Title: The Soulmate Equation
Author: Christina Lauren
Release Date: May 18, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
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’ve been a CLo fan for a long time, so I was thrilled when I saw that I won a copy of this one on Goodreads. After reading the premise, I was immediately reminded of Marrs’ The One. If you’re not familiar with it, using DNA to find your perfect match is the premise in that one, too. However, The One is a thriller, which I unfortunately haven’t read yet (but I want to!). I had already been really attracted to the idea when he released his book, but I had also thought it would make a great romance, too. So, I was excited to see someone use that idea!
Jess won me over almost immediately with the way she talked about her daughter, Juno. Despite being a single mom, she held zero grudges and considered her daughter nothing short of a blessing. I also very much enjoyed the conversations between Jess and her bff, Fizzy.
The romance between River and Jess was perfect. I loved every minute of watching them come together. River got me with the way he showed up and went above and beyond without being asked. His conversations with Juno were the sweetest! And I loved that the relationship River was forming with Juno didn’t overpower the romance. I’m not a fan of romances where it feels like the guy falls more in love with the kid than the woman.
The plot apart from the romance was interesting but expected. I still enjoyed it nonetheless. My only gripe was that everything was wrapped up a little too quickly for my tastes. And I wanted a tiny bit of info that I didn’t get. But, I was okay with it.
For those of you interested, there are just a couple sex scenes but there isn’t any erotic content. I think those of you looking for a sweet romance without the sex would be okay with this one.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet, feel-good romance. It was a pleasure to read from start to finish! 4.25 Stars!
*Please check out trigger warnings elsewhere if you have triggers. I tend to overlook adding them in my reviews.*
Have you read The Soulmate Equation? Are you planning to?