Happy Endings

Thien-Kim Lam. Avon, $15.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-304084-7
Lam’s choppy debut follows ex-lovers as they rediscover their blazing chemistry years after a messy breakup. Trixie Nguyen moves from New Orleans to Washington, D.C., for a fresh start as a sex toy sales rep after a fight with her parents over her nontraditional career goals. While coordinating a pop-up shop in Mama Hazel’s, a soul food restaurant, she runs into Andre Walker, the ex who walked out on her two years ago with little explanation. Andre is shell-shocked to find a furious Trixie in the restaurant he owns with his sister. Though their reunion is tense, Trixie’s event proves a successful way to bring in customers, so Andre offers her the chance to continue selling her products at Mama Hazel’s, which has been struggling to stay afloat amid neighborhood gentrification. As their fiery passion reignites, Lam does a good job conjuring a sense of effortless intimacy between them. Less successful are the subplots about Trixie’s work and family life, which feel forced and tangential. While the emphasis on Trixie’s struggles to merge her Vietnamese and American identities is well handled, the impact her parents disapproval has on her life goes frustratingly underexplored. These hiccups make for a bumpy ride, but readers looking for sultry romance with a diverse cast will still find plenty to enjoy. Agent: Tara Gelsomino, One Track Literary. (May)
Reviewed on : 01/13/2021
Release date: 05/18/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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