I loved the way the hero was so honest about his feelings. So why was he biting his lip now? Or is it possible that together they can come up with a recipe for happiness? Toni and Dion are both Australians of Asian descent and the mix of Australian culture and Chinese culture was a bonus in the book. This recipe is a winner! They were going to work and travel all over the world, forging their careers, then when they tired of globetrotting they would return to Sydney, buy a house together and start a family. The ending felt so trite, and the chemistry between the characters felt so forced and inorganic, as if their only connection was the plot and not any real attraction of their own. They love their kids, they love each other, and they do want what's best, which includes turning over the business to the next generation.
But children grow up, and Toni leaves their sleepy hometown looking for more than it can offer. Dion is on the brink of realising that both his own ambitions and his childhood friend have the power to derail all of his hard work. After coming home post-divorce and seeing Dion for the first time in 5 years, she's most pleasantly surprised at the hot body he's grown into I picture him a bit like a slightly older version of Mike Chang from Glee. Toni and Dion's relationship does change pretty quickly, but it doesn't feel like insta-love. She wanted to put his success as a restauranteur ahead of feelings that may be temporary and based on a long time apart. Toni is still reeling from her recent divorce to her college sweetheart, Nick, and has come home to Piper Bay for a few days to celebrate her birthday.
Now I frequently lament the lack of ethnic protagonists in contemporary romance or any genre really and this ticked all my boxes. What Toni doesn't realise is that, after being caught smoking dope with his flatmates by his father, he drove down to Sydney University to see Toni and declare his feelings for her, only to see her making out with Nick instead. But Toni's return changes a lot of things. Glaring sunshine poured over her as she scrambled up the wooden stairs. The book resonates with the power of love. He smelt of sea and masculinity. Yes, I should get going or my mum will start ringing.
And I like I said, I got a bit of a crush on him! Food is one of the backbones of Chinse culture, so much so that the joke often is that we can never hang out as a group without making it a Food Extravaganza. Toni is still reeling from her recent divorce to her college sweetheart, Nick, and has come home to Piper Bay for a few days to celebrate her birthday. He wore black board shorts and white T-shirt, the thin material clinging to his solid upper body. I thoroughly enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story. After the divorce and slap to the face her ex-husband Nick gave her, she needed something to ground her. Dion's been in love with Toni for years and never found a good way to tell her, but now that she's back and he's taking over their parents' jointly owned re The concept of this novella was reeled me in long before one of my friends recommended that I read this book, and while in theory I enjoyed this novel, practice is a beast of different nature. He had the realization that he was in love with Toni shortly after she left, but i My Review: I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed it.
Most books use shortcuts some of the time. How long are you staying? All in all, a concept I thoroughly approve of. Changing demographics has made it so the family eatery is no longer the only Asian restaurant in town and it needs renovating and fresher cuisine to reverse years of declining sales. Using the towel he wiped some specks of sand from his upper arms. In the end their friendship meant more then hormones and for that I was eternally grateful.
I was a bit irritated at an associate of Dion's showing up from the past just to prove what a changed man Dion was I thought Kwan did a great job showing how responsible he was without needing that , but otherwise harmless. Anna Reynolds is stuck with the infuriating Giles St Clair. A party would be held, with lots of influential people invited. I do wish it had been a bit longer — the ending felt a bit too, ah, convenient, like it was all just suddenly resolved, but mostly I just wanted to spend a bit more time with Toni and Dion. But children grow up, and Toni leaves their sleepy hometown looking for more than it can offer. Short Soup turned out to be the perfect recipe! Well, only half-dead, but also half-alive. I love stories like that, where you feel such immense satisfaction and pleasure at a happy ending because you came to feel like the characters were friends, people you care about.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. Any links to places to purchase books are provided as a convenience, and do not serve as an endorsement by this blog. But he turned away to pick up his beach towel, leaving her to stare after him in disappointment. We're working hard to bring you the best deals ever on Coleen Kwan's Kindle books. Any how such a wonderful nearly perfect contemporary romance. Both had made some significant decisions apparently without the input of the other and, given their relationship status, this surprised and disappointed me.
Nick turned out to be anything but sweet. They have retained enough of their culture to be both different and familiar, like I knew them personally but still recognised them as, well, not white. I probably need a shower. N Originally published at I want to say that Short Soup by Coleen Kwan is like a perfect bowl of hot and sour soup, but although there's plenty of heat, there's no sour in this delightful friends-into-lovers story. Short Soup was a breath of fresh air, truly it was, and I really enjoyed it.
Divorced at the young age of 27 after her husband cheated on her with a co-worker, Toni stops by her hometown for a visit before heading to Sydney to start over. But Jack relocates to a remote tropical island after tragedy upends his life, cutting off all contact. And I feel like a bowl of short soup for lunch. They've been best friends and basically grew up together until Toni moved off to college. She glanced uncertainly at herself.