This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Gallery Books
Released on May 18, 2021
Length: 9 Hours, 45 minutes
If you could find your soulmate by having your blood tested(DNA), would you believe it? Embrace it or ignore it? When a new company discovers the way to do this, Jess Davis gets her test done after going with her best friend to the company after meeting the scientist behind the new dating app. The delight here is in Jess deciding between belief or disbelief, all the while getting to know River Pena, the scientist.
Jess Davis is a single mother of an adorable little girl. She lives with her daughter in the apartment complex owned and operated by her grandparents. She has a mother that is more like a wild child sister-one that borrows money constantly from Jess and treats her like a bank for want of a better word. Her grandparents are good to her and babysits. Her best friend, Fizzy, is a popular romance writer and is out to find the love of her life if possible, while Jess sits back and lets her-as long as she doesn’t have to deal with all that anymore. When they meet the scientist that invented new dating technology at their local coffee shop one morning, he invites them to come and see the process. Jess is the skeptic of the two, but has the test run anyway. Then her results come back with her matching with River(the scientist), well actually more than matching. They have a 98% match that is almost unheard of, but Jess is not really interested. River’s company is more than interested and offers Jess a lot of money to work for them, otherwise known as dating River.
I really liked Jess as the heroine and wanted her to find the love of her life, even if she is against it every step of the way-at least initially. River may be a dreamy sort of hero in the looks category, but he’s kind of a geeky almost stick in the mud. He’s not really interested in Jess-until he is. Being thrown together at parties and events designed to bring in more investors, brings a new awareness between the two and a friendship of sorts. I loved seeing River come out of his shell and become interested in Jess. I also enjoyed seeing him get to know Jess’s daughter.
All is not perfect in this story as life never really is. Things happen, as well as a twist and through it all I kept rooting for this couple. The thing is, will problems as big as they faced in this new relationship pull them apart or strengthen what they could have in the end? I enjoyed seeing it run its course and loved every minute of the story. I found the book to have a unique premise in a world of so many of the same stories, just told a different way. Believe me, this is a good thing. Some good side characters like her friend Fizzy and her grandparents just added to this amazing story.
I had a great time reading this book as is my usual with this writing duo. I would highly recommend it to adult contemporary romance readers.
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