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A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy. Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After the sudden death of his mother and years of constant work, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, h A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy. Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After the sudden death of his mother and years of constant work, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he struggles with his loss and doesn't know how to talk to his dad—who now trolls him on Twitter instead of meeting him for dim sum. Innovative baker Lindsay McLeod meets Ryan when he knocks over two dozen specialty donuts at her bakery. Their relationship is off to a messy start, but there’s no denying their immediate attraction. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity episode of Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake and she agrees. As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.


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A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy. Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After the sudden death of his mother and years of constant work, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, h A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy. Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After the sudden death of his mother and years of constant work, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he struggles with his loss and doesn't know how to talk to his dad—who now trolls him on Twitter instead of meeting him for dim sum. Innovative baker Lindsay McLeod meets Ryan when he knocks over two dozen specialty donuts at her bakery. Their relationship is off to a messy start, but there’s no denying their immediate attraction. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity episode of Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake and she agrees. As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.

30 review for Donut Fall in Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    Actual rating: 3,5 First of all, let's take a moment to appreciate this amazing title that can be interpreted in three different ways (you got it: DONUT like sweets two main characters were making, then DO NOT fall in love, and DO NUT fall in love, like do crazy fall in love)! Second, let's also appreciate that the story is set in Canada. Maybe that is not a big thing for some of you guys, but I rarely read books that take place in that country, so it means a thing to me. Now let's talk about the bo Actual rating: 3,5 First of all, let's take a moment to appreciate this amazing title that can be interpreted in three different ways (you got it: DONUT like sweets two main characters were making, then DO NOT fall in love, and DO NUT fall in love, like do crazy fall in love)! Second, let's also appreciate that the story is set in Canada. Maybe that is not a big thing for some of you guys, but I rarely read books that take place in that country, so it means a thing to me. Now let's talk about the book... I guess I have a thing about romance with cakes/baking, as this was the third novel in that subgenre I read in a row, and I liked it. Also, two main characters are Asian, just like in previous books I read too, and I loved that (huge) aspect of the story. The novel was enjoyable in general. It was well written with easy to connect with characters. It was written in third person following two different POVs: Ryan's and Lindsay's. This book touches the topic of losing a parent, so keep that in mind, as it could be triggering. To me, Ryan's relationship with his father was too familiar as it reminded me of the one I ha(d)ve with my mother. This book is pitched as gender reversed Notting Hill and I can see why. It is also one of romances where the couple gets together pretty early in the story (I think it was before 50% mark) so the conflict that was necessary to keep the story going felt forced. Other than that, the book was really good. So if you are looking for an easy read to relax with, Donut Fall in Love is the perfect choice, and I hope you will do NUT fall in love with it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    emma

