Title: Back to the Good Fortune Diner
Author: Vicki Essex
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Date: January 2, 2013
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.
No one likes change and that is so true for Tiffany Cheung. Having lost her job, she had to return to her nightmare of a hometown, live with her parents, work in her family’s restaurant and run into old “friends.” What I loved about the characters in this book was the uniqueness in them. From Poh-Poh, Tiffany’s grandmother, to Chris’s son Simon, the interweaving of complications between the characters was a true talent. Additionally, I’ve never read a romance with an Asian cast and it was wonderful to finally find one. It also aids to some conflict in the book. When Tiffany’s love interest, Chris Jamieson introduces her to his father, Will Jamieson, who reminds me of Frasier’s dad in the popular sitcom, he says some racy comments that has the reader steaming.
As for the hero, Chris, you can’t get much better. He’s a single dad who works hard, is environmentally friendly and sexy as hell. Tiffany used to be Chris’s high school tutor and her secret crush. They finally work around some issues and have a steamy romance that surprises both of them. However, when Tiffany ultimately gets a job offer, everything she worked for, she has to leave town and Chris. Later, she learns that maybe what she wants out of life isn’t quite what she believed she wanted. Change can be good.
Overall, I rate the book four stars (four winks). I enjoyed the conflict, the families, the unique characters and the small town. I would’ve liked to have seen more love scenes, but it’s normal for a Superromance to have a mixture of this in their books. You never know what you’re going to get. Vicki Essex wrote a fantastic story weaving in mixtures of personal discoveries from all the characters. Bravo!