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"It's rare that a book can make me chuckle out loud, much less throughout the entire story. Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau had me laughing from page one, which meant I stayed up until wee hours of the night to make sure Julian Fong and Courtney Kwan got their happily ever after. (They did.)" -Bawdy Bookworms
"This book is just as delightful as the first one. I found myself grinning and chuckling a number of times and found it hard to put down." -The Good, The Bad, and The Unread
"All in all, the author does an excellent job of combining laughter and romance and sex with the reality of depression, giving an uplifting story and hope to everyone who suffers from mental illness that they deserve to love and be loved in return." -All About Romance
"And my gosh, are Courtney and Julian adorable together!" -Llama Reads Books
"Julian and Courtney's relationship is entertaining and sexy, and their happily ever after is incredibly moving..." -Alyssa Cole for Buzzfeed,The Best Romance Novels of 2018
About the Author
- File Size : 1920 KB
- Publication Date : July 10, 2018
- Print Length : 215 pages
- Publisher : Jackie Lau Books (July 10, 2018)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B07CVNJW62
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #618,396 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I got more than I bargained for! I thought the Fong family was extremely well-adjusted and happy for a wealthy family, such made me somewhat sad to think of how I have come to expect such families to be in fiction, so I'm glad that this book didn't take what would have been an unnecessary step towards "realism" and pushed back against stereotypes instead.
I also didn't expect the deeper contextualising of Chinese-Canadian immigration and learned more about Toronto than I expected! (I lived in Hamilton and was never quite interested in Toronto.)
The pacing of the book follows the usual whirlwind romance conventions, but I really appreciated how Lau balanced the comedy with the depth of mental illness. This meant a lot of laughing out loud at the antics of Julian's family in one chapter followed by stabby aches in the heart at how close to home Courtney's fear of her next depressive episode. (I also carried my depression with me into grad school and the Impostor Syndrome she expresses, though never quite naming it, was at times too real, so I had to put the book down several times to process my feelings.) (Pretty good for such a quick read.)
As a fantasy, a fairy tale romance with a happily ever after, this was satisfying. I've never picked up a contemporary romance (that didn't have a speculative element to it) so I think I'm going to be spoiled here on out.
Courtney and Julian are likable and easy to root for. It is easy to believe that Courtney would be able to teach Julian how to appreciate the little things in life since she is someone who loves life whenever she's not being betrayed by her brain chemistry. Julian, meanwhile, has a heart of gold, but he needs to learn that he can't control every situation, and that some problems can't be solved just by throwing money at them are working harder, a lesson he clearly takes to heart by the end of the book. I highly recommend this romance.
I truly appreciate the realistic representation of someone who has a mental illness in this genre. It’s not easy to right an enjoyable story about someone who is depressed but the author did a fantastic job of doing just that.
I adore Po Po - she stole every scene she's in and I hope there is a book for Julian's brother, Vince, in the works.
Top reviews from other countries
Courtney needs the money to give to her sister in order to go on a vacation to NY when she becomes inevitably depressed. This happens every five years or so, & because of this she’s learned to enjoy the little things in life. The description of how she feels when she is depressed is incredibly realistic & truthful... When someone is depressed, they feel they aren’t worthy, they have forgotten how to do basic things (like reading), they don’t deserve anything they’ve worked hard for... So accurate & sad...
I have to say that the depression is not the story here, though. It is a bit peppered throughout (like real depression). Julian, as a CEO who is used to being in charge & solving problems, can’t deal with this in his usual take charge attitude. However, what he does end up doing is, simply put, perfect.
They end up trying to enjoy their mini two week vacation together... They enjoy taking slow walks, getting a phallic cactus named Joey... Po Po is hilarious, even though she’s about to drop dead at any minute now. Julian’s brothers are pretty funny, too. Julian likes drinking old man beer & ends up really appreciating Courtney for who she is. As a CEO, he often solved difficult problems, but can he help Courtney see that she’s worth his love?