The Ultimate Pi Day Party
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I got this when the author put it up for free on Kindle during the last Pi Day. I don't normally like fluffy romances, but I really enjoyed reading GRUMPY FAKE BOYFRIEND, and that cover just screams awesome. A while ago, I watched a video on YouTube deconstructing toxic tropes in movies and TV shows, and it talked about how Asian men are often put in stereotypical roles for comic relief and are rarely portrayed as love interests (in fact ...more
Second, this was really charming! I think this had the least bothersome final conflict in any of the books of Jackie Lau's that I've read and I really appreciated that. Josh is a much better son than I am daughter, because after 17 years of the silent treatment, I would probably not have kept trying in the same way. But I did get it.
Recommend checking this out! ...more
Besides the delicious food descriptions, there were a myriad of small moments that really shone ...more
A copy of this story was provided by the author for review. ...more
The Ultimate Pi Day Party is one of those books that you start and don't want to stop. The characters are charming and a little bit awkward, their love story refreshingly honest, their issues tense but not overly angsty or overwought. It is, simply put, a book ...more
More seriously, so very enjoyable. And heartfelt. Whether it was the honest communication between Sarah and Josh or how hard it was for the both of them to square the circle of what the other means in their life, this was a book about love from top to bottom.
The confession style narrative - with the point of view shifting between Josh and Sarah - works well here. Having a chance to "see" both of their sides of the story is helpful to understanding some ...more
I'm always on the hunt for good pie, which is easy to find, and for romances with hot Asian heros which are not easy to find. Thanks to Jackie Lau, I now have both in one sweet story about two people who think they don't deserve love or success, and then discover they can have it all along with some amazing-sounding eats.
I loved Josh. A founder and CEO of his own company, Josh is humble and sweet to his friends and family, even a ...more
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
The Ultimate Pi Day Party revolves around Josh & Sarah, who meet when Josh ends up at Sarah’s pie shop to get some dinner. Josh is going through *things* where his family is concerned and when he has the absolutely brilliant idea of throwing a Pi Day party to get his parents to visit him in Toronto, hoping that’ll help bridge ...more
I’m a big fan of Jackie’s books and despite having never been to Canada, I love her settings and I really want to visit Toronto! I’m not a big pie person but just a warning this book will make you HUNGRY so don’t read on an empty stomach like I did :)
I loved Sarah and her ambition and how vulnerable she allowed herself to be when she was opening herself up to Josh and to new friends. It’s hard ma ...more
Josh and Sarah have an organic love story that was so much fun to read. Josh is a CEO, but not one of those stuffy too rich alpha types, with some daddy issues. He still has a really magnetic personality that attracts small business owner, Sarah. Sarah, too, has some family issues. The way they deal with their own family/pers ...more
*also reading this made me want some pie!* ...more
Josh, CEO of a tech company and one of Toronto’s hottest eligible bachelors, decides to throw a Pi Day party to entice his retired mathematician father to visit Toronto. His fathe ...more
First of all, this is my first ever Jackie Lau book and it did not disappoint. I also loved that this is set in Toronto. A city that I really want to visit. While I was reading, it felt like I was in Baldwin Village too walking along the streets and ducking into various restaurants and shops sampling everything from pho to dim sum and of course pies. All the food references in this book also made me so hungr ...more
ARC supplied by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
The Ultimate Pi Day Party is such a delicious novel. The story follows Josh, the CEO of a tech start-up based in Toronto, he's determined to repair his strained relationship with his maths teacher father and has the perfect idea in mind about how to do that. A Pi Day party featuring a lot (really, it's a lot) of pie. That's where Sarah, owner of a small pie making business, comes into the picture. Josh hires her to cater his party...more
Sarah Winters has her own share of parental disapproval. Her mother was against her moving from their small town to start a pie-centred bakery in Toronto. But Sarah’s doing quite well, aside from having too little romance and not enough friends.
I have feelings about this book, which is cool ...more
Both of our leads are juggling their professional goals and their parents' expectations in v ...more
There were so many little things that just made it work - I loved that savory pie was a Thing, that there were cookies made in the shape of pi, that Sarah called Josh out out on mansplaining, that Sarah was working so hard for what she wanted and finding joy in it and and and a whole lot of other things.
But really, her calling him out on mansplaining was awesome. *cough sorry *
I did feel that it was a bit hard to reconcile how fast things ...more
The actual STORY part makes up 2/3...no, closer to 1/2 , of the book.
The rest is sex...likely physioloogialy impossible sex. Pornography. The story itself, what there is ofnit, is not bad at all...in the brief, sex-free interludes.
Now, if smut's your thing, you'll adore this book.
It's not mine. Unlike some people who read romance novels, I actually have inercourse & know how to do it. I don't need an instruction manual.
Besides, if sex was so difficult, we wouldn't have ...more
I also had hopes that the writing style might not be as straightforward--if there's more length to allow for it, there might be room for more subtlety--but the narrative relies heavily on both leads doing internal monologue like they're dictating a diary. If that's just a hallmark of Lau's style, I'll deal with it, but I prefer character ...more
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 ...more