The Soulmate Equation
The Soulmate Equation
by Christina Lauren
Published May 18, 2021
by Gallery Books
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jess is a thirty-year old single mom to the amazing Juno. She’s put dating (and herself) on hold for the past seven years to focus on her daughter. When she and her BFF Fizzy meet River at their local coffee shop, they are intrigued by his line of work and his proposition to stop by and learn more about GeneticALLY. Fizzy is a romance author and a matchmaking service based on DNA is just the kind of material she could use in an upcoming novel. What Jess doesn’t bargain for when she spits into the cup is the rare and elusive Diamond Match… with none other than the creator of GeneticALLY himself, Dr. River Pena. But her and River have felt nothing but animosity toward each other since they met – is the match legit or can they fake it until they make it to help River’s IPO?
Christina Lauren books are auto-reads for me so when The Soulmate Equation came across my NetGalley, I didn’t even bother to read the synopsis! When I found out the premise – two people connect through a matchmaking service based on DNA compatibility – admittedly, I was skeptical. The plot sounded very similar to John Marrs’ The One and I was worried that this wouldn’t be unique enough from that to hold my interest. Boy was I wrong!!
For fans of enemies to lovers, this one is right up your alley. I didn’t feel the enemies trope was too overplayed and even though the love story seemed to unfold fairly fast, it was pretty natural, given the circumstances. There were many instances where River seemed too good to be true, but sometimes we need that in a fun romcom!
I loved the characters and really connected with most of them. Jess seemed like such a devoted and caring mother and her backstory was developed enough to help the reader understand her quirks and insecurities. River was a bit more mysterious but his ugly duckling past and overbearing sisters made him more relatable and charming. I also loved the relationships between Jess and her grandparents and between Jess and Fizzy. We all have (or want) that best friend that we can count on no matter what and I loved that theirs seemed to be a healthy, supportive female friendship.
I will say this one differed quite a bit from The One, so if that’s a reservation for you as well, I wouldn’t let it hold you back from reading this. GeneticALLY’s approach to the DNA match felt more realistic to me and actually quite plausible. It was basically an online dating platform that instead of matching you based on how you answered questions to their tests, it matched you based on your genetic compatibility. The users weren’t restricted from dating people that weren’t their “soulmates,” they were just given statistics of compatibility which I found super fascinating. But even with all the DNA and science talk, the novel wasn’t stuffy at all or hard to follow. Christina Lauren did an excellent job of presenting the facts and information in an easy to understand, enjoyable way.
Overall this was a really fun and cute read. It’s definitely one I recommend if you’re a fan of romance and/or a fan of Christina Lauren.
Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for a copy of this novel.