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The Professor Next Door

(Cider Bar Sisters #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Friendly neighbors can have their benefits…

Nicole Louie-Edwards enjoys the nightlife and bringing men back to her apartment, although lately, she’s gotten tired of the chase. Her quiet new neighbor, David Cho, isn’t her type, but after they get trapped in an elevator together on her birthday, she develops a friendship with the kind geology professor.

Then, blushing, he tell
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Published June 8th 2021 by Jackie Lau Books
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At 2:15 this afternoon I posted in a discord chat: “I was surprised to get an arc of Jackie Lau’s newest, The Professor Next Door, this morning and now 3 1/2 hours later I have finished it, have a sore neck from reading without moving, and I wish I could gorge on cheese. I really liked the book.” The response was: “Welcome to the Jackie Lau experience.” Accurate. The Jackie Lau experience is a reliably enjoyable read, with excellent food and good sex. Anyway, I’m moving to Toronto and getting a ...more
This book was granted to me as an ARC from the author in return for an honest review. I had already pre-ordered the book, as Jackie Lau is now an auto-buy for me.

While this is technically the third entry in the Cider Bar Sisters series, each of the books in the series works perfectly well as a stand-alone. The first book in the series, Her Big City Neighbor is currently available free, however (as of me writing this), so if you're curious to try the series, that's probably the best place to star
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
My favorite part about this book is that it gets high marks for sex positivity. It’s also sexier, or at least more adventurous, than I’m used to from this author. For someone in David’s *ahem* position it would be easy to become jealous or possessive of Nicole but I never got that vibe from him. He supports and accepts her as she is and just wants her to live her best life.

I received an ARC from the author. Thank you!
Jun 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Let’s begin by talking about the stuff I did like in this book.

First of all, the food. That’s pretty much Jackie Lau’s brand and she never disappoints. If you don’t finish one of her books craving a certain food, did you even read the book? Likewise, for me, I finished the book with a hankering for Portuguese style egg tarts.

Secondly, I did like the characters, the FMC, Nicole was a sex positive character and I really enjoyed that there was no slut shaming or anything like that. She enjoyed se
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author as part of her review crew and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own.

The Professor Next Door has all the ingredients of a book I love: a hero who looks super sexy in glasses, a heroine who has closed her heart to more permanent romantic relationships, and a perfect ratio of sweetness and sexiness. The steam factor is higher than the previous Lau books I’ve read, but given the relationship dynamic, it works.

Nicole and David are both beautiful
He couldn't believe it. The sex life of his next-door neighbor was threatening the safety of his rock and fossil collection.

This book is absolutely charming. Its playfulness and good humor, as well as its sincere heart, made this such an enjoyable read.

I think I've gone on before about how one of Lau's strengths as a writer is in fulfilling tropes AND subverting them in satisfying ways, and this story is no exception. I loved Nicole, and the depth brought to her relationship to her sex life, to
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I’ve been reading Jackie Lau’s books for what seems like forever, and there’s three things I love about them: the food, the family, and the humor. This one hits all three marks!

“In high school, she’d been the good student, the nerd with few friends. Now she was…what?
The sexy, lonely career woman?
She’d been happy with her life for so long, but now, things had changed.”

Nicole likes sex, but isn’t intereste
May 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: cannonball-13
Jackie Lau’s next book in her Cider Bar Sisters series is The Professor Next Door and it tells the story of Nicole Louie-Edwards and David Cho, the titular professor next door. A decade after getting out of a rough relationship Nicole has herself settled into her career and life with friends and family, building a life around the version of herself she believes she wants. She has sworn off dating, instead enjoying the nightlife and bringing men back to her apartment, but she’s gotten tired of th ...more
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary
It's official: I. Love. This. Series!

Also Jackie Lau's writing. And her taste in food. And her descriptions of the taste of food. Especially food I've never heard of before and must now try immediately. Curse you, closed border!

Nicole's story is all that her Twiter feed promised, and more. I absolutely loved that Nicole liked to have sex, had it a lot outside of relationships, and not one person in her world gave her any kind of grief for it. Even her evil aunt only called her a derogatory name
Do not read this while hungry because there are so many mentions of food, which is kind of a hallmark of Jackie Lau books.
I enjoyed this so much, for the aforementioned food references, but also because Nicole and David break the stereotype of your quiet Asians. Nicole loves sex and for the last 10 years, hasn't been interested in commitment, preferring to pick up guys and have short term flings until she gets bored, but lately, she's feeling dissatisfied with her lifestyle. The last few guys sh
Kate W
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely, light read, exactly what I needed. Very slow burn, neighbours to friends to friends with benefits to lovers. I loved all the secondary characters too, especially her tiktoking grandma, Po Po. But also her enby sibling and the way the family shut out the transphobic aunt. Throughout the books there were little nuggets of inclusion I love to see.

I think this is the first romance I've read where the female main character has lots of sex before getting together with the male main
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hot, hot, hot! “The Professor Next Door (Cider Bar Sisters #3)” is your essential summer read!

