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.
The Soulmate Equation was an intriguing storyline as the main concept relates to a new DNA-based matchmaking company and the romance between a data-crunching, single mother and the man behind the company, GeneticAlly.
As wonderful as the idea of an “accurate” matchmaking service is to some people, I think this story left a lot of people (myself included) wondering about other aspects of DNA collection such as privacy and confidentially, and citizen’s rights, etc. I know I for one could almost hear Law and Order’s character, John Munch, debating the potential violations this could have to civil liberties — I love that show. But if I could quiet that voice and simply focus on the storyline in the more whimsical, romance-orientated sense, I adored this book.
The heroine, Jess, was realistic in her skepticism. She’s mature, no-nonsense (but still fun), and a hard worker. She’s had to grow up fast given her childhood and current status as a single mother, but I think she’s created this really wonderful life for herself and I admire her determination. The hero, Dr River Pena, is definitely of a similar nature, although with wildly different circumstances. He’s stubborn, determined, and focused. His life revolves around the company he created as it is in every sense ‘his entire life’s work’. At first, these two characters seem an unlikely pairing but it is quickly revealed that they have way more in common than either of them previously thought.
As with most of CLo’s books, I enjoyed the writing. It flowed beautifully and seamlessly to the point where you wouldn’t even know Christina Lauren is two authors, unless previously told. My only issue with this story, and this is a personal opinion(!), is I really wanted to know the percentage at the end. I understand why it was vague and how it could appeal to some readers, but I’m the type of person who loves spoilers and knowing everything upfront so jokingly shakes fist to the sky I need to know!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys STEM romances (i.e. characters who work/study in maths/science field) and anyone who loves Christina Lauren’s other works or wants to give CLo a try for the first time!