    There is a difference between donuts and rom-coms. Stay with me on this one. It'll all come together. (Or it won't, and we'll all be left craving deep fried pastries and filled only with disappointment.) Donuts are for everybody. Even myself: For years I thought I didn't care for donuts, and then Tim Hortons Timbits and Voodoo Doughnuts Homer/Dirt/Buttermilk Bar (respectively) came into my life, and I realized the error of my ways. There are cake donuts for people who are boring, and there are donu There is a difference between donuts and rom-coms. Stay with me on this one. It'll all come together. (Or it won't, and we'll all be left craving deep fried pastries and filled only with disappointment.) Donuts are for everybody. Even myself: For years I thought I didn't care for donuts, and then Tim Hortons Timbits and Voodoo Doughnuts Homer/Dirt/Buttermilk Bar (respectively) came into my life, and I realized the error of my ways. There are cake donuts for people who are boring, and there are donut holes for people who are dainty like little dolls, and there are Dunkin Donuts for people who always thought bread should have bulletproof layers of frosting on it, and there are filled donuts for overgrown children such as myself. There's something for everyone. So every person should have a donut, always. But... Not every book should be a rom-com. Take this book, for example. The food descriptions are excellent. The two main characters are unique and interesting. Their respective backstories and familial relationships are well done. In fact they are done better than...the actual plot. The romance here brings the whole thing down. I would say this is not necessarily a "funny" book, nor does it feel like a "romantic" one. There's not a real chemistry between the two characters, and I wasn't rooting for them to get together. And calling a book comedic just because it rhymes with the rom(ance) is my least favorite literary trend of the last 5 years. We should've dubbed this a contemporary, put the romance in the background, and left it at that. Then I could have given it four stars and we all could've smiled and gone on our way. Instead, here we all are. Disappointed and dreaming of donuts. At least we have alliteration going for us. Bottom line: REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ROM-COMS. INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DONUTS. ------------------ pre-review aaaaaaand the best-worst part of this was the food descriptions. i might need to buy a deep fryer. review to come / 2.5 ------------------ tbr review oh no...immediately i want a donut, badly... thanks to the publisher / netgalley / whoever for the copy in exchange for review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Ugh, I loved this so much!!! Donut Fall in Love is a book that largely features coffee and warm baked goods, which was mouthwatering and unfair. It was cozy and sweet and delicious and I wanted more!!! Basically, Lindsay is a professional baker who's had trouble forming new, meaningful relationships since her dad's passing in her early twenties, and Ryan is a not-SUPER-famous actor who has to cope with his mother's sudden passing four months earlier as well as what it means to be an Asian actor in Ugh, I loved this so much!!! Donut Fall in Love is a book that largely features coffee and warm baked goods, which was mouthwatering and unfair. It was cozy and sweet and delicious and I wanted more!!! Basically, Lindsay is a professional baker who's had trouble forming new, meaningful relationships since her dad's passing in her early twenties, and Ryan is a not-SUPER-famous actor who has to cope with his mother's sudden passing four months earlier as well as what it means to be an Asian actor in the film industry. Ryan and Lindsay meet as he bursts into her bakery and bumps into her, causing her to drop an entire tray of donuts (loved it, A+ meet cute). After a somewhat sexually charged argument, Ryan goes on his way. Later on, as a way to honor to his mother, Ryan decides to accept the opportunity to participate on a baking reality show. Of course that means he must go after the cute baker he so thoroughly pissed off earlier and ask for baking lessons. This book was truly the cutest, and a lot steamier than I was expecting! Ryan was like a labrador puppy, a true cinnamon roll, just trying his best, being his sweet self. And Lindsey was so self-aware and knew herself so well, it was very refreshing. I’m really looking forward to what else this author has in store. This one was amazing!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Gender reverse Notting Hill theme + lovely Asian characters + critical approach to social media racism and bullying +genuine approach to grief process +emotional inconveniences and lots of mouth watering, tempting, delicious sweets = donut ever dare to skip this lovely, just read it! Popular romcom star Ryan Kwok literally bumps into Lindsay McLeod and ruins her art pieces of two dozen donuts she’s worked for hours to create. This is bump at first sight and fall hard after several private cooki Gender reverse Notting Hill theme + lovely Asian characters + critical approach to social media racism and bullying +genuine approach to grief process +emotional inconveniences and lots of mouth watering, tempting, delicious sweets = donut ever dare to skip this lovely, just read it! Popular romcom star Ryan Kwok literally bumps into Lindsay McLeod and ruins her art pieces of two dozen donuts she’s worked for hours to create. This is bump at first sight and fall hard after several private cooking lessons kind of romance. Ryan returns to his hometown Toronto after losing his mom who was also his best friend and mentor, trying to adjust his life by interacting with his big sister who recently gave a birth to her first baby and dealing with grumpy and sarcastic father of his who seems like having adapting issues after losing his wife. He takes an offer to attend a baking show which was his mother’s favorite one. But he has no intention to share his lack of cooking skills with the audience, especially when the critics write negative comments about his latest romcom movie and his six pack get more attention on social media than his acting skills ( he starts to think they can be individually nominated to Golden Globes and win it! ) For showing better performance, he needs a tutor to teach him how to cook delicious sweets. Lindsay who conducts her bakery business might be the one who can help him. This starts their movie star- non celebrity relationship and their palpable chemistry makes things steamer. Lindsay’s inner security gets tested several times as she keeps asking herself why a guy who can date with her super model co-stars chooses her over them? And Ryan already deals with his own commitment issues after losing his parent and having hard time to bond with his father. The bullies on the social media spies on his each move, being ready for trolling their relationship. Will they get through all of their obstacles to ride into the sunset or will they fall apart? Well, I like both MCs but Ryan’s father stole the entire show with his sarcastic Twitter comments about his son and his odd, bitter- sweet, eccentric manners! I loved him so much! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this sweet, soft, entertaining romcom with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Very warm and sweet romance about a film star and a baker. Slow burn with very low conflict--both of them are grieving parents and struggling to get themselves back on track emotionally in order to develop new relationships and improve existing ones. If you want a gentle feelgood romance with a lot of food porn, this is absolutely it, and Ryan's dad's Twitter account is a delight. Very warm and sweet romance about a film star and a baker. Slow burn with very low conflict--both of them are grieving parents and struggling to get themselves back on track emotionally in order to develop new relationships and improve existing ones. If you want a gentle feelgood romance with a lot of food porn, this is absolutely it, and Ryan's dad's Twitter account is a delight.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This is my first Jackie Lau book and I'm looking forward to reading more of her stuff. I wasn't completely sold on the romance in this book, but I did really enjoy the cooking element and the discussions related to what it's like to be Asian in the entertainment industry. 3.5 Stars Donut Fall in Lovefollows Lindsay and Ryan in a cute food based romance. Lindsay is a professional baker who has a knack for making gourmet style donuts. Ryan, a famous actor well known for his abs, begins to work with This is my first Jackie Lau book and I'm looking forward to reading more of her stuff. I wasn't completely sold on the romance in this book, but I did really enjoy the cooking element and the discussions related to what it's like to be Asian in the entertainment industry. 3.5 Stars Donut Fall in Lovefollows Lindsay and Ryan in a cute food based romance. Lindsay is a professional baker who has a knack for making gourmet style donuts. Ryan, a famous actor well known for his abs, begins to work with Lindsay to take cooking lessons for a baking reality show. The two form a quick and close bond as Ryan begins to learn more about the baking industry. One of my favorite parts of this book was definitely related the baking. I'm a huge fan of any novel that centers on cooking/baking especially romances. It was fun watching Ryan learn so many different things about baking and having a greater appreciation for the work that Lindsay does. Also, it serves as a means for Ryan to work through his grief and the troubled relationship that he has with his father. Another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed was Lau's discussion around the experience of the Asian community in the entertainment industry. Not only is there acknowledgment of the lack of roles offered, but also the way that consumers of the entertainment industry have viewed or not viewed Asian men as attractive. Lau pulled me in every time Ryan would talk about this with family and friends. It's something that I think about in terms of the Black experience, but not necessarily other marginalized communities. The fact that this book takes place in Canada also makes the narrative different. While I think that this book does handle a lot of topics well including grief and family dynamics, I wasn't completely sold on the romance. Lindsay and Ryan get along well, but they didn't have the chemistry that I often look for in the romance books that I read. It's definitely a slow burn so if you're looking for something more fast paced then this wouldn't be the read for you. It was almost as if I enjoyed learning a lot about Lindsay and Ryan as individuals, but I wasn't really invested in what happened to them in the scope of their relationship. Overall, I think that this was a well written novel and did capture some very unique experiences that are faced by the Asian community especially those invested in the entertainment industry. I look forward to checking out some more works by this author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    3.5 stars! I enjoyed it but it's a comforting slow read so if you're looking for a fast pace angsty one, this one ain't it. Also really freaking love the discussion about asian representation and the bs that comes with being famous + Asian. 3.5 stars! I enjoyed it but it's a comforting slow read so if you're looking for a fast pace angsty one, this one ain't it. Also really freaking love the discussion about asian representation and the bs that comes with being famous + Asian.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Jackie Lau slaps, that is all. Oh, also nobody does Canadian food porn like she does.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