This book is refreshingly sex positive. Main character Nicole enjoys variety in her love life; she prefers the freedom of one-night stands and no strings attached hook ups but lately, she’s been getting a little tired of the chase. She’s sick of always being the one left behind as her “friends with benefits” move on to long term relationships. Enter next door neighbor David who is most certainly not Nic
Kristi (foxtail_too)
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
As always with Jackie Lau's books, there were many things I really liked. The humor I expect was there, with many laugh-out-loud momente. I enjoy the semi-continuity of the series—the book stands alone, but it's good to see the other characters that I've loved in other books. And, as always, I appreciate the food! I have learned so much about food from these books—one of these days I'm going to have to do a trip to an urban area just to try some of the foods that I've learned about in these book ...more
Norah Gibbons
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book to read through a review crew. All opinions are my own. The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau is the third book in her delightful Cider Bar Sisters series.
You don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, but I highly recommend the entire series, so if you haven’t yet, put them on your TBR. Nicole Louie Edwards is beginning to ask herself the question, “Is this what I want for my life? “ when the man she was having a casual fling with announces tha
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nicole doesn't do relationships, but her sex life is active and fulfilling. Her neighbor, David, is all too aware of this as their bedrooms share a wall - He's worried about his fossil collection being shaken off his dresser because her headboard thumps their shared wall. Ope, better move that ammonite somewhere safer.

Like Jackie's other books, this is filled with lots of amazing food (Nicole and David's relationship starts with cake! So much takeout and pastry.), friends, and family. Nicole's
Catherine Heloise
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Professor Next Door is the third book in Jackie Lau’s Cider Bar Sisters series. Like all the other stories in this series, it will make you want to go to Toronto and eat your entire body weight in desserts. It is also sweet, funny, and extremely hot – David and Nicole are both very sexual people, and there are toys, dirty talk, and a lot of explicit fantasising in this story. Definitely a higher heat level than Lau's other books.

This is a fun, sexy, friends-to-lovers story, with a sweet, gee
This is the third book I’ve read in the Cider Bar Sisters series ( I need to back and read book 1) and this is my favorite book so far! The premise of this book, with Nicole and David being neighbors and David hearing Nicole have sex through their shared wall, is so intriguing! Nicole is the type of heroine I really wish we saw more of in romance. She’s struggled with losing herself in a past relationship and once she freed herself from that, she is now unapologetically herself. She and David de ...more
Viper Spaulding
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Super hot FWB turns into a real love match!

It took me quite a while to warm up to Nicole, until I realized she uses sex to mask her insecurities. David comes across as somewhat quiet and staid, but what a surprise he turns out to be! He and Nicole are incredibly compatible between the sheets, but it's a very slow burn romance on the emotional end of things.

As I've come to expect from this author, the extended families (especially grandparents) bring a lot of charm and there's plenty of food in j
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
As a longtime Jackie Lau fan, I turn to her books for comfort reading with her tried and true formula of hot Asian characters, mesmerizing food porn, and nutty family hijinks. Color me surprised when Nicole and David's story turned out to be Jackie Lau's sexiest romance ever. Turns out it's not easy focusing on fanciful food porn when Nicole and David start a very hot friends-with-benefits-and-food-and-sex-toys arrangement.

See the full review on my blog Lucky Reads Romance
Fiona Zedde
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Yummy story, yummy food!

I’m loving this series, especially this latest installment. The food consistently makes my mouth water. I’ve also enjoyed the mentions of race, complexities of family, and modern life with social media. Although I loved the premise of the sex god professor next door, the writing wasn’t quite sexy or sensual enough for me. Still, it’s a fun read.
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
David and Nicole have a very cute, steamy relationship over their shared love of dessert and other foods. I love how much David adores and appreciates Nicole exactly as she is and is so sweet in his romantic gestures, especially being so patient with her meddling family. Po Po was the absolute best and made me laugh so much reading this!
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it
3 Stars
There was something about the writing that felt awkward and stilted at times, the dialogue especially felt pretty choppy. I did like the characters, both were a lot of fun but there wasn't much to them they were both very surface level. I did like it, but something about this story kept me from loving it.
The Professor Next Door had a lot going for it: David and Nicole were great, Nicole’s family was lovely (and well developed) and I really like seeing the Cider Bar Sisters. I think I would have liked David’s “challenges” to be more developed. My rating is maybe 3.5, and I might upgrade later.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 - Review to come!
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.75 STARS
Angel Graham
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this read. David and Nicole just worked for me.

Edited to add: I received an Advanced Readers Copy.
Jun 17, 2021 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.
Elizabeth G.
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book. I love Jackie Lau’s books. I love the family relationships and the banter between the characters. She is definitely one of my favorite authors.
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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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Cider Bar Sisters (3 books)
  • Her Big City Neighbor (Cider Bar Sisters, #1)
  • His Grumpy Childhood Friend (Cider Bar Sisters, #2)

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