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Accidentally Engaged

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This was a very cute romance! Reena and Nadim are so cute together, even before they really know each other. They are very funny too! I loved their conversations and time together. The cooking show was such a fun concept and I love how it was filmed and all the videos they made! I was so hungry reading this too. Seriously, any book with food in it is going to be yummy!
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I don't know how this title didn't have a review on my account! I loved this love letter to bread and Toronto. The world needs more Canadian love stories and I love the diversity that Farah brings to the scene. I read this book over a year and a half ago but the plot has stayed with me for that long! Arranged marriage stories are some of my favourites to read and they're not done as often as I would like to see in contemporary. Absolutely loved this title.
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There was so much about this book to love, like the fun cooking scenes and the wide cast of memorable characters. However, no one story element ever felt fully fleshed out, and it left me wanting more.
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This one was an okay romcom! I felt the storyline dragged a bit too much, and I found myself skimming a lot of the story. I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked, but they were so great together! I really enjoyed all of the food and different aspects of Indian culture discussed!! Overall this one gets 3.5 from me!!
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Fake dating might actually be my favorite romance trope because we all get the happy ending we want even if the couple doesn’t agree somewhere along the way…they make their way back to each other. This book has representation, romance and potential for the perfect Hallmark movie adaptation.
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This book was so charming and delightful, I really enjoyed it! I loved the situation these characters found themselves in and just everything about this book was something to love. Great chemistry, laugh out loud humor and banter, supportive friends, well meaning and lovable family members, and lots and lots of bread making. Truly, I loved all of the characters in this but Nadim stole my heart. I’m excited to read more from this author!
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While I initially enjoyed this story, it really started to decline as the story progressed further in the novel. There was a myriad of intricate details that demanded the reader's attention, from the cooking show to the family business, dynamics in relation to the characters in the novel, even to the (fake/real) relationship at hand. With that being said, the most frustrating aspect (minus the bizarrely weird thing in the novel (view spoiler)) is the fact that at one point or another numerous characters faced the issue of miscommunication and thus misunderstanding. It truly was a promising novel that just overall fell flat.
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Such an amazing Rom-Com filled with dating, fake dating. Recipes - DELICIOUS recipes ...and such a great story line. Bring your heart, your appetite and a good finger to keep flipping those pages!

Buon appetite and enjoy the sappy story!

A huge thank you to NetGalley, Farah Heron and the publisher, Forever for providing me with an eARC of this publication which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.
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I kind of love pretend engagement stories, am a sucker for foodie books, and really enjoy reading outside of my own culture. In this novel, a talented baker needs a partner to enter a cooking show competition so she can win the artisan bread cooking class of her dreams, but it requires a partner. The nice Muslim boy that conveniently lives in her building is the one and the same man her parents are attempting to arrange a marriage for her. Nadim with gamely steps in to fake an engagement so Reena can enter the competition and realize her dreams. The camera picks up Reena and Nadim’s chemistry before Reena does.

This modern Muslim love story has family, food, humor and heart. While the characters are not traditional in their practices, the consummation of the relationship is sweet and mostly off the page.

I received an advance reader’s review copy of #AccidentallyEngaged from #NetGalley.
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Oh boy, I loved this book so much.

The characters were great, it was funny, entertaining, sweet, very relatable and I couldn't put this book down...once I was able to pick it up. I have been having a hard time reading so starting books is hard, finishing them is even harder. But once I started this book, I couldn't stop until I was finished. Such brilliant writing, so thank-you Farah for giving my brain a break, and totally taking it over with this wonderful story.

There was a lot of hype about "Accidentally Engaged" and this book deserves it all.

Definitely one that's fallen into my re-read shelf too.
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This was such a fun, light read. I enjoyed the pacing and characters very much. I'll be recommending this title to my romance and chick lit readers.
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Okay, this is a story about a woman who's parents are constantly trying to set her up to get married, she is at a low point in her life and she runs into who new neighbor who she hits it off with until she realizes that he is the next set up that her parents have for her. She ends up befriending him regardless and he encourages her to sign up for a cooking competition which ends up connecting them in complicated ways. 

