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A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year

(Holidays with the Wongs #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  35 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
Kindle Edition, 104 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Jackie Lau Books
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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.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, asian-character
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
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 ...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
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
Louise ✨
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it

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
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!
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 inA Match Made for Thanksgiving, Zach Wong is worried his mother and grandmother will try again at their family
Smut Matters
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Heather's review from Smut MattersThis series has been so much fun to read. It's more than just the story with the main couples. The entire extended Wong family is fantastic. They're so well done, so well written, and there isn't a dud in the bunch.

Here we have the third son, Zach. At the Thanksgiving that kicked off this series, Zach's parents decided to set up all four of their children with dates for dinner as a surprise. It did not go as they had hoped. Not a single one of the dates worked
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/7/20.

This series is so much fun!

A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year is exactly what you think it will be--a fun and frothy friends-to-fake-lovers-to-lovers story that you can pretty much devour in a single sitting.

But don't plan on consuming too much of any beverage during that sitting, because Pictionary. You have been warned. Choking and/or spewing from laughter is a real danger.

Zach Wong, having watched his family's machinations over the last two
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jackie Lau does not disappoint with her romcoms and this was especially timely since CNY is T-minus 13 days away at time of writing.
What did I love about this? Obviously the portrayal of the uniquely CBC (aka Canadian-born Chinese) experience that is Zach's having grown up in small town Ontario, surrounded by white people, which was vastly different from my experience growing up in the close-knit hakka-chinese community in Toronto. He doesn't quite understand the custom behind the red pockets
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
“I want you to come to my parents’ house on Chinese New Year,” Zach said, “and pretend to be my girlfriend.” A burst of laughter escaped Jo’s lips, and with it, unfortunately, a mouthful of dark beer. It landed on Zach’s sweater. Oh, God. She’d spit beer on Zach Wong.

I’m always struck by how deeply comfortable Jackie Lau’s books are. Her style is such a perfect blend of casual, friendly, and fun that I can return to one as a reread or drop into the middle of a series as smoothly as anything.

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OK, just by the cover, you know there’s going to be yummy food in this one! Ginger beef! Nanaimo! Butter tarts! This is my favorite so far of the Holidays with the Wongs series, probably because I’m a big fan of both the fake dating and friends-to-lovers tropes.

“She was going to get exactly what she wanted.
Pity it would all be fake.”

Zach’s happy with his life in the small town of Mosquito Bay. He’s a high school science teacher, knows everyone, and gets to see his family at least once a week. He
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
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Viper Spaulding
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic holiday with the lovable Wong family!

Zach and Jo have been friends - drinking buddies, really - for several years, supporting each other as they each recover from a failed engagement. When Zach decides to preempt his family's holiday matchmaking efforts with a fake girlfriend, Jo is the perfect candidate for the job.

No surprises here - Zach wrestles with his "no relationship/no risk" vow, while Jo struggles to keep her true feelings for Zach to herself. The beauty of this
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
Kristi (foxtail_too)
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Another fun novella from Jackie Lau! It's a friends to lovers story and I enjoyed it. It was also fun to see the characters from the other novellas in this series. (I actually would like a book about Ah Ma and Ah Yeh, the grandparents). This story is set in a small town (Mosquito Bay) so the food was not so exotic as in her other books, but still made me hungry!

I received an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
This was a quick read, finished it in a few hours and I liked it well enough.

The best thing about these books is always the family dynamic and Zach's grandparents are such a riot. The family game of Pictionary was something else loool. I won't spoil what happened but Zach and Jo will probably never live that one down.

Amber (Zach's sister) relationship is referenced her so she's up next! Her holiday is Valentine's Day and i'm looking forward to reading that one.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kobo, 2020-books
Jackie Lau is my new favorite romance author. I’ve read three in this series now and plan to start her backlist as well. Love the story of this Chinese Canadian family in a small town. This was my favorite so far because it is the friends to lovers romance. Zach and Jo were so relatable. I wish the story was longer!
This was another lovely entry in the Holidays with the Wongs series. I liked both Jo and Zach, and the pictionary scene was hilarious. I think their relationship was well developed and Zach's confession in the last chapter was quite touching.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am loving this series. This one is a smalltown friends-to-fake-lovers-to-actual-lovers romance and I would probably have given it four stars just for that Pictionary scene or the way she handled the best-friend's-little-sister trope (which is next book actually but I loved Zach's reaction here).
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2020
Cute premise but poor writing. The dialogue in particular was incredibly awkward.
Zach’s parents and grandparents were adorable and the talk of food was tantalizing. But Zach was not a very likeable hero and Jo read as a very immature heroine.
This is much better than the second book. I really liked both leads and thought they had a sweet, down to earth relationship. I do think these books rely too heavily on the sex to sell the romance though. I want more scenes of connection that aren't related to sexual attraction.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
It's so FUN. This is just the perfect happy sweet silly romance (maybe even rom-com) to read for sheer enjoyment. Cold dark winter night? It works. Bet it will work in the summer too.
N.C. Moon
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was fun and cute.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love stories where one person has been secretly pining over the other person for a long time and this perfectly delivered on that trope.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novella, fiction, romance
2.5 stars. Cute story but the writing could be better.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-book-read
This was a light and funny read but lack depth to be outstanding. My full review coming 1/13 on the blog
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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 Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas (Holidays with the Wongs, #2)
  • A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day (Holidays with the Wongs, #4)