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Publisher's Summary

"[Lau's] trope-forward contemporaries are as sugary and irresistible as the desserts her characters create." (New York Times Book Review)

A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy.

Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After years of constant work and the sudden death of his mother, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he struggles with his loss and doesn't know how to talk to his dad — who now trolls him on Twitter instead of meeting him for dim sum.

Innovative baker Lindsay McLeod meets Ryan when he knocks over two dozen specialty donuts at her bakery. Their relationship is off to a messy start, but there’s no denying their immediate attraction. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity episode of Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake and she agrees. 

As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.

©2021 Jackie Lau (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The book is a perfect example of how realistic personal stakes — say, your disappointed dad starting a dry but hilarious Twitter account to roast you in public—can feel world-shiftingly large in the right hands."New York Times Book Review

"Anyone who loves baking and rom-coms will breeze through this flavorful read.”USA Today

“Jackie Lau’s Donut Fall in Love has the perfect proportions of emotion, heat, family ties, and romance to make one absolutely delicious treat.”—Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author  

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Donuts and Love... What more can you ask for?

Ryan Kwok and Lindsey McLeod have a great meetcute in this one. For a contemporary romance, this one is filled with some interesting things that the characters need to work through. Ryan is an actor taking a break from film to be closer to his family. I liked that this one was it wasn’t focused on Hollywood, I love when family dynamics seem really authentic in a book and they were some of my favorite parts of this story. Ryan and his dad are the best examples of this.

Lindsay was very relatable in that she acted like she had her life together but was really a mess. The way she talks about her mom and how she deals with her new roommate.

I wasn't completely sold on the romance in this book, but I did really enjoy the cooking element and the discussions related to what it's like to be Asian in the entertainment industry.

The thought the narrators did well with the characters.

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Easy and fun read!

This is a very fun book. I read it in 1 day. Definitely recommend and look forward to next book by this author.

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Too long and uneventful

I found this book very slow. I couldn't get all the way through as two hours in felt like a lot longer.