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Accidentally Engaged

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,081 ratings  ·  712 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
Published 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
This is a Fake dating Romance/Chick-Lit. This is a cute and funny book. This book is about the two main characters family setting them up to be engaged, but they become friends over cooking foods from where they come from. I really love this book. The two main characters are magnetic and they fit together so well. Their is so many cute and funny moments in this book. This book had me totally pulled into it, and I did not want to put this book down. This book is beautifully written and entertaini ...more
Nov 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-released


i see desi wedding, i smash that mf want-to-read button
Larry H
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Accidentally Engaged , Farah Heron's new book, is a fun, sexy, sweet rom-com about trying to make your own way despite what your parents want. (Like that's easy?)

Reena’s parents want what’s best for her, and in their eyes, finding a man for her to marry is best. Sure, it’s not worked any of the previous times they've tried this, but it looks like this candidate, Nadim, definitely has his pluses—he’s handsome, he has a great body and a sexy British accent, and he loves fo
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Accidentally Engaged is a cute romantic comedy about a Muslim woman that fakes an engagement to enter a cooking contest for couples.

Accidentally Engaged is cute, funny, and entertaining. Reena is passionate about baking bread and is always cooking. Reena’s parents want her to marry a nice Muslim boy and are always trying to set her up. Their newