Monday, April 8, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren

Title: The True Love Experiment
Series: DNADuo #2
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: 409 pages, Hardcover
Published: First published May 16, 2023
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 / 🌶️🌶️
Sparks fly when a romance novelist and a documentary filmmaker join forces to craft the perfect Hollywood love story and take both of their careers to the next level—but only if they can keep the chemistry between them from taking the whole thing off script.

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.

The True Love Experiment is the book fans have been waiting for ever since Fizzy’s debut in The Soulmate Equation. But when the lights come on and all eyes are on her, it turns out the happily ever after Fizzy had all but given up on might lie just behind the camera.

Crystal's Thoughts:

"Have you ever been slapped? By yourself? This feels like that."

THE TRUE LOVE EXPERIMENT just may be my new favorite CL read! It was sexy and cute, and there so many laugh out loud moments. I loved Fizzy and Connor!

"F*ck, he's perfect. This is awful."

We first met Fizzy in The Soulmate Equation as the best friend. Now this romance author is struggling with writer's block and she is hoping that joining a reality dating show is just the spark her muse needs. Connor is a sexy, single dad, and producer of the show, though he'd rather be doing anything than producing a mind-numbing reality show. But if he can pull this one off he may just get the documentary he wants. 

Fizzy and Connor clash right away, but you can feel the simmering attraction between them. This is a intruding sort of rivalry to friends to lovers tale that kept me smiling throughout. If you're looking for your next cute and fun contemporary romance, you've found it! 

"He is the stillness to my storm, the shadow to my bright sunlight, the Styles to my Harry."

Tropes to Look For: 

✔️ look but don't touch
✔️ opposites attract
✔️ friends to lovers
✔️ workplace romance
✔️ older woman/younger man
✔️ sexy & broody mmc
✔️ quirky & lively fmc
✔️ flirty & fun
✔️ witty banter
✔️ lol moments
✔️ reality tv
✔️ the soulmate equation

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