Release date: March 2, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
This book should come with a warning label stating you should not read it without plenty of snacks, specifically bread 😋 Seriously I’ve never snacked more while reading and that’s saying something because all I do is snack 🤣 There is much more to this than just food though, this was an adorable, inclusive romance that I couldn’t get enough of!
Reena meets her new neighbor Nadim and there’s an instant mutual attraction and then she finds out he’s her father new employee AND the latest in a line of setups orchestrated by her meddling parents. Then there’s the cooking competition she wants to enter but she needs a fiancé and Nadim quickly agrees to a fake arrangement. Oh and she also decided to keep this all a secret from her nosy family. Did I mention they’re champion meddlers? What could go wrong?!
This focused on family, friendship, a love of food and Muslim culture, what’s not to love? There was humor, a sweet romance and wonderful secondary characters that I adored almost as much as I enjoyed Reena and Nadir. Such a feel good, comfort read that will leave you feeling happy and cozy.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.