Accidentally Engaged – Published 2020
“Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall–with hopes that Reena will marry him.
But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? And when Reena’s career takes a nosedive, Nadim happily agrees to fake an engagement so they can enter a couples video cooking contest to win the artisan bread course of her dreams.
As cooking at home together brings them closer, things turn physical, but Reena isn’t worried. She knows Nadim is keeping secrets, but it’s fine— secrets are always on the menu where her family is concerned. And her heart is protected… she’s not marrying the man. But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved.” – Goodreads
Thank you to Netgalley for the ebook in exchange for an honest review!
I absolutely adored this book by an own voices author! I was able to join a book club meeting with her virtually, and she’s a delight!
This book has a fake engagement trope, which oddly enough I’ve read a lot of recently! It also has some steamy chemistry, a look at family dynamics, navigating the loss of a job, and a LOT of food. Especially bread. You’re going to be hungry the whole time. And you’ll want to make your own sourdough starter! Trust me on that!
I like the representation, witty banter, the family relationships/drama that exist long into your adult years, all of the carbs, the writing style, and the romance! Definitely pick this one up when it releases March 2nd!