Hurray The heroine of the story is selling sex toys and she is
So Confident To Talk confident to talk sex self pleasure and the attendants of her lectures are not only consisted of the women on her 20 s or 30 s the women in 50 s and 70 s are there to discover about themselves too Hell yeah This thought provoking inspirational theme of the novel truly picked my interest and I start to hear 5 stars alert Trixie is definitely one of the best heroines you may be introduced in romance literature world Now she is ready to make a fresh start in DC till and she s so enthusiastic about
her first pop up event but unfortunately she also bumps into a first pop up event but unfortunately she also bumps into a from her past the ex who dumped her with a post it Ouch And the worst part about her meeting is she realizes she is still harboring feelings for this asshole Andre Walker only wants to save her parents soul food restaurant Mama Hazel from entrifying
Developers Which Means Hewhich means he to bury the hatchets and team up with his ex who has brilliant marketing ideas like turning into their restaurant into vibrator pop up shop for needy clients And surprisingly that plan works amazingly I loved the ownvoices kind of free independent powerful messages of the book inspire the women can achieve anything they dream of I also loved Trixie her toughness her smartness and confidence even though she s still resentful to her Vietnamese family who want her make traditional career choices But the romance part of the book was the weakest element After that painful breakup Trixie just jumps to Andre without thinking any further Okay sex might be too steamy but they act like immature brats and fail so bad in the relationship part They cannot form a healthy dialogue between each other and those misunderstandings between them are way too much irritating and I m from the beginning till the end I thought Andre was ass His final big esture which is classic move for the romcoms didn t save him I still want to punch him so bad If I rade this book as a romance I would I Was A Stranger give it three stars But I enjoyed the sex positivity premise powerful heroine multicultural representation so I m adding extra half star and rounding this up to 4 stars I d love to see braver strong though powerful women characters who can rock the world take no shit and stand for themselves that truly inspire me I m looking forward to read works of the author soonerSpecial thanks to Netgalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions Ooh this features an ownvoices Vietnamese heroine and her Black love interest Plus soul food and sex toys Mature audiences only Oh to think that when I first started using Goodreads all those years ago I was a minorOMG this is SO not the kind of book I normally would read But it sounds so hilarious bad that it s sure to beood XD Low key keen Let me start off by saying I absolutely LOVE the premise of this story A Vietnamese woman seeking her own way in the world and trying to help women with sex positivity and education is absolutely amazing A second chance with a man who seems to have learned and rown I do have a few issues though keeping this from being a full 5 star readLet s start with the ood I really enjoyed the writing style It was fun and just descriptive enough to The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States give me a clear picture without feeling like I was reading pages of description I loved how real Trixie and Andre felt Both of them were complex and showed a range of emotionI also really enjoyed how the book was able to showcase so many different cultures Each character had a fully realized background that informed their decisions I do think this hindered fleshing them out as characters a little bit since some characters all we know about them really is their cultural background rather than personality traitsI really enjoyed the small business aspect of it all too It was so funetting to see all these characters with their own busine. 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 et 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 nontradi. .
Thien-Kim Lam ✓ 2 Free readRible He eventually won me over in the end Overall they made an adorable coupleteam Thank you for my copyI received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley for my honest review Thank you to Avon and Harper Voyage and Netgalley for the ARC for an honest reviewHappy Endings is an ownvoices second chance romance novel featuring Trixie Nguyen a 1st eneration Vietnamese American who works teaching people about sex and pleasure providing education on their sexuality and sexual health while Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth giving them the tools sex toys for a satisfying sex life regardless ofender or sexual orientation We have Andre Walker
a bartenderchef who with his younger sister took over their mother s restaurantbartenderchef who with his younger sister took over their mother s restaurant their mother passed away from cancer After Trixie runs a pop up demonstration at Mama Hazel s her and Andre become reacuainted after he broke her heart two years ago She wants to own her own business he needs to save his business so they re willing to try and leave the past behind them to work professionally to help each other outI enjoyed the characters especially Trixie She knew what she wanted in life and although her family mainly her very traditional Viet dad do not approve of her career choice she was oing to do what she wanted and brought her joy I did find her a bit wishy washy when it came to Andre especially with how uickly
she forgave him for his shitty behavior I wanted a little tension between them especially when heforgave him for his shitty behavior I wanted a little tension between them especially when he but accused her of ruining HIS life as if she had anything to do with entrification and other nonsense he kept spouting off at her However in the Moonrise (Snowfall, grand scheme of things that was just one character flaw that I was willing to overlook as characters cannot be perfectThatoes for Andre who I did like but he frustrated me to the point where I wanted his sister to knock him into next week The way he treated his younger sister was rossly insulting and I m lad she put him in his place several times Perhaps it was a typical man thing but if stereotypes were Hello, Snow! going to be broken with this book I d have love to see the stereotype of a man s inability to ask for help be broken So many issues could have been solved if he just asked for help but no It worked out in the end but Andre still frustrated me often than notThe chemistry between Trixie and Andre was pretty hot and I did enjoy their scenes together especially when the sexy bits started toet a bit silly I also really enjoyed how Trixie took charge of her own pleasure and how things happened between them in the sheets and it s not often we see women take charge in the bedroom or office or barI also really love the friendships in this book These ladies were ride or die for each other and I m always always always down for bad ass women supporting each other and fixing each other s crowns And the fact that the cast itself was diverse as well was chef s kissI did like this a lot but the writing was a little stiff at times This
