The Love Clause by Liwen Y. Ho

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.

The Love Clause by Liwen Y. Ho

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.

 

Tropical Kiss or Miss by Liwen Y. Ho

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 free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Tropical Kiss Or Miss by Liwen Y. Ho

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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How ironic can Olivia Chan’s life get? She’s a mother and a marriage therapist, providing sound, professional advice for other people’s relationships while her own marriage has fallen apart. A Hawaiian getaway for Christmas may be just what Olivia needs in Tropical Kiss or Miss by author Liwen Y. Ho.

Nope, I didn’t read the blurb beforehand, and when I decided to take a break with this book, I expected a quick and light read to satisfy me in a quick and light kind of way. Quick, it was, and light–yes, I’d say so, as it didn’t give me a “heavy” feeling. But there are little things in this romantic story that add substance to it, and I found the timeline it follows to be particularly interesting. It kept me on my toes! There was one scene where I felt the drama heightened abruptedly and a little unnaturally, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story.

I’d recommend this read to anyone who’ll appreciate a short and sweet romance, light with substance.

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Tropical Kisses Series

 

Puppy Dog Tales by Liwen Y. Ho

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 free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Puppy Dog Tales by Liwen Y. Ho

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Just knowing Uncle Bruce had thought of him was enough. “I’ll take whatever I get.”
Melvin would live to regret those words.

Anesthesiologist Melvin Lai has anything but a soft spot for animals—including the cocker spaniel he just inherited and doesn’t want. But, surely that wouldn’t ruin all of his chances with the dog’s beautiful veterinarian, Vivian Chu, would it?

I’ll admit I needed a light, pick-me-up kind of read when I picked up Puppy Dog Tales by author Liwen Y. Ho, and this romantic comedy was just the ticket. I think I took a bit longer than I should have to stop and realize, “Oooooh, that Melvin,” since I ran into this guy before when I read another romance by this author, formerly titled True to You. I was then thrilled to see “that” Melvin starring in his own story.

And a light, pick-me-up, humorous kind of story it is. Animal lovers should appreciate it that much more. The change in some of Melvin’s feelings seemed to be a little too much so quickly, but I found the read to be quite pleasant, and I laughed aloud along the way. Fellow fans of sweet romantic comedies should enjoy this as I did.

 

A Spoonful of Spice by Liwen Y. Ho

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 free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

a-spoonful-of-spiceA Spoonful Of Spice by Liwen Y. Ho

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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It’s an IT Boy Meets IT Girl situation when Josh Pepper is chosen to train Cin Thomas, the newbie at Josh’s job. But the fact that the two work together in a male-dominated department could ruin their chances at becoming more than coworkers in A Spoonful of Spice by author Liwen Y. Ho.

This is the second short story I’ve read in the Seasons of Love series, and like the first story, this one is a delight. It gives a nice helping of autumnal charm and the sweetness of an easy and airy romance. I appreciated Cin’s attitude, Josh’s acuity, and the brief appearance of characters I’ve gotten to know before. The plot is pretty light as far as its conflict goes, but there’s an interesting little twist to things that I didn’t see coming.

I feel I’ve read this story at the perfect time, what with autumn currently coming on where I live, but anyone who’ll appreciate a quick and pleasurable romance read can enjoy this tale anytime.

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Here’s my review of the first story in the Seasons of Love series, The More the Merrier.

The More the Merrier