Book Babble Review: The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
The Soulmate Equation is the latest book from Christina Lauren, a writing duo that have been writing together since 2012. They have written multiple series and standalones in the both YA and Adult Fiction, The Soulmate Equation being the latest edition to the duo's writing profile. This novel plays draws from the world of genetics and ask the question: Can your DNA tell you your soulmate? Much like their other books this book did not disappoint and I recommend it.
The New York Times bestselling authors return with a witty and effervescent novel about what happens when two people with everything on the line are thrown together by science—or is it fate? Single mom Jessica 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. 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: one of GeneticAlly’s founders, 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 Match” that could launch GeneticAlly’s valuation sky-high, 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 did not let me down with this book at all. The premise of “genetic dating” sounded so intriguing when I first read the plot of this and they did an excellent job. Jessica Davis is a numbers person so while unconventional, this type of “dating” seemed like something that would make sense for her. The characters have chemistry right off the back even if early conversations and encounters would make you think otherwise. They really took the time to build up the relationship but also let the chemistry that the two characters had be a driving force. They also made sure that Jess was a great mom and did not “lose focus” on her daughter once a man entered the picture. I also love how full the side characters are, even though they aren’t the stories focus. The grandparents and the best friend really help to not only support Jess however she needs. They are also willing to call her out and push her to be the best version of herself. I would even love to see a follow up where we follow her best friend, This book as a whole was an amazing romance to me. This pair do not cease to put out cute romance that just make you want to read them. This also made me want to go back and read some more of their older titles as well. They are queens of romance and storytelling!
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