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A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year

(Holidays with the Wongs #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  86 reviews
After his family’s matchmaking extravaganza at Thanksgiving, high school teacher Zach Wong is terrified of what his parents might do for Chinese New Year. Surely they’ll try to set him up yet again, especially now that his older brothers are in relationships. Zach, however, has no interest in dating, not since his fiancée left him.

The solution? Find a fake girlfriend to av
Kindle Edition, 104 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Jackie Lau Books
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3.5 stars

This is my favorite of the series; I think it’s because MCs already knew each other as friends and harbored secret crushes. Plus, the faking lasted several weeks and not just on the day of the holiday.

I really loved the meddling family and the hilarious grandparents. That Pictionary game made me giggle uncontrollably. Fun, low-angst, and cute read.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Decent people being decent! This is my jam.

(The only reason I am not giving this four stars is that the fourth book in the series is by far my favorite but it is not a five star book so I can't match them and my brain is weird, I'm sorry.)
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-character, arc
Don't wait for Chinese New Year to read this adorable, funny, slow burn friends-to-lovers holiday romance. You don't need to celebrate the holiday to enjoy two friends having fun with their fake romance in their small town while balancing a secret crush and fending off overbearing relatives and neighbors. And of course, the Chinese-Canadian food porn like New Year cake, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, and White Rabbit candies. Oh my.

“Yes,” he said, “I want you to be my fake girlfriend so my family
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Maria Rose
Another fun and sexy entry in the Holidays with the Wongs series! As the title suggests, it's a fake girlfriend trope ( and friends to lovers) that sees Zach asking his good friend Jo if she'll pretend date him to get his matchmaking mom and grandma off his back. Jo happily says yes - she's got hidden feelings for Zach and when a little sizzle leads to some sexy times, she fears she might be in over her head if Zach doesn't realize how good they would be for real together. Zach is a bit slow to ...more
A delightful fake relationship & friends-to-lovers romance. Jackie Lau is so good at hitting the trope-y sweet spots while still breathing new life in to them. In this book, I loved how the fake relationship was for a particular event (Chinese New Year dinner with the Wong family) but Jo and Zach spent weeks in preparation, going on dates and letting the small town's gossip chain add to their believability. It was really sweet to witness their long-time affection and ease with each other and how ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cannonball-12

In A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year Zach is afraid of a repeat performance from Thanksgiving and now that his two brothers are in relationships he knows he is the likely target for a second try at blind date setups (I appreciate how Lau makes this his fear, not the plans his mom and grandmother have). To keep that from happening he approaches his friend Jo with a favor – would she be willing to pretend to be his girlfriend for a few weeks to keep the pressure off from his family. The b
Super quick read and my favorite of the bunch so far. It has all my favorite tropes! Jackie’s books always draw such a perfect picture in my head of the setting. I could see all the little streets and the limited restaurant options and the small high school and bakery... sometimes small romances remind me too much of my own hometown but this one is so charming. Definitely recommend this one if you want a sweet romance for Chinese New Year!

(Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
Cheesy as hell which means I loved it
Angel White (Bookn.All.Night)
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ok so this was an unexpected gem. I snagged this because it fills a super specific prompt for a bingo board. I was pleasantly surprised as this was fun, witty and cute.
L ✨
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fake-dating
3.5 ⭐

my first jackie lau's book of the year, yeah! I think it's my fav or its series (it's not my the series that i prefer by her but it's still good if you need something short to read) because i loved to see more of the town's life and the family. The fake dating aspect was okay too
After the active interference of his parents and grandparents with the matchmaking extravaganza over Thanksgiving (in A Match Made for Thanksgiving), Zack Wong is very worried that something similar will be repeated for Chinese New Year, especially since two of his brothers now have girlfriends, and the family seem determined that all four Wong children end up in happy couples. To make sure his family can't meddle in his personal life a second time, he talks his good friend, Jo MacGregor, into p ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, novella
Hmmm, I liked the idea of Zach concocting plan to have fake girlfriend. And the Pictionary game was hilarious. BUT, Jo's crush was a bit uncomfortable to read (probably because it felt sexual rather than cute romance that I expected)

And I still didn't like the number of sex scenes in this novella, the "ratio" of sex and romance was not to my enjoyment

I wonder if this is how Lau writes her books. Because that's totally not my thing. Which means, I probably will stop reading hers after book 4 in t
Jo 'kittykat' Tortitude
Book three in this family based mini-series is yet more sexy fun and shenanigans, this time with one of my all-time favourite tropes of friends to lovers. We also have fake dating (as per the title!) AND an OWYM scenario, although Jo is only about three years older than Zack.

