Where to start with her Asian RomCom novels

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After discovering Jackie Lau three years ago, she quickly became one of my favorite novelists. Since then, whenever I have a long plane ride or need to be cheered up, I turn to her hilarious, heartfelt stories to pick me up. Her romantic comedies strike a balance between lighthearted and funny while also being very much in the real world with characters who have real problems. I especially appreciated when she writes characters dealing with anxiety and depression. These stories don’t eschew the horrible aspects of living with a mental illness, but they are not trauma stories. Instead, she writes nuanced about these characters and gives them long and beautiful, romantic and happy.

Most of Jackie Lau’s characters are Asian Canadians, just like herself. She has said that during the Trump era, she started writing more non-white characters and lighter, funnier romantic comedies to tap into what readers needed at the time. She is a hybrid author with a mix of self-published and traditionally published books. Her stories often include the group dynamics of family or friends, but the emphasis is on the hero and the heroine. And, as in all true novels, a long and happy life is guaranteed.

With 21 novels and novellas, it can be hard to know where to start when you first read Jackie Lau. Here are my three suggestions on where to start!

cover image of Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau

grumpy fake boyfriend

I would start with this wonderfully titled fake dating romance. It’s the first Jackie Lau book I’ve read. I rushed through the whole story and stayed up way too late to finish the book in one sitting. A group vacation is Will’s idea of ​​a nightmare. His social anxiety and extreme introversion have been a problem with all of his past relationships. But when his best friend’s sister, Naomi, is forced to take a date on her couples’ journey, Will reluctantly agrees. Little does he know that Naomi has been in love with him for a long time and is determined to make their relationship anything but fake.

Made a match for Thanksgiving Cover

Made a match for Thanksgiving

After reading grumpy fake boyfriend, maybe you want to get into the holiday spirit with this romantic novella. It’s a perfect November read with a sweet romance and an even more hilarious family subplot. Nick loves his bachelor life in Toronto. But his family gets fed up with him and his siblings postpone the wedding. This year they put Nick and his three siblings on blind Thanksgiving dates. What is already a recipe for catastrophe gets even more out of hand when Nick’s latest one night stand, Lily, shows up at the house. But she’s not Nick’s blind date. She is paired up with Nick’s brother Greg.

Cover image for the article Donut falling in love by jackie lau

Donut falls in love

This is Jackie Lau’s latest book (out last month!). The pun in the title and the baking element immediately made me realize how much I would love this book. Ryan is an actor trying to promote his struggling rom-com movie. His paths cross with Lindsay when he asks her for help preparing for an episode of a celebrity baking show. Despite causing chaos in her bakery, an attraction grows between the pair. This is such a sweet, romantic story. I promise you don’t want to miss it.

With 18 other romantic stories, once you get hooked on Jackie Lau, you’ll have a huge list to read through. My absolute favorite thing! And if you’re curious about other novelists to try, may I suggest Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, or Sarah MacLean.

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