Publisher: Gallery+ Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: May 18, 2021
Genre: Fiction / Romance
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.
So far, I have not met a single Christina Lauren novel I have not liked, and this held completely true with their newest release The Soulmate Equation. There are just so many things to love about it, from the DNA matchmaking to Jess’ grandparents to Jess and Dr. River Pena themselves. I loved all of the characters and LOVED the plot idea of a DNA matchmaking service since I have been seeing DNA in so many novels lately but nothing quite like this. Plus, what is not to love about the strong female lead that is Jess! I thought it was great that they made her amazing at data and statistics, and that mixed with her adorable daughter, mother issues, and aversion to dating made her both a remarkable and realistic character. There is also Jess’ best friend Fizzy, and I would be remiss to say I wouldn’t love to have a friend like her in my life. She was hilarious, super supportive, and kept Jess in check in the best possible ways.
The audiobook is also a treat and narrated by the lovely Patti Murin who I have now listened to 4 different times! I feel like I listen to a lot of new narrators constantly, and it was fun to see Murin also narrated 2 other books by this writing duo. I honestly hope I will get to see her narrate more of them because her narration was fabulous! Clearly, I highly recommend the audiobook, but of course, you can’t go wrong any way you choose to read The Soulmate Equation. This book had me practically snorting right away in the beginning, and I am obsessed with Lauren’s type of humor. There are some harder moments in the novel, but overall, it is a fairly light read as well as being ridiculously funny. I love this type of book for palate cleansers between heavy reads and thrillers, and this one did not disappoint in that respect at all. I also loved the chemistry between River and Jess, and there are a few slightly steamier scenes as well. If you are a fan of this writing duo, I think you will adore The Soulmate Equation just as much as I did!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.