Saturday, June 3, 2023

Review: The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren


The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren
Publication Date: May 16th 2023 by Gallery Books & Simon & Schuster Audio
Pages: 416
Audiobook Length: 10hrs 52min
Narrators: Jonathan Cole & Cindy Kay
Source: Publisher & Purchased Audiobook
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Audible | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
You’ve probably seen about a million reviews for The True Love Experiment, so I won’t bore you with another recap (plus, the book description is below). This was just so much fun! Fizzy had no filter and I laughed so hard at the things that just flew out of her mouth. Especially, the bombs she’d drop just as River was somehow entering the room! He’d just turn tail and leave, like every time, lol!

But there’s a lot more to the story than just slapstick. Both Fizzy and Connor had things to work through.  A very inconvenient, strong attraction, considering the circumstances, that I’m super happy they couldn’t resist most of the time. The sexual tension, heat and chemistry was off-the-charts! Connor and Fizzy just felt so right for each other! I was skeptical about the whole dating show feature, but Christina Lauren made it work perfectly! They wrapped it up so cleverly and in the best way! The True Love Experiment may be my favorite CL to date! Total recommend!

I alternately listened to the audio and read an e-copy. I recommend either version! Cindy Kay was perfect for Fizzy and she performed Connor’s bits well, too. Jonathan Cole’s British accent was divine and his did Fizzy’s part nicely, as well! They enhanced an already spectacular read! I listened at my usual 1.5x normal speed.

5 Stars

Book Description:

Sparks fly when a romance novelist and a documentary filmmaker join forces to craft the perfect Hollywood love story and take both of their careers to the next level—but only if they can keep the chemistry between them from taking the whole thing off script.

Felicity “Fizzy” Chen is lost. Sure, she’s got an incredible career as a beloved romance novelist with a slew of bestsellers under her belt, but when she’s asked to give a commencement address, it hits her: she hasn’t been practicing what she’s preached.

Fizzy hasn’t ever really been in love. Lust? Definitely. But that swoon-worthy, can’t-stop-thinking-about-him, all-encompassing feeling? Nope. Nothing. What happens when the optimism she’s spent her career encouraging in readers starts to feel like a lie?

Connor Prince, documentary filmmaker and single father, loves his work in large part because it allows him to live near his daughter. But when his profit-minded boss orders him to create a reality TV show, putting his job on the line, Connor is out of his element. Desperate to find his romantic lead, a chance run-in with an exasperated Fizzy offers Connor the perfect solution. What if he could show the queen of romance herself falling head-over-heels for all the world to see? Fizzy gives him a hard pass—unless he agrees to her list of demands. When he says yes, and production on The True Love Experiment begins, Connor wonders if that perfect match will ever be in the cue cards for him, too.

The True Love Experiment is the book fans have been waiting for ever since Fizzy’s debut in The Soulmate Equation. But when the lights come on and all eyes are on her, it turns out the happily ever after Fizzy had all but given up on might lie just behind the camera.


  1. This was just too much fun! I love Fizzy and Connor. This is the first time I remember CL doing a "series" sort of thing in awhile.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. Five stars...yay! I'm so looking forward to reading this one. Even more so now. Fizzy and Connor sound great.

  3. Yes! I loved River in this book, and I agree with you that Connor and Fizzy were meant to be. I adored them together. I was a big fan of the finding-their-joy outings. Those were great and wonderful reminders to find our joy

  4. I'm looking forward to the audiobook, especially now knowing this is your favorite CL book.

  5. I had such a great time with this one! Fizzy was such a great character.

  6. Yes! I loved it too. It was a lot of fun to read.

  7. Lovely review you have here! Happy to see that this book was such a lively entertaining read for you. Always a great experience to find those reads.

  8. I also loved this book. I did a read/listen as well and enjoyed the audiobook very much. Wonderful review, Rachel. This was the story, Fizzy deserved.