Happy Endings author Thien-Kim Lam is back—with a rom-com set during the divine madness of Mardi Gras as two lovers ask: Can a Big Easy fling become the real thing?

Boudoir photographer Josie Parks never ever takes a vacation. But when a client cancels a New Orleans shoot at the last minute, she decides to fly out from her Washington, D.C., studio anyway. Maybe the trip will reawaken her recently stagnant muse. After all, it’s Mardi Gras season…

Spencer Pham has come home after twelve soul-sucking years in corporate hell to pursue his passion: making a docu-film on his family’s history as the first Vietnamese Mardi Gras krewe. The last thing he expects is getting whacked in the head by a beautiful woman trying to snag some parade beads.

Over some beignets and coffee, Spencer and Josie connect over their artistic pursuits. He offers to show her the real New Orleans, if she’ll help him with the camerawork for his film. Despite Josie’s type-A personality clashing with Spencer’s laissez-faire attitude, they seem to make a great team, and soon, the good times are rolling both on and off camera. But Josie has a life in D.C., and they both have big dreams they’re chasing. When this Big Easy fling starts feeling awfully serious, can they find a way to choose between personal and professional passion?

About the author(s)

Thien-Kim writes stories about Vietnamese characters who smash stereotypes and find their happy endings. A recovering Type-Asian, she guzzles cà phê sữa đá, makes art, and bakes her feelings to stay sane. Thien-Kim is also the founder of Bawdy Bookworms, a subscription box that pairs sexy romances with erotic toys. She’s been featured on NPR, BBC America, and NBC. Connect with her at


"This book is about everything that makes life worth living—art, food, love, sex. Full Exposure is a joy to read. What a novel!" — Eric Nguyen, author of Things We Lost to the Water

“Reading a book by Thien-Kim Lam is like a night out with your besties—a guaranteed good time full of laughter, tears, and sex-positive relationship advice. I will read anything she writes!” — Lyssa Kay Adams, author of The Bromance Club

“Winning characters and memorable Mardi Gras meet-awkward combine to make Full Exposure the perfect New Orleans escape. Thien-Kim Lam crafts a warm, sexy story that's as sweet and delicious as a fresh beignet.” — Ruby Lang, author of Clean Breaks

"Thien-Kim transports you into a vibrant, sensual, super-high-def version of a love story... not just between the wonderful planner Josie and frustrated dreamer Spencer, but with the city of New Orleans itself. Full Exposure is a delicious read." — Cathy Yardley, author of Ex Appeal

"I can't resist a romance with beignets! Full Exposure is a delightful story about two people finding their place in the world...and with each other. I loved spending time with these characters and seeing how they were shaped by their families and communities. Definitely recommend!" — Jackie Lau, author of Donut Fall in Love

"In this delightfully steamy read, Lam creates characters with great chemistry and packs this romance with the history of Vietnamese culture in New Orleans." — Library Journal

"Lam is establishing herself as the queen of sex-positive multiracial romance." — Booklist

"Smart, sexy, and full of heart, Happy Endings packs a witty punch!" — Lyssa Kay Adams, author of The Bromance Book Club

“Lam’s debut is full of heat and heart…a sweet and sexy romance.” — Kirkus Reviews on Happy Endings

“Thien-Kim Lam's Happy Endings is a sparkling debut full of heart, heat, food, friendship and family. I loved following Trixie and Andre's journey as they discovered their strengths and found their way back to each other.”  — Ruby Lang, author of House Rules

"Happy Endings is a big-hearted and delightfully sex-positive second chances romance that had me craving delicious soul food and fanning myself as I read. Trixie and Andre's passion for their work and each other will make you root for their HEAs, not just in love, but in business too."  — Adriana Herrera, USA Today bestselling author

“Unabashedly sex-positive, Happy Endings is a paean to second-chance romance—as well as friendship, family, food, and inclusive communities. The story’s undeniable warmth makes it a pleasure to read” — Olivia Dade, author of Spoiler Alert