    This was really cute! I think if I read it in one sitting I would've loved it, but life got in the way and I found it hard to get back into the story. Definitely a me problem, so I'll have to reread it soon 😂 (side note, I was Annoyed™ the whole time, though, because it's set in Canada, and typical Canadian spelling is doughnut 😩😩😩) This was really cute! I think if I read it in one sitting I would've loved it, but life got in the way and I found it hard to get back into the story. Definitely a me problem, so I'll have to reread it soon 😂 (side note, I was Annoyed™ the whole time, though, because it's set in Canada, and typical Canadian spelling is doughnut 😩😩😩)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This was a fun and cute story. I'm always a sucker for food/baking in my romances. Bakerys are just great settings - sweet and filled with possibilities. Ryan and Lindsay were a good couple, but I didn't feel like they had the most explosive chemistry, but there was plenty of cute moments. And while I always love to have family elements included in honestly any story, I still feel like there wasn't really enough there, apart of Ryan's relationship with his dad, which I truly loved. I received a This was a fun and cute story. I'm always a sucker for food/baking in my romances. Bakerys are just great settings - sweet and filled with possibilities. Ryan and Lindsay were a good couple, but I didn't feel like they had the most explosive chemistry, but there was plenty of cute moments. And while I always love to have family elements included in honestly any story, I still feel like there wasn't really enough there, apart of Ryan's relationship with his dad, which I truly loved. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Donut Fall In Love is a sweet (because BAKING), light romance that follows the celebrity love interest trope. It’s fairly formulaic plot-wise, but the character specifics, the setting, and the families make this book stand out as something special. Lindsay runs a donut shop with her best friend Noreen, where they specialize in high-end, super-fancy treats, like matcha tiramisu and chocolate espresso donuts. Their baked goods are not just delicious, they’re works of art. Ryan has returned to Toront Donut Fall In Love is a sweet (because BAKING), light romance that follows the celebrity love interest trope. It’s fairly formulaic plot-wise, but the character specifics, the setting, and the families make this book stand out as something special. Lindsay runs a donut shop with her best friend Noreen, where they specialize in high-end, super-fancy treats, like matcha tiramisu and chocolate espresso donuts. Their baked goods are not just delicious, they’re works of art. Ryan has returned to Toronto to spend more time with his family, anxiously watching reviews of his latest film to see what it will mean for his career. And as he notes, as an Asian actor, the movie industry seems to see the success or failure of his rom-com as a litmus test for whether an actor of Asian descent can pull off a romantic lead role. He feels the weight of representation on his shoulders, and worries not just about his own career, but whether his so-so box office results will spell doom for other Asian actors. When Ryan is asked to appear as a celebrity contestant on a popular TV baking show (Baking Fail), he instantly thinks of the cute bakery owner he (literally) ran into the previous week, and asks Lindsay for baking lessons so that he doesn’t completely humiliate himself on national TV. Lindsay, while also of Asian descent, was raised by a mother whose family emphasized assimilation, so she grew up without speaking the language that her grandparents grew up with. While Lindsay and Ryan’s backgrounds have many differences, they share a sense of otherness from growing up in largely white communities, and soon learn that they have much more in common than ethnic background and experiences with tokenism and racism. Their weekly baking lessons become a highlight for both of them, as they laugh, flirt, and bake together, and they each realize that their enjoyment of each other’s company might be more than just friendship. Plus, their chemistry is undeniable, and while Ryan is the one who’s famous for being a sex symbol, the attraction is clearly, strongly mutual. As is typical in celebrity-in-love-with-a-regular-person romances, Lindsay deals with self-doubt. Ryan is super hot, as is obvious from the popular hashtag #StarringRyanKwoksAbs. How can such a gorgeous man with a stunningly perfect body possibly be interesting in an ordinary, not-perfect person like her? Ryan and Lindsay are very cute together, and soon find themselves intimately involved. But as they learn, sex might be easy, but true intimacy, trust, and emotional connection are much harder. I liked a lot of aspects of Donut Fall In Love. Both Ryan and Lindsay are dealing with grief over the death of a parent, and the author portrays the lasting impact of these losses very thoughtfully and sensitively. I also appreciated the depiction of the impact of the casual racism disguised as humor that Ryan and other Asian actors must deal with, as well as the off-handed cruelty that internet commenters seem to have no problem throwing around, as if the people on the receiving end aren’t actually real people at all. The characters’ family relationships are also well depicted, although I did feel that Ryan’s difficult relationship with his father was fixed rather suddenly and without a whole lot of processing. I feel like I should have a steaminess index for when I review romances, but haven’t come up with a scale yet! In any case, this book has a mostly light and flirty tone, but when sex happens, it’s explicit, so be forewarned if that’s not your style when it comes to romance reading. Overall, I really liked Donut Fall In Love. Yes, the plot is somewhat predictable and by the book, but the unique personalities and donut-filled settings make the story a tasty treat. My main complaint? I feel like this book should come with a gift card to a bakery. It made me crave sweets on every page! Gimme donuts. Gimme donuts now. Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Pre-read/pre-review thoughts: I’m a simple woman. I see a book published by Berkley, I add it to the TBR.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Bautista

