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Ice Cream Lover

(Baldwin Village #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  31 reviews
I hate ice cream. Ever since my fiancée left me at the altar and skewered me in her bestseller “Embrace Your Inner Ice Cream Sandwich: Finding the Positive You in a World of Negativity,” I haven’t been able to stomach the stuff.

Unfortunately, my five-year-old niece is a budding foodie and her favorite place in the world is Ginger Scoops, a cutesy Asian ice cream shop. Sinc
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Jackie Lau Books
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Lauren (The Novel Lush)
Hilarious and cute romance between a grumpy Asian Canadian man who has come to detest ice cream and a bisexual Asian/Caucasian Canadian woman who own an ice cream parlor. Book tackled some pretty important subject matter wherein Chloe struggled with feeling both 'in-between' and 'outside' because of her dual heritage and her sexuality. Her father "doesn't see race" and thus she feels erased by him because he's ignoring the Asian part of her heritage.

Drew has his own hangups. His ex left him at t
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Drew's fiancee jumped out of a window to flee from their wedding, with not a world to tell him why, well no words until she published her tell-all memoir/self-help book entitled "Embrace Your Inner Ice Cream Sandwich." A book that lambasts Drew for "melting her ice cream sandwich" and for being a cross between Eeyore and Oscar the Grouch on steroids." Ouch.

So now Drew hates ice cream. Can't stand it. Not even if the owner of the ice cream shop his foodie niece is currently obsessed with is also
Maria Rose
Ever since Drew's fiancee left him at the altar and then wrote a successful tell all book called 'Embracing Your Inner Ice Cream Sandwich' that was less than flattering to Drew, he hasn't been able to eat ice cream - a small problem since his young niece absolutely adores an Asian inspired ice cream shop, Ginger Scoops, run by Chloe Jenkins. Chloe isn't immune to the attractive Chinese man and his cute niece who keep visiting her heart and soul, the shop she wants to make into a success to honor ...more
Three random points of interest:

* Jackie Lau writes such enjoyably grumpy characters and puts their grumpiness to the test in amusing ways.
* There is a unicorn in this book named Havarti Sparkles. I won't tell you what the alpaca's name is, but it's also quite good.
* I now know that mooncake flavored ice cream exists, and I desperately want to try it. (Along with all the other ice cream flavors mentioned in this book, though it's probably a nah on more than one bite of the durian.)

Our protagonis
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, asian-character
This was absolute porn. Food porn, that is, and I savored every bit of the Vietnamese coffee ice cream, waffle cones, dark chocolate stashes, durian ice cream, even mooncake-flavored ice cream (please let this be real) goodness. Jackie Lau knows how to write delicious Asian men eating delicious Asian food. She conquered the world of pie in Book 1, The Ultimate Pi Day Party, and now ice cream. I can only hope she moves on to cookies, bread, noodles, dumplings...

The cherry on top of this romance s
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm sort of over Jackie Lau's tendency for a stupid decision or miscommunication at roughly 75% in the book, but I really do like her relationships and characters, so I will continue to read and enjoy her books and just wish she wouldn't do that.

(Also, this is another one that you shouldn't read hungry.)
Nadine Jones
SOOOO much fun!! This is a new author for me, and I was completely won over by her ice cream posts on
Twitter combined with the hot guy on the cover. Yes, I can be superficial. (Also, I would like to point out that in the book, Chloe’s ice cream shop gets a big boost from some Tweets by local bloggers. That’s kinda meta.)

Chloe owns an ice cream shop in Toronto. Derek has some issues with ice cream, but he loves his niece and she wants ice cream, so he bravely enters the ice cream shop. Derek and
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Ice Cream Lover twice in one day. The joke in the title is that Drew hates ice cream and Chloe owns an Asian ice cream shop called Ginger Scoops. I 100% want an Asian ice cream store close by so that I too can have ginger ice cream in a bubble waffle cone. After reading two of Jackie Lau’s books, I’m going to need her to come out with a cookbook soon too. Ice Cream Lover is out May 21. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Drew has been single since his fiance left him at t
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me crave ice cream. I really want to try all these flavors!

