Title: The Unmatchmakers
Author: Jackie Lau
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Format: eBook, Novel
There are so many laugh out loud moments in this witty contemporary romance. As in literal laugh out loud moments. I’m kind of glad that I read this novel late at night when no one else was home… I would have looked a little bit unhinged while reading this to casual observers. (Alright, that happens more often than not, but I digress). Lau is able to carve out not only a fun romance, but one that is distinctly humorous and incredibly witty. I love how Neil and Leora have parents who go against pretty much every stereotype that you read about in books. The many, many funny moments also drive them to decide to finally stand up for themselves and carve out a relationship with their respective mothers that actually works and feels accepting and healthy.
There are obviously a lot of stereotypes about Asian mothers running rampant in our media. The fact that this novel uses those and then willingly goes against them was very brilliantly done. The loud yelling and chaos made me fall in love with both of the mothers, even as they are driving their children completely insane. I also thoroughly enjoyed how the three mothers are all a pretty cohesive unit. One that bands together in their unmatchmaking ways. But also, when they have a rupture in their plans, finds a way back to each other. It’s that friendship that I would love to have in my old age – women I have raised children with and experienced the world with, still by my side. Still causing shenanigans and chaos.
Neil and Leora are such a wonderfully cute couple. I love that their whole story is a slow-burn romance. Although there’s that instant moment of connection and sexual tension, the time it takes for them to actually consummate their relationship? It’s definitely a serious build up. One that Lau is able to reward you for fully. I got to a point pretty quickly where I was turning each page really quickly and ripping through this book – just because I wanted to see the slow burn pay off! Of course, it’s totally rewarded, but it took a whole lot longer to get to that moment. And it’s not quite as graphic as some of the romances that I’ve read recently, another thing that I actually found paid off beautifully.
This was such a beautiful contemporary romance. It had wonderful summer feels, with the fantastic setting. But it was also about two people finding their own happiness and path in life. Then owning that with parents who are sometimes a little bit overzealous with ensuring their offspring’s happiness. I’m most definitely a Jackie Lau fan now and can’t wait to dig into more of her books!
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