Happy Sunday friends! I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend, filled with lots of reading!!
I am working my way through my stack of arcs and I am so excited to bring ya’ll my review for Happy Endings 🙂
With her debut novel, Thien-Kim Lam serves up a sexy second-chance romance about exes with unfinished business. When working together reignites their passion, will these former flames sizzle or get burned all over again?
Trixie Nguyen is determined to make her sex toy business a success, proving to her traditional Vietnamese parents that she can succeed in a nontraditional career. She’s made a fresh start in Washington DC, and her first pop-up event is going well—until she runs into the ex who dumped her. With a Post-it note.
The last person Andre Walker expected to see in his soul food restaurant was the woman he left behind in New Orleans. Their chemistry is still scorching, but he’s desperately trying to save his family restaurant from gentrifying developers. The solution? Partnering with his ex to turn Mama Hazel’s into a vibrator pop-up shop for hungry and horny clients.
Thanks to their steamy truce, both businesses start to sizzle and their red-hot desire soon reignites deeper feelings. But when Trixie receives an incredible career opportunity, will pride ruin their second chance at happiness?
To start I would like to thank Avon books for providing me with an arc! I was so thrilled to get the opportunity to read this book and share my thoughts will all you lovely people.
Where do I start talking about this book? Let’s begin with the fact that this is an #ownvoice story about a Vietnamese-American heroine. Trixie is a hard working, go getter that is adamant to open her own sex toy boutique and prove to her traditional Vietnamese parents that she doesn’t have to be a pharmacist in order to be a successful woman.
Not only does it show the struggles that Trixie goes through to show her parents and herself that she can be successful in a non traditional career, it also tackles what happens when you get a second chance at love. What happens when the one love got away, only to reappear in a different place two years later?
I really enjoyed the relationship between Andre and Trixie. It was sweet and also very steamy, which is too be expected when the female lead is all about selling vibrators 😉 I am all for some steamy sex scenes in my romances, and this one did not let me down.
My only gripe in this story is that while Andre was a sweet and caring love interest, he did at times come off a little too overbearing for me. I could understand his reasonings for some of his actions. He does have a pretty good character development by the end of the story, though it did seem a bit rushed. However, I still love them together and see bright things in their future 🙂
All in all this is definitely a book I would recommend to all my romance readers out there. The Vietnamese representation was such a pleasure to read. One warning I will give you, don’t read this book hungry 😉 Between the Vietnamese coffee and New Orleans soul food, I was drooling all over the place.
Be sure to run to your local book store and pick yourself up a copy on May 18, you won’t regret it!
Title: Happy Endings
Author: Thien-Kim Lam
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Does this sound like something you would like to read? What are other hard hitting contemporary romances you would recommend?
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