Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 🔥 (Closed door)
Release Date: March 9, 2021
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher
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.
Reena Manji loves to bake. Baking bread is a hobby and it brings her joy. What doesn’t bring her joy – a) her overbearing Indian family b) her job in finance c) Nadim, her new neighbor who just happens to be the same guy Reena’s parents are trying to get her to marry.
Reena and Nadim eventually form a friendship. This friendship turns into a fake engagement when Reena and Nadim sign themselves up as cooking contestants for a show on FoodTV. They have so much fun cooking together that they decide to keep on going with the ruse as well as the cooking competition. But when they’re always in such close proximity will the lines start to blur between a fake engagement and a real relationship?
I honestly enjoyed Accidentally Engaged so much. I loved the desi representation and I have so many parts of the book highlighted. I related to Reena and Nadim’s characters A LOT – from her overbearing parents, to the food, to small things like going shopping for Indian outfits with your aunts and cousins.
Nadim and Reena’s relationship from dislike to friends to lovers was so sweet. These two had such great chemistry and I was rooting for them throughout the whole book. Reading this book made me hungry – so keep that in mind! I loved all of the secondary character’s from Reena’s best friend to her sister.
Overall I highly enjoyed Accidentally Engaged and would give it 4.5 stars!