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Who is Ariadne Hui?
- Laser-focused lawyer diligently climbing the corporate ladder
- The “perfect” daughter living out her father’s dream
- Shocking love interest of South Korea’s hottest star
Ariadne Hui thrives on routine. So what if everything in her life is planned down to the minute: That’s the way she likes it. If she’s going to make partner in Toronto’s most prestigious law firm, she needs to stay focused at all times.
But when she comes home after yet another soul-sucking day to find an unfamiliar, gorgeous man camped out in her living room, focus is the last thing on her mind. Especially when her roommate explains this is Choi Jihoon, her cousin freshly arrived from Seoul to mend a broken heart. He just needs a few weeks to rest and heal; Ari will barely even know he’s there. (Yeah, right.)
Jihoon is kindness and chaos personified, and it isn’t long before she’s falling, hard. But when one wrong step leads to a world-shaking truth, Ari finds herself thrust onto the world stage: not as the competent, steely lawyer she’s fought so hard to become, but as the mystery woman on the arm of a man the entire world claims to know. Now with her heart, her future, and her sense of self on the line, Ari will have to cut through all the pretty lies to find the truth of her relationship...and discover the Ariadne Hui she’s finally ready to be.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 14 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 14, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17,657 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#338 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,167 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,068 in Romantic Comedy (Books)
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Regardless it is a fun book with some serious topics running through it and not always predictable. Fast and easy to listen and enjoy.
I think while I would have preferred a steamier read, especially with an East Asian hero, I did appreciate that the heroine wasn’t infantilized. She worked, had her own place, paid her own bills, cooked, was what would be considered a functioning adult.
And some of her trauma wasn’t her parents, it was actually her relationship with her estranged sister. I tend to relate to sibling relationships both close or far from it and I was glad she was able to voice her frustration AND understand where her sister was coming from.
The read also highlighted the micro aggressions people of East Asian descent face with racism in the world and the workplace. It’s a convo for another day, but I assume the nuance between being seen as both not a “true” Canadian and a model minority is a challenging experience, that while I can’t relate, as a black person, there’s a level of understanding.
I think where the book lags is that it’s only told from the pov of the heroine. Sometimes I was in her head so much, I felt like she was telling me instead of showing me what Jihoon was like. There were times we saw their everyday and times where he was locked away in his room, I would have wanted to know what he was thinking.
A double pov would have made me understand his trauma because it would have been his words and not her listening to him explain it. Sometimes, he almost didn’t feel like more than a celebrity (even though she didn’t know it until 40%) because I didn’t feel like she ever broke his wall to why he was so private.
K-pop stars have extremely challenging jobs and it did highlight that, but it would have been nice for him to voice that through his own voice so I could connect to him outside of his hotness.
By the end, he was a very sweet boyfriend and I’m glad their careers worked out better for them in the end. I wish there had been more steam(it was tame, at most 1-2 pepper on the heat level) but the book highlighted things that made the heroine relatable as a WOC, so while it was more of a 4.5, I’ll round up.
Ariadne is one of my favorite heroines of all time. I love how much she grows over the course of this novel. It was a perfect character arc and I enjoyed being on the journey with her.
Both Toronto and Seoul shine as settings. One of the best parts of Lily Chu's writing is how active her settings are, they are an essential facet of the story and nearly a character in their own right. I don't know if some of the places are real locations, but I want the record bar in Toronto to be one!
Another thing that I enjoy about Ms Chu's writing -- and what edges this book into WF instead of romance territory-- are the family relationships and friendships that populate the novel and breathe life into it. Ari is dealing with her father, her sister, her roommate, and (ugh) her coworkers in a way that realistic and rewarding. Her work situation rang such a cord for me that I was yelling at my car stero while I was commuting!
Jihoon is wonderful as her romantic foil, someone who is struggling with his own set of work issues and incredible social pressure. I would have loved to see Ari and his arc from his perspective, it was the only thing that felt missing.
I love how everything unfolds and how it all wraps up in the end and I was sad when I reached the end of the story. A wonderful book that I highly recommend for readers who want to immerse themselves in a story!