    A huge thank you to Penguin Random House, Berkley Pub & NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! 4.5⭐️ 4🌶 Despite the title, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book and its amazing characters! It was no surprise that I loved this as I’m obsessed with the recent abundance of romcoms mixed in with baking-related things! I enjoyed the whole premise of their meet cute with actor, Ryan Kwok, literally bumping into Lindsay of Kensington Bake Shop causing her donu A huge thank you to Penguin Random House, Berkley Pub & NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! 4.5⭐️ 4🌶 Despite the title, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book and its amazing characters! It was no surprise that I loved this as I’m obsessed with the recent abundance of romcoms mixed in with baking-related things! I enjoyed the whole premise of their meet cute with actor, Ryan Kwok, literally bumping into Lindsay of Kensington Bake Shop causing her donuts to fly everywhere. Then later on when Ryan signs up to appear on the celebrity episode of Baking Fails (their version of Nailed It!), he asks Lindsay to give him baking lessons and their love story starts there! I absolutely loved the main characters in this! With Ryan being this up and coming, hotshot actor and Lindsay, a baker and owner of Kensington Bakery, exploring the differences in their lifestyles was so interesting to me! I’m always a fan of actor characters and learning more about the ups and downs of their life of casting calls and fame. I also really love bakers and seeing their creativity go wild with their mouthwatering baked goods. I enjoyed seeing them bond over things they had in common and being able to relate to their being fellow Asians! Their friends to lovers, celebrity/non-celebrity romance was perfectly swoony! Their chemistry and banter all througout their relationship from being friends to student/teacher to lovers was so EVERYTHING! I was entertained in their every moment together may it be in the kitchen, their bubble tea dates or in bed. The sexual tension was palpable which led to the most unexpectedly steamy smut! (I went into thinking it would be sweet and swoony but the spice factor was WOW.) Also, I wasn’t expecting to love the family dynamics and friendships in this so much! Both characters had such interesting relationships that it was hard not to be as invested with the side characters. Firstly, I LOVE Ryan’s Dad! He was one of those characters that wasn’t even trying to be funny but had me cackling so much! Their father/son relationship was a huge part of Ryan’s journey and I just loved it til the end. Ryan with his sister and her new baby was so wholesome and his friendship with Melvin Lee was so comical. As for Lindsay, I liked exploring her relationship with her mother and her friendship with Noree and especially her new roommate, Vivian. (I can feel a possible next book between Vivian and Melvin Lee though 🤞🏼) Alongside the sweetness of the love story in this book, I appreciated how it dealt with such serious topics with ease that it was both informative and relatable. Some of those topics include racism and discrimination especially in the entertainment industry, internalized racism among asian families and dealing with the overall issue of being not enough or too asian. This also explored the struggles of celebrity life or dating a celebrity and having to deal with the changes that comes with it. Lastly, grief and dealing with the loss of a parent was also a prominent subject present in both the main character’s stories. I was pleasantly entertained by the role of Twitter in this story starting with the whole hashtag with Ryan’s abs and his dad’s growing popularity on the app. Overall, this book was can only be described as “sweet, spice and everything nice”! It had everything I could want in a romcom from the mouthwatering baked goods, swoon-worthy and laugh out loud moments to the heartwarmingly relatable character stories! I loved this so much and I’ll definitely be on the look out for more from Jackie Lau!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Donut Fall in Love BY Jackie Lau Donut Fall In Love is a sweet romcom that was a fast paced read set in Toronto between Lindsay, a baker known for her culinary inventions, and Ryan Kwok, a gorgeous actor whose recent fame is due to his sick-pack selfie going viral. Their meet cute is literally bumping into each other at the cost of some donut masterpieces ending up on the floor. Ryan is back in Toronto after the sudden death of his mother and his number one fan, and trying to connect back and buil Donut Fall in Love BY Jackie Lau Donut Fall In Love is a sweet romcom that was a fast paced read set in Toronto between Lindsay, a baker known for her culinary inventions, and Ryan Kwok, a gorgeous actor whose recent fame is due to his sick-pack selfie going viral. Their meet cute is literally bumping into each other at the cost of some donut masterpieces ending up on the floor. Ryan is back in Toronto after the sudden death of his mother and his number one fan, and trying to connect back and build his relationship with his father - who would rather troll him on social media than spend time with his son. An opportunity to become a celebrity contestant for Baking Fail, one of his mother's favorite shows, he enlists the help of Lindsay to teach him a little something about baking to not look like an utter fool on television. I thought that the story was cute but also had depth and covered important themes as racism (Asians in television), social media trolls, grief and loss, and even some mental health issues. This was an overall fun read that I enjoyed a lot with great characters and a quick read that had me craving all the wonderful sweet and delightful treats.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau was an absolute delight to read. I loved that these two characters had a disastrous meet-cute, that they both felt attraction from the beginning, and despite living pretty different lives they had so much in common. An Asian television and now movie star and a baker/bakery owner find each other and love in this funny, touching, and emotional story. Ryan Kwok is known for his abs, seriously he is; they even have their own hashtag on social media, but he’s also an A Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau was an absolute delight to read. I loved that these two characters had a disastrous meet-cute, that they both felt attraction from the beginning, and despite living pretty different lives they had so much in common. An Asian television and now movie star and a baker/bakery owner find each other and love in this funny, touching, and emotional story. Ryan Kwok is known for his abs, seriously he is; they even have their own hashtag on social media, but he’s also an Asian actor who currently has a rom-com in theaters where both the main characters are Asian and while it is doing okay both in reviews and at the box office, it’s not doing great and Ryan worries how this will affect his future at getting starring roles and that of other Asian actors. On top of that he moved home to Toronto to be closer to his family following his mother’s sudden death, a death he’s taken very hard. He spends a good part of this book trying to connect with his father, when they’ve never quite seen eye to eye, and helping his sister as she navigates first time motherhood. I could actually feel his frustration at not being able to glue his family back together with his mother gone. I liked that he wasn’t afraid to show emotion to those closest to him and that while cheeky and a social media sensation, he was also very down to earth, sweet, charming, and caring. Lindsay McLeod loves her job, seriously she does. Making delectable donuts, cupcakes and specialty cakes she enjoys it day in and day out. It helps that she also gets to work with her best friend who co-owns the bakery with her. Still feeling the loss of her father from seven years ago, Lindsay has a good relationship with her mother although it throws her for a loop when her mother begins dating again. Her brother is back at home with their mom after losing his job and trying to figure out what is next for him. To say her social life has suffered is putting it mildly, Lindsay realizes she really hasn’t connected or made friends since her father’s death and she hasn’t had a boyfriend since then either, sure she’s had hook-ups but that’s it. She doesn’t even realize who Ryan Kwok is when he comes into her bakery the first time, but when he returns and asks her for baking lessons because he’s been asked to appear on a Celebrity Baking Fail reality show, she agrees. I enjoyed watching their friendship grown from the start and the slow progress towards more, there were some bumps in the road which were to be expected given Ryan is a pretty well known actor and Lindsay isn’t the type of woman he’s usually seen with. She has several moments where she doubts that he can really like her or that he’s serious about their relationship and Ryan who came from a family where demonstrative love wasn’t shown feels like he’s failing at every turn. I appreciated that while it wasn’t smooth sailing they kept at it and even when they parted, they both analyzed what happened and worked to make things better. Ryan’s relationship with his father was a bit part of this story, but it didn’t distract from the romance. It fact I think realizing that his father was struggling more than he let on, having doubts about his relationship with his children, and while not answering Ryan’s calls communicating with him through Twitter was his way of showing affection. It was quite frankly funny although I know Ryan was confused by his actions. Donut Fall in Love had the perfect blend of fun, emotion, and romance making it an absolute joy to read. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kiret