is the unedited version so I d be interested to see what the edited version will look likethe unedited version so I d be interested to see what the edited version will look like we can A Little Dinner Before the Play get ownvoices romance novels out there where the interracial couple is light skinned person with white person I m all for it Trixie Nguyen moves from New Orleans to Washington DC for a fresh start after being dumped on a Post It note by her boyfriend Andre Walker She is determined to make her sex toy business a success proving to her traditional Vietnamese parents that she can succeed in a nontraditional career At a pop up event at a soul food restaurant she finds out SURPRISE this is her ex s restaurant Andre and his sister inherited the restaurant when their mother passed away Sparks fly between Trixie Andre again but can they do this relationship thing a second time aroundTrixie runs a business selling sex toys but she alsoives classes a I love this novel for its intercultural couple that faces family pressure to follow in parental plans and the adversity that comes with daring T from Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies gentrifying developers The solution Partnering with his ex to turn Mama Hazel’s into a vibrator pop up shop for hungry and horny clientsThanks 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 happine. Sses and their own way ofoing about these businesses Each business was uniue and I think fit the characterAndre and Trixie s relationship was mixed for me I do like them together But I had a hard time with them constantly falling into sex together I felt like in the relationship they d say one thing to each other or to themselves and then do the opposite It never felt organic This might be because I tend to not read Second Chance Romances I Have chance romances I have very hard line of NO for all my exes so take this complaint a rain of salt Onto other things that ave me pause I the side characters all of them needed to be fleshed out I understand this is a romance so obviously the focus is on the main couple but the friendships while cute never felt real The side characters weren t fleshed out enough for me For instance from the beginning of the book we see Trixie talk about how close she and Keisha are but as a reader you barely Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood get to see them interact That leads to my other issue there was so much telling Even the epilogue would have been better if we d seen how theyot there Mild spoiler ahead I suppose you ve been warnedview spoiler I ve never understood a romance novel ending when they are officially together instead of when the plot wraps up but it felt like the plot lines for both the main characters were wrapped up in a tell all epilogue It would have been satisfying to see how they Forbidden Reading got to the epilogue in my opinion hide spoiler The last person Trixie expects to run into during her sex toy pop up event is her ex boyfriend After two years of dating in New Orleans Andre broke up with her on a post it note and yet no one ever references Sex and the City when talking about this in the book and disappeared And yet here he is in DC co owner of his late mother s soul food restaurant hotter than ever and not very happy to see TrixieTrixie had no idea that her new friend s brother is the same Andre she hasn t heard from in tw 35I think this is the UICKEST I have ever clicked to reuest a book and my fingers were crossed that the publishing Gods would bless me and they did My book loving heart just knew that this diverse mix is what I needed A bad ass Vietnamese heroine and a strong black hero Own voice author Count me in I was in heaven with all the culture and representation in this story and the constant mention of Ph and soul food Yum Yes please Trixie was dumped a la post it note Yep A note Just like Berger did Carrie on Sex and the City smh That immediately put Andre on my shit list like who does that to someone That was 2 years ago when he up and disappeared from the life they shared in New Orleans Now Trixie has pulled herself together and has a new life in DC She does private pop up shows where she empowers women by selling sex toys and paraphernalia in hopes of having her own sex toy boutiue one day Trixie is preparing for a pop up show at a local restaurant when she looks up and sees Andre Awkwardddddd He s just as shocked to see her in HIS restaurant that he co owns with his sister From there we follow these two through their journey ofetting to know each other againMy favorite part about this book besides the look into Trixie s thoughts and expe I really liked this book I was hesitant because I didn t know how this would turn out but it was really well done Trixie and Andre were ex s who came together to save his restaurant business and to boost her sex toy business Yep a book on sex toys I love it I really liked that this book normalized sex and a woman s body There was no shame on sex talk and toys I also loved that this book represented a biracial couple We need romance books on different cultures and races Through her friends and herself Trixie found her power to A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line go after heroals
and dreams of her own business though andredreams of her own business Though Andre me at first As like I wouldn t have Future Focus given him a second look or chance The break up in the beginning of the book was hor. Tional career She's made a fresh start in Washington DC and her first pop up event isoing well until she runs into the ex who dumped her With a Post it noteThe 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 restauran.