Monday 19 June 2023

The True Love Experiment - Christina Lauren


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 cast the contestants according to a list of romance archetypes. 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 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.

Oh man, it has been an age since I have read a Christina Lauren story, and I didn't realise how much I missed their writing till I read The True Love Experiment.

Now, I am not a fan of reality TV - at all - and don't usually even like reading books set in that kind of scene, bbut Fizzy and Connor's story had me smiling the whole time.

I haven't read The Soulmate Equation, so all of these characters were brand new to me, and that was perfectly fine. In fact, I didn't even realise the books were connected when I started reading.

Everythign about Fizzy is lovable and enjoyable - even when she doesn't think that of herself.

Connor, well, I think he may give my Will Sumner a run for his money a bit for favourite CL character - even when he was a bit of an ar$3 haha. Every woman deserves a grand gesture and he is the kind of man I would want to do it.

This was the kind of book that I would stay up too late, get up too early just to fit a few more pages in (and I haven't had a book like that in a while).