Jessica (Jess) Davis is a freelance statistician with a seven-year old daughter. She has a busy life but no time for or success in the romance arena. When she and her best friend, Felicity (Fizzy), learn that “Americana,” the cool, handsome but rudely aloof man who frequents their coffee shop, is launching a matchmaking app, they approach him and get an invite to his office. Dr. River Peña never figured they’d show up but they did. Fizzy was all in but it took Jess having a meltdown days later to give it a shot in that desperate moment. However, her results came back with the most surprising outcome.
River Peña’s company, GeneticAlly, isn’t peddling your typical matchmaking service. Clients are linked based on DNA elements and scored in different ranges, the Platinum level yielding the best long term results. There are very few in that category so when Jess & River are paired in that range, the implications for both of them and the company are remarkable. The setup for these two was done so very well as I really didn’t like River, especially for Jess. Throughout the story I questioned whether his willingness to explore a relationship with her for the sake of his company or a genuine interest in her. I needed to be convinced as much as Jess that his personality change was authentic and he really stepped up to that demand.
I enjoyed their journey and liked how their feelings grew slowly and rather organically. Jess’s friendship with Fizzy provided lots of comic relief as she was her “person,” loyal to a fault, and willing to be outrageous. Daughter Juno was a delight, full of personality and imagination, which was where Jess had her biggest imprint. There’s not a lot of drama, just normal life conflicts that create challenges in Jess’s world but they made the story stronger. River is an enigma but it was his connection with Juno that won me over. This was a lovely story that was wonderfully narrated. Patti Murin captured the essence of Jess, the most critical character, creating a vivid image of this woman, inside and out. Just another satisfying story from one of my favorite writing teams.
- Release Date: May 18, 2021
- Narrator: Patti Murin
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 39 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)