eARC Review – Circling Back to You by Julie Tieu

Title: Circling Back to You

Author: Julie Tieu

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: July 12th, 2022

352 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Julie Tieu, an exciting new and diverse voice in contemporary romance, returns with a hilarious and sexy new novel about colleagues who decide to take their relationship outside the office.

Cadence Lim has transformed from behind-the-scenes number cruncher to an integral part of the sales team at Prism Realty. But despite moving up the corporate ladder, her complicated relationship with her estranged elderly father weighs heavily and she can’t seem to shake the desire for a new beginning.

At least Cadence can always lean on her favorite co-worker and co-conspirator, Matt Escanilla. A top broker with an unsuccessful love life, the forever single Matt is constantly being nagged by his loving Filipino family to settle down.

Their relationship takes a turn when a business trip lands them both in their hometown and Matt enlists Cadence as a pretend girlfriend for a family gathering. The new after-hours setting forces the two friends to see each other in a new light, and their previously buried feelings rise quickly to the surface. When competing promotions threaten to separate Cadence and Matt, these office besties must work together to round up their ambitions and families to pursue their overdue romance.


I’m always ready for a friends to lovers, work place romance like Circling Back to You. Cadence and Matt are both feeling the pressure from their traditional families to settle down and focus less on work – and neither of them plan to do that. Friends at work, they are sent on a business trip and a fake dating scheme is concocted (because those are always a good idea, right?) to appease the parents. But as always happens with fake dating, emotions become involved.

This one was a solid romance. There was Asian representation along with discussion of cultural, family values. Matt was more interesting of a character for sure, but Cadence had the boss woman energy going that I appreciate. Overall, I enjoyed the read but it isn’t one I’m likely to remember for a long time and want to circle back to (see what I did there??).

I have read this author before though and fully intend to continue reading her work. A 3 star read is not a bad read by any means.

Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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