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The Ultimate Pi Day Party

(Baldwin Village #1)

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If there’s one thing that might get my dad, a retired math teacher, to visit Toronto and have a real conversation with me for the first time in seventeen years, it’s a big nerdy Pi Day party. And hopefully this party—and seeing the tech company I built from nothing—will finally be enough to impress him and make him forgive me for everything I did when I was a teenager.

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Published March 5th 2019 by Jackie Lau Books
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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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
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K.J. Charles
A very foodie Toronto-set romance that will make you crave pie. CEO meets pie shop owner. The romance is delightful, though I didn't quite feel the parental-trauma conflict purely because both MCs seem too loving, grounded and sensible. Mostly a low angst, highly likeable romance in a well developed setting and the pie descriptions will make you hungry. ...more
Xan West
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Jess
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, I really regret not having pie on hand while I was reading this. Learn from my mistake.

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!
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Emmalita
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Around the time the Alabama Anti-Abortion bill passed, there was a conversation on twitter about romances that dealt with abortion in a positive/normalizing manner. You can find many of the tweets with #RomanceforRoe. It’s most often been treated as a moral issue instead of a healthcare issue, and that should go out the door with slut shaming. A few readers and authors chimed in with books that addressed abortion as a healthcare choice that didn’t ruin the main character’s life. Canadian author ...more
b.andherbooks
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance, arc
Ever read a book and get the hankering to eat everything the characters are? Well, The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau is definitely making me crave a pie (or three)! Set in her Baldwin Village series, this is a sweet and savory story of a tech geek falling for the town pie shop owner as they plan a mathematically delightful party to impress his estranged father. Out March 5th, I highly recommend!

Besides the delicious food descriptions, there were a myriad of small moments that really shone
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Maria Rose
That was fun and now I crave pie, a not unexpected consequence! Lighthearted, low angst and sexy romance about a tech CEO and a pie shop owner whom he hires for a 'Pi Day' party as a way to reconcile with his estranged father. Lots of great Toronto multiculturalism on display! Recommended for readers who like food, diverse cultures and honest family dynamics with their HEA.

A copy of this story was provided by the author for review.
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
A fairly good romance read. Josh and Sarah are sweet, and, if anything, I'd say this book runs too sweet and easy for me. As much as I love fluff, I wanted a bit more depth and substance. That said, it was nice to read a diverse romance, and I enjoyed the Toronto setting as well. A quick and pleasant read, though not one likely to stick with me. ...more
Taryn
The delightful story of Josh, founder of a tech company, who enlists Sarah, a bakery owner, to cater a Pi Day party for his employees. The guest of honor will be Josh’s father, who he’s had a strained relationship with since a high school mistake caused a rift between them. His dad is a math teacher, and Josh knows if there’s one way to break the ice and heal their relationship, it’s corny math jokes. Josh and Sarah have so much fun planning the menu for the party and tasting all the delicious s ...more
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I regret waiting as long as I did to read this book—not that it could've really been avoided. But, guys . . . I really loved this one! Jackie Lau has become a favorite author of mine, for her smart, fun, light-hearted and diverse romance.

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
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Lexie
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short story about Amrita & Holly - yes/yes?

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
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Christine
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot Asian guy + delicious pies = a very happy carb-loving reader.

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
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Katie
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cannonball-12
Sarah has defied her mother’s hopes and moved to the big city of Toronto (it was strange to read another book namedropping the same streets as Station Eleven so soon) and opened her own pie shop, Happy as Pie, in the Baldwin Street neighborhood. The store is doing well, and she’s hoping to expand into catering and possibly a second location down the line. Into her store walks Josh, CEO of a tech company his father sees no value in and number 19 on a list of Toronto’s 35 most eligible bachelors u ...more
Bookish
Sep 30, 2019 added it
Shelves: romance
I’ve been seeing Jackie Lau’s adorable covers everywhere for months, so when I spotted The Ultimate Pi Day Party on sale, I snatched it up and dove in. The book follows Sarah, a pie shop owner with aspirations of growing her business, and Josh, a tech CEO hoping to reconnect with his estranged father. Josh’s plan to reconnect with his dad involves hosting the titular ultimate pi day party and he knows that Sarah’s pies will win over his father. The two fall in love while party planning and sampl ...more
Caro
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
the writing got a bit repetitive towards the end, which kept me from giving it a higher rating, but this was: GREAT.

actual rating: 4.5/5
Krista
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a fun concept and well executed! A lovely solid central romance with minor highlights for me including math jokes and casual misogyny that's directly confronted *chef's kiss*. It has a satisfying ending for this couple, but I immediately glommed the rest of the trilogy (it's one of those "each friend gets her own book" deals). <3 ...more
Pragati Chaudhari
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*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
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Megan
Sweet, very food-centric, down-to-earth, and with more than a few funny moments. I laughed out loud a couple times. I loved how both characters realized early on how much they liked who they were--who they were free to be--when they were with the other person.
Amanda
Hmm... I think this is 3.5 stars, rounding up. Might move this to 4 stars but need to think about it.

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
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Essie M
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book is set in Toronto and it makes me appreciate the city I grew up in because Jackie does a great job of conveying the richness of all the various cultures intermingling. It’s also a great setting for an interracial couple because it’s not inconceivable or impossible. The city and Baldwin Village are places where relationships can and do blossom amongst people who aren’t necessarily of the same ethnic or racial background. As someone who’s been reading romance since I was 13ish (20+ year ...more
Abi
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jackie Lau books stand out in my head as a) fast reads and b) amazing character/world development. Okay, let’s throw in c) realistic romance. This book falls right in line!

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
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Julia ❤︎
The Ultimate Pi Day Party was a nice low-angst read! I think it was a bit to insta-love for me but I was still pretty invested. I did think it was a bit much that his dad didn't speak to him for 17 years and that his mom didn't really push his dad for reconciliation but hey everybody's got some sort of family drama.

*also reading this made me want some pie!*
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Lauren loves llamas
I’m a pretty big fan of Jackie Lau’s contemporary rom-coms, so I jumped on this! It’s the official start of the new Baldwin Village series (though there was a prequel Christmas novella). Like the pies Sarah sells, this book is both sweet and savory, and oh so yummy. One quick warning – this book will make you SO hungry!

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
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Kristin
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Romana

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

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cookiemonger
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
After a teenage indiscretion, Josh Yu has been fighting for his father’s approval, facing silence and estrangement, for nearly two decades. Then he gets the idea to throw a Pi Day party and invite his parents.

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
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Anne
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, romance
The first book in Jackie Lau's Baldwin Village series introduces readers to a bakery owner named Sarah, who is determined to see her shop succeed despite her mom's lack of faith in her, and Josh, a tech CEO who's been estranged from his father since high school. I keep hearing about ​Jackie Lau's books from other readers and I decided to dive into this sweet tale to get a taste of her writing for myself.

Both of our leads are juggling their professional goals and their parents' expectations in v
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Ekaterine Xia
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really, really, really liked The Ultimate Pi Day Party.
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
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Beth Amy
No warning & deceptive info

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
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Elena Johansen
Coming to this straight from the novella that's first in the series, I had hopes for better character development with more space to let them grow, and I got it.

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
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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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