Again, there is so much to love about Wong's overall and especially the grandmother, Ah Ma, who has cracked me up all the way through each of the books. Halfway into chapter 1, this is prime Family Wong
Zach turned off Main
'Nathan Burgoine
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, I swear the further and further I delve into the Wong siblings, the more I actually have it in me to consider a small Ontario town like the made-up Mosquito Bay to potentially, maybe, offer something in the way of charm. This is what Jackie Lau has done to me!

Full review up on the blog, as part of my Short Stories 366 project.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Jo being in love with Zach to such an extreme degree before anything ever started killed what is usually one of my favorite tropes. Lau did try to soften it at points, but not nearly enough to make a difference.
3.5 stars
OVERALL: A cutesy and quick (but decently steamy!) novella involving friends fake dating, 'it's just sex,' and a particularly funny game of Pictionary. Nothing groundbreaking here, but an easy read and good relationship development in a novella.
Content warnings: sexually explicit scenes
My vlog on this book:

This was a cute quick story of two friends who have each had previous broken engagements pretending to date so the guy's family won't set him
Rachel Bagel
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Define “Fake”

You know those people who run an entire school fundraiser or local 5K and when you compliment them on their amazing leadership, they say,”Oh no! I’m not a leader! This was nothing.” Or the gorgeous stay-at-home mom who thinks she’s ugly. That’s these people. “I’ve been wanting to hold his hand for years, but this is just a fake relationship.” Or... “I want to have that kind of mind-blowing sex every night, but too bad this isn’t for real.” Somebody hand me a megaphone! WAKE UP DUMMI
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2020
This was a short and sweet story about a friends to lovers romance. Both Jo and Zach had previous serious relationships that didn't work out and each had their heart broken. They became friends over their shared misery/mourning. Fast forward a few years and Jo has a crush on Zach. It isn't until Zach needs a fake girlfriend to get his parents off his back that he begins to realize he has feelings too. (In the first book, the Wongs set each kid up with a date).
The Pictionary scene was hilarious
Jennifer Brown
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

This is my favorite of the series so far! It covers a longer time and Zach and Jo are great together. Again, no angst. Only issue is although we see the siblings and there is discussion of Lily and Tasha, there's no real interaction with them.
How I rate a story. (In order of importance)
Does it keep my attention? 🌟 yes, finished in one morning
Is it plausible / logical? 🌟 very.
Grammatical errors or odd, repetitive language? 🌟 nothing stood out
Do I like the characters? 🌟 yes!
Overall, woul
Missy Jane
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The only bad thing about this series is all the food mentioned makes me hungry!
Rachel C.
A CNY holiday read. Happy Year of the Ox, everyone!
Darbi Bradley
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Love Jackie, could barely finish this book. I tend not to care for small town romances in the first place. Can not stand pining, friends-to-lovers, and can take or leave a fake relationship. If anybody could write this book and make me like it I thought it would be Jackie but this was not for me.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! Jackie Lau is officially on my auto-buy list. This was definitely my favorite in the Holidays with the Wongs series, and I also loved the previous two.

Rita Young
It was a cute story.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jackie Lau's A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year is the third in her quartet of small town holiday romances, Holidays with the Wongs. Lau is one of the authors I discovered this year via Twitter and she has become one of my comfort reads. I have yet to dislike one of her books, and I found this one charming, and yes, comfortable.

After being traumatized with a surprise blind date in A Match Made for Thanksgiving, Zach Wong is worried his mother and grandmother will try again at their family Ch
This was a quick and fun read! It's a sexy friends to fake lovers to *true* lovers story, and though I'm a Greg Wong die hard fan, Zach does alright too.

Also I finally Googled what Nanaimo bars are since Jackie mentioned them a lot in her books and OH MY GOOOOOOOD now I wish there were some here as well.

E-ARC is received thanks to the wonderful author!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am adoring this series. Zach and Jo were so damn sweet. Loved that they were friends commiserating at a bar before they realized they loved each other. OMG... That Pictionary scene was the best!!
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arc-author
A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year was a delightful read featuring a friends to lovers, fake dating romance.

High school teacher Zach Wong has no interest in being the next target for his parents' matchmaking after his two older brothers found girlfriends. With the Chinese New Year coming up, Zach is sure they'll try to set him up so his solution is to bring a fake girlfriend along. Jo MacGregor is the perfect woman for the job. Friends for years, the two know each other well and with a littl
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novella didn’t work quite as well for me as the One Bed for Christmas novella and I’m still struggling to pinpoint why. It’s a fake dating, friends to lovers situation and normally that’s my jam, but I’ve been feeling slumpy, so maybe that hindered my enjoyment? Regardless, if you read this book, make sure you have Chinese food on hand, maybe especially orange chicken, because the food descriptions in this book had me starving.
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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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Holidays with the Wongs (4 books)
  • A Match Made for Thanksgiving (Holidays with the Wongs, #1)
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