    So boring and the characters fell flat. They were so unrelatable

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The first thing I had heard about this was that it was like Notting Hill with sweet treats and that’s all I needed to know before adding it to my TBR. Donuts and romance is basically all I need in my life and this delivered. I don’t know if it’s a trend in publishing or if I’ve just been seeing it more but romances with a side of grief have been working so well for me lately, maybe it’s the mix of depth and sweetness that strikes a perfect balance for me but whatever it is I’m loving it! The Asia The first thing I had heard about this was that it was like Notting Hill with sweet treats and that’s all I needed to know before adding it to my TBR. Donuts and romance is basically all I need in my life and this delivered. I don’t know if it’s a trend in publishing or if I’ve just been seeing it more but romances with a side of grief have been working so well for me lately, maybe it’s the mix of depth and sweetness that strikes a perfect balance for me but whatever it is I’m loving it! The Asian representation was so great here, specifically the discussion of Asian rep in the entertainment industry and seeing how Ryan dealt with this was so good. I loved Ryan and Lindsay together too, they had smoking hot chemistry and that translated to fireworks in the bedroom, the author brought the steam here phew 🥵 Ryan’s relationship with his father stole the show for me, I mean his dad trolls the hell out of him on Twitter and it was too funny. There was lots of exploration of family dynamics, again so much depth alongside a storyline about a celebrity baking competition so basically all I could want and then some. Read this if you like foodie romance, inclusive rep and some sexy heat!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elida Liederbach

