Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Book Review: The Love Algorithm

By Sara Steven

At 28, with a Ph.D under her belt and a meteoric rise to head of Research and Development at Mercer Robotics, Reese feels her decision to put her career first has worked out pretty well for her. Sure, she doesn’t have many personal relationships to speak of, but she does love her team and they like her too.

So when she’s called to the Big Boss’s office and told she will be looking after his son while he does a rotation in her lab, she’s not thrilled that her hard work and achievements have boiled down to being a glorified babysitter – especially to a billionaire playboy with zero experience of mechanical engineering.

But then tall, blond Thomas walks into her office, and Reese realizes this assignment is going to be even harder than she thought. Because the CEO’s son is not only extraordinarily gorgeous, chiseled, and charming… he’s also on course to become her new boss one day, and so extraordinarily out of bounds. As the pair get to know each other, can Reese hold her nerve and her beliefs, or will she fall victim to the billionaire charm? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

I love this latest addition to the True Love series! I really appreciated seeing a strong, independent and incredibly intelligent protagonist navigate her work life while finding herself attracted to a man who she’d ordinarily not have interest in, mainly because she won’t allow herself to entertain that line of thinking. Reese is a self-professed introvert who prefers spending time with her robot K-2P than spending time with other humans, but Thomas has a way of getting under her skin–and she has a hard time deciding if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing.

Thomas reminded me a lot of Greg Kinnear’s character David in the 1995 version of the movie Sabrina. David is the quintessential handsome “bad boy” who doesn’t want to know too much about the family business and would prefer to have fun, and Thomas is cut from the same cloth. He’s the face of Mercer Robotics, present at corporate functions and employee meetings, but he doesn’t really know the ins and outs of what Mercer Robotics is capable of. He is just fine with sticking to the communications side of things and leaving the science stuff to the scientists.

I loved the opposites attract approach for both characters. Thomas opens Reese up to possibilities she never imagined, while Reese makes Thomas feel as though he is much more capable and can step outside the box. The banter between them is so great, and the way they meet for the first time was nothing short of hilarious! It was also nice to see some friendly characters I remember well from the second book in the series, Baby, One More Time

My favorite character from The Love Algorithm is K-2P! He is nothing like what you’d expect a robot to be like, with enough created within his personality to have touches of humanity to him, but enough roboticism to make him the perfect likable character.  It seems when someone needs the voice of reason, K-2P is the one everyone turns to, because he tells it like it is, even when no one else wants to say it. The relationships between K-2P and Reese, as well as K-2P and Thomas were just so cute and sweet. He added a nice element to the story. 

I had so much fun reading about this unique and peculiar pairing between two people who are definitely opposites attract, but that’s what made them so appealing! It was a definite five-star read for me!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Camilla Isley is an engineer who left science behind to write bestselling contemporary rom-coms set all around the world. She lives in Italy and her first title for Boldwood, The Love Theorem, a Hollywood-meets-STEM romance, was published in June 2023.

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