Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this title.
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 Peña. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Peña. 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.
Christina Lauren’s books truly never disappoint! I read The Soulmate Equation over the course of three days, and let me tell you, flopping down onto my bed and getting lost in it was the highlight of every one of them!
After reading and loving many of Christina Lauren’s previous novels, such as The Unhoneymooners and In a Holidaze, I picked up The Soulmate Equation with high expectations…All of which were completely blown out of the water by the time I finished it!
The Soulmate Equation was an absolutely marvelous rom-com novel that had me enchanted from the very first page. I instantly fell in love with Jess, our main character, who was hard-working, strong-willed, and fiercely protective of her love ones, including her daughter, Juno, who she had while she was a college student. As a young, single mom, Jess has worked tremendously hard to give her daughter the best childhood possible, and that’s something I really admired about her. Jess was someone who had been abandoned by far too many people throughout her life, so I deeply understood her protectiveness of Juno, especially when it came to introducing her to Jess’s supposed soulmate: River… Who I officially have a massive crush on.
Christina Lauren is an expert at crafting lovable book boyfriends, and River is no exception. He was somewhat emotionally closed off at the beginning of the novel, but as he and Jess grew closer, we got to see so many complicated facets of him. The tender way he treated Juno and Jess’s grand-parents was especially sweet to me, and I loved how he was always so understanding of Jess’s feelings, fears, and frustrations.
Speaking of which, Jess and River’s romance was simply fantastic. It’s essentially a combination of the enemies-to-lovers trope AND the fake dating trope AND the soulmates trope… What more could I possibly ask for??? It was so swoon-worthy, but at the same time, Christina Lauren did an excellent job at making it feel realistic. Jess and River’s relationship was never perfect, and a lot of things weren’t easy for them. But, more importantly, they dealt with their issues in healthy ways, which is such a significant thing for us to see in romance novels! Jess and River struggled a lot with the idea of being genetically-paired soulmates, but despite that, they learned how to communicate with one another and recognize their feelings.
Which brings me to my next point!
The whole idea of a dating app that uses DNA to match you with your soulmate was such a genius move on Christina Lauren’s part. It left Jess and River with so many complex questions and emotions that I loved seeing them explore throughout the novel. I also really appreciated how much research Christina Lauren did in regards to genetics, biology, and all that good stuff. It really helped me get a true understanding of Jess and River’s genetic compatibility, which made the idea of DNA-based soulmates all the more thrilling.
My only complaint about this book is that the epilogue felt a little rushed. I don’t want to go into spoilery territory, but let’s just say that things felt incomplete, at least to me. I feel like a few more chapters would have helped wrap-up the story in a far more satisfying way!
But regardless of that, I still really enjoyed this novel. Christina Lauren is, without a doubt, my favorite romance author, and I can’t wait to see what they write next. With every new book they release, I fall deeper in love with their characters and relationships! If you haven’t read a Christina Lauren book yet, I highly recommend doing so right away. No matter which one you pick up, you’re bound to finish it with a grin on your face!