Happy Endings by: Thien-Kim Lam

***I was given an ARC of this book by Avon and Harper Voyager (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review***

” 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? “

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My Thoughts…

Looking for a second chance romance with stubborn and driven MC’s who are trying to prove to themselves, and their families, that they can achieve success and make their families proud? Then this is the story for you!

We meet Trixie who’s the youngest of three in a Vietnamese-American family. Her parents immigrated to America and have always wanted their children to be successful and secure with the professions they’ve chosen.

Two years previously, to this story beginning, Trixie, realizing that pharmacy school wasn’t for her drops out of college in order to pursue her dreams of helping others. Deciding to veer off the path, her parents set her on, creates a rift between her and her parents. Not only does her father decide to no longer speak to her but she finds a note from her boyfriend, of two years, breaking up with her.

Andre hasn’t forgotten about Trixie, even though he was the one to end things. The last thing Andre wanted to do was hurt her and he regrets the pain he caused her by leaving. He was not expecting to find her in his dinner, let alone selling sex toys to a crowd of people! Andre is awed by Trixie, she’s so confident and sure of herself, she’s changed so much in the two years since he last saw her.

Trixie dreams of helping others by helping normalize sex education and awareness while Andre is desperately trying to make his neighborhood proud by keeping his family restaurant open and serving the community like it always has. We watch as they both struggle to accept help, each letting their insecurities and egos get in their own path to success.

It was so easy to empathize with both Trixie and Andre when it came to their deep connections to their family and overwhelming worry about letting their families down.

This is more than a romance, it’s a story of finding the confidence to follow your heart when it come to your dreams and love.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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