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Fake Dates and Mooncakes

By Sher Lee
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Publisher Description

Heartstopper meets Crazy Rich Asians in this heartfelt, joyful paperback original rom-com that follows an aspiring chef who discovers the recipe for love is more complicated than it seems when he starts fake-dating a handsome new customer.

Dylan Tang wants to win a Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake-making competition for teen chefs—in memory of his mom, and to bring much-needed publicity to his aunt’s struggling Chinese takeout in Brooklyn.

Enter Theo Somers: charming, wealthy, with a smile that makes Dylan’s stomach do backflips. AKA a distraction. Their worlds are sun-and-moon apart, but Theo keeps showing up. He even convinces Dylan to be his fake date at a family wedding in the Hamptons.

In Theo’s glittering world of pomp, privilege, and crazy rich drama, their romance is supposed to be just pretend . . . but Dylan finds himself falling for Theo. For real. Then Theo’s relatives reveal their true colors—but with the mooncake contest looming, Dylan can’t risk being sidetracked by rich-people problems.

Can Dylan save his family’s business and follow his heart—or will he fail to do both?

63 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“I ate this book up so quickly! A very sweet and romantic read full of over the top swoon worthy romantic gestures and enough delicious food to make me starving by the end! Overall a worthwhile read 🥰”
Reviewed in:LGBTQIA+ book club
Easy to readRomantic
Slightly Smiling Face“A very cute, easy read! 😊”
Reviewed in:LGBTQIA+ book club
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersEasy to readRealistic settingFeel good
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Really cute, you could guess the twists along the way but I ate it up. Much like how I’d like to eat 12 xiao long bao right about now. Uber eats and this book are a perfect combo 🤝”
Reviewed in:LGBTQIA+ book club
Characters change and growEasy to readFast-pacedRealistic settingComing of agePredictable
Expressionless Face“It was cute, but I felt like it leaned too hard on tropes - every event in this book felt like the author was going down a checklist of tropes. I think the most interesting part of the book was the wedding. It's also heavy on instant love, which is fine, but I felt like they didn't spend enough quality time together and get to know each other to fall in love. Theo could've invited a whacko to this wedding, and he would've been none the wiser It's a cute concept and idea, but the execution leaves me feeling unsatisfied. I was more interested in the food than the romance, lol 2.5/5 - Average”
Reviewed in:The Queer Corner
Diverse charactersEasy to readRealistic settingRomanticPredictableUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Thinking Face“I liked this novel, but I must admit that I expected more. The book was predictable and I felt that it could’ve been longer. I didn’t know anything about the characters other then the certain bubble they are presented in. This is an easy read that is also short. If you love really cheesy repetitive k dramas or C dramas, then you will love it. I still think the author is talented. I can tell the passion she has for her culture. I admired and liked that.”
Easy to readFast-pacedBigotryPredictableUnengaging characters

About Sher Lee

SHER LEE writes rom-coms and fantasy novels for teens. Fake Dates and Mooncakes is her debut. Like the main character, she has made mooncakes with her favorite aunt and has an abiding love for local street food (including an incredible weakness for xiao long bao). She lives in Singapore with her husband and two adorable corgis, Spade and Clover.

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