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A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas

(Holidays with the Wongs #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Greg Wong hates when things don’t go according to plan, so he definitely doesn’t appreciate it when his mother insists he drive Tasha Edwards back to Mosquito Bay for the Christmas holidays. He likes peace and quiet when he’s in the car, and that’s the opposite of what he’ll get with Tasha, his high school sweetheart. The first woman he ever loved.

Not that he has feelings
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Jackie Lau Books
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Maria Rose
Having read and loved Jackie Lau’s A Match Made for Thanksgiving, the first in her Holidays with the Wongs series, there was no doubt I’d be reading the next in the series. With a title like ‘A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas‘ it promised to be full of trope-y goodness. In fact, all that’s missing from the title is the reference to the fact that the road trip happens in a blizzard (oh no! Will they be trapped and have to share one bed?); add that and you’d cover all the bases of another ...more
This was sweet. The snowed in only-one-bed trope with the sexually adventurous elderly couple next door was cute. But the entire novella took place in a day (a day and a half? It was short) and I wish we had more time with the couple so I could buy the HFN and I-love-you's.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Getting on Jackie Lau’s advance reader copy list has been a delight. I received this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review. I enjoy Lau’s books. I like the way she often balances romance tropes, indulgent food descriptions and weightier issues her characters face. In past books she has had characters deal with mental health, abortion, and finding connection with their Chinese roots in a white dominated culture. A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas is lighter than previous ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2019
This was just what I needed. Tasha and Greg started dating when they were 16 and dated for 3 years before breaking up. They were both in college- different schools and that needed to be the focus. They each both wanted to experience life. Fast forward 15 years and they are both single at 34.
I liked Greg from book 1 and wanted to read his story. This was short, but worked since you get enough information from their past relationship (Valentine's, candy bar, snow fort, necklace). The "Herbie and

He's so adorable. Definitely my favourite Wong brother (I haven't finished Zack's book yet but I still think Greg is my most fav).

Also I've never read a second chance romance that wasn't filled with angst???? so this is a weird but enjoyable change anyhow. Like both MCs had an amicable breakup because they went to different schools and the 10 years later they were on a road trip home together for Christmas and dun dun dun-

Weird for me as I love my angst in
Greg and Tasha were high school and early college sweethearts until they mutually broke up because they were young and the long distance thing just wasn't working out. Flash to fifteen years later, and they are both single and sharing a car ride home for Christmas, until some bad weather and a cold room at shabby hotel bring them together again.

A perfectly sweet "one-bed" holiday novella (with some great steam), I wanted more tension between the two love interests. They are both so very nice and
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 11/10/19.

If anything could make doubters believe in second chance romances, it's this book!

Greg and Tasha dated in high school and for the beginning of university, but both decided that the time wasn't right and they needed to concentrate on things other than a long-distance romance. Fast forward fifteen years, throw in two matchmaking mothers, a grandma who can (maybe) do magic, a road trip, a snowstorm, and JUST ONE BED and no heat (of course!) and you
Greg Wong is about to drive from Toronto, where he lives and works as an engineer, back to Mosquito Bay to celebrate Christmas with his family. His mother asks him to give Tasha Edwards, his high school ex-girlfriend a ride, as she's also going home for Christmas and doesn't have access to a car. After the matchmaking shenanigans at Thanksgiving, Greg is instantly wary - is this another attempt at setting him up. It's been over fifteen years since he and Tasha broke up, as they were going to ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cannonball-11
In what is really a masterstroke of plotting Lau has Mrs. Wong and Ah Ma set up the blind dates based on romance novel tropes and then goes ahead and unpacks different tropes then what the “match” had been. I hooted with laughter when Ah Ma explained their reasoning to the table of Wongs and their blind dates.

In this one Lau playing with the second chance (its right there in the title) and one bed tropes and those also aren’t really my favorites but Lau did manage to make me care if Greg
I love that you didn't compromise your dream for me.

This was a very light and very lovely reunion romance (and a road trip romance, and an Only One Bed romance, and a Christmas romance). It's not deeply emotional, but the details used to depict Greg's and Tasha's high school/university romance (the candy bar in the locker, the snow fort, the necklace and "All I Want for Christmas Is You"), the way these details all resurfaced and were reworked in the present day created a subtle continuity of
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was happy to get an ARC of this. Another sweet holiday novella from one of my fave authors. We meet Greg and Tasha in book 1 of this series and I loved that we get the second chance, there's only one bed tropes in this!

