A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau & Friendsgiving, A Short by Nako

Monday, November 30, 2020

 Hey Ya'll! Hope you had a good weekend and didn't spend all your money...

Anyolways, I read these two books over the Thanksgiving weekend. There will also be a discussion on the podcast about the books as well. Let's get into it shall we? 


Published: October 8, 2019

Jackie Lau Books

Series: Holidays With The Wongs #1

Format: eBook (Kindle)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Available: BN | Amazon 

Heat Level: 💥💥💥💥

O.M.GEE! Nick’s family was funny af with a whole side of petty. I want them for relatives, lmao.

Imagine your family setting every kid up for a blind date...on Thanksgiving?! Well, that’s what happens to Nick and his siblings this holiday, lols. Also, it seems Nick’s brother is set up with Lily...his one night stand from a heated night in Toronto. The one night stand he can’t seem to get out of his head.

I enjoyed this. It’s another one of Jackie Lau's books I thought was low angst (I only read two, lols). Anyolways, we don't get much drama. Lily has some slight self esteem issues going on that were left over from her previous relationship (her ex called her boring...to her face) and Nick initially doesn’t want to give up his playboy status (but Lily put that good good on him so...mind changed quickly, lmao). But this author doesn’t have either Nick or Lily sit in their feelings long. After a quick conversation, the small issue is resolved. I thought Nick and Lily were good together on page and I have nothing bad to say about them. Nick’s family will keep you invested in this book because chile, they were my kind of nosy and crazy! They didn’t give two figs about them adult kids complaining, they just kept up with the petty and laughs. It was good shit. 

Now, I do feel like after the family Thanksgiving hook up (which was like 64%), the story kind of loses its shine but Jackie Lau does a fantastic job of still keeping readers invested. Nick’s family showing up at his apartment while Lily is there sick...chile, lols. I also like how J. Lau lets both Nick and Lily talk about how growing up Chinese in a predominantly white town in Canada was traumatizing for them both and how it affected how they currently moved in the world.

If you’re a fan of petty intruding families and a lovely Thanksgiving romance, then add A Match Made for Thanksgiving to your reading list.

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Published: November 26, 2019
NakeExpo Presents
Series: No
Format: eBook (Kindle)
Genre: Women's Fiction

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Available: Amazon
Heat: None

This read more along the lines of women’s fiction then romance. 

Ashley buys a huge house after divorcing her husband. It’s now Thanksgiving and after seeing her ex make what she felt was a shady post on Instagram, she spirals deeper into a depressive mood. Unexpectedly, her door bells rings and these strange women are standing on her porch asking if they can have their yearly Friendsgiving dinner in her home. Why...you ask? Because their friend who started the tradition passed away from Cancer used to live there and they want to continue with it. Ashley is initially not swayed but decides to let the ladies have their dinner. After a few awkward moments between Ashley and the ladies, the story takes a turn towards the past as the ladies remember their friend and how she bought them all together.

I enjoyed this book for what it was. Nako tells the story of women, their friendships and how their differences can bring about whole healthy relationships.
What was good in this book for me was Ashley realizing that divorcing her husband was something she needed to do for her. Now, what didn't work. I felt like we lose focus on Ashley once the ladies take a stroll down memory lane. Also, I do feel like the book got a whole lot of preachy at times and for this reader that is a major turn off. However, it doesn't take away from the story, it just makes me have very serious eye rolling moments.

If you're a fan of women's fiction with Christian tones, then this may be your read.

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