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The True Love Experiment

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I believe this is the 5th or 6th book by Christina Lauren that I’ve read, and this one falls somewhere in the middle, not reaching the heights of the best but also not plummeting to the depths of the worst. It did take me some time to fully immerse myself in its narrative.

I found the story’s setting to be quite enchanting, and the primary male character, Connor, was a delightful presence throughout the tale. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the female lead, Fizzy. Her attitude didn’t quite resonate with me, which detracted from my overall enjoyment. The plot felt somewhat predictable, following a familiar formula, and I found myself yearning for a bit more.

Despite these reservations, I still appreciate the authors’ writing style and storytelling prowess. I look forward to exploring their future works.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for sending a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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As all of Christina Lauren's books are, this one is also fabulous. Purchased for our library collection, a wonderful addition to a romance collection, but also a well-timed summer read. Wish there was a more appealing/interesting cover though. This one is bright and captures the eye, but it doesn't keep my attention.

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I LOVED this book so so much! Fizzy was so much fun in The Soulmate Equation so I knew I would like her book. This concept was so interesting and I really loved seeing Fizzy and Connor’s connection grow. The rapport she had with all of the guys she went on dates with was so fun and the banter was so great! I think this book will be a favorite of the year for sure! Also that freaking ending?! Ugh so stinking good! Thank you so so much to Netgalley, and Gallery Books for the copy of this book!

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I love Christina Lauren they always write a knockout book, and continue to keep it fresh! This is a second book in a series but can be read as a standalone. This book has lovable character and a plot that has you racing to the end. I highly recommend for people that love rom-coms with a side of reality tv!

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Not my favorite Christina Lauren book, bur was still a quick, and entertaining book. I didn't the connection with Fizzy and Conner for most od the book, I did really like the ending though.

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I adored this book, another fantastic hit from Christina Lauren. I loved Fizzy's personality and her connection with Connor could really be felt throughout the book. The ending was everything I wanted it to be. There's nothing else I can do but gush about this book.

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I am...obsessed. Christina Lauren is always a hit, but they put a little something extra in this book. Equal parts steamy and full of depth, THE TRUE LOVE EXPERIMENT is a new favorite of mine from this classic author duo.

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I skipped Something Wilder based on the reviews so I was hesitant to pick up The True Love Experiment. Glad I decided to do it because this was a DELIGHT! I loved the premise. I love the hero reality show- NETFLIX GET ON IT and hire CLo as consultants.

I would certainly recommend this book. It is book 2 ish from The Soulmate Equation but it can be read as a standalone.

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I loved this outing from Christina Lauren! It was fun and fizzy (no pun intended) and easy to read -- Fizzy and Connor popped off the page and I couldn't get enough of it. The ending was a tad predictable, but I was enjoying myself enough that I didn't really mind.

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I miss their old series, which I get they left behind for more tension filled stories rather than spice, but I can't help but compare these books to their old ones.

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This was my first Christina Lauren book, and I get the hype! This was smart, romantic, and generally well-written -- a fun and light romance that I enjoyed via audiobook over the course of my morning commutes this past week.

The True Love Experiment is the story of what would happen if a famous romance author were cast on a dating reality show (a la The Bachelor) but ended up falling for the show's producer in the process.

Felicity "Fizzy" Chen is a romance author who feels a little stuck in her life. Connor Prince wants to make documentaries, but he also has to make money -- so he begrudgingly takes on a reality TV show project with a clear vision: cast Fizzy Chen as the lead to pull in her existing readership, which has significant overlap with the show's desired demographic.

Fizzy agrees, and The True Love Experiment is born: a reality show where Fizzy is matched with suitors via a DNA matching program, and the audience gets to vote on which men to kick off each week. Fizzy's contribution to the show is requiring that all of the men fit into romance tropes ("The Bad Boy," "The Vampire" (!), and "The One That Got Away"), which I thought was super cute.

Very early on, though, it is clear that the real chemistry here is between Fizzy and Connor. They both feel it and name it, and spend most of the book fighting it against the backdrop of Fizzy's many televised dates with her suitors. As it becomes clearer what both Fizzy and Connor want, they must figure out if what they feel is real and worth fighting for...and if they are ready to lay it all on the line.

I enjoyed this book, if nothing else than for the romance trope characters on Fizzy's dating show. As a die-hard Bachelor fan, I love the campiness of completely leaning in to the tropes and making caricatures out of the contestants. It fit so well with Fizzy's career as a romance novelist and would probably only work for that one season of the show, but I was here for it.

I was also here for how quickly the sexual chemistry entered the story. This is not a book where the characters realize 70% in to the story that they want to sleep together. But it is a book where they have to untangle sexual attraction from long-term relationship potential and learn to get out of their own ways a bit.

So why didn't I LOOOOVE this one? Why not five stars? Well, that's hard to answer. Sure, it's a solid story, but I really didn't jive with Fizzy as a main character. I found her impulsive and immature, and horny in a weird way that I couldn't relate to. Also, some of the third act breakup conflict was a but exhausting and filled with red flags that make me wonder if this love will really last beyond the final pages of the story. Like, sure, these two were reaaaaaaally hot for each other but, like, what will their love be like when it's a more mundane day-to-day life kind of situation? I'm not sold.

