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Review: The Alice Equation – Davina Stone

In December, I got the chance to read an advanced reader copy of The Alice Equation by Davina Stone. I was so intrigued by the synopsis, so I was really excited to dive into it!

What is the book about?

Alice Montgomery’s life is like Groundhog Day. Five years after graduating, she’s still working in her mum’s bookshop, hiding her stash of romance novels under the bed and pining for the gorgeous guy who helped her over a panic attack before her final uni exam.

Aaron Blake loves to party—hard. His idea of commitment to anything other than his legal career is strictly three months. Until landing a job with the most prestigious—but conservative—law firm in town means he has to convince the partners he’s deeply committed to family values.

Aaron needs a fake date fast—and who could be safer than his bookish friend Alice?

Soon Alice finds herself dating her secret crush, sporting a daring new look of vintage frocks and itsy-bitsy lace lingerie.

Now the heat is notching up. Aaron’s feelings for his fake date are proving anything but safe, and Alice is discovering her inner sex-goddess.

But when secrets are revealed and lies uncovered, both Alice and Aaron will have to work out the hardest equation of all… what this crazy thing called loved is all about.

What did I think of it?

This book is the first one in the The Laws of Love series, and I can say I’m already so excited for the second book: The Polly Principle.

When I first read the synopsis, I was determined that I would need to read this book:

  • Friends to lovers? Check!
  • Fake dating? Check!
  • One of the main characters being a huge book lover? Check!

The above elements are ingredients for what could make a good book, in my opinion and it indeed was! Alice starts out as an insecure girl and gradually grows into a confident version of herself. This is character growth I love to see! I also loved that you slowly get to see ‘the real Aaron’ near the end of the book. Throughout the book, he’s mostly portrayed as a very confident man, but the more you go to the end, the more you realize that he does have his own concerns and problems, that he’d rather hide than show. The mentioning of anxiety and panic attacks were – in my opinion – described very well and in the right context. I think it’s important to read about such topics in books, and Stone did an amazing job doing that.

The fact that this story was told through both Aaron’s and Alice’s point of view, really added to the story and put more depth in it. It was interesting to see both Aaron’s and Alice’s view on events.

Also, let’s not forget to mention the book cover, as the art is so pretty and it immediately caught my eye. I’m definitely looking to buy myself a physical copy as I love this book so much!

I flew through this book and read it within 24 hours (while being in the middle of my exams, whelp!). So if you’re looking for a quick romance read, this might be the book for you! It ended up being one of my favorite books of 2020.

This book publishes on the 8th of January 2021.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I would like to thank the author Davina Stone for kindly providing me an arc for this book.


Trigger warnings: loss of a parent (in the past), panic attacks/anxiety.

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