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Review: Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

Happy Endings captivated me from start to finish. I knew I was so intrigued in a sex positive story featuring a Vietnamese American heroine. Full of second chances and steamy chemistry, Happy Endings is a character driven romance that will melt your heart. Keep reading this book review to find my full thoughts and screaming!


Trixie Nguyen is determined to make her sex toy business a success, proving to her traditional Vietnamese parents that she can succeed in a nontraditional career. She’s made a fresh start in Washington DC, and her first pop-up event is going well—until she runs into the ex who dumped her. With a Post-it note.

The last person Andre Walker expected to see in his soul food restaurant was the woman he left behind in New Orleans. Their chemistry is still scorching, but he’s desperately trying to save his family restaurant from gentrifying developers. The solution? Partnering with his ex to turn Mama Hazel’s into a vibrator pop-up shop for hungry and horny clients.

Thanks to their steamy truce, both businesses start to sizzle and their red-hot desire soon reignites deeper feelings. But when Trixie receives an incredible career opportunity, will pride ruin their second chance at happiness?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: grief

This dual POV romance book delivered everything I wanted and more. You got me with second chances, sex positivity, and heroines fighting for their future. But Happy Endings delivers a feminist romance which celebrates love, following our dreams, and pleasure. I loved Trixie from the beginning. Struggling with her parent’s expectations, Trixie is committed to not only de-stigmatizing female pleasure, but also safe sexual health. Shes caring, loyal, and committed to her dreams.

At the same time, Andre is a character who instantly had my heart. Convinced he has to bear the weight of his problems on his shoulders, he has to figure out how to make peace with the past. You’d think someone who broke up via a Post-It Note would instantly be on my bad side. But, Andre ends up showing the readers his vulnerability, how guilty he feels, and how difficult it is for him to open up. About how we need to escape the chains of the past and to realize it isn’t always as simple as we believe.


Happy Endings is about her story, about how we navigate the past, and how to let ourselves be vulnerable. It’s a story that is sex positive with every fiber of its being. The chemistry between Andre and Trixis is sizzling while, at the same time, forcing them to have long overdue conversations. It’s hard to separate what we want, what we feel about our future, from our parents. But we also have to realize that only we can follow our dreams. Only we will know how much we have left behind. By the middle of Happy Endings I could not stop reading.

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