Lily Chu loves ordering the second-cheapest wine, wearing perfume all the time, and staying up far too late with a good book. She writes romantic comedies set in Toronto with strong Asian characters. The Stand-In (Sourcebooks, 2022) is her debut rom-com and was released as an audiobook through Audible, performed by Phillipa Soo. The book spent multiple weeks at number one in Audible Top Plus Listens in the All and the Romance categories, and was named one of the Best of 2021 by Audible.
Published by Sourcebooks
HOW TO UPEND YOUR LIFE:
- Get fired by gross, handsy boss
- Fail to do laundry (again)
- Be mistaken for famous Chinese actress
- Fall head-first into glitzy new world
Gracie Reed is doing just fine. Sure, she was fired by her overly friendly boss, and yes she still hasn’t gotten her mother into the nursing home of their dreams, but she’s healthy, she’s (somewhat) happy, and she’s (mostly) holding it all together. But when a mysterious SUV pulls up beside her, revealing Chinese cinema’s golden couple Wei Fangli and Sam Yao, Gracie’s world is turned on its head. The famous actress has a proposition: due to their uncanny resemblance, Fangli wants Gracie to be her stand-in. The catch? Gracie will have to be escorted by Sam, the most attractive-and infuriating-man Gracie’s ever met. If it means getting the money she needs for her mother, Gracie’s in. Soon Graciemoves into a world of luxury she never knew existed. But resisting Sam, and playing the role of an elegant movie star, proves more difficult than she ever imagined-especially when she learns the real reason Fangli so desperately needs her help. In the end all the lists in the world won’t be able to help Gracie keep up this elaborate ruse without losing herself. . . and her heart.
“The Stand-In is a charming, engaging rom com that drips in glamour and sparkles with banter. Chu’s exploration of multi-racial identity was resonant and nuanced. The Stand-In is truly a stand out romance.” -Andie J. Christopher, USA Today bestselling author of Not the Girl You Marry