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The True Love Experiment (Hardcover)

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Christina Lauren has done it again with this stunning love letter to romance readers and reality tv lovers that is perfectly balanced between sweet and just spicy enough. TRUE LOVE EXPERIMENT is the dazzling follow up to THE SOULMATE EQUATION — following fan favorite Fizzy Chen on her quest to find love through reality TV. Set in San Diego, this book had me falling hard — not just for Fizzy and Connor’s story but for this city I’ve come to call home, all over again. -- KelleyAnn

The True Love Experiment combines two of my favorite things: romance novels and reality television. This book had me in a near constant state of giddiness, in turn laughing and swooning at Fizzy and Connor’s love story. For anyone who loved The Soulmate Equation but asked for more Fizzy, this is all you could have dreamed and more. Her and Connor’s chemistry is electric. From the witty banter, to their secret affair, to the moments of emotional connection that physically made my heart tighten in the most enjoyably intense way possible, I never wanted it to end. 

— From Jenni's Picks

May 2023 Indie Next List

“This book embodies joy. It will cause side effects such as: pacing the room, squealing with delight, and calling your BFF. I literally vibrated with the need to share my excitement about Fizzy’s story. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever read.”
— Leah Atlee, Bright Side Bookshop, Flagstaff, AZ


Sparks fly when a romance writer and a documentary filmmaker join forces to craft the ultimate Hollywood love story—but only if they can keep the chemistry between them from taking the whole thing off script—from the “divine” (Jodi Picoult) 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 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.

“Full of big laughs, a few tears, and some seriously steamy scenes” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), 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.

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York TimesUSA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You / Hating You, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night StandThe UnhoneymoonersTwice in a Blue Moon, The Soulmate Equation, Something Wilder, and The True Love Experiment. You can find them online at and @ChristinaLauren on Instagram or Twitter.

Praise For…

"Another winning romance from Lauren, full of big laughs, a few tears, and some seriously steamy scenes." 
— - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The authors gleefully play with romance tropes, blending the delight of the meet cute with smart critiques of more toxic dating habits and wrapping the whole in clever dialogue and refreshing sex-positivity. Readers will have no trouble rooting for Fizzy." 
— -Publishers Weekly

“The True Love Experiment is my favorite kind of book to devour: something that manages to be hot and intense, yet still the very best comfort food. The divine Christina Lauren has created the ultimate reality dating show, and like all its fictional viewers, you’ll fall for Fizzy.”
— - Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of MAD HONEY
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982173432
ISBN-10: 1982173432
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 416
Language: English