Note from Jackie Lau: More than a year ago, I found a set of stock photos with a sexy Asian guy holding a durian, and I thought, “I need to put that on a cover!” Yes, Man vs. Durian, which is the third book in my Baldwin Village series, was written just so I could use these photos on my cover and ads.
If you are unfamiliar with durian, it is a large, spiky fruit from Southeast Asia, and it is infamous for its smell. It is banned on public transit in Singapore and has cause buildings to be evacuated… but some people really love the taste. I have never actually hacked open a fresh durian, but I tried durian gelato, durian pancakes, and a durian bun as research for this book. Alas, I cannot say I’m a fan. (But the heroine in Man vs. Durian is!)
And if you want more pictures of men with durians, there’s actually an Instagram account for Hot Dudes with Durian. (I have nothing to do with this, I promise.)
About Man vs. Durian by Jackie Lau, out August 27th!
Meet Peter So…
The first time I meet Valerie Chow, she spills durian ice cream all over me.
Now, durian is my nemesis. We have a long, painful history. In my opinion, the spiky fruit smells like natural gas and rotten onions with eau de vomit. Bleh.
But despite her love for durian, Valerie is beautiful and delightfully prickly and stares at me when I take off my soiled shirt. When I ask her out, she shoots me down…and asks me to be her fake boyfriend instead. She’s apparently invented a boyfriend to get her mother off her back about her love life and needs a guy to meet her family. This supposed boyfriend is a pediatric resident, but no big deal, right? My job’s in landscaping, but I can pretend to be a doctor. Easy-peasy.
Yes, I’ll charm Valerie’s family, and I’ll figure out why she’s scared of relationships and gave up her career in software development. I’ll even take her to a durian dessert shop. And if I do a great job at being her fake boyfriend, maybe she’ll want me to be her real one…
About the Author:
Author Jackie Lau writes romantic comedy with Chinese-Canadian heroes and heroines. She studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to writing romance novels. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gelato, gourmet donuts, cooking, wandering the city, and reading on the balcony when it’s raining. She lives in Toronto with her husband.