Lunar Love

Forever: Grand Central. Jan. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781538710258. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Olivia Huang Christenson is poised to take over Lunar Love, a third-generation family-run matchmaking business focusing on clients’ compatibility using Chinese zodiac traits. After decades of success, Olivia feels the pressure, especially since business hasn’t been booming recently, and a new dating app called ZodiaCupid could mean Lunar Love’s demise. Bennett O’Brien wants to honor his Chinese lineage by creating a successful dating app that matches users based, in part, on their Chinese zodiac animal. Olivia is incensed that Bennett stole a traditional, in-person matchmaking method to create a watered-down version for ZodiaCupid. When Olivia and Bennett confront each other on a live podcast, they agree to match one another, and whoever’s match results in true love, wins the wager. But both Bennett and Olivia learn that love doesn’t play by their rules when the two of them fall for each other.
VERDICT Debut author Kung Jessen does an impeccable job helping two adversarial lovers find common ground in their Chinese American heritage and creating a slow-burn romance with lots of humor, family, and food. An excellent match for fans of Jackie Lau, Jayci Lee, and Helena Hunting.
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