Her Favorite Rebound is the fourth book in Jackie Lau’s excellent Cider Bar Sisters series. It would be helpful to have read the previous books, but it isn’t necessary. You should, because they are great, but if this is your first book, you won’t be totally lost.
Despite dating a billionaire and happily running her own small stationary shop, Sierra Wu has frustrations in her life. Her family never approves of her. She shares a name with a famous fictional demon slayer character (imagine if your name were Buffy Summers or Sarah Connor). Also, she isn’t sure if she’s dating The Colton Sanders because she loves him, or because it’s the one think that impresses her family. It doesn’t help when a good looking man comes along and tells her she’s too good for Colton Sanders.
Jake Tong sees a beautiful woman sitting alone at a restaurant and feels like he’s had the ground pulled out from under him. And then he sees that the woman is with his former boss and friend/current enemy Colton Sanders. He warns her that Colton is a bad person. He starts to see her around and every time they meet, there is an attraction and tension.
Her Favorite Rebound is emotionally messy. I was ready for Sierra to break up with Colton as soon as she met Jake, but she has to work through their relationship in her own way. Sierra is working through her feelings about her family and her wish that she wasn’t constantly compared unfavorably to everyone else. Jake has been rebuilding his self respect after realizing that he was selling pieces of his soul pursing wealth and the respect of the obscenely wealthy. Emotionally, their relationship starts when Sierra is still in a committed relationship. Physically, nothing happens until after the breakup. Once her relationship with Colton is over, Sierra assumes her relationship with Jake is just a rebound. Of course we know, and Jake knows, that he is great for her as well as to her, but Sierra has a lot of baggage to unpack before she is ready to know anything.
As always, Lau gives her characters complicated families and excellent friends.
Content Notes: bad labor practices, rebuilding self-respect, unfaithfulness, fetishization of Asian women, chronic depression, a character’s mother died by suicide off page and in the past, difficult families.
I received this as an advance reader copy from the author. My opinions are my own.