In this warm, winning romcom that may just convert a few reality TV skeptics, a romance writer learns to walk the walk.
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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.
The True Love Experiment
I was born the first of three children, but I joke that I’m like that first pancake.” A smattering of laughter ripples across the assembled crowd and I smile. “You know what I mean? A little messy, slightly undercooked, but still tastes good?”
The laughter intensifies, but mixed in now are a few bawdy catcalls, and I burst out laughing in realization. “See, and that wasn’t even meant to sound saucy! Look at me trying to be professional, and I’m still a mess.” I glance over my shoulder and grin at Dr. Leila Nguyen, the provost of UC San Diego’s Revelle College and my former creative writing professor. “I guess that’s what you get for inviting a romance author to give the commencement address.”
Beside Dr. Nguyen sits another person struggling to smother a smile. Dr. River Peña—close friend, hot genius, and unconfirmed vampire—is also a special guest today; I guess he’s receiving yet another honorary degree for being some type of sexy prodigy. He looks like he belongs up here: stiff collar, perfectly pressed suit pants visible below the hem of his full doctoral regalia, shiny dress shoes, and an air of austerity I’ve never been able to master. Right now, I can see the knowing amusement light up his smug, thickly lashed eyes.
When I first received the invitation to speak at this ceremony, River immediately slapped a twenty-dollar bill down onto the table between us and declared, “This is going to go completely sideways, Fizzy. Convince me otherwise.”
I’m sure he and my best friend, Jess—his wife—expected that I would get up onstage and deliver The Vagina Monologues to the academic masses, or pull out a banana and remind everyone while I rolled a condom onto it that safe sex is still important in this here year of our Lord Harry Styles—but I swear I can play the part of a buttoned-down literary type when the situation calls for it.
Why I love it
Author, The Reunion
What separates romance from every other genre? It’s the guaranteed happy ending. But the fun isn’t merely about what will happen in the end: it’s the journey of how. Romance will make you laugh and cry, and the best ones make their happily ever after feel earned.
Christina Lauren’s books deliver time after time but I truly think The True Love Experiment might just be their best yet.
Fizzy—a romance writer whose passion for writing romance and for living it has fizzled—is witty and flirty and confident and refreshingly direct. When she’s approached by a (very tall, very hot) producer to star in a reality dating show, she sees it as a chance to reignite her love life. Things quickly take a turn for the complicated, though, when Fizzy finds herself falling for said producer—Connor—who seems equally into her. She’s supposed to be falling for one of the eight heroes cast as her suitors, but it’s hard to fight her growing feelings. The one guy Fizzy wants more than all the others is the one behind the camera: the one she can’t have.
The True Love Experiment is a shimmering love letter to romance and everyone who enjoys it. It’s a celebration of what it means to fight for true love when you finally find it, and of loving people exactly as they are. It’s one of my favorite romances of the year—I just know you’ll love it as much as I did!
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LOVED! This book hits all of the marks for me. A main character finding her own way, learning about herself and what she wants out of life. And a guy who needs her just as much as she needs him. ♥️♥️
I’ve always loved Christina Lauren’s books & this one just gets added to the list. Swoon worthy & a great, can’t-put-it-down read! I love Fizzy and her emotional development through the story. SO GOOD
Trumbull , CT
I loved the dual perspectives in this book and the Connor/Fizzy’s story. The witty banter is amazing and so much fun! There were so many LOL moments! Definite keeper!! Another Christina Lauren gem! ⭐️
Grand Forks, ND
The main character sets out to rediscover joy in this book, and “joyful” is definitely how I’d describe it! I love the character development and chemistry between Fizzy and Connor. So sexy and smart!
Loved this one! I was rooting for Fizzy and Connor the whole time! Their friendship turned relationship was so fun and effortless. I just needed to know if Fizzy wrote another book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️