Book : Accidentally Engaged
Author : Farah Heron
Genre : Contemporary, Romance
Personal Rating : 4.5/5 ⭐
Publication Date : 2nd of March, 2021
Publisher : Forever
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron is what desi, rom-com dreams are made of. 💚 Thanks to the publisher for the free review copy. The book comes out today!
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.
I’ve been obsessed with *fictional* south-asian couples since last year (just brown girl things lol) and Accidentally Engaged was just the book I needed to fall in love with them even more. This book had everything that I want in a romantic comedy novel!
▪A witty heroine with a love for cooking (which was a bonus)
▪ A hero with dimples & a british accent (TS’s London Boy plays on the background)
▪ Desi touch to fake dating – A FAKE ENGAGEMENT. 😂
▪ Big-brown family drama
▪ Mouth-watering descriptions of food
▪ Muslim culture representation
Accidentally Engaged had me laughing from the very first chapter. The storyline was so entertaining and addictive, I couldn’t keep it down at all! If you’re looking for a book to get out of slump, this book is THE ONE. 😍
Reena was such a relatable character, OMG. Her deeply-ingrained wish to please her parents, trust issues and insecurities about life not turning out the way she wants it to ~ made me connect with her really easily. If only I knew how to bake/cook like her! 😭
Experiencing Reena’s relationship with Nadim was such a fun ride! There were endless comedic moments along the way. Reena and Nadim’s conversations were filled with the perfect amount of banter and humor! It’s been a while since I laughed so much while reading a novel, so many thanks to the author for writing such an amazing story. :’) The fake-engagement trope was just the best thing ever. Seeing Reena and Nadim navigate their relationship with complex family dynamics playing in the background made reading the book so addictive! 😍
I wish we had chapters from Nadim’s point of view though ~ it would have given the romance a more acute sense of closure, in my opinion. The drama that unfolded in the last few chapters seemed a bit far-stretched at times too. These stopped me from rating the book with 4.5 stars instead of 5 😭 But please don’t let that stop you from reading the book though. I highly recommend reading it to add a bit of fun to your lives! 💕