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Review: Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen

For all my matchmaking fans, Lunar Love approaches it from two directions – the traditional and the digital. Not only do sparks fly in the matching department, but also between the two matchmakers themselves as they find themselves in competition. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Always a matchmaker, never a match…

Olivia Huang Christenson is excited-slash-terrified to be taking over her grandmother’s matchmaking business. But when she learns that a new dating app has made her Pó Po’s traditional Chinese zodiac approach all about “animal attraction,” her emotions skew more toward furious-slash-outraged. Especially when L.A.’s most-eligible bachelor Bennett O’Brien is behind the app that could destroy her family’s legacy . . .

Liv knows better than to fall for any guy, let alone an infuriatingly handsome one who believes that traditions are meant to be broken. As the two businesses go head to head, Bennett and Liv make a deal: they’ll find a match for each other—and whoever falls in love loses. But Liv is dealing with someone who’s already adept at stealing business ideas . . . so what’s stopping him from stealing her heart too?


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

With chemistry and sparks flying from the beginning, you might be thinking, “what could go wrong?” But as Liv and Bennett soon discover, they are in competition as matchmakers with different approaches. Conflict soon arises as Liv has taken a chance on this new business and can literally not afford for it not to succeed. As business rivals, can Bennett and Liv ever act on their attraction? Or is going to be a war between traditions and technology, old and new?

Is their love doomed before it even begins? Must it be a battle to the very end? Lunar Love has a fantastic premise before it even begins, and I could not help but falling in love with Liv. While she doesn’t always make the best decisions, she’s trying to keep her family’s legacy alive. With everything at stake, competition is about to get messy. Some other piece of Lunar Love I adored were the comments from Bennett about being biracial.

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All the cruel comments about navigating our identity. Is all fair in love and war? If you’re also a fan of a rivalry in which one party is taking it more seriously than the other – you know what I mean – then Lunar Love is also for you. It’s a lesson in not making assumptions. And in figuring out if it must always be one or the other. At the same time, Lunar Love also explores the questions of matchmaking and fate. Of what, at the heart of love, makes a good match. Find Lunar Love on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon, Indiebound,, & The Book Depository.


What is your favorite matchmaker romance?

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