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One Bed for Christmas

(Baldwin Village #0.5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Let me be clear: I’ve been friends with Caitlin Ng for more than a decade, and I’ve had a crush on her for just as long. And I’ve known, all that time, that I wasn’t her type.

When we met, we were both studying computer engineering at university. She was near the top of the class, and I was in danger of flunking out. Now, she’s a CEO, and I, well…

I’m wearing an inflatab
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Jackie Lau Books (first published December 13th 2018)
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2020 Jingle Books Bingo (#JingleBooks🎄): Unwrapped for Christmas (Cover With Gifts)

Cute Christmas novella + friends-to-lovers + Only One Bed in a snowstorm + decade-long unrequited pining + CEO heroine. I definitely prefer Lau’s full-length work to the novellas, but this is still a nice read.
This was a nice and chill holiday romance and I was deeply grateful that the dumb moment wasn't overly long and the resolution via dinosaur costumes was novel enough to make me smile. ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Believe in love

One of the (many) things I enjoy about Lau's books is the friend like style. Her books feel less like reading a romance about two fictional people and more like friends confessing how they got together to me.

Caitlin and Wes are clearly meant for each other, something everyone can tell immediately, but that neither seems to think about.

I enjoyed that for Caitlin, she realized why Wes was her match because he was genuine through and through. He gave himself fully to everything, not
This was cute! I think the final conflict felt a little too . . . obligatory, like in real life, the characters would've just been together and that's it, but fiction means they have to have one last problem. But I finished it a few days ago and I mostly don't remember what I thought. ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
When we met, we were both studying computer engineering at university. She was near the top of the class, and I was in danger of flunking out. Now, she’s a CEO, and I, well…

I’m wearing an inflatable T-Rex costume and dancing along to Christmas carols sung by an elderly barbershop quartet.

Yes, I’m being paid to do this.

Elisabeth Lane
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute and hilarious. The writing itself was a little mechanical, but I think this might have been a freebie newsletter short so whatever. I liked it and it busted me out of a reading slump so it's all good. Also three words: inflatable T-Rex costume. ...more
Adele Buck
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fast, very fun read.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
wow, this was great. I found it suggested on a twitter thread of romance tropes, and the One Bed did not disappoint. Non-white characters and some cool Toronto details, too. What a cute novella.
Friends to lovers + snowed-in? This was a freaking delight1
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This was super cute. It's the third thing I've read by Lau, and I think the short format works better, because there's about the same amount of development and not time for the extended drama llama breakup climax. Sheer Christmas fluff. ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

An utterly adorable Christmas romance novella for adults, featuring a hero who happily dances in an inflatable T-Rex costume and a super-smart CEO heroine. So much fun!
This was a very cute short story. I really loved our characters and even though it was so short, I was really able to connect to them. I did find the writing and bit cheesy at times. And I thought that the 3rd act break up wasn't needed. But in such a short book it was resolved quickly.
This is a prequel to a series and I definitely want to pick more up!

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I've never read a holiday romance, and I thought it was high time I remedied that situation. Though the writing was a bit stiff and telling-rather-than-showing at times, I really enjoyed the vibrant setting in a diverse Toronto neighborhood, and the hilarious scene featuring Wes' family was pure gold. ...more
Adorable!! Perfect little holiday story about two friends snowed in together for Christmas. Wes and Caitlin in college and Wes has been love with her the whole time. Spending a few days together helps Caitlin realize how great they can be together. Sweet, low angst.
Kat, short for Clara
I'm still trying to work out how Wes managed to bang Caitlin with his hips inside her. And just who cleaned up the inevitable mess that occurred after everything inside Wes expanded then exploded when he came????? ...more
Friends to lovers, stranded in a storm, just one bed, holiday...yeah, all the boxes checked.
This was a cute, funny story. The writing was a bit stiff at times, but I enjoyed this quick read and it made me laugh.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
my heart is so warm. this was amazing!!

actual rating: 4.25/5
Renée Dahlia
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute fun hot and a quick satisfying read with plenty of humour.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is basically everything I could possibly want in a contemporary romance. I loved this so much and immediately downloaded the next book in the series when I finished. Officially a Jackie Lau fan.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. So cute and sweet. I loved the t-rex stuff. It was a nice quick read.
Maria Rose
Really enjoyed this friends to lovers romance! It's got one of my favorite themes (trapped in a snowstorm!) and has two friends who met years ago in college, Wes and Caitlin, re-examining their relationship. Wes has been in love with Caitlin for years and she's been oblivious but starts to see him in a new light when they spend a weekend alone together. It's a fun, sexy, Christmas themed novella and a nice start to the author's upcoming Baldwin Village series.

