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Mr. Hotshot CEO

(Kwan Sisters #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  118 reviews
As CEO of Fong Investments, I’m a busy man. In fact, my family claims I’m an obsessive workaholic, and when they force me to take two weeks off, I have no idea what to do with myself.

While brooding over an espresso, I meet Courtney Kwan, a biomedical researcher who savors the little things in life. And, suddenly, an idea strikes me—I will pay this woman to teach me how to
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Jackie Lau Books
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K.J. Charles
A mostly cheerful and feelgood contemporary romance where the heroine suffers from clinical depression. That's not an immediately obvious pairing but it really works. I can't speak to the treatment of depression because I'm not a sufferer, but it feels thoroughly real in all aspects, including her constant fear of its return and the irrationality of its attacks. All the same it isn't a downbeat read because Courtney is basically a person who loves and relishes life when she's not being sabotaged ...more
Maria Rose
Jackie Lau is a Canadian author writing diverse romantic comedy, something she definitely achieved in her first Kwan Sisters novel, Grumpy Fake Boyfriend. I thoroughly enjoyed that story about the romance that results when an introverted male science fiction writer does a friend’s sister a favor by playing her boyfriend for a beach weekend. In Mr. Hotshot CEO, the author turns her sights on another of the Kwan sisters, who ends up in an unusual situation with a handsome, very rich, workaholic CE ...more
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
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4 1/2 STARS!

CW: Depression, talk of suicide

✦ Dual 1st POV

✦ STEM heroine (biomedical researcher)

✦ CEO (financing)

✦ He hires her to teach him how to have fun - temporary roommates!

✦ Fun, charming and sexy + emotional and relatable

I loved the Julian wanted to help her and care for her and understood that he couldn't fix her depression -- which, yes, made him upset at one point, but even then he kept his head out of his ass enough to still realize that this is her battle to fight and she know
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Mr. Hotshot CEO is my first Jackie Lau book and oh my god, why is it so hard to review a book that you love? Jackie's writing is so easy to follow, the story flowed seamlessly... I have no idea what to say about this book because I love it too much. It pains me that I can't put my feelings into words and do this book justice but I shall try in this post.

I was pretty much charmed with Julian Fong from the start. He's different from the CEO heroes I've read about--he is
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Normally I wouldn’t touch a book with this kind of title as I’m much more of a blue collar type hero. But it wasn’t that long ago that I read the previous book in this series, Grumpy Fake Boyfriend and I was so charmed by it I wanted to keep reading this author. The heroine in this one, Courtney Kwan is the sister of the heroine in the first book and she, along with her boyfriend, play a role in this one.

Julien Fong is the CEO of a very successful investment company. He had taken over when his
Apr 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to start this review by saying two things:

1) this is not as light hearted as GRUMPY FAKE BOYFRIEND. There are many cute fluffy moments, but it's core is about a woman struggling with clinical depression and her learning to accept it doesn't mean being alone.

2) This book was HARD for me to read at times. I've never been diagnosed with clinical depression - as part of my general anxiety diagnosis and my specific social anxiety diagnosis my therapist documented "depression episodes" directly
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2020, stars-3-5, romance

“That’s what I focus on in life - those little things that make the sun shine a bit brighter.”

Another quick and entertaining romance for those days when you need something ‘easy’. Julian and Courtney’s story works well, and I appreciated the author’s treatment of a character suffering from clinical depression.

“I’ll be having a good time and all of a sudden, it feels like I’m moving through molasses and I can’t experience anything properly anymore.”

Not all have the same symptoms but it was
N.G. Peltier
Really enjoyed this one. I found myself laughing a lot with this one too. There were so many funny scenes whenever Julian's brother Vince was present. Loved the progression of Courtney and Julian's relationship.

While there were lots of scenes that made me chuckle the book does deal with the serious topic of Courtney's depression. There's no love curing depression in this, and after Julian screws up he does understand that Courtney's depression isn't something he can fix.

Also there's a lot of y
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I just couldn't with this one. Nope. ...more
OH MY GOD!!! Jackie Lau hurts me so nicely thank u, Jackie! Julian and Courtney are so freaking adorable and their courtship and progression is so lovely to read.

Representation: Chinese heroine / Chinese hero!!!! Depressed heroine.
Tropes: overworked CEO, pretty woman but like,,,, no prostitution,,,
Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

This was so boring and I think it wasn't the plot, it was the flat and repetitive writing style specially from one of the two perspectives. Also, the steamy scenes were always rushed through and the ending felt rushed.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, e-book, romance
This one charmed me from page one. First off it was Julian with his uptight ways and crazy family. Then there was Courtney, who reveled in the simple pleasures of life. I loved that Julian hired Courtney to help him find fun and how Julian's family kept stopping by. You knew that lines would be crossed between Julian and Courtney and quite frankly I was cheering for it to happen. As it happened these two just got cuter.

