Today I am so pleased to welcome Hudson Lin to Joyfully Jay. Lin has come to talk to us about her latest release, Going Public. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Going Public: True or False

When I tell people stories about my time working in finance, most people don’t believe me. And since I incorporated a lot of my finance experiences into Going Public, here’s some inside information on what’s actually true and what’s pure fiction.


Ray’s massive downtown penthouse, complete with private rooftop pool.

TRUE – I went down a rabbit hole of real estate listings for penthouses in Toronto and came across one absolutely bananas penthouse full of glass walls, marble floors, and golden bathtubs. It had its own swimming pool on the top floor of the building.


Impromptu date night in New York City.

TRUE – While I have never had anyone invite me to hop on a chartered flight to New York for a dinner and a show, I definitely know people who have had wilder dates than that. The one that comes to mind is a co-worker who was given a first class plane ticket to Dubai and told to pack a weekend bag. She left on a Friday, came back the following Monday, and spent the weekend skiing in one of those indoor ski facilities in the Middle East.


Ray’s job as “The Fixer”.

FALSE – In my years working in the finance industry, I have never come across someone who’s job was to fix problems—no questions asked, just get it done. That’s not to say that such a person doesn’t exist, and private equity is the most probable place to find them. But then, most companies wouldn’t advertise the fact that they have someone on staff ready and willing to circumvent the law for the bottom line.


Chinese medicine smells gross, tastes worse, but apparently works wonders.

TRUE – My mother was a traditional Chinese medicine doctor before she retired. Our house had that distinctive herby smell that my friends commented on every time they came over. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been force fed some disgusting black tea that somehow always cured my ailments. Now, whenever I pass a Chinese herb store, it always reminds me of home.


Secret drug rings operating under the nose of a private equity firm.

FALSE – I’ve never come across anything close to this type of criminality in private equity. In reality, it’s unlikely that such a massive operation would go undetected by a private equity company as successful as Jade Harbour. Protecting their reputation is of utmost importance, which means they would conduct in depth background checks on all key personnel; forensic analysis of financial records; and multiple onsite visits to all facilities before buying into a business. The level of due diligence involved would more than likely uncover a drug ring before Jade Harbour handed over a single cent.


“A childhood crush gets a second chance in this heartwarming gay romance.” —Publishers Weekly on Hard Sell 

A boss. His employee.

And a scandal that’s about to change everything…

As an operating partner at Jade Harbour, Raymond Chao prides himself in fixing even the most disastrous of portfolio companies—no matter the cost. While his colleagues might not always like his methods, they love his results. But his latest business partner isn’t cooperating, and what’s worse, Raymond’s underhanded tactics have landed him in hot water with the law.

Elvin Goh has been Raymond’s assistant for years, and he’s been in love with the charming, ruthless playboy for just as long. There’s very little that Elvin won’t do—or hasn’t done—for Raymond. Impossible crush aside, it’s his job. But this time, even Elvin can’t see a way out.

When long nights in the office lead to whispered confessions and a newfound intimacy, it seems like a dream come true—for both of them. But with the prospect of failure on the horizon, can this dream team beat the odds and come out the victors in the office and in their hearts?

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Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.

Lin writes diverse romances featuring queer people of color. Find out more at or on all social media platforms under the handle @hudsonlinwrites.