A laugh-out-loud funny romance that is equally dear and sweet, Accidentally Engaged is a must-read.
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.
Funny, witty, and with main characters that are so easy to love and root for, Accidentally Engaged was an absolute delight.
I was initially expecting the cooking competition to take up much more time and space in the story but that’s only just one part of the narrative. The cooking competition is the catalyst that pushes Reena and Nadim together, but the story itself has so much more to it. And even though there are quite a few narrative threads in the story, it never felt too busy or lacking direction. At the heart, there was always Reena and Nadim, and their incredible connection.
I adored both of them so much. And there were so many fantastically funny and endearing moments—Nadim having 16 sourdough starters in his apartment, for one, her buying the anklet, for another—that by the end of the story, I really understood why the two of them were together and how strong their connection and chemistry was.
I thought the conflict was a bit silly. By the way Nadim was acting, you’d almost think he’d killed someone or done something awful in his past, so when you find out what the actual “twist” is, it’s hard not to think: “huh, was all that drama necessary?” Still, I appreciated that the two got over their conflict relatively quickly and communicated in the end.
I definitely recommend this story and am so looking forward to Heron’s next book, Kamila Knows Best!
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