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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. This is one my most anticipated books of 2023 so I greatly thank you for the chance to read it early. I love everything Christina Lauren puts out!

I did not realize this was somewhat of a sequel to "The Soulmate Equation" so keep that in mind before you read this one. You could still read this one w/o reading TSE but some things probably would not make sense. I would suggest reading TSE first.

First off this book totally gave off Love is Blind, Big Brother and Bachelor vibes all put together. I absolutely devoured it. I loved the characters so much I hope there is another book with them. I can't get enough! Fizzy is my hero and I want to be her when grow up. I love her personality so so much! Put that together with the reality show and the forbidden love trope with Connor who is her producer on the show. *chefs kiss* Lauren fans are going to love this one.

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Everything Christina Lauren writes basically turns to gold. I have yet to read a bad book by this pair. The ending had me all in my feelings, and I gobbled up the entire book in a few short hours. Definitely a recommended read for any fans of romance or romantic comedies.

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““But I’m saying that I love you,” I continue, “because I sometimes think we as a society hold too many things back. We’re afraid of being vulnerable or rejected, we’re scared that we’re weird or say things that no one else thinks. And that’s okay. I’m not scared of that with you. I know I’m being rejected, I know I’m weird, and I know for a fact that no one else thinks exactly what I’m thinking right now because no one knows you the way I do. No one loves you in this exact, perfect, consuming way.”

If these two women don’t stop writing the horniest most predictable yet best damn romance novels out there, I’m gonna lose it. But then again, PLEASE NEVER STOP.

Okay really though. If you’re anything like me, you grew up in the era of reality tv dating shows where everyone thought they were going to find their Prince Charming like Trista found Ryan in the OG bachelor days, and we all know the shows just aren’t made like that anymore.

When I saw this book was Fizzy’s the crazy best friend to the MC from The Soulmate Equation, story, I was expecting something but it wasn’t this.

Hot and steamy? Yes. We know they love to write those scenes. But hot British single dad producing reality dating show falls in love with Fizzy? Nope. Didn’t see it coming.

It’s a good one tho, I’ll tell ya that much, but none of y’all better walk around comparing the crotch region of men to the size of your wrist after reading this. That’s all I’m saying.

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I liked the characters and the energy they brought to the story. It was fun and full of heart.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the ARC.

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Many thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great new read by Christina Lauren! I actually enjoyed it more than The Soulmate Equation and while I actually don't remember the character, Fizzy, after this book I'm definitely a fan. This was steamy, but not cringey, and the banter was fantastic. It took a few minutes for me to get into, but once there, I was committed. I especially enjoyed the discussion surrounding the Romance genre and particularly took to heart how hard it is to write engaging books when the reader already knows there is a HEA ending. The only thing that truly bothered me was the emphasis on how "hot" the guys must be. I didn't appreciate the superficiality of it, or believe that Fizzy lives in a world where every single guy (her best friend's husband, etc...) is crazy hot. That being said, it is Romance, so I guess hotness helps....

This is a fun one, enjoy!

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Their absolute best yet, Christina Lauren knocks it out of the park with The True Love Experiment. It’s funny, it’s flirty, it’s Fizzy! Those who loved The Soulmate Equation will run to pick up this almost-sequel that stars Felicity Chen, Jess’s witty, romance author best friend. Lovers of The Bachelor/Bachelorette series will adore this book. A true nod to the romance genre, fan girls and love stories.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for this advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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I really enjoyed the book. Christina Lauren know what they’re doing. I was a little conflicted about the authors telling a story from the perspective of a Chinese woman, but I hope they did it sensitively.

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The true love experiment is a sequel to the soulmate equation that I had no idea about. I feel like you didn’t need to read that first book to feel connected to the characters.

Thank you to netgalley & gallery books for the arc!

The true love experiment follows our main female lead fizzy (side character from the first book) who is an amazing and well known romance author. She stands out like crazy. She is fun, adventurous,funny and sexy! Something I love about her. Fizzy is such a big flirt and honestly a good person to banter with. She will definitely keep you laughing and on your toes each chapter.

Conner prince is our British male love interest. He is caring, sweet, loving and a single father. He makes documentaries and is forced to make a reality tv show to stay close to his daughter Stevie. The only person he can think of is our wonderful fizzy to be the lead of the up and coming reality tv show.

The suspense and tension these two give us is to die for! The forbidden love everyone needs to read. Definitely a fave romance of 2023.

