Published by CreateSpace on August 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
She’s a Democrat, he’s a Republican. She spends her days fighting global warming at an environmental non-profit, he makes his living doing PR for Bell Motors and their fleet of SUVs. But as soon as they meet, Emily Crossley and Robert Drake realize they have encountered their intellectual match. You’re never challenged, he tells her. You’ve surrounded yourself in a cocoon of people who think exactly the same way you do. She hurls the same accusation back at him, and the fiery debates begin. Despite both of their attempts to derail it, there is no denying that they are falling in love. But their relationship is threatened by political differences, Robert’s excessive work hours, and Emily’s fear of losing her identity as she falls deeper in love. Can their love survive? The Drake Equation is a tale of modern love and all its complexities.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started reading The Drake Equation I was immediately reminded of the 90s classic, You’ve Got Mail. I don’t know what it is about this book, but I was suddenly picturing Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, of course the 26-year-old versions. There is also a little bit of Will and April from the movie, Definitely, Maybe.
While being a contemporary romance read, it wasn’t the romance formula you usual find in your “average” contemporary romance read, but that isn’t a bad thing. It is full of political discussions and environmental issues which made it a little difficult for me to follow, but that did not stop me from reading. In fact, it piqued my interest even more. I thoroughly enjoyed it’s unconventional setup and the passion in which the main character, Emily, possessed throughout the story.
Of course, when Emily meets Robert Drake, every single belief she has is challenged. However, the chemistry is there and the connection is made. They may argue, disagree, and be complete opposites when it comes to the political spectrum, but it’s apparent how much they care for one another. One of my favorite parts of this book and the writing would have to be the dialogue between Emily and Robert. I felt like I was listening to a conversation between two people rather than reading a conversation. I believe the dialogue is what gave this book such a natural flow. I didn’t feel rushed, nor slowed down by the pace of the story. I genuinely felt it was just right for the direction the story was going.
If you’re looking for a contemporary romance, give The Drake Equation a try. But remember, it’s not your typical romance formula. Stick with it and enjoy.
4 out of 5 stars.