Drew Lum is a grump of a man who adores his niece, Michelle, and will do anything for her. He was left at the alter by his ex-fiancée, Lisa, who then wrote a self-help/memoir book on their relationship. This book paints Drew in a very unfair light and it soon becomes clear that he doesn’t feel like he deserves any kind of relationship with another woman for fear of crushing their spirits.

Chloe Jenkins is a bisexual ice cre
Essie M
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Book Two in the Baldwin Village series is out on May 21 and the focus is on ice cream! You don't need to have read the first book to enjoy Drew and Chloe's story, but you should because it's as good as pie😜 Jackie Lau is a writer who I know is going to give me a great story with food references that will make me crave said food along with a satisfying ending. She delivers again with this book♥ Word of advice, you will definitely crave ice cream ...more
Viper Spaulding
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet love story that will tug your heartstrings!

Chloe and Drew have almost nothing in common except their mutual attraction and hearts that need healing. While Drew is definitely over his ex, her success at his expense has made him question everything about himself and what he can bring to a relationship. Chloe is still trying to find her safe space after losing her mother and her only link to half her heritage.

This was a terrific romance that focused on how each partner brought out the
Kristi (foxtail_too)
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, pre-ordered, arc
I love this series. Actually, I'm just really glad I found this author. There is a good amount of humor in this book, and I really truly want to find an Asian ice cream shop to try some of these flavors. (Actually, I want a Baldwin Street!) I like the natural diversity of the characters.

The book begins with the hero finally reading the book his ex-fiancee wrote that describe him in unflattering terms-the book has become a best seller. (The ex jumped out a window while he was waiting at the altar
Lauren loves llamas
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There’s three things I’ve learned to expect from a Jackie Lau book. First off, there’s going to be delicious food, whether it’s Tim Horton’s donuts, dim sum, or durian ice cream (ok, that last one might be debatable!). Second, there’s going to be lots of humor, often very wacky humor. Third, there’s always an exploration of some serious subject – depression, introversio
Christine Hill
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4

Quick Summary: Drew hates ice cream ever since his ex-fiancé ruined ice cream for him. However, he loves his foodie niece so winds up spending a lot of time in a newly opened Asian-style ice cream shop. Chloe opened the ice cream shop in memory of her mother and is working hard to develop unique flavors to keep her shop afloat. She doesn’t really have time to convince Drew that her ice cream is better than the bad memory of his ex-fiancé. But with her sugary sweet personality an
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
CW: mention/discussion of parental death.

This one made me cackle a few times because first off the entire premise was so amusing: grumpy guy who doesn't like ice cream cuz his ex left him at the alter (she climbed out a window loool) and wrote a self help book about finding your inner ice cream sandwich and included a chapter about him. poor Drew.

So right away i was intrigued by the idea that Drew would meet Chloe who runs an ice cream shop. perfect set up really! I loved how their romance unfol
I really loved this book. Chloe in particular was such a fantastic character with so much depth. This book explores her feelings about her mother's death, about her biracial identity, and even a bit on her bisexual identity, although less so (which I appreciated because I don't need every book about bi characters to tackle biphobia). Jackie writes so thoughtfully about themes like grief, and this might be the best yet in that regard. The way Chloe described feeling very emotionally distant and a ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the author for review

Jackie Lau’s latest romance pairs grumpy hero Drew with Chloe, a bi-racial Chinese Canadian woman who is opening an ice cream shop in her mother’s memory. Drew’s ex left him at the altar, then wrote a thinly veiled self help book/memoir called “Embrace Your Inner Ice Cream Sandwich: How to Find the Positive You in a World of Negativity.” (What?! LOL!!) So yeah, he hates ice cream.

Ice Cream Lover is Lau’s funniest book yet. From Drew's precocious foodie niece
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've really come to love the books of Jackie Lau over the last year or so, and Ice Cream Lover is yet another fun, diverse, and engaging book. I loved it from start to finish—it's pretty much as simple as that.