Greg and Tasha dated in high school and up until they got to university where they both studied engineering but ended up going to different universities, so they figured it was best to not continue the relationship. Now 15 years later, thanks to some car troubles and family
Viper Spaulding
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this delicious second-chance romance!

Greg is roped in to letting his ex-girlfriend catch a ride with him to their hometown for Christmas. In a blizzard. With the roads closed and only one motel in sight, that only has one room available, with only one bed and no heat, yeah it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how this reunion is going to go. The magic of this story is in how it's written, with deeply moving emotional connections and characters that feel so familiar and realistic.

Nathan Burgoine
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
More full review to come, but this was a fun, light, quick read with two really well drawn characters, a solidly put together second-chance romance plot that didn't rely on any real contrivances (it was literally just 'not the right time') and some fun side-characters nudging things along. Basically, this does everything it says it's going to do on the tin and I love finding holiday novellas like that, especially at this time of year. I totally empathized with Greg more than I should probably ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second chance romance is a little peculiar, bc their first time around is almost always told in thoughts, flashbacks, second hand conversation, and doesn't have the immediacy of a 'this is the first time we're falling in love' story. However, it does mean that it's much more believable that two people could fall fast back into their relationship.

This was a lovely low-angst story. They broke up for reasonable reasons, not because of heartbreak or betrayal, and so the reconciliation isn't hard
A Second Chance Road Trip was very sweet. Greg and Tasha were good together, and I appreciated their reasons for the original break up and their decision to get back together. Greg's family was a bit over the top (just like last time), but it was kind of cute to see Nick in on the shenanigans. Finally, Greg's overtures were quite touching, and I liked that he and Tasha had both kept gifts from their past.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. Cute novella. Ordered, predictable, advanced-planning-preferred Greg is voluntold to give his old high school flame a ride home for Christmas. Hijinx ensue.

This worked well as a novella, I thought, because there was a basis for something rather than an instalove. The second chance premise also worked for me here b/c a grovel-fest wasn’t necessary.

All in all a cute holiday read.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: diverse_romance
Enjoyed this second title in Lau's latest series featuring grumpy eldest brother Greg and his HS sweetheart. Matchmaking grandma and the rest of the family make cameos and they're meddling was charming.

- grumpy hero, chatty heroine
- second chance romance
- forced proximity - one bed in the last room at the motel

Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Normally not super into second chance style, but I certainly am a fan of forced proximity (and only ones bed!). I loves it!
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: happy-holidays
Quick Christmas read full of all the Holiday tropes. Enjoyable fluff.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was okay. I didn't like Greg or Tasha very much, though I did believe their relationship worked. Second chance romances are very iffy with me, and sadly this one didn't click.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
cute and trope heavy christmas novella. I liked 1st one in the series even more than this one, but this is still good. Can't wait to read next one!
Review to come
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Caught in the snow and there is JUST ONE BED!! Perfect Christmas story.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as strong as the first one but I'm interested to continue the series
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cute idea, poor execution (characters and descriptions felt very flat)
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fam, this is the second Jackie Lau novella I have read in in the last 24hrs this woman clearly knows how to do a holiday novella. This novella is about two childhood sweethearts reconnecting over the holidays after meddling parents pressure Greg (the hero) into driving his high school girlfriend home for the holidays. After a snow storm forced them to seek for shelter for the night sexy time ensues. If you like forced proximity, friends to lovers, second chance romances, and jelly donuts this is ...more
Lauren loves llamas
Yes, it’s another fun Jackie Lau book, once again full of all the tropey goodness (opposites attract, second chance, road trip, snowed in, just one bed) but this time, sadly, without the yummy food (see aforementioned road trip and snowed in).

Tasha and Greg were friends from a young age and started dating at sixteen, but then broke up after they went to university in different cities. But all that was 15 years ago, and since they’re both traveling from Toronto to their hometown of Mosquito Bay
I received an ARC of A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas by Jackie Lau from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Jackie Lau is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance writers. Her stories are low-angst, steamy, and feature strong heroines. She deals with serious issues sometimes, but there's never unnecessary drama between the couple. They talk about their feelings like grown ups. This was true of A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas. It's the second in a holiday
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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,

Other books in the series

Holidays with the Wongs (4 books)
  • A Match Made for Thanksgiving (Holidays with the Wongs, #1)
  • A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year (Holidays with the Wongs, #3)
  • A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day (Holidays with the Wongs, #4)