Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: A Warm Rainy Day in Tokyo
Author: Kana Wu
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Japanese character, Wheelchair mobility user, congenital heart defect character
Recommended For…: adult readers, contemporary, romance, enemies to lovers, Japanese
Publication Date: March 31, 2022
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Relevance: 15+ (language, pregnancy and near miscarriage, violence, alcohol consumption, romance)
Explanation of Above: There is some slight language in the book. There is a scene where pregnancy and near miscarriage is shown with a side character, but nothing bad happens. The book also has slight violence with a slap scene, slight alcohol consumption between adults, and some romance.
Publisher: Indie Published
Synopsis: Bella Bell lives a perfectly ordinary life with a perfectly ordinary office job in suburban California, where she longs to break free from her perfect sister’s shadow. So when Little Bear Café chooses her to train its new franchisee in Tokyo for the summer, she jumps at the chance.
But even a dream come true can get complicated. From the moment she steps on the plane, she annoys her pompous, handsome seatmate, insults her apartment manager, and gets caught up in her new neighbors’ drama. And everywhere she turns, she keeps running into the arrogant stranger from her flight—and she can’t seem to get him out of her head.
Ryo Yamada is at the top of his game: a high-powered job, no shortage of potential girlfriends. But his life is turned upside down when his family asks him to return to Tokyo for good because of his sister’s failing health. And now he finds himself avoiding his childhood friend whose feelings he doesn’t return. And bumping into the irritating, pretty redhead from his flight—who may not be so bad after all. The last thing he expects is to fall in love.
As the new café opening and the end of Bella’s time in Tokyo draw near, Bella and Ryo grow close—until they discover their circumstances may tear them apart. Can they find their way back to each other for good?
Review: Overall, I really liked this book. I loved the romance for the most part and I loved the story. I love that the author included that the main character had to take education classes in Japanese culture and manners and language before she went to Japan, which is something I think every company and tourist should be doing for any vacation or business trip they’re trying to take. The book is a enemies to lovers romance and it’s overall really sweet. The book has well done character development and world building. The book is also well paced and very well written. The book also is an adult contemporary romance, but there is no smut. The romance only goes to kisses and hand holding. If this is something you like in a book, then this will be perfect for you!
The only issue I had with the book is that I feel like the progression from enemies to lovers was a bit too quick compared to the rest of the book.
Verdict: It was so sweet and cute! Love it!