I bought the spice, but not the love.

All in all this was a fun read and I'm glad I finally read a Christina Lauren novel. I see why others love them so much. I don't know that I will be compelled to read more, but I'm not disappointed in the time spent here. It was a good time.

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Y'all, I can't lie, this book WRECKED me. In the best and worst ways. The yearning!!

Anyway, it's unsurprising that Christina Lauren wrote another wonderful, heart-wrenching romance, but I think they're at their best in this world of the DNADuo. The characters are so rich and fun and heartening. This one had so many reflections on the romance genre (I mean, obviously, a romance writer as the FMC is going to lead to so much meta-commentary) and that is a hard line to walk but I think they did it beautifully. The theme throughout the first half in particular of seeking joy and reconnecting to your own self & drive spoke to my overly-hopeless-romantic depressed self like nothing else. I was emotionally hooked from the very beginning.

And dear god the connection between these two characters! I'm still a little teary thinking about some of the closing moments, the big HEA of it all. The romance and connection was built beautifully and long before the two get their HEA, you can see how brilliantly they will build a life together. That said, the ending was achingly sudden for me. The big reveal, grand-gesture moment was perfect, and well set up so that the readers sees it coming, but still excellently done. But then it was over! Barely an epilogue or look in at the after! With all of the potential future easter-eggs dropped throughout the book (SPOILER: their love of kids! maybe wanting kids together! their friends! oh god the dinner parties I would love to be a fly on the wall for...), I was so ready for a nice, rich look at the play out of their HEA (and honestly maybe some more smut cause come on) and it left me feeling almost bereft after such an emotional roller coaster of a book. That said, it was a truly beautiful ride

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Just perfect. Devoured the book. It was just what I needed to read right now. Definitely read as a sequel to the Soulmate Equation, and you don't have to be a fan of realty tv or dating shows. The premise is great- a realty dating show where the "Heroes" are all based on romance tropes. I do wish the authors leaned in a bit more on that, since I think it would have been hysterical. Fizzy's highly vocal and mildly crude sex-positivity might be a detraction for some readers.

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I have read some really good books by Christina Lauren, and this was not one of them. I read about 75% and finally decided that I couldn't handle it anymore. After reading that much of a book and just not caring how it ended doesn't speak highly of it.

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As soon as I saw a new Christina Lauren book available, I immediately snatched it up. I know it will be good. They’ve got the formula down for swoon-worthy characters, creative plots, witty banter, humorous scenarios, great backstories. Add in plot crossover from the Soulmate Equation and I was hooked.

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So happy Fizzy got her own book, although I never envisioned her being the star of a reality TV show! I am glad Christina Lauren decided to give this delightful character from The Soulmate Equation the spotlight in this novel and have been recommending it to my library patrons.

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Such a refreshing and enjoyable romance, with a fascinating premise to boot. Felicity Chen is a successful romance author who has not had as much luck with her own love life. When approached by a producer to star in a reality dating show, she decides to push her luck and make it into a real-life romance novel. There have been quite a few books written lately about reality TV dating shows, but there are quite a few things that make The True Love Experiment unique. Fizzy is a 37-year-old Asian woman who is confident and assertive, but also endearing and relatable. The drama in the book is not propelled by miscommunication but rather by unfortunate timing and work commitments. Connor's daughter and Fizzy's niece also add a youthful spin to the narrative, without succumbing to the insufferable tween trope.

The clever banter and sizzling chemistry between Connor and Fizzy is what makes this book stand out from the pack. The sexual tension is palpable and there are just enough steamy scenes to keep me hooked and wanting more. The story is not contrived or cheesy, and the struggles they encounter are completely realistic. Even though I knew how the story would end (happily ever after), I was so curious as to the journey we would take to get there.

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I absolutely adored this book! I think Fizzy + Connor were the cutest couple! reality tv is my guilty pleasure so I LOVED the show aspect! Another great one from Christina Lauren!

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I loved both Fizzy and Connor in this book. The spice was perfectly proportioned with the rest of the story. My only complaint was I would have liked for there to have been a bit more time and detail spent on the actual dating show. It seemed that part of the book was glossed over quite a bit. Otherwise, another winner from Christina Lauren!

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Fizzy is a romance author experiencing writers block, and is looking for a new adventure to get her writing again. Connor is a filmmaker being forced to film a new reality dating tv show, the True Love Experiment, starring none other than Fizzy. As Fizzy and Connor work together on the show they start to develop feelings for each other. The only thing stopping them from being together is the dating show, and Connor’s job on the line the stakes are high, so they must keep their feelings for each other a secret. Will the True Love Experiment help Fizzy find her soulmate?

I really enjoyed this book and how Fizzy and Connor’s relationship developed. Christina and Lauren are great authors and I have enjoyed many of their books! Highly recommended this book!

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