Synopsis and Details:
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.
Genres: Contemporary, Romance | Release Date: March 02, 2021 | Publisher: Forever | Length: 384 pages | ISBN: 978-1538734988 | ASIN: B08CDWGSDY | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
Accidentally Engaged was a fun, cultural, and romantic story! Be warned though that you will find yourself craving delicious breads and Indian cuisine because this story is incredible authentic in its description of the bread making process and the enjoyment of delicious food. The start of the story also sets the tone that you can expect from these characters and that is a bold and honest passion to follow one’s dreams. Though, there would be a few bumps in the road for Reena Manji.
I loved Reena because she is a character who feels authentic and relatable. Although she prefers to deflect and ignore issues there is an honesty that we as readers see in her self-evaluation. There is much passive aggressive conflict within these pages between Reena and her family but it is also very clear that there is much love between the characters. As sometimes happens in families, the underlying conflict is due to no one wanting to fall short of what they believe the others expectations are. In addition, the relationship between Reena and her sister is complex but incredibly satisfying as they slowly learn to overcome their past grievances.
There are ups and downs in Accidentally Engaged but there are also plenty of lighthearted moments. Though, don’t expect a romantic comedy with little heart. This story has plenty to offer in terms of passion, pain, and tentative beginnings. I also laughed many times because of the dialogue between Reena and her best friend, family, and acquaintances. I also want to mention the steamy, swoony, and utterly sizzling chemistry that plays a major part between Reena and Nadim, oh my, you will need to fan yourself, honey! There was plenty of tension between these two but there was also such sweetness and sincerity that Accidentally Engaged is sure to be a romance fan favorite!
*Thank you to Forever & NetGalley for this eARC of Accidentally Engaged*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
After a childhood raised on Bollywood, Monty Python, and Jane Austen, Farah self-rejected her writing career before jotting down a single word, despite admitting her ultimate fantasy was to be a writer. But when she could no longer keep the story arcs straight in her daydreams, she started writing a few years ago and never looked back. She writes comedic women’s fiction full of huge South Asian families, delectable food, and most importantly, brown people falling stupidly in love. Prior to writing, she had careers in Human Resources and Psychotherapy. She lives in Toronto with her patient husband, surly teenager, and delightful middle-grader, along with two gerbils, one hamster, one rabbit, and a fish named Silvia.