January 16, 2023

Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen

Lunar Love by Lauren Kung JessenLunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen
Published by Forever on January 10, 2023
Genres: Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
four-half-stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Lunar Love

Olivia’s ready to take the reins of Lunar Love, her family’s matchmaking business. She’s convinced that the Chinese zodiac is the perfect way to match people. Unfortunately, apps are giving Lunar Love some stiff competition. After she has a meet cute in a Chinatown bakery with a cutie who turns out to be the creator of a new dating app, ZodiaCupid, based on the Chinese zodiac, Liv decides to do some reconnaissance. And discovers that she might have more in common with Bennet than she thought.

My thoughts about Lunar Love

It’s full of delicious food descriptions. Liv’s family plays a big part in the story, especially her grandmother, Po Po. I love the scene where they’re making dumplings together. Details of Chinese traditions, especially around matchmaking, weddings, the zodiac, and the Lunar New Year, are skillfully woven throughout the book. There’s a real sense of warmth from the connections of friends and family.

Liv and Bennet felt authentic in their search to learn about and be true to their Chinese heritage and incorporate it into their lives. They also felt true to themselves as they explore whether an algorithm or zodiac sign compatibility is the best way to find to find love.

The moments between them were filled with clever banter, sweet kisses, and heartfelt discussions about family, heritage, and entrepreneurial ambition. I enjoyed their discussions about helping others find love and the best way to do that.

In closing

Lunar Love is a sweet rivals to lovers/opposites attract romance that showcases Chinese heritage in an authentic way.

For fans of Set on You by Amy Lea or Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto.

Thank you Forever the ARC.

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About Lauren Kung Jessen

Lauren Kung Jessen is a mixed-race Chinese-American writer with a fondness for witty, flirtatious dialogue and making meals with too many steps but lots of flavor. She is fascinated by myths and superstitions and how ideas, beliefs, traditions, and stories evolve over time.

From attending culinary school to working in the world of Big Tech to writing love stories, Lauren cares about creating experiences that make people feel something.

She also has a food and film blog, A Dash of Cinema, where she makes food inspired by movies and TV shows. She lives in Nashville with her husband (who she met thanks to fate—read: the algorithms of online dating), two cats, and dog.

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