Series: Holidays with the Wongs #1
Published by Jackie Lau Books on October 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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…
This novella was so cute! It was exactly the kind of palette cleanser I was looking for this weekend.
Meddling families are a mixed bag for me. There’s meddling, like the Wongs, who just really want their kids to be married and happy, and there’s meddling that involves keeping truly terrible people in your kids’ lives because of their pedigree, or causing your children actual harm, either physical or mental, and I can barely make it through those books without destroying my Kindle.
The Wongs are the best kind of meddling. Deciding that it’s tragic that none of their children are married or even seriously dating anyone, they decide that Thanksgiving is the perfect time to set up a bunch of blind dates. They invite their daughter’s ex-boyfriend, who just seems like kind of a doofus, and random women for their sons. Nick’s date is the daughter of a friend of theirs, his brother Zach’s date is a childhood friend, and Greg’s date just happens to be Nick’s most recent one-night stand. The one he’s been obsessed with since it happened. Lily.
Honestly, this book and this family were so charming. There’s a little awkwardness surrounding the fact that Lily is there as Nick’s brother’s date, but it’s resolved without much drama, and no subterfuge. The rest of the story just follows Nick and Lily as they continue their relationship in Toronto.
If you’re looking for a lot of angst, you won’t find it here. Both Nick and Lily have some hangups about relationships, but they’re resolved fairly easily, using actual, adult conversation. This book is breezy, light, and just the thing to pick up before you head out to deal with your own bananas family this Thanksgiving.