Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Philip Wong isn’t a love or marriage enthusiast, what with all the cases he’s handled as a stellar divorce lawyer. Vanessa Lim was once obliged to give up her dream and is now a receptionist at a law office, where she isn’t too keen on a certain divorce lawyer. But desperate times lead Philip and Vanessa to strike up a short-term, Christmastime dating contract in The Love Clause by author Liwen Y. Ho.
So, no, this isn’t the first time I’ve read a romance by this author that includes a fake date during the holidays, but as I quite enjoyed one, I figured I could enjoy another.
I was pulled right into the first chapter, feeling like no stranger to Philip and his boss. Their funny interaction is an ideal setup for the tale that follows. Self-satisfied Philip is a pretty outrageous dude with a good dose of vulnerability under his self-satisfaction. It’s cool how Vanessa can both empathize with him and stand up to him when she has to. Get it, girl!
Admittedly, the development of the story got a little odd to me after a while, and I wasn’t sure if one or two of its points made the most sense. Also, considering where (and how) Philip and Vanessa are at the start, the distance they cover seems to be an unnatural stretch to get them to a certain point by the end of the story. I think the idea of the plot would have worked well even without so big a leap.
Still, it’s a fun holiday read that I found both amusing and touching.