The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Publication Date: May 18th 2021 by Gallery Books
Single mom Jess hasn’t really had a boyfriend since the father of her child decided he didn’t want to be a dad and took off before her daughter, Juno, was even born. Jess is about to give up on the dating scene altogether after several lackluster encounters. However, hearing about a new dating site that matches you with someone based on your genes has an appeal to Jess. Numbers and statistics are things Jess understands being a statistician. Getting a Diamond Match of 98 percent to the arrogant Dr. River Pena, founder of GeneticAlly, is absurd to Jess. She can’t stand this man so how could he be her soulmate? She’s going to find out, because GeneticAlly makes her an offer she can’t refuse to get to know River and see if they could be something.
The hate-to-love troupe is so much fun when done right, there was even a Pride and Prejudice vibe here and there that put a big smile on my face! The 98% score doesn’t sound so absurd as Jess and River spend more time together, with the chemistry and heat between them magnetic and hot! I fell for both River and Jess, liking her immediately and River once we got to know the man behind the suit a bit more. Sweet and thoughtful, just the kind of person Jess needed. I really admired Jess as a single mom, putting her daughter and even her grandparents first in her life.
Her grandparents and Fizzy were such fun secondary characters! Fizzy, a romance author and Jess’s best-friend, had me laughing my ass off basically every time she opened her mouth! Juno, her seven-year-old daughter was so cute with her enthusiasm for random, interesting facts. Even Pigeon, the cat, wormed her way into my heart. They were a whole village of people that may not have been a traditional family but made the relationships here rich with love and support!
There’s so much to love about The Soulmate Equation! Whacky and hilarious with a slow-burn romance, but most of all it was a story filled with heart!
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.