Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #191: Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao and These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong


 Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:


Rent a Boyfriend

By: Gloria Chao

Expected Publication Date: November 10th, 2020

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

Interesting...a plot that involves the main character "renting" a boyfriend?  I never thought that such a thing would exist (well, there's the whole meeting couples online thing).  Sounds like an interesting read though!

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These Violent Delights

By: Chloe Gong

Expected Publication Date: November 17th, 2020

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Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

So, it's been awhile since I last read "Romeo and Juliet," so reading a book that's like "Romeo and Juliet" street gang style is definitely interesting to me!

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So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!




  1. I'll have These Violent Delights on my Wednesday post next week I think, and like you said, we both have the first one! I actually have an ARC of These Violent Delights, so I'll know sooner if I like that one. Thanks for visiting my post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier!

  2. I really want to read These Violent Delights and the idea of renting a boyfriend - how fun.

  3. Seeing lots of hype for These Violent Delights! Hope I'm not psyching myself up for meh though. Lol. It's 50/50 when it comes to hyped books and me! Hope you love both of these once you read them!

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  4. Rent a Boyfriend sounds like a lot of fun. What an intriguing premise! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. These Violent Delights is one I would really like to read. Rent a Boyfriend is new to me, but sounds so fun! I hope you enjoy both of these, Ronyell!

  6. I love the cover on These Violent Delights. Hope you enjoy your picks!