Audio Delight Review: The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Posted June 21, 2021 by Lorna in Audio Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Delight Review: The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
The Soulmate Equation

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Gallery Books
Released on May 18, 2021
Pages: 365
Length: 9 Hours, 45 minutes
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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5 months ago

The premise was new for me in a romance, and I liked the way they let it play out. This one made me happy. It was very feel-good, and like you, I was rooting for Jess to give love a chance. River and Juno melted my heart too. Their interactions were adorable.

5 months ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

It really was good wasn’t it? Glad you enjoyed it too!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

This one looks like an easy going and engaging romance. Thanks, Lorna!

5 months ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Mostly easy going but of course had its moments of angst. I loved the whole thing.

Mary Kirkland
5 months ago

That’s an interesting take on a dating app. I don’t know if I would do a DNA test for something like that. Maybe I’m too old feeling at this point in my life. lol

5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Well I’ve never wanted to use one of those apps so yeah it wouldn’t be something I would be doing!And of course I know people find their matches sometimes using the apps.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I will need to add this. I have enjoyed this writing duo in the past and you’ve sold me on this one!

5 months ago

Yes, I have a read a lot of their books. Only occasionally do I not love their work. I thought this was one of the good ones. I think my favorites are still Love and Other Words, Sweet Filthy Boy and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating.

Anne - Books of My Heart

This one was a total win for me, too. I loved it.

5 months ago

Yes I think I might have commented on your review. Not sure though. I always get excited when they have a new book come out.

Carole Rae
5 months ago

Those dang life twists!

5 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes, always!