Rameau’s review archive: Back to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex


Everville, New York — it’s the town where Tiffany Cheung grew up, and the last place she wants to be. But after losing her job in Manhattan, that’s exactly where she finds herself. Worse, she’s working at her family’s Chinese diner and feeling like the outsider she once was. The only bright side is that Chris Jamieson, the boy she used to tutor, is still around. Her high school crush is hotter than ever, and he needs her help… again. Tutoring Chris’s son is the perfect temporary job. Except, Chris finally seems interested in her — and is hinting about a less temporary arrangement. Talk about bad timing! Because Tiffany’s not staying and nothing will stop her from getting back to her real life. But maybe what’s real is about to change….
Back to the Good Fortune DinerBack to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex

I loved reading about both the Cheung and Jamieson family interactions as well as about the everyday problems that weighed on Tiffany, and on Chris. I liked reading about how the characters were trying to discover themselves at different ages and stages in their lives. And I loved the kittens. My heart melted and I wanted to find a kitten for myself right away. For cuddles.

However, I did not buy the romance. I didn’t see any chemistry between Tiffany and Chris, and when the compulsory I love you’s were said I was asking myself why. I didn’t see them fall in love or even rekindle a high school crush. Am I happy they worked things out and ended up together—not a spoiler, this is a Harlequin romance? Yes, but mostly because of their extended families rather than for the couple themselves.

Rating icon. A hairless cat is wearing a santa hat and a sour expression. On the hat reads: meh.

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2 Responses to Rameau’s review archive: Back to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex

  1. blodeuedd says:

    A meh book is so not for me

  2. Evil, evil Harlequin ;p.

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