Friday, July 17, 2020

Sarah's Review: Mr. Hotshot CEO

Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau
Publisher: Jackie Lau Books (July 10, 2018)
Series: Kwan Sisters, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance (M/F)
Dual 1st POV

As CEO of Fong Investments, I’m a busy man. In fact, my family claims I’m an obsessive workaholic, and when they force me to take two weeks off, I have no idea what to do with myself.

While brooding over an espresso, I meet Courtney Kwan, a biomedical researcher who savors the little things in life. And, suddenly, an idea strikes me—I will pay this woman to teach me how to enjoy my vacation from work.

Soon, I find myself doing crazy things like baking cookies, reading for pleasure, buying a phallic cactus, and falling in love. But Courtney is dealing with some serious issues of her own, and I fear that when I return to work, I won’t be able to give her what she needs, and I’ll lose her forever…

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Sarah's Review:

As soon as I finished Pregnant by the Playboy I downloaded Lau’s Mr. Hotshot CEO because Courtney was such a compelling character in her short time on the page. Vince would whisper his feelings to his infant niece Evie, but you could tell that Courtney was tuned in to his mental health and I wanted to know her better.

This book finds Julian, the overachiever, workaholic, being forced to take vacation from the family business. They are concerned that he is working himself too hard and want him to take a break. As a Type A CEO, he doesn’t know what to do with himself without work so he hires Courtney, someone he has noticed at the coffee shop, to teach him how to relax. Courtney knows how to enjoy the moment because she has a history of depression. She savors the present because when she spirals into her depression she knows she can’t enjoy things like her favorite coffee. But two weeks paid to show Julian how to relax is too good for her to pass up! 

We spend two weeks watching these characters fall for each other. Julian learns that all work and no play is not the way to live. There is more to life than throwing money at problems and working harder. We see Courtney’s brave, creative approach to her life. And together we watch a sweet love story grow. For a story with a foundation in mental health this is lighthearted and sweet. It directly faces and names depression, but shows how much more there is to life and these characters than that diagnosis.  And we, of course, meet up with Po-Po again. These family and secondary relationships are a stellar part of this universe. This is what Lau does best- adds complexity and nuance to real world situations while creating diverse, realtateable, fun, sexy stories. She is on top of her game. Another 4 star book by Lau!


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Source: Bought

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Thanks for the review, Sarah! 


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