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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A Friends To Lovers Romance

Ashanti Lane would do anything for her best friend Luke. Even pretend to be his girlfriend so his traditional Chinese parents would accept a black woman into their family.

The plan is simple. Get in and get out so Luke can have a happily-ever-after with his African queen. But when it’s time to make the switch, Ashanti realizes her feelings for L
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published November 4th 2018
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Well...its been a hot minute since I read a contemporary m/f book. I got sucked in by the cover but the story made me stay.

Luke is Chinese who grew up in Caribbean country, his best friend is a black girl called Ashanti and they have been friends for many years. Luke starts to fall for a regular customer at his coffee shop her name Michelle and he really likes her. The only problem is, that Michelle is black and he can’t help but be worried about how his very traditional Chinese family wi
Ruta S.
Çok kısa güzel bir hikayeydi. Asyalı bir erkek ile siyah bir kadının Asyalı ailenin ırkçı görüşlerine rağmen bir araya gelmelerini anlatıyordu. Daha önce böyle bir kitap okumamıştım ve etnik kökenin bu kadar büyük bir sorun olduğunun da farkında değildim ama bu kitapla birlikte gözlerim açıldı denebilir.

Kitabı ve anlatmak istediği şeyleri gerçekten sevdim ama yazarın hikaye öyküsünü beğendiğimi söyleyemem. Sürekli Michelle'in araya girmesinden, odak noktasının değişmesinden hiç hoşlanmadım. Ayrı
mindful.librarian ☀️
Loved the Belize setting. Some of the race strife was pretty heavy-handed and I wonder a bit at the whole idea of Black women being interchangeable as a plot point? However, this is an #ownvoices story and I appreciated the attempt at addressing family racism (Chinese family rejecting a Black girlfriend, son fighting back). Overall, it was okay. More unnecessary drama than I prefer, but it was readable. A good, quick, light choice to meet the “#ownvoices book set in Central America” for the Book ...more
3.5 stars, rounding up

Loved Ashanti and Luke. The whole plot centers around interracial dating and Luke’s family—or I should say parents—didn’t accept her. I don’t feel like it’s my place to really comment on that but I thought it was interesting and created a believable conflict. Plus there was a fake dating aspect of this. Loved the Belize setting!
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
This was my first book by Nia Arthurs but certainly not the last. She seems to have a knack for writing cute and sweet stories with characters one just can't help rooting for, even when they do really dumb things that made me want to either sit them down and/or smack some sense into them.

Luke and Ashanti were so ridiculously cute together and so ride or die for each other, it kind of made me wonder why it took so long for these two people to see what so many others around them already did. It w
Romantic Vixen
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book.

I started reading it because I wanted to read an "unrequited love" and "ugly cry" book, but the story just sucked me in.

It is so difficult for a person of color who comes from a conservative family in a country which welcomes multiculturalism, to be able to find love without feeling guilty.

The whole time, Luke kept on dismissing his feelings because he knew his family wouldn't approve of the person he choose to spend his whole life with.

But can you really choose who
Antonette Patrice Russell
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story

Love good storytelling. This was a good one. Different from the typical friend to lovers. Love is indeed a choice . Love that story didn't end perfect as that is not real life. His family may not come around . Too many people in their relationships choose a partner who is not who they need of want because it's what their family wants me what society say should be their choice. The heart should win not societal pressures.
Connie Haynes
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story

This was a great story of how Ashanti and Luke became more than friends . I am hoping there will be a sequel because I feel there are some unanswered questions, such as will Weng’s crush on Ashanti affect his relationship with Luke or will Luke’s parents ever accept their relationship ? This was a nice clean romance , I hope to read more
Tonii Tonii
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read in one day

I read this book in one day. I read this author work before and loved it. This book was no exception I like it just like I like the other book. It was sweet, and realistic. Looking to reading more from this author.
T. Pag
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best friends are hard to beat

This is such a good story. I wasn’t sure if I would like it since I seem to lean more towards all ends Neón tied up and this I prefer series books. However, I don’t regret giving this book a chance even though my mind is saying what about Weng. Lol
Jessica James
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read

This was a cute BWAM no sex scenes if your looking for that keep looking. I did like the book overall
Keya Ramirez
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved reading this story. Everything was believable and no sappiness. The only thing I did not like was that it ends with them still dating.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Luke and Ashanti. In the beginning Ashanti got on my nerves a little bit, but she ended up growing on me. Was a really cute story.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Luke & Ashanti were so sweet together. His grandparents were great. His parents were so narrow minded. It was a great love story.I must read.
Hmm....not bad to read, but the way these characters handle their love lives is ridiculous.
Monique Morgan
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I really hope there's a sequel. Especially to answer the moodiness of weng...and if his parents ever change their minds or if the couple got married.
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From an early age, Nia knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began chasing that dream when she was a teenager.

Nia writes interracial romance and contemporary romance with guaranteed happy endings. She loves strong heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and just enough spice and drama to keep things interesting!

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