Title: Red Envelope
Author: Atom Yang
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: December 4th 2015
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 45 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2 flames out 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time for family reunions, and for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future. Clint, however, doesn’t want to bid farewell to what happened after last year’s celebration, when he and his Cousin Maggie’s handsome Caucasian friend, Weaver, shared an unexpected but long-desired passionate encounter. East is East and West is West, and Weaver seems to want to keep it that way, but maybe Clint can bridge that great divide this coming New Year, and show Weaver what it means to be loved and accepted.
This is going to be a shorty review because it’s pretty short novella and I don’t want to give anything Red Envelope is the New Adult by new to me author Atom Yang. When you go into a book having read no reviews and having no sense of the author’s writing style, it’s always a bit nerve wracking. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by this short novella. It’s a sweet friends to lovers romance of two life long friends.
*The fact that’s it’s about an interracial couple. One thing I’d like more of in romance is more diversity- both in authors and book characters.
*The characters. They were delightful and fun to get to know.
*The dialogue and interactions between the characters felt natural.
*I enjoyed the insight we got into Chinese cultural.
*The epilogue left me with a smile on my face.
The only thing I wish is that the story had been longer. The conflict of the story wrapped up too quickly. Up into that point the story had great pace, and suddenly I felt like I was being rushed out the door.
All in all, this was quite the treat and a promising beginning for Atom Yang. I’ll be on the look out for future stories. 4 Stars!
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