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Amazing. Truly amazing.
I loved The Soulmate Equation, and this book was no different.
I will be honest, in the first 1/3 of the book I was not a fan of Fizzy. I thought she was rude and bitchy. But, I had trust in Christina Lauren and she came through!
As an avid reader of romance I always secretly cringe when the main character is a romance author for some unknown reason, but this story was beautifully done and after my initial dislike, I absolutely loved Fizzy. Conner was perfect. He was a true romance novel hero in every aspect.
I will absolutely recommend this book to everyone, always! 10/10 would recommend!!!

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I absolutely loved it! It was fresh and funny, and I couldn’t put it down! Fizzy’s character was so much fun; she’s charismatic, honest, bold, hilarious, you get it! And Connor is sweet and sexy! The premise of the book was also so different and entertaining!

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CLo hits it out of the park again with another incredible book. I loved Fizzy's story so much, especially as a woman of color who loves romance. She's a strong character who was perfectly balanced by Connor and I really loved all of the Jess/River cameos. I'll definitely be getting a final copy when it's out!

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Rating: 4.5/5
Warnings: Mentions of infidelity and parental abandonment
Steam: 3/5

Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for access to this advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. The True Love Experiment will be released on May 10, 2023.

This book is a love letter to romance readers all around...and book I found so joyful to read as a romance reader. She was filled with banter, delightful characters, and a British single dad I would date in a heartbeat.

Things I Love: the premise took a spin on a reality dating show, making it one I would love to read. I loved this banter everything from steamy flirting to laugh out loud hysterics. Fizzy was such a unique and amazing heroine. I just adored Connor and his whole cinnamon roll personality.

This book had major elements of the two MCs of the Soulmate Equation, while this is technically a standlaone, I would suggest reading before you read this one. This book was for the readers and our love for Fizzy as a side character.

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i loved fizzy and connor so much i almost want to be friends with them, it was like looking into someone else life and you get to see the hurt and the happiness and the in between and it was just one of the best books I've read. should you get a chance to read this it will definitely give you all the feels

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I really wanted to like this book since I typically enjoy Christina Lauren's book. I enjoyed the premise - a romance book author is cast on a reality dating show. Will her real life romance be as amazing as her books? That said, I struggled with this book because of the excessive use of profanity and of graphic sexual detail. If that doesn't bother you, then you might enjoy it more than I did. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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WOW did I devour this. I loved the soulmate equation and couldn’t wait for Fizzy’s book, and it still blew me away. Fizzy and Connor might be one of my ultimate favorite couples. this book is one of Christina Lauren’s best, and I cannot wait to be able to have it on my shelf. I’ll be reading this again immediately.

Connor is my new book boyfriend, and I’m in love with him.

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I loved it and immediately downloaded the one before and then will probably get all the rest. I love Fizzy and I’m pretty sure I’ve had some of the exact conversations that she has with my friends (they are welcome)

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I had such a fun time! This wasn’t that original, but I had a fun time reading a slow burn. This definitely was hotter than soulmate equation, but was pretty much the exact same plot. I would sell my soul for Connor though.

The only parts of this plot that I was frustrated by was that it felt repetitive. There was a lot of back and forth in the relationship and both main characters repeatedly had the same thoughts. However, this didn't make it a miss for me - I will recommend this book to everyone who read and loved The Soulmate Equation. I loved that there wasn't a miscommunication between the two love interests and, along with Soulmate Equation, the diverse cast & adults with children as the main characters. It makes a predictable plot refreshing and exciting.

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I’ve read all of Christina Lauren’s stand-alone novels and this is my new favorite! Soulmate equation was my former #1 fave… I love this world.

What I loved…
- DILF, just love normalizing parents in romance (also just love having kids in books and seeing protagonists as multifaceted people
- unique take on reality TV, felt fresh and new
- the chemistry and tension!! Also felt the falling out was realistic and not overdone
- loved the ending
- the focus on finding someone who brings out the best in you and you enjoy

5 big stars

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I had access to this as an ARC through Netgally. I loved it! Christina Lauren's books are great. The main character was entertaining and I loved that they played with so many romance love interest tropes.

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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC–this book broke me out of a reading slump!

Christina and Lauren are seriously at the top of their game and one of the strongest and most enjoyable writers of this genre. This book ticked a lot of boxes for me. Loved the concept and the characters. Their work always feels like it's about real humans with real problems and always seem to come at the perfect time as I'm thinking about similar issues!

I will say that, unfortunately, I found the plot a little frustrating here. The set-up worked, but the engine of the novel as a whole didn't engross me as some of their other books have done. But overall, a truly enjoyable read.

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