldn’t have been happier with both aspects of the story. I also really enjoyed the way that River and Jess had to build their relationship from the ground up together, in front of an audience, with Jess’s daughter Juno, both of their families and friends all on the peripheral and in the fallout if it didn’t work.