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Summary

A delightful romantic comedy featuring a Muslim woman who fakes an engagement to the boy next door in the hopes of winning a couples cooking contest.

When it comes to bread, Reena Manji knows exactly what she's doing. She treats her sourdough starters like (somewhat unruly) children. But when it comes to Reena's actual family - and their constant meddling in her life - well, that recipe always ends in disaster. 

Now Reena's parents have found her yet another potential Good Muslim Husband. This one has the body of Captain America, a delicious British accent, and lives right across the hall. He's the perfect, mouthwatering temptation...and completely ruined by the unwelcome side dish of parental interference. 

Reena refuses to marry anyone who works for her father. She won't be attracted to Nadim's sweet charm or gorgeous lopsided smile. That is, until the baking opportunity of a lifetime presents itself: a couples' cooking competition with the prize of her dreams. Reena will do anything to win - even asking Nadim to pretend they're engaged. But when it comes to love, baking your bread doesn't always mean you get to eat it too.  

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©2021 Farah Heron (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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  • AudioBookHoe
  • 15-03-21

Loved it!

This is my first book by this author and I was so impressed with how witty and funny this romcom was!!! The heroine was super relatable and the hero was irresistibly charming. I loved the diverse intersectionalities of their backgrounds. They were both East African Indians and he had this sexy English accent due to going to private schools in England. I've never read Asian narratives where their "home" country wasn't in the country of their true heritage so that was cool and different!

Nadim was one of my favorite heroes in 2021. And Reena was so darn hilarious with the bread naming. At first I thought she was talking about animals but this woman named HER BREAD! How funny is that? The two had great chemistry and fake engagement is my fave so I loved seeing that play out.

I think the only thing that disappointed me was the lack of steamy love scenes. They were very much fade to black and I need my sexy times on the steamy-erotic side! I mean why give the man a foot fetish if you weren't going to do anything interesting with it >:) It was a waste of a kink! And oh considering both characters were both Muslim, I was slightly uncomfortable with all the drinking they did. I'm not sure I'd call this a true Muslim romance since people of the faith I'm sure were uncomfortable with that too. I know Muslims are not a monolith but sometimes I thought it was doing too much to show how un-Muslim and western they could be.

Overall, I did love it! I look forward to her next romance!

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  • Sarah Pulley
  • 03-08-21

Predictable

A nice story but easy to guess what will happen within the first couple chapters.

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  • Ndeye
  • 24-12-21

Not a Muslim romance

I got this book as a Muslim woman who wanted to see a little bit more representation of Muslim romance in literature.
I regretted buying it by the end of the first chapter.
The only Muslim thing about this couple is their family at best.
The MC mentions drinking alcohol at least twice every 15 minutes. Nothing about their behavior is reflective of their religion.
That wouldn’t have bothered me so much if the book was not advertised as a Muslim romance. The story could have been alright but that trick completely ruined the whole experience for me.
Nevertheless, I forced myself to listen to it. And yeah it doesn’t get better.
Not all representation is good representation. Any practicing Muslim woman would agree that this is a gross misrepresentation.

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  • Kindle Addict
  • 17-02-22

Please don’t waste $ - huge disappointment

Maybe it was written by a 12 year old boy? The phrase “Douchey” is used a thousand times. Or maybe written by a 12 yr old girl? Like, OMG, families are complicated even though I have everything and all their love! Even the narrator is disappointing: every word and sentence sounds like it’s life or death - worse than monotone. Food references are at least redeeming.
Only reason I finished was it was the only book I’d downloaded on a very long flight.

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  • Lisa
  • 25-09-21

Loved the story but

Loved the story but honestly I had to fast forward to the incessant whining of the main character

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  • JSJ
  • 05-01-22

Charmed and Engaged

I really enjoyed this book about Reena, Nadim, a cooking competition, and a chance to turn obstacles into opportunities. Reena turns an obstacle (getting laid off again) into an opportunity to pursue her dreams while Nadim moves past previous mistakes and gets the job and life he wants. This story made me smile and want to celebrate along with Reena, Nadim, their family, and their friends. This was a good book to get lost in.

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  • Marianne
  • 31-10-21

Like a Hallmark movie

If you’re looking for an easy read that doesn’t tax your mind in anyway this book is for you. It reminded me of a Hallmark movie that was long and drawn out. Very predictable.

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  • Nicholette
  • 23-10-21

Brilliantly unexpected!

I bought this book expecting it to be a fun summer read, but it turned out to be so much more. The characters are clever and engaging and the dialogue is sharp and poignant. Soneela Nankani does an excellent job reading multiple characters and giving each it's own personality.
This is an excellent read, but be ready for the insatiable need to bake bread.

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  • LeeAnne
  • 16-10-21

Fun story

First I’ve read by this author. While there seemed easy solutions by simply communicating, the humor of the story revolves around the secrets and discovery of said secrets. Definitely a fun story.

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  • Siobhan
  • 04-10-21

Well written and narrated

This book was both entertaining and engaging. Main character of Reena is very lovable and relatable to. Indian cooking is not something I am familiar with but now am going to seek out my first Indian restaurant and try it! I really enjoyed the cooking show fake engagement, it really seemed to have allowed Nazim to sort of fall into the person he wants to be while pretending to "fake it''. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a little romantic comedy now and then.