    A movie star meets a baker while on a leave after his mom passes away! He is concentrating on his family so is surprised at his romantic feelings and doesn’t have time to fall in love! Since he will be on a baking show he hires the baker for some lessons, and gets more than he bargained for! This is a cute romantic story but also goes into the grief process, and building of relationships after a loved one passes. Worth the read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Perfection. Utter perfection. I loved Lindsay and Ryan’s story so, so much! He is more than his abs, and she is worthy of all the love. Special, fun, sexy, and just...perfect!

  20. 5 out of 5

    cat (catherynereads)

    Donut Fall In Love is a delicious story about a celebrity and baker falling in love. Ryan Kwan is a Canadian celebrity who is trying to break the stereotype that Hollywood has set for Asian men. He’s back home in Toronto to look after his family while in between jobs and decides to take on a job with a streaming service called Baking Fail, similar to Nailed It on Netflix. To ensure he doesn’t completely embarrass himself while on the show, he enlists the help of a local baker to give him private Donut Fall In Love is a delicious story about a celebrity and baker falling in love. Ryan Kwan is a Canadian celebrity who is trying to break the stereotype that Hollywood has set for Asian men. He’s back home in Toronto to look after his family while in between jobs and decides to take on a job with a streaming service called Baking Fail, similar to Nailed It on Netflix. To ensure he doesn’t completely embarrass himself while on the show, he enlists the help of a local baker to give him private lessons leading up to his episode. After Lindsay’s dad passed away, she dedicated her time into making her dream of owning a bakery come true. Now, she creates the most delicious doughnuts and cakes at her shop in Kensington Market. When a dreamboat literally knocks her over in her own shop, making her spill doughnuts everywhere, the last thing she expects is to agree to help him out in baking lessons. This book has two tones to it, the light side and the deeper side. While the romance between the two is fun, it doesn’t stop the author from diving into deeper topics like racism and grief and family dynamics. At times I hated the family dynamic and at other times I loved it. I hated it because of how unfair it was, for Ryan to be treated the way he was, but I also recognize that it was quite possibly a very real portrayal of some family dynamics, and so I appreciated that vulnerability. The ending also made up for all the frustrations I had throughout the book. I found myself struggling at a few points to push through, especially at the beginning. I didn’t love the chemistry between the two characters and I felt like it took a while for anything to happen between them. I don’t mind a relationship taking time, but I want to feel that chemistry building and I didn’t necessarily get that in this book. Overall though, I am really glad I read it! There aren’t nearly enough Canadian romances, and I loved the diversity that came in this book. It was fun and had me craving doughnuts more than I ever have. P.S. I feel like this was loosely (read heavily) influence by Simu Liu and I’m totally here for it bc that man is 🔥 and if not? Well, I imagined him the whole time anyways 🤷🏼‍♀️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    5/5⭐️!! This book was so cute omg!! This book made me smile and laugh so much🥰 4/5🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 definitely surprised me with the smut in this book 😳 It’s a slow burn. The epilogue was my favorite part! it’s made me so happy. i loved him ryan was going through so much but he never gave up on lindsey 🥰

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, but it just never moved past okay. I'll break down the things that worked for me and the things that didn't... What I liked: 1) The premise. Hot, famous guy meets cute, normal girl, sparks fly and then baking lessons happen? Sign me up! This cuteness kept me reading a lot longer than I should have. 2) Dessert descriptions. Yum. 3) Asian representation. Reading romances with diverse casts has been one of my goals this year. I loved reading the persp I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, but it just never moved past okay. I'll break down the things that worked for me and the things that didn't... What I liked: 1) The premise. Hot, famous guy meets cute, normal girl, sparks fly and then baking lessons happen? Sign me up! This cuteness kept me reading a lot longer than I should have. 2) Dessert descriptions. Yum. 3) Asian representation. Reading romances with diverse casts has been one of my goals this year. I loved reading the perspective of Ryan as an Asian actor and the discrimination/stereotypes he faced. 4) Ryan's dad. The scene with him near the end was one of the best of the book. What didn't work for me: 1) For a rom-com, it's not funny. There's a scene with a stand up comedian and I don't think I even smiled. Also I don't know if the author is setting up for a future book, but there was a very awkward scene with Ryan's bff and Lindsey's roommate right after the stand up scene. Eek. 2) The lack of chemistry and banter between the two main characters. There were some scenes that should have been fun, filled with witty banter, and sexual tension but they just fell flat. After they got together, it was just sex and more sex. 3) I would have loved even more family interactions instead of the same ones over and over. Lindsey's mom is dating and Ryan's dad ignores him. Repeat. Repeat again. If you are looking for a low angst read with drool-worthy desserts, give this one a shot. I have high expectations for my romance novels and this one fell a bit short.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Very cute, representational, Toronto-based, Notting Hill. It does always bother me a tiny bit when young entrepreneurs, particularly in the food industry, are portrayed as having a lot of free time, as though running a bakery is just baking and not hours of admin -- payroll, procurement, accounting, etc. But we don't read romance to be mired in logistics, do we? Very cute, representational, Toronto-based, Notting Hill. It does always bother me a tiny bit when young entrepreneurs, particularly in the food industry, are portrayed as having a lot of free time, as though running a bakery is just baking and not hours of admin -- payroll, procurement, accounting, etc. But we don't read romance to be mired in logistics, do we?