Its a cute rom-com, with a LOT going on, but it was really enjoyable to read. In my attempt at explaining the premise of the book I see that it is actually doing too much, but I didn't actually feel that way while reading it. I liked the characters, I liked the romance and the chemistry between the two, and I thought the story was cute and fun overall. Really enjoyed it.
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This book was so good!! Be prepared to be hungry when you read this one!

Read this book if you enjoy:

- Books with food descriptions 
- learning about Muslim culture
- family
- hot chemistry
- great dialogue
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If you love cooking, baking, or just food in general, then you should definitely pick up Accidentally Engaged. This book follows Reena and Nadim who are set up by their parents for a possible arranged marriage. Reema just lost her job and isn’t looking to jump into a relationship. Nadim is working for Reema’s father and is intrigued by Reema’s baking abilities. When an opportunity arises for them to get into a cooking competition, they have to pretend that they’re actually engaged.

I love a fake dating trope and all the food described in the book was making my mouth water. But I do hate it when the conflict between the love interests could be fixed by a quick conversation. Even the side characters were saying the same thing. I get it’s a trope to help build angst but it ended up making Reema just look really irrational. She was a badass character and I really just wanted her to stop digging herself into a hole.

Thank you Forever and NetGalley for the advance readers copy.
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A fun, light-hearted romance. A great potato chip book. A great pick-me-up during the winter.

This is the type of book that can help romance readers break out of a slump. However, it is ultimately a forgettable title.
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If this book had continued as the book it was in the opening chapters (bread baking! a cooking competition!) it would have easily been a 4-star read.

Then the hero's foot fetish appeared and I genuinely couldn't take it. An entire chapter was devoted to a foot rub and by the time the foot sex happened I was more than ready to be done with this book.

I have to admit I was truly surprised by how closed door the sex scenes were (apart, of course :(, for the above-mentioned foot sex scene) when the rest of the book was extremely open to f-bombs, talk to threesomes, drug use.

I am so, SO disappointed in this one. I honestly expected to have found a new favorite.
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sadly, before i could download this title, netgalley took it off their catalog. that means i can’t review this one. HOWEVER, i will be checking in with my library to see if i can get a copy and review it that way
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Thanks NetGalley for the preview!

I gobbled this book up!! It was engaging, the characters were complex and I loved the twists and turns! Reena was witty and I instantly found myself rooting for her.  Nadim was a little mysterious and I loved getting to know more about him. The food excerpts were interesting and a great eye opener to another culture that I am not as familiar with.  Overall I loved this book!
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The food! The romance! And all the amazing culture that shone through!! It was a fun easy romance and Reena and her new neighbor Nadim have sparks from their first meeting. Come to find out, her father is planning an arranged marriage between them, which turns her off from romance with him but they stay friends. After losing her job Reena is spiraling. But when a night of cooking and alcohol ends up with them submitting a video to a cooking show and they actually get accepted, Reena realizes this could be her chance to succeed, the catch? She has to pretend that she and Nadim are a couple. Their chemistry becomes more and more evident as they work together. A fun book with some enjoyable side characters and did I mention the FOOD. It was horrible having to read this and be hungry, I wanted to eat the food she was making. I will say I don’t know how I feel about the Muslim representation. I will state that I am NOT a Muslim and so can’t really speak for them, can only relate to the Desi part of the book. But I don’t know if the Muslim representation is something that was okay. I know people can be non practicing Muslims, but for this book to be marketed to Muslims and then have the characters be like anti everything Muslim felt kind of off to me. I don’t know. Again I don’t want to speak for Muslims but that’s just what I was thinking. And her overbearing family was kind of dramatically written. Still it was an easy read and liked parts of it.
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Really enjoyed this story. Fake dating is such a hard trope to make believable, and it was done in such a fun way here! Made me sooo hungry too!
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