Friday, 21 January 2022

A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year (Holidays with the Wongs #3)
by Jackie Lau

What is it about:
After his family’s matchmaking extravaganza at Thanksgiving, high school teacher Zach Wong is terrified of what his parents might do for Chinese New Year. Surely they’ll try to set him up yet again, especially now that his older brothers are in relationships. Zach, however, has no interest in dating, not since his fiancĂ©e left him.

The solution? Find a fake girlfriend to avoid his parents’ matchmaking.

Jo MacGregor, the town dentist, is the obvious choice. They both live in Mosquito Bay and have been friends for years, ever since they bonded over broken engagements. A few kisses and dates around town, and everyone will believe they’re in a relationship. No problem.

Except their fake relationship is starting to feel more and more real…

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This is the novella I bought the boxed set for: Fake dating!

And I wasn't disappointed. I liked Jo and Zach from the start and rooted for them to see they'd make an excellent real couple. Their fake relationship was fun to read about, and I loved to see their friendship turn into something more.

As ever the Wong family provided comic relief, a helping hand, and sage advice. 

All in all another delightful read. The one thing that worried me, is that it seems the last book will have another trope I'm not a big fan of: older brother's best friend.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun Contemporary Romance with fake dating!

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Thursday, 20 January 2022

On McPig's Wishlist - Into the Riverlands


Into the Riverlands (The Singing Hills Cycle #3)
by Nghi Vo 

Wandering cleric Chih of the Singing Hills travels to the riverlands to record tales of the notorious near-immortal martial artists who haunt the region. On the road to Betony Docks, they fall in with a pair of young women far from home, and an older couple who are more than they seem. As Chih runs headlong into an ancient feud, they find themselves far more entangled in the history of the riverlands than they ever expected to be.

Accompanied by Almost Brilliant, a talking bird with an indelible memory, Chih confronts old legends and new dangers alike as they learn that every story—beautiful, ugly, kind, or cruel—bears more than one face.

Expected publication: October 25th 2022

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas (Holidays with the Wongs #2)
by Jackie Lau

What is it about:
Greg Wong hates when things don’t go according to plan, so he definitely doesn’t appreciate it when his mother insists he drive Tasha Edwards back to Mosquito Bay for the Christmas holidays. He likes peace and quiet when he’s in the car, and that’s the opposite of what he’ll get with Tasha, his high school sweetheart. The first woman he ever loved.

Not that he has feelings for her now. Of course not. Though while he’s trying not to smile at her laughter and terrible singing, he can’t help noticing how beautiful she is.

And then his plans veer further off course when a snowstorm forces them to spend the night in an unheated motel room with only one bed…

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This second book in the series was fun, but I didn't connect with Greg and Tasha as much as I did with Nick and Lily. This might be because it's a second chance romance, which I'm not a fan of, and because I didn't get Tasha's fear of getting back with Greg. I will also confess I never got the 'There's only one bed' trope.

There were some cute scenes though, and the Wong family was as fun as in the first book, so I had a good time with this novella as well.

On to the fake dating!

Why should you read it:
It's a fun Contemporary Romance

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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Teaser Tuesdays - Near the Bone


Her feet wouldn't move though. She stayed there at the window until the first pink light of dawn showed above the treetops.

(page 31, Near the Bone by Christina Henry)
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 17 January 2022

A Match Made for Thanksgiving - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


A Match Made for Thanksgiving (Holidays with the Wongs #1)
by Jackie Lau

What is it about:
Advertising executive Nick Wong enjoys living in Toronto. He loves late nights partying and taking women back to his penthouse. And so it is with great reluctance that he returns to his boring hometown of Mosquito Bay for Thanksgiving.

This year, however, is even worse than usual. His interfering parents and grandparents, frustrated with the lack of weddings in the family, have invited blind dates for him and his three siblings. Nick’s brother Greg has been set up with Lily Tseng, who just so happens to be Nick’s latest one-night stand, the one he can’t get out of his mind.

Although Nick has never been interested in settling down, Lily has him reconsidering. Perhaps he’s good for more than a single night of sex, dumplings, and bubble tea after all. But first, he has to get through this painful weekend with his family and convince her that she should be with him, not Greg…

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I was in the mood for a sweet contemporary romance and saw a review for the third book in this series, that had fake dating. You might know it's a favorite trope of mine, so I got my hands on the boxed set of this series.

And this first novella was a winner.

The story switches viewpoints between Nick and Lily. I liked Lily from the start and cheered her on. Nick was a cool hero as well, but it was his family, especially his grandparents and parents who stole my heart. They're meddlesome, but in a way I could laugh about, their antics are fun.

This being a novella it's instalove and the problems are quickly resolved, but I didn't mind as this is such a fun and fluffy read. If this book sets the tone for the rest of the series, I'm on board for the ride!

Why should you read it:
It's a delightful Contemporary Romance

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Friday, 14 January 2022

Comfort Me with Apples - Book Review


Comfort Me with Apples
by Catherynne M. Valente

What is it about:
Sophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect.

It's just that he's away so much. So often. He works so hard. She misses him. And he misses her. He says he does, so it must be true. He is the perfect husband and everything is perfect.

But sometimes Sophia wonders about things. Strange things. Dark things. The look on her husband's face when he comes back from a long business trip. The questions he will not answer. The locked basement she is never allowed to enter. And whenever she asks the neighbors, they can't quite meet her gaze...

But everything is perfect. Isn't it?

What did I think of it:
This novella is totally awesome!

It is atmospheric, slightly disturbing, and beautiful.

I was hooked from the start and eager to find out what is going on in the weird community Sophia lives in, and what's going on with her husband.

There's a Bluebeard vibe to this story that makes you are both rooting for Sophia to discover the truth, and scared for what will happen to her. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.

You bet this will go on my keeper shelves and will be reread. I'll also investigate what else Valente has written.

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful and suspenseful read.

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Thursday, 13 January 2022

On McPig's Wishlist - That's Debatable


That's Debatable
by Jen Doll

That's Debatable is a witty, smart, and feminist romantic comedy, author Jen Doll explores what it means to set boundaries while breaking down barriers.

Millicent Chalmers isn’t here to make friends.

She’s here to win, and she’s on track to set a record if—no, when—she wins the state debate tournament for the fourth year in a row. Calm, cool, and always in control, Millie doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her, least of all the sexist bullies bent on destroying her reputation.

Taggart Strong couldn’t care less about winning debate, much to the consternation of his teammates, school and parents. In fact, he might even enjoy losing, as long as the side he believes in wins.

But when a tournament takes a scary turn, Millie and Tag find themselves unexpectedly working together. Maybe Millie can teach Tag a thing or two about using his head, and Tag can teach Millie a little bit about following her heart.

Expected publication: June 14th 2022