Reviewed by Lori Fox
Weddings and Wasabi by Camy Tang
"I highly recommend Weddings and Wasabi to readers who enjoy the more, shall we say, vivacious inspirational romance novels."
After years of study, Jennifer Lim has finally gotten her culinary degree. It's expected that her hard earned degree is meant for nothing more than working in Aunty's restaurant, and, as the good girl in the family, Jenn expects nothing more out of life. Even if it means giving up her dream of owning her own restaurant.
Until, of course, her abusive ex-boyfriend shows up at her graduation party to the acclaim of all the aunties. After all, he's a Yip, and that means that all offenses are forgiven. For him, that is.
Armed with the awareness that most of her family only cares about her for as long as she can be used and controlled, Jenn makes a bid for her freedom, quits her job, starts her own business, and begins saying “no” to the aunties.
Add in three cousins who are also her best friends and a mysterious hot guy on a Harley, and things begin to get spicy.
Weddings and Wasabi is the fourth and, I believe, final book in Camy Tang's Sushi series. Though a girl can hold out hope that Mimi will soon catch her man, right? I have to admit that as the series progressed each cousin got better and better, and I genuinely thought that the series just couldn't do any better than Venus in Single Sashimi. But I was wrong. Jenn went from a rather sweet and quiet pushover in the first three books, to the most vivacious and interesting character from the Sushi series (with the possible exception of Grandma Sakai).
My one complaint is that the book wasn't long enough. No, it wasn't just that it was so good that I didn't want it to end (though that's true), but it literally wasn't long enough. Weddings and Wasabi clocks in at only 124 pages---not a novel, a novella. As far as price to value goes, the Kindle price of $2.99 is more than reasonable for such an excellent novella, but the paperback price of just under $10 is very high for such a short work, no matter how good it is. And, to be fair, as much as I enjoyed reading Weddings and Wasabi, I really needed to see more of the relationship growth between Jenn and Edward (the mysterious stranger). Another 20-40 pages would have probably been enough, but as it is, it felt as though when Jenn's hardships came to an end, that the book had to end as well, and so the flourishing relationship between them was forced to skip through key moments and jump straight to the satisfyingly romantic ending. And it was a great ending---just about 40 pages too soon.
I highly recommend Weddings and Wasabi to readers who enjoy the more, shall we say, vivacious inspirational romance novels. I would recommend that you start from the first book in the Sushi series (Sushi for One?) and work your way through, but I assure you that it's no onerous task. The other recommendation that I have is that you order the digital version. As I said above, the paperback price is rather high for the length, but the length is exactly why it's easy to read on a computer or wireless device. And at that price, it's a bargain indeed.
Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.