Review

Review: Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau (2021)

Heat Factor: There’s a bunch of sex around the halfway point

Character Chemistry: Believable in a real-world kind of way, but not sparkling

Plot: Ryan takes baking classes from Lindsay in preparation for appearing on a celebrity baking show. They develop a connection, but can Lindsay handle dating a movie star?

Overall: Cute

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Review: Bidding for the Bachelor by Jackie Lau (2021)

Fong Brothers, Book #2

Heat Factor: Lotsa handjobs and blowjobs, but we’re not without a penetration scene, too

Character Chemistry: My insides kept flip-flopping all over the place with these two

Plot: Cedric might be the one person who actually sees Brian. Brian finally finds some personal direction as he supports Cedric in achieving his goals.

Overall: I’m really hungry, but also I’m a heart eyes emoji

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Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Jackie Lau

Looking for a new author? Here’s everything you need to know about Jackie Lau, whose books include The Ultimate Pi Day Party, Her Big City Neighbor, and A Match Made for Thanksgiving.

What She Writes: 

Contemporary romances featuring Chinese-Canadian characters in Toronto. Expect frequent mentions of restaurants and the amazing food served there. 

What Makes Her Unique: 

Lau’s books generally start with a tropey premise (“I need a fake date!” “Please give me relationship lessons!” “I will befriend a grumpy person with the power of rainbow sprinkles!”), but then at the midpoint, the characters lay their cards on the table and the focus shifts to the characters and their relationship, without the trope. The relationship-building tends to be low on drama, and high on emotional vulnerability, honest conversations, meddling relatives (of all ages), and food. 

Writing Style: 

Lau uses alternating POV, so the reader gets the perspective of both the hero and the heroine. Her writing leans more expository – there’s not a ton of deep description, but there is a lot of detail about what specific streets and restaurants and shops in Toronto her characters are frequenting. The books tend to be on the shorter side, with the full-length novels clocking in at around 200 pages. Her different series are loosely interconnected, mainly because the characters go to the same places. 

Why We Love Her: 

Her books are fun. And make us hungry. 

Her Books in gif form:

She Might Not Be For You If: 

You (not so secretly) love purple prose and expect lush descriptions in your romances. Or if you thrive on drama and all the angst. 

Notable Quotation:

“Because even though I’m a grumpy bastard who stomps all over people’s dreams, sometimes I just want a cuddle, you know? Cuddling is pretty awesome, not that I would ever admit that to anyone.”

– Ice Cream Lover

Content Warnings: 

While her books are generally light-hearted, some characters are dealing with overcoming past trauma, usually surrounding family members (such as a death in the family or abusive or emotionally distant parents). 

The Bottom Line: 

Lau is great if you’re looking for low-key romance that’s not super long. She is an indie author who doesn’t use Kindle Unlimited and is probably not available at your library, but she does often promote books as freebies, so you can probably see if she’s a fit for you during one of her promos. (Or recommend her to your library!)

Start With: 

Holidays with the Wongs. Four novellas in one collection!

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Review: A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie Lau (2019)

Holidays with the Wongs, Book #3

Review of Holidays with the Wongs, Book #1

Heat Factor: Oops! We kissed in the ice skating forest, so now we should probably also have all the sex…just to get it out of our system, of course

Character Chemistry: Apparently I’m a sucker for the best friends-but-one’s-secretly-in-love trope

Plot: Zach and Jo bonded over beers and broken engagements four years ago and have been friends ever since. After Zach’s family set up him and his siblings on dates at Thanksgiving, he won’t put it past them to do something wild at Chinese New Year, so he asks Jo to be his fake girlfriend.

Overall: It’s like a warm hug

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Review: Her Pretend Christmas Date by Jackie Lau (2020)

Cider Bar Sisters, Book 2.5

Review of Cider Bar Sisters Book 1, Book 2

Heat Factor: There’s only one (twin) bed!

Character Chemistry: I, like Julie, would very much like to be the one person who gets to see the uptight man with his tie off and his top button unbuttoned. Oh la la!

Plot: Younger sister with irregular job feels like a disappointment to her parents and lies to them about a man with whom she had a terrible date but whom they would love. So she ends up inviting him to Christmas, of course!

Overall: Well now I want to have a romantic ice skating date and a baking competition

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