  24. 5 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review - thank you Donuts? Let me at it. Well, I had at it, and while I liked Donut Fall in Love, that was it. So much so that a day later I have even forgotten the MC's names, so this one really didn't stick with me. To me, and this is just me, it dragged. There was so much where it just plodded along, and it might be my mindset when reading, so I don't know if this is a problem with anyone else. I did like that we have Asian main characters - I know there a ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review - thank you Donuts? Let me at it. Well, I had at it, and while I liked Donut Fall in Love, that was it. So much so that a day later I have even forgotten the MC's names, so this one really didn't stick with me. To me, and this is just me, it dragged. There was so much where it just plodded along, and it might be my mindset when reading, so I don't know if this is a problem with anyone else. I did like that we have Asian main characters - I know there are getting to be more, but it was nice to see the diversity, as the world isn't just filled with really, really, ridiculously good looking white people. I think my favourite character in the end was our leading man Ryan's dad - he is so much like so many older parents that even when he frustrated me, he was so relevant and made me laugh - note, please don't ever let my father near Twitter!! Also, warning - do not read on an empty stomach, as there is lots of cakey goodness inside. a>

  25. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    I absolutely adored this dual perspective romance about two Asian Canadians falling in love over donuts set in Toronto! Lindsay runs her own bakery and Ryan is a semi famous actor known for his rock hard abs who is taking a break after the recent death of his mother. The two meet when Ryan walks into Lindsay's store knocking over a tray of her specialty matcha donuts. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity baking competition show he asks Lindsay to help teach him how to bake, leading to some sizzling I absolutely adored this dual perspective romance about two Asian Canadians falling in love over donuts set in Toronto! Lindsay runs her own bakery and Ryan is a semi famous actor known for his rock hard abs who is taking a break after the recent death of his mother. The two meet when Ryan walks into Lindsay's store knocking over a tray of her specialty matcha donuts. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity baking competition show he asks Lindsay to help teach him how to bake, leading to some sizzling chemistry that eventually brings the two together. What I really loved the most (other than all the baking in this book), is how much family was a central part of the story. Ryan is trying to be there for his sister, who has recently given birth and dealing with postpartum, and also trying to connect with his stoic father - using Twitter as the means of communication in the most hilarious ways. Lindsay lost her father at a young age too and is able to relate to Ryan's grief. Overall this was just a heartwarming love story and it was great to have it featuring Canadians in a Canadian city! Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy. I switched between my physical book and the audiobook and really enjoyed both. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Accidentally engaged, The donut trap or Hana Khan carries on.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Ryan Kwok is a sitcom actor staring in his first leading movie roll. The movie and actor aren’t getting the best reviews, although his abs are receiving a lot of airtime on social media. Determined to take a moment to grieve his mother’s death and spend quality time with his family, Ryan takes off a few months to stay home in Toronto. Lindsay owns a bakery with her best friend Noreen. They specialize in gourmet donuts and other custom baked goods. Lindsay is in the process of displaying her late Ryan Kwok is a sitcom actor staring in his first leading movie roll. The movie and actor aren’t getting the best reviews, although his abs are receiving a lot of airtime on social media. Determined to take a moment to grieve his mother’s death and spend quality time with his family, Ryan takes off a few months to stay home in Toronto. Lindsay owns a bakery with her best friend Noreen. They specialize in gourmet donuts and other custom baked goods. Lindsay is in the process of displaying her latest creation when a good looking man runs into her, causing all the donuts to fall. She’s annoyed, but when he returns later asking for baking lessons, she’s intrigued. Donut Fall in Love is a delightful romance that hits all the right notes. Ryan and Lindsay have a meet cute and an immediate attraction. But they come from two different worlds, so the idea of Lindsay teaching Ryan how to bake provides the perfect “forced proximity” situation. They spend time together and learn that they can be themselves with one another. They are two people who were ready for a relationship with the right person, even though they don’t know it. Being around one another helps them to be their best selves. I love that the story feels genuine. Yes, there is some fairytale/romcom vibes, but when the couple is together, they are real. The humor, friendship, and struggles are all relatable on some level. The author does a great job of getting readers into the mind and heart of her main characters. I appreciate the weight Ryan feels of being an Asian male in a lead role and his worries the bad reviews will make it harder for Asian men to get good leads. I adore that Lindsey is confident and doesn’t doubt Ryan’s interest; she just feels practical about the fact he’ll leave some day. I also love the family dynamics and how each deals with it. Their story is feel good without lots of unnecessary drama. Donut Fall in Love is a sweet romance with a side of sexy abs. I highly recommend. My Rating: A- Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About Review copy provided by Netgalley/Publisher

