Happy release day to The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren and thank you so much to Gallery Books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of it! I am a huge Christina Lauren fan and I have loved all of their books so much, so there should be no surprises here when I say that I absolutely loved The Soulmate Equation!
The Soulmate Equation 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I loved everything about this book. From Jess to Juno to River and OMG Fizzy, who was arguably my favorite, we had such a great cast of characters to fall in love with. And the whole concept behind River’s company, GeneticAlly, was so interesting! What if we were genetically predisposed to be better matched with someone based on how well our DNA matches up to someone else’s? I mean, sure definitely doesn’t take all of the hard work out of relationships, but it makes you think. I really liked the way Jess thought about things and how Christina Lauren honed in on how hard it can be to be a single mom and how it takes a village, but sometimes you don’t want to be dependent on your village and how hard that balance can be. The way they built Jess and River’s relationship was so cute and I loved how great River was with Juno. And Juno was so incredibly cute and such a great 7 year old! I also really liked Nana Jo and Pops- they seemed like really solid influences on both Jess and Juno and as someone who really values family relationships, I loved how strong theirs was. And Fizzy, OMG Fizzy. She was so fun and loyal and I loved how she got inspiration for her romance novels everywhere and she pushed Jess to take more chances and be more adventurous. Everyone needs a good friend like Fizzy. Even the plot twist that caused the big conflict in the book was so well executed and the way that the ensuing fallout was handled was so real and really highlighted one of the key tenets of any relationship (98% match or not). I especially loved the epilogue at the end, but I won’t tell y’all anything about that, so you’ll just have to get the book and read it to find out what it’s about. Overall, this has probably overtaken In a Holidaze as my favorite Christina Lauren book and I cannot wait for y’all to read it (and to read what they put out next)!