When Courtney's issues popped up I wanted to help in any way that I could, w
Alice Wilder
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh man, was this book ever great. A few things right off the bat--
-I'm always nervous about books that are written from the man's perspective, but this book alternates between Julian and Courtney, which I love.
-This book definitely has heat, but know going in that it's also about living with clinical depression.

I loooved this read. The premise is wild, but as soon as the flirtation started I was totally on board. It was also so lovely to see a woman like Courtney with mental illness have a rea
Does a book count as triggering if you skim the parts you're scared will trigger you? I am not rating it for that reason, but yeah. The way depression is described is well done.

I don't think I was ever totally convinced about either of their reasons for not being a relationship, but then--isn't Courtney's reason my reason for skimming the book?

Also, I want to remember this line:

Whenever I make a decision, I ask myself, “Is this good for my mental health?”

PS: Read Jess's review. She says smart t
Ekaterine Xia
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
So you wanna love a CEO...? Sorry, I'm a bit giddy because this is the first time I've organically come across an Asian descent hero in an English-written romance novel.

That said, major part of the charm of this book is that Julian and Courtney are just people. Their ethnicity isn't made much of; it's not a major thing in the story. They just are, as people, and that's such a refreshing thing to see.

I really enjoyed Mr. Hotshot CEO - Courtney and Julian were funny, relatable, and it was a joy
Jun 16, 2019 added it
Perks of coming late to a book is not having to wait to read the second book! I think I liked this one better - there's more angst, which probably says something about me. But reading the heroine's struggle with depression in the first person POV was powerful. ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think the mental health rep with the heroine’s clinical depression was handled with great care and sensitivity though I don’t speak from any personal knowledge or experience on the issue. I think the romance aspect of it felt a little forced and abrupt but it was still pretty good.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked that it featured a heroine living with depression. I also liked all the yummy food and the family dynamics (especially Julian's Po Po and brothers and Courtney's sister Naomi). Only snag is that it felt a bit slow and draggy at times. ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
So romantic with a nuanced view of depression!
Therese Beharrie
May 20, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
This is one of the realest portrayals of depression I've seen in a book. I appreciated it, but it did make this a relatively heavy read. Recommended. ...more
Darbi Bradley
4.5 stars, rounding up

I thought this book was even better than its tropetastic predecessor, Grumpy Fake Boyfriend. The protagonist of this book, Courtney, is the sister of Naomi from the first book, so she and Will make a few appearances.

Julian is a workaholic and CEO of an investment firm. His family basically forces him to take a 2-week vacation because they're worried about how much he works. He's initially very resistant to the idea. One night not too long after he's forced out of his offic
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a color-coded highlighting system for my ebooks. Yellow is for funny stuff. Pink is for relationship-based (paltonic or romantic) aww-moments. Green is for information/things I need to look up. Blue is for other highlights I can't other to categorize because frankly they don't seem too important. And Red is for the things which make me feel emotional, but are not connected to relationships.

This book has a lot of red highlights. A lot. Mostly because one of the main characters is slowly sl
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
An amusing scene opens this short (category-length) rom-com contemporary: Julian Fong is forced to take two weeks off from his position as the hotshot CEO of his family's Toronto investment company—by his mother, grandmother, and amusingly dissolute brother, who all threaten him with embarrassing consequences if he doesn't agree not to come in to work for a full 17 days. Julian's always been the good son, meeting parental expectations, living up to his responsibilities, especially after his fath ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very sweet

Unexpected, in a good way, because I expected I pretty lighthearted story based on other books by Jackie Lau I’ve read but this one has a heroine with clinical depression. I really enjoyed how the focus was on what Courtney needed and not just in general someone with depression. I thought it was well done.
I think it's time to admit this author doesn't work for me. The characters are okay, as far as they go, but they don't feel like real people. They don't even really feel like sketches. They are ideas for sketches. ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uhm, WONDERFUL! Cheered my pining, sleepless soul right up. ❤❤❤
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Jackie Lau decided she wanted to be a writer when she was in grade two, sometime between writing “The Heart That Got Lost” and “The Land of Shapes.” She later studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to writing romance novels.

Jackie lives in Toronto with her husband, and despite living in Canada her whole life, she hates winter. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, hi

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