Book Review: Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

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Title: Happy Endings
Author: Thien-Kim Lam
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication date: May 18, 2021
Genre: Contemporary romance

A binge worthy steamy romance full of empowering friends and women entrepreneurs

At a glance: All Trixie wants is to win her company’s sex toy sales competition so she can open her own sex toy shop, but she didn’t anticipate the best path to winning would be to partner with the man who left her without a word two years prior.

  • πŸ“– Couldn’t Put It Down
  • βœ’οΈ Debut Author
  • 🌏 Southeast Asian Rep
  • πŸ”₯ Steamy Romance

Read this if… you love steamy romances, if you’re interested in learning about sex toys, if you like reading about women empowering women, and second chance romances

Diversity Representation: Vietnamese author & Main character, Black love interest and side characters

Content Warnings: mentions of death of a parent (cancer), grief, ghosting by significant other

Book Review

Steamy, heartwarming, sweet, fun, sex-positive, delicious, and witty

Happy Endings was truly a delight. This book was so easy to read and so fun I was in love with it from the start. The writing makes it so easy to breeze through, the characters are hilarious and provide such fun depth, and the sex-positivity was so refreshing to read. I really loved this book, it’s a perfect combination of steamy and sweet!

Quick Summary: Trixie is determined to make her sex toy business a success to prove to her parents that she can be successful in a nontraditional career. Andre is struggling to keep his family’s soul food restaurant afloat, and the last person he expects to see in his restaurant is the girl he left behind in New Orleans without a word, Trixie.

I really loved Trixie’s friend group, the Boss Babes. I’m not sure how much I love the name, but I love the friend group. They are a group of women entrepreneurs, and they have weekly meetings to keep each other accountable for their goals and to cheer each other on. I love a good found family, but a business family? of women entrepreneurs? Incredible. Every woman needs a group of friends like this. Especially women entrepreneurs!

My favorite part about this book was the sex-positivity. Trixie finds her purpose in teaching women about their bodies and helping women feel more comfortable about themselves. She doesn’t just sell sex toys, but she teaches classes to post-menopausal women about pleasure after menopause. She hosts pop-ups for her products with so much variety in audiences: bachelorettes, groups of couples, groups of young women, and groups of older women. I love how she makes sex toys empowering and is passionate about making women feel better about themselves. Trixie’s witty and confident banter will get you interested in trying her sex toys for yourself!

Relatedly, I really personally loved reading about a Vietnamese American woman who was so smart, driven, compassionate, and sex-positive. I have never read a (sex-positive) sexy story about a Vietnamese woman and it really touched my heart. It really is so powerful to see people who look like you in empowering positions, even in fiction. I’m so glad that this book exists, and that I was able to read it. It seems a little silly to be so excited about a sexy woman in a book, especially a sexy Asian woman in a book, considering the fetishization of Asian women, but the positivity made such a huge difference. It was more impactful to me than I anticipated!

Summing it all up

Happy Endings is a fun, fluffy, and sexy second chance romance. It is the perfect beach read or summer read. It has supportive friends, it is sex-positive and empowering. It was the perfect easy read to breeze through, and I really enjoyed it!

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Bonus

If you order this book from Thien-Kim Lam’s independent bookstore Loyalty Books, type in the notes at checkout that you’d like the book signed or personalized, and she will do it! Get your personalized copy here!

A second bonus is that there are recipes at the back of the book! If you love a good book that includes recipes, this one is definitely for you! Plus, if you sign up for Thien Kim Lam’s newsletter, she sends regular Vietnamese recipes as well. Make sure to sign up on her website here.

About the Author

Thien-Kim Lam, author of Happy Endings and founder of Bawdy Bookworms.

Thien-Kim Lam writes stories about Vietnamese characters who smash stereotypes and find their happy endings. A recovering Type-Asian, she guzzles cΓ  phΓͺ sα»―a Δ‘Γ‘, makes art, and bakes her feelings to stay sane. Thien-Kim is also the founder of Bawdy Bookworms, a subscription box that pairs sexy romances with erotic toys. She’s been featured on NPR, BBC America, and NBC.


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❓ What was the last diverse steamy romance you read? (please I love them)
❓ Are you in the mood for light, fluffy, summery reads right now like I am?
❓ What is your favorite second-chance romance book?

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Happy Endings sounds so interesting, I’m definitely going to read this one soon!

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