#TBRChallenge 2022: A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie Lau

Posted January 19, 2022 by Jen in Contemporary Romance, Rating A, Reviews Tags: , , , , ,

book cover of A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie LauA Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year
Jackie Lau
Rating: A-


  • January’s Theme is “Quickie.”
  • This book has been on my TBR since February 12, 2021, when I purchased the complete series.
  • Why I selected it: it’s a short story/novella aka a “quickie” and alternate holiday (fitting another challenge).

What I’m Talking About:

Jo and Zach have known each other since they were kids, but really became good friends about four years ago when they bonded over heartbreaks. Jo developed a crush on Zach a couple years back, but doesn’t say anything in fear of ruining their friendship. When Zach needs a date to keep his meddling parents at bay, Jo happily agrees to play the roll of fake girlfriend.

A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year is a lovely friends-to-lovers, fake relationship novella. I adore that the couple has been good friends for years before they move to more. The timing is perfect, and since we get both POVs, we know that each is attracted to the other from the onset. I love Zach’s genuine confusion over his changing feelings and watching him learn to trust the change. Ms. Lau is a delightful storyteller; she creates fun, likable characters who aren’t perfect, but just right.

A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year is an excellent quickie and wonderful introduction to Ms. Lau’s storytelling.

My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot

About the Book:

After his family’s matchmaking extravaganza at Thanksgiving, high school teacher Zach Wong is terrified of what his parents might do for Chinese New Year. Surely they’ll try to set him up yet again, especially now that his older brothers are in relationships. Zach, however, has no interest in dating, not since his fiancée left him.

The solution? Find a fake girlfriend to avoid his parents’ matchmaking.

Jo MacGregor, the town dentist, is the obvious choice. They both live in Mosquito Bay and have been friends for years, ever since they bonded over broken engagements. A few kisses and dates around town, and everyone will believe they’re in a relationship. No problem.

Except their fake relationship is starting to feel more and more real… 

Release Date: January 7, 2020
Holidays with the Wongs #3
Contemporary Romance, rom-com, novella
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)