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The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Narrator: Patti Murin
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on May 18, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours, 45 minutes
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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.
I always want to read this author’s work. The Soulmate Equation had some very interesting aspects with statistics and science. I couldn’t not read this; it sounded so compelling to me. I love the vulnerability and heart in this author’s books and the humor.
Jess is awesome. She is there for everyone (except herself) and gives them love and care, from her daughter to her grandparents, to her selfish, absent mother. I love her job; it’s all about the numbers. Her friend, Fizzy, is a friend, who is over the top, but we all need a laugh and a view outside the box. Best of all, Fizzy is very loyal and there when needed.
River is another kind of scientist. He is focused on his work, the company, the data and numbers. He seems quite unemotional. But he’s definitely handsome.
“I realize your default energy level is cardboard cutout but I can’t get to know you if you don’t speak.” ~ Jess
Seeing Jess and River get to know each other is a joy. He can be very kind and supportive when he wants to be. He’s adorable with her daughter. Of course, the numbers have to come into it and River’s narrow focus on his job plays a part. He’s kind of like the absentminded professor when he gets into a problem to solve. I loved the truths they found.
I have enjoyed Patti Murin on another audiobook by this author. The primary point of view is Jess and I felt her in the performance. I listened a bit slower at a 1.3x speed.
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