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Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic – Lauren Ho

Thank you so much to the publishers and Netgalley for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

She’s decided that finding Mr Right is a myth, and that finding Mr Right-enough-to-have-children-with is the next best option. So when she meets easy-going Collin Read on a platonic co-parenting website, it finally feels like she has found her version of happily ever after.
But things take a turn for the worse when they move back home to Singapore where her very traditional family and remorseful ex-fiancé await.
With pressure mounting on all sides and her perfect plan unravelling, Lucie has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for a chance at happiness – and maybe, just maybe, love.

I’ve seen so many things about this book over the past few months. So, of course I wanted to see what I thought. Not only that, but I’ve heard incredible things about her debut novel which made me want to read this one even more. I throughly enjoyed Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic and loved listening to it as an audiobook.

After she decides she is tired of waiting for ‘Mr. Right’ in order to have the baby she has always dreamed of, Lucie Yi decides to find a potential baby father on a new co-parenting website. Soon after signing up, she is getting to know Collin Read who seems to be the perfect parental relationship match. However, once she is pregnant, Lucie’s ex-fiancé Mark Thum decides he wants her back, plus the baby as well. We follow Lucie as she struggles with pregnancy, her growing feelings and the choice of who she wants to spend her future with.

I adore the characters in this book and their character development. We follow Lucie on her journey of struggling to become a mother. It is quite an inspirational journey. I loved her sense of humour which we get to see a lot throughout the book and her frequent use of puns as well. Also, I enjoyed getting to know the supporting characters. Collin is so sweet as are Lucie’s best friends. Mark has his moments I suppose! The author definitely does an excellent job of contrasting and comparing Lucie’s love interests and I definitely had a favourite throughout.

I don’t always enjoy the love triangle trope because I feel like it causes unnecessary drama and isn’t the most fun trop for me. In Lucie Yi is Not Romantic though I actually quite enjoy the trope. It didn’t cause too much drama and it helped make me root for one of the characters in the triangle more than the other. 

This book comes with trigger warnings for infertility and miscarriage. These are discussed throughout the book so please bear this in mind before reading. Lauren Ho discusses these topics in a sensitive way but without hiding how much these topics can affect those dealing with it.

Cindy Kay narrates the audiobook beautifully. Cindy’s narration brings Lucie’s character to life and I feel brings a lot of emotion to the telling of the story. I will certainly be listening to more audiobooks narrated by Cindy Kay in the future.

I’m so glad I already of a copy of Last Tang Standing, Lauren Ho’s debut novel because I want to read it as soon as possible. Her writing is hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Her mix of the romance genre leading into women’s fiction was the perfect blend for me and I want more books like this.

Overall, I would highly recommend Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic if you are looking for a romance novel with some serious topics, this is the one for you. It is a feel-good book which will make you laugh out loud at points all whilst warming your heart.

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