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Donut Fall in Love is Jackie Lau's delightful new novel. I enjoyed it immensely as it has all the things that make reading her books such a happy experience, a meet-cute, fantastic food, the perfect amount of steam and wonderful supporting characters. Actor Ryan Kwok, famous for his abs, meets baker Lindsay Macleod when upon entering her bakery, he immediately crashes into her and sends a tray of specialty donuts I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Donut Fall in Love is Jackie Lau's delightful new novel. I enjoyed it immensely as it has all the things that make reading her books such a happy experience, a meet-cute, fantastic food, the perfect amount of steam and wonderful supporting characters. Actor Ryan Kwok, famous for his abs, meets baker Lindsay Macleod when upon entering her bakery, he immediately crashes into her and sends a tray of specialty donuts flying. He's taking a break from movies to be closer to family after the recent death of his mother and the birth of his sister's first child. When his agent gets him a job on the show Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake so as not to appear as a disaster on the show. Their relationship grows to friendship and then something more, but neither of them are good at relationships and watching them learn and grow together was so heartening. I highly recommend this book; it is to me, perfect comfort reading. Steam Level: Medium. Publishing Date: October 26, 2021. #DonutFallInLove #JackieLau #BerkleyPublishingGroup #BerkleyRomance #ContemporaryRomance #ContemporaryRomanceReader #MeetCuteRomance #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This one was very cute and I wanted a sample of all the sweets they kept talking about, drove me nuts as I listened to this one, probably the worst thing about the book. I liked both Ryan and Lindsay, interesting how both of them had parental issues, so it was easy for them to talk about it when they did share. I only wished that Ryan would have shared more, it might have helped things later on when things got a bit rocky between them. I definitely could understand why Lindsay was intimidated by This one was very cute and I wanted a sample of all the sweets they kept talking about, drove me nuts as I listened to this one, probably the worst thing about the book. I liked both Ryan and Lindsay, interesting how both of them had parental issues, so it was easy for them to talk about it when they did share. I only wished that Ryan would have shared more, it might have helped things later on when things got a bit rocky between them. I definitely could understand why Lindsay was intimidated by Ryan's life style, or what she perceived at his life style and why Ryan would want to keep their relationship under wraps, again a better explanation would have save so much grief later on had both of them talked. I did love how this one ended, loved to see the mingled sets of people watching the Bake Off that Ryan was in. On a side note, one high light for me was how Ryan and his Dad talked through twitter, loved how the dad used it to connect to his son, even if Ryan didn't know it til so much later. Their talk towards the end of the book was great!

  29. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: death of a parent (in the past), grief, casual racism, postnatal depression, death of a friend. 3.5 stars. I wanted to love this because, like, Asian and biracial leads. Baking. Toronto setting. He's a celebrity and she's but a humble baker. There's hate to love vibes. And yet while I definitely enjoyed elements of this - the complexities of family, in particular - there was something about this that just sort of kept me at arm's length. I didn't love the writing of the sex sce Trigger warnings: death of a parent (in the past), grief, casual racism, postnatal depression, death of a friend. 3.5 stars. I wanted to love this because, like, Asian and biracial leads. Baking. Toronto setting. He's a celebrity and she's but a humble baker. There's hate to love vibes. And yet while I definitely enjoyed elements of this - the complexities of family, in particular - there was something about this that just sort of kept me at arm's length. I didn't love the writing of the sex scenes in particular, and I was left with the feeling that it almost would have been better if it had stuck with the hate vibes at the start of the story and been more of a slow burn rather than getting bogged down in the "let me teach you how to cook and describe all the details of how to make donuts". Like. I understand that donuts are a central part of Lindsay's character because she owns a donut shop. But I felt like there were times when the story was more about the baking than the romance. I know I'm sounding very negative here, I really did enjoy it! But there were just a few too many things that pulled me out of the story. Sigh.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Donut Fall in Love is a delicious romcom set in Toronto about Lindsay, a baker teaching baking lessons to Ryan Kwok, a semi-famous actor whose abs are presently trending on social media. Sounds crazy? With this author, you can expect the best kind of crazy and complicated but oh so human family dynamic. Both MC have their own grief to overcome about losing a parent and one of my favorite part of the novel is watching Ryan trying to build a relationship with his father, a closed off man who seems Donut Fall in Love is a delicious romcom set in Toronto about Lindsay, a baker teaching baking lessons to Ryan Kwok, a semi-famous actor whose abs are presently trending on social media. Sounds crazy? With this author, you can expect the best kind of crazy and complicated but oh so human family dynamic. Both MC have their own grief to overcome about losing a parent and one of my favorite part of the novel is watching Ryan trying to build a relationship with his father, a closed off man who seems to hate everything that is fun but who is also, surprisingly funny. JL also touch on the subject of racism and diversity, not just others's prejudices on Asian people but also about the internal one or the pression it add to succeed for famous people. A note of warning about Jackie Lau's books : they'll make you hungry😛.

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