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?
I liked this book a lot although something in it didn't quite click for me -- I wasn't sure if it was the romance part because it felt a bit of a rushed second chance or something else. I think this author has a lot of potential and the book felt like it was setting up sequels and/or companion series so we'll see what happens. That being said, the setting was good and there was something unique about this. Give it a chance if you like contemporary romance!
"My parents seem to forget that they raised me to be American," Trixie said. "So I could fit in and succeed." There was a faraway look in her eyes. "It's confusing to be the daughter of immigrants. Trying to figure out which part of me is more important. There's no guidebook on which situation requires me to be more Vietnamese and which one needs me to be American."