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Accidentally Engaged

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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-j
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 2nd 2021 by Forever
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yessss!! I can honestly announce: we have another winner! This is entertaining, laugh out loud, sweet, emotional!

There is desi wedding, Indian family traditions, noisy parents, vivid characters, lots of yummy foods, a yummy hero with sexy British accent and natural, strong, easily likable heroine!

There are also so many secrets, gossips, dramas but the way they’re coming out is also smart, absurd, enjoyable! Angsty parts don’t tear your guts, thankfully they were well balanced. And conclusion i
mish ♡
Dec 08, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: arcs
waiiittt cause i just got my first arc OMFGOMGOMG

Nov 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-released


i see desi wedding, i smash that mf want-to-read button
Nov 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
reading the blurb like hECK YES

"But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved."
also isn't this quote from it the most relatable thing ever
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Having loved Farah Heron's debut novel, The Chai Factor, I was very eager to pick up Accidentally Engaged. I was even more delighted to find out that the main character, Reena, is Amira's best friend from The Chai Factor. This is a book that explores love, culture, and cuisine within a South Asian community. It's rich and complex and doesn't shy away from showing both the ups and downs of growing up in the desi community. The story also has a cast of characters who are so normal and real and a r
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Be forewarned

Do not, and I repeat do not read this unless you have snacks and food next to you or you will be sorry. This book had me craving for freshly baked sourdough bread and Indian food. Be prepared to laugh, swoon, and whet your appetite. This is a fun one!

I loved the chemistry between 31 yo Reena Manji and her new neighbor Nadim who was not only gorgeous but also speaks with a sexy British accent. It was almost love at first sight until Reena finds out that her father is setting her up w
A woman in her thirties—Reena—whose passion for cooking and baking makes her finance job look even more dull, and an eligible bachelor and real estate dealer posing as a marriage prospect—Nadim—are thrown in neighboring apartments of a building in Toronto, through a happenstance set up by Reena's desi parents who are adamant on finding that perfect Muslim husband for their daughter.

Efforts meet fate when Nadim agrees to be Reena's partner at a local cooking contest; consequently faking an engag
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2020, 2020
A fake engagement, a cooking show, awesome friends, family, and food? I mean, yeah, this book has it all and more! Reena and Nadim are sweet, sexy, and perfect for each other. If you’re not swooning, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. My first book by this author, but definitely won’t be my last!
Readaholic Book Reviews
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reena Manji loves to bake. Baking bread is a hobby and it brings her joy. What doesn't bring her joy - a) her overbearing Indian family b) her job in finance c) Nadim, her new neighbor who just happens to be the same guy Reena's parents are trying to get her to marry.

Reena and Nadim eventually form a friendship. This friendship turns into a fake engagement when Reena and Nadim sign themselves up as cooking contestants for a show on FoodTV. They have so much fun cooking together that they decide
Jul 02, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
I loved the previous title (The Right Spice), why did they change it =/ Still excited for this, though!
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me an arc via Netgalley.
Firstly, this cover is absolutely gorgeous!!
I loved everything about this book! The author was able to inovate the fake dating trope, the banter was excellent and the representation as well.
As a half canadian, I loved that this was set in Toronto, loved the mentions of canadian quirks and Tim Hortons!
The food descriptions are mouth watering, I was hungry the whole time so, if you're looking for a fun and delic
Stephanie (read_with_steph)
Reena is used to her parents' meddling in her life. But when they encourage her to marry a business partner's son, Nadim, as part of a business deal, she's furious at them for using her as a chess piece. Of course, it doesn't help that she's attracted to him... and he loves her baking... and is genuinely becoming a good friend of hers. When Reena wants to enter a cooking contest but discovers its for families (couples) only, she looks to Nadim to be her fake fiance. It's all fake, right?

Trisha Tomy
I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Unfortunately only 46 pages of this book was available for reading but those 46 pages really impressed me!

One of the first things I like about this is her Gujarati heritage....because I've lived in Gujarat for most of my life so I just really loved the small nods to the culture...a puri chhole here, a dhokla there..

Another thing I loved was the sourdough mother has picked up this skill and I've been with her all,
Leigh Kramer
I absolutely loved Farah Heron’s debut The Chai Factor and could not wait to get my hands on this. While this is about Amira’s best friend Reena, it works just find as a standalone and we get some fun appearances from Amira and Duncan.

This proved to be such an enjoyable read! If I could boil down the premise, it’s this: Reena is tired of her meddling parents so she’s dating Nadim, her neighbor she’s pretending to be engaged to for a cooking contest and whom her parents want her to marry…but the
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

I absolutely loved the book.
Rep: East Africa/Indian Muslim characters living in Canada

Reena: She is working in a job she's not the biggest fan of. So, in her free time, she follows her passion. Baking Bread. She loves everything about it. Her family is a typical Indian family, and I could so relate to it. They're full of secrets, oh-what-would-the-society-say, caring about promotions in work, and all about the "normal" life. I also loved her sister. She was so well thought out too.

Nadim: He
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Accidentally Engaged is one of the most fun romances I've read this year. I loved the descriptions of food, especially all of the bread making. There are even some recipes in the book of the most important (and mouthwatering) dishes in the book which only made the story even more special.