But, well, it's not as simple as that, actually. Because that glosses over all the things that make this book so damn enjoyable. Little things like a five-year-old foodie, unicorn dreams, fruity ice cream that smells like natural gas, and stuffed alpacas to name a select few. There are a
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5. Another strong installment in the Baldwin Village series, this one featuring a biracial, bisexual ice cream maker working hard to make her new Asian-themed store a success to honor her dead mother, and a 3rd generation Chinese-Canadian financier whose ex's dramatic leaving of him at the altar (and subsequent best-selling self-help book, titledFind Your Inner Ice Cream Sandwich) has left him with no taste for the frozen treat. But since Drew's six-year-old biracial niece is a foodie, Drew fi ...more
I'm giving this three stars.

Let's start with the pros:

Jackie Lau writes easy-to-love characters. The families are nuanced and I loved the heavy conversations Chloe had with her white dad about her deceased Chinese-Canadian mother. Drew's family was delightful.

Let's move to the cons:

I was disappointed that Chloe's bisexual identity never acknowledges nonbinary people's existence. At one point, there's even the word "both" used in reference to "men and women" which bugged me. They're not the only
Katie Brookins
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
How is it that I love every new Jackie Lau book better than the last?

Chloe runs Ginger Scoops, an Asian ice cream shop in Baldwin Village. Drew hates ice cream (bad association after his horrendous breakup), but he loves his niece and she loves Ginger Scoops. This wasn't the career Chloe would have had if her mom had lived, and it's not the one her family understands or approves of. She just wants to feel like she belongs. Drew doesn't want to believe that everything his ex wrote about him in h
Viki Meadows
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I had my doubts but I bought this because it has characters of Chinese heritage and I was curious. Well my gamble paid off. It was a super read. I loved the characters and also the insight into their life and the challenges they face ( I especially loved the hero's foodie niece) I think the premise was unusual ( oriental flavoured ice-cream shop) yet believable and at times I laughed out loud, at others I wept buckets (when my mouth wasn't watering at the ice-cream and pie references).
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this while on vacay in Rome and it made me a little nostalgic for home with the mentions of Baldwin, Queen and Ossington.
Really enjoyed this - the sexy times were spicy - I didn’t think Drew had the dirty talk in him but he did and it was #consentboner material to see him check in with Chloe to see that it was OK.
His niece Michelle provided amazing comic relief, although I find it unbelievable that a 6 yo’s palate is so sophisticated that they can appreciate durian ice cream and be interest
Jennifer Fner
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bought on Rose Lerner's recommendation. Lovely sexy steamy book of ultra modern sensibility -- *are* there men like this? For my daughter's sake, I hope so! -- but the way these characters obsessed over food yet denied it to themselves drove me crazy. (Partly, I will admit, because I don't get it. I like chocolate and ice cream and pie and all, but I forget they exist for weeks at a time. I feel left out of the fun, universe. I wish I had a sweet tooth.) (What do I crave that I shouldn't have, t ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The worst thing about this book is that I don't have black sesame ice cream in front of me, or green matcha cheesecake ice cream.

I really really liked this one. Drew was left at the alter and his ex wrote an international bestselling self-help book which paints him as a villain, and thanks to the ice cream sandwich theme of the book, has left him hating both ice cream and relationships. Chloe owns an ice cream shop that his niece loves.

This is funny and serious, and 100% adorable. There are uni
Xan West
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Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute, quick romance between a grumpkin and an ice cream shop owner. The premise is absolutely fantastic and original. I've never read this one before! Low angst, lots of happiness. Jackie Lau again brings a great extended family along for the ride. There's no Ngin Ngin but selfie grandma was pretty great. Solid beach read.
Sarah Webber
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved every bit of it, from the gorgeous cover to all the flavors of ice cream I now desperately want to try. Chloe and Drew just fit and I really enjoyed watching them grow and understand each other better. And I now own all of Jackie Lau's books. I recommend you do the same.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun story that got a bit repetitive at times.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again, a great instalment in this series, with diversity, great sex, a biracial and bisexual heroin, consent and witty dialogues. What's not to like ?
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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

Other books in the series

Baldwin Village (3 books)
  • The Ultimate Pi Day Party (Baldwin Village, #1)
  • Man vs. Durian (Baldwin Village, #3)