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Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love that the trope is right there in the title! Wes has been into Caitlin since college but never made a move, thinking she’s way out of his league. Now she’s a CEO and he’s paid by a barbershop quartet to dance in a T-rex costume for their performances (don’t ask, it really doesn’t bear scrutiny—just accept that it’s a cute way to work a few goofy old men into the cast of characters and move on). When winter weather hits and Caitlin is stranded, Wes does the gentlemanly thing and invites her ...more
Wes has loved Caitlin Ng since she knocked him out with a door in college, but Wes knows he's not good enough for the now rich CEO. But, he's happy to offer up his bed when Caitlin's power goes out on Christmas Eve, even if he only as the one.

Caitlin has never really thought of Wes that way, but there's just something about his verve for life, his fancy blow-up T-Rex costume dance moves, and the sweet way he's honoring his mother this Christmas. His arms also look pretty darn good as he's rollin
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Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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That romance was so good, cute and fluffy aaaah i love it ♥

- about caitlin, a CEO for a dating app, and Wes, a freelance artist. If i'm not wrong, they're both Chinese
- strangers to friends for 12 years to friends with benefit to lovers
- dinosaurs
- christmas romance
- songs
- baking
- domestic couple

I loved the characters and how quickly i fell in love with them and their lives. Their struggles are realistic and i liked that they talked a lot about their work and how they are perceived by people. A
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious romcom about unrequited love that starts at U Waterloo (my alma mater!) where we meet our alpha heroine and beta hero - they meet cute in first year computer engineering and she grows up to be a CEO and he's a graphic designer who moonlights as a dancing inflated T-Rex for a geriatric barbershop quartet.
Family figures prominently in all of Lau's books and they provide great comic relief - this time around, it's Wes' niece and nephew who are delighted and freaked out at the same time
Eve Pendle
I've been in the worst reading slump recently. A reading canyon that never ends. 😭 I couldn't enjoy anything. Couldn't finish books. Couldn't start books. Nothing. Then I picked this up, started it, got hooked, read it all in a few hours. 🎉🎉🎉 hooray!
It's very low angst, straightforward, sexy, cute, and a bit funny. The dual first person works well. And it's short too (novella length). Well worth picking up. I recommend.
Evelyn Goldman
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I think we need a romance for the viagra-popping barbershop quartet
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whoamance
** spoiler alert ** We made a podcast episode about this one! You can check it out here if you’re interested:

And here are the ep notes:
Holidays are hitting different this year, what with all the plague, but we at Whoa!mance are pledging to keep our Christmas humor to the last. This week, Morgan and Isabeau shack up with this festive friends-to-lovers novella, One Bed for Christmas by Jackie Lau. Our hero, Wes Chang, a freelance artist and barbershop quartet mascot, is thr
Elena Johansen
It sets out to be cute and succeeds admirably, but it takes a lot of shortcuts to culminate a friends-to-lovers scenario that has a backstory over a decade long, which we only see the very beginning of. But the story leans hard on that first meeting and doesn't do much to sketch in what happened in the twelve years between, relying on telling us that Wes has been in love all that time without going into their dynamics.

There's a lot of telling anyway, because this is structured in a dual first-pe
This was such a cute story! Even though it was a novella, it didn't feel too rushed. And of course it's a semi-ridiculous premise: two friends have to share a bed because there's a snowstorm and the power is out at her place and at his place the heater routinely stops working. But Jackie Lau GOES FOR IT because then the first time you meet the hero, he's in one of those inflatable T-Rex costumes. Then you find out the costume is part of his gig dancing to Christmas music performed by an elderly ...more
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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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