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The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren
Narrator: Jonathan Cole, Cindy Kay
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on May 16, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours, 27 minutes
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Felicity “Fizzy” Chen is lost. Sure, she’s got an incredible career as a beloved romance novelist with a slew of bestsellers under her belt, but when she’s asked to give a commencement address, it hits her: she hasn’t been practicing what she’s preached.
Fizzy hasn’t ever really been in love. Lust? Definitely. But that swoon-worthy, can’t-stop-thinking-about-him, all-encompassing feeling? Nope. Nothing. What happens when the optimism she’s spent her career encouraging in readers starts to feel like a lie?
Connor Prince, documentary filmmaker and single father, loves his work in large part because it allows him to live near his daughter. But when his profit-minded boss orders him to create a reality TV show, putting his job on the line, Connor is out of his element. Desperate to find his romantic lead, a chance run-in with an exasperated Fizzy offers Connor the perfect solution. What if he could show the queen of romance herself falling head-over-heels for all the world to see? Fizzy gives him a hard pass—unless he agrees to her list of demands. When he says yes, and production on The True Love Experiment begins, Connor wonders if that perfect match will ever be in the cue cards for him, too.
I always seem to love these life fiction reads from Christina Lauren, especially now with some STEM oriented aspects. I was surprised to find some characters from The Soulmate Equation here.
Our heroine, Fizzy, is a romance author and Jess’ best friend. I love Fizzy, who speaks her mind and doesn’t put up with BS. She’s perfectly comfortable talking openly about sex and romance. She is having trouble writing her next book though, after a problem with the last guy she dated. She’s lost her enthusiasm for romance.
Connor is a documentary filmmaker but his boss wants something with more pizzazz (and profit) like a reality dating show. Connor gets the idea to have a famous romance author beloved by his ex-wife as the one looking for love. Fizzy doesn’t want to do it so she comes up with a huge number of demands. Connor takes it all in stride and also plans to use the the DNA matching created by River Pena in The Soulmate Equation.
I loved watching Connor and Fizzy get to know each other as Fizzy hassles him about things. The “heroes” for the show are based on classic romance types: The geeky nerd, the cinnamon roll, the one that got away, etc. The audience votes with #hashtags on social media. It’s great fun.
In her personal life, Fizzy has such a great group of family and friends. Connor also gets along well with his ex-wife and daughter. We get lots of these moments in addition to the show. Connor even agrees to take Fizzy to her brother’s wedding, since she can’t take any of the “heroes” from the show.
The True Love Experiment was so much fun. The characters are wonderful. The concepts are so entertaining. I was rooting for true love! I really enjoyed it so much.
These narrators were not familiar to me. I appreciated having two narrators for the different points of view, especially since Connor is a Brit and that accent was an added plus. The voices of the characters seemed comfortable and the tones realistic. They narrated alternating sections in Fizzy and Connor’s points of view. I got the feels of the characters and it added to my enjoyment of the story. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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