Usually, a book by these authors would be a home run for me. But as a single mother, Jess got on my nerves. I don’t have to like a character to like a book, but things were grating. Jess is complaining about being on a tight budget, about not being able to afford things. Okay, I totally get that. But she sits in a coffee shop every day buying coffee. For discussion’s sake, let’s say she and Fizzy alternate who buys coffee every 90 minutes. That means Jess is buying 2 coffees every 3 hours. That’s *at least* 4 coffees a day, but probably more, so at least 20 coffees a week plus tips. Two coffees alone would buy me an entire month of coffee at home. I don’t know any single mothers on a strict budget wasting that kind of money and then whining about how tight things are.
That alone made me not really care for her. But then she questions River. They have a long conversation where he makes clear everything that’s going on. But then she questions him. “What’s in it for you” like all the text before that question didn’t even happen. So yeah, I didn’t much care for Jess or the fake chemistry between her and River. The best of the book occurred in the last few chapters, and the rest before it just felt like filler to get to the good stuff. But not every book is going to hit the same as the other works, so I’m not giving up on this duo and look forward to their future work.
About the Book:
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. After all, her father was never around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before her daughter 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 percent compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Peña. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Peña. 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 launch GeneticAlly’s valuation sky-high, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist—and the science behind a soulmate—than she thought.