My favorite thing about Accidentally Engaged was how "odd" Nadim was. He was fun, flirty, and had his own quirks, even a fetish I rarely see in the hero of a rom-com. It wasn't until I *met* Nadim that I realize
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Thank you Forever for my review copy. All opinions are my own.
Back me up y’all. 2020 has been hard. I have found myself slowly sliding into unhappiness. With the world. With people. With myself. I picked up Accidentally Engaged to pull myself back. To remind myself what I love. Plain and simple. I love reading. I forgot how much I need to dive into someone else’s world. This one fit the bill 🙌🏻.
To speak on the actual novel....this was lovely. We had it all. A fun, but real female character wh
Shay | Books Are Magic Too
to devour the book as soon as I could after getting it! *** Beware, you’ll pick this one up & suddenly realize you sat down to start it & suddenly you’re finished. ***

WHAT a great love story, and I could shout from the rooftops how much I adored this own voices, cultural tale that taught me plenty of new things about xx and wanted me to try ALL of the incredible food they cooked up in this book. I may just be a boring heterosexual caucasian female, but love knows no color or sex and I am here to
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishing team for sending me this ARC!

This was a cute read. As a romance reader, I enjoyed it! It's a 3-3.5 stars for me. As a Muslim reader, I was a little put-off.

Reena and Nadim had a connection right from the start and the way they both evolved from the beginning of the story to the end was enjoyable to read. Reena battles with being a first-gen child of an immigrant family in a way that is very relatable to anyone who has dealt with finding the balance betwe
Felicia Grossman
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I LOVED this book. Like seriously loved it. Like read-it-in-one-sitting loved it. It has everything that makes a romance fun and exciting, an adorable couple, fun friends, family secrets (some hilariously awful--I'm looking at you, Saira's ex-boyfriend), over-breaking-but-lovable-families, parents on social media, and a cooking competition. This book is fun and swoony but also keeps you on your toes because you want to find out ALL THE THINGS and how everything is related, and it is ALL SO ...more
Living My Best Book Life
Accidentally Engaged is a fantastic romance with sassy characters, delicious food, Indian culture, a meddling family, and a sexy hero with a British accent.

Reena is a woman in her late twenties who is still trying to figure out her life. She doesn't have the career she wants and is feeling pressure from her parents to find settle down and find a husband. But the one constant in her life is her cooking creations. Her neighbors could tell you that her sourdough bread smells divine. Not only does h
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love a good fake relationship book. This starts with Reena meeting her new neighbor Nadim and then finding out that their parents have arranged for them to be married. She immediately declares that she will never marry him. Reena's parents are overly involved in her life and she really seeks to be independent. Although she is worried about their meddling, she and Nadim begin a friendship. Part of this friendship involved them making cooking videos for an online show ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightful and cute rom-com of Reena and Nadim with all the Indian food and the desi meddling family.

Summary: Reena is currently in a job she is not really enjoying and is actually aspiring to become a baker/chef. Nadim is in Canada to work with her father and is also a potential groom for her. Though she is attracted to him right away, she is not ready for a relationship at the time. But when an opportunity presents itself which might help her get closer to her dream job, in the form of a co
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I loved The Chai Factor so I was super excited to hear that Amira’s best friend, Reena, would be the focus in Accidentally Engaged. This contemporary romance is explores self-discovery, family pressure, culinary delights, and cultural expectations/values. This was such a cute heartfelt romance read! All the characters felt so real and were entertaining to read. The chemistry between Reena and Nadim forming a friendship into a fake engagement was organic. I really liked the way the author portray ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Something about Farah Heron's writing really works for me. The humor maybe?
Reena is smart and generous and all sorts of things, but she's also just... real. Her situation, stuck in a career field that she doesn't love, getting laid off once again and trying to avoid the pressure and judgment of family who (while well-intentioned) have no idea what she wants in life, is as frustrating as it is mundane. So often, we read about protagonists who have this overwhelming drive and a great career and al
Chris Markley
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was delightful! Reena is tired of her family trying to control every part of her life and is not happy to discover that her new neighbor Nadim is the latest of her parents' pick for her husband. But there is something about Nadim and they become friends and they accidentally record a video for a cooking contest. When they are selected for the contest they have to pretend to be in a relationship and that's when things get confusing. A story of family, and secrets, and finding a way to trust ...more
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Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Accidentally Engaged was cute, smart, and funny. Reena has a job she hates, Indian parents who are constantly on her back about settling down and getting married, and a new neighbor that is hot--who also turns out to be the man her parents want to set her up with and marry. But Reena can't think about that right now because she needs to find a new job, help out her friends, and keep her sourdough starter Bryan alive and thriving. This was adorable, but also took on arranged marriages and the way ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book preview. Reena's parents want to get her married to a nice Muslim boy. Their latest tactic is to have a very handsome Muslim man - who works for her father - move in next door to her.

I disliked Reena's family a lot. Her mother and father seemed to be managing and overbearing, fixated on getting her married, and she has a sister I wasn't too fond of either. I found myself wishing that Reena could become financially independent enough to move to a strange city without
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley<3 Thank you!
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