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The True Love Experiment

Christina Lauren knocks it out of the park with The True Love Experiment! This is my favorite book by this author duo, and that's really saying something because I love their books!

Felicity "Fizzy" Chen is a best-selling romance writer who is currently in a writing slump and realizing she has not been living her best life. Nor has she ever really been in love. Enter Connor, a handsome single dad and documentary filmmaker whose employer has tasked him with producing a reality dating show. He meets Fizzy and realizes she would be fantastic as the lead. But what happens when sparks fly off-camera between the lead and her producer?

Fizzy was a fun and memorable character in The Soulmate Equation, and I was thrilled to see her fully realized in her own story. She's straight-talking, confident, vibrant, funny, and intelligent. Fizzy knows and stays true to herself, which was appealing to read. Connor is supportive and sexy and cannot help falling for Fizzy. The two are like magnets. Together, their chemistry is palpable, their flirting swoony, and their banter witty. The push-pull of these two and their situation of being in breach of contract and facing serious consequences if anyone finds out about them, and the dilemma of Fizzy having to date other men for the show, made this book hard to put down! Strong friendships/found family, tons of pop culture references, behind-the-scenes looks at writers and tv productions, and some spice round out this well-written and entertaining read. Sweetly, the authors say this book is a love letter to romance readers, and it felt that way. Also, the publication is perfectly timed to make this the perfect summer beach read. I wholeheartedly recommend this gem to rom-com lovers!

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to review this ARC. I loved it!

My steep was Soulmate Chocolate Raspberry Rose Black Tea from California-based Club Magic Hour.

Publisher's Synopsis:

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—from the New York Times bestselling authors of The Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners.

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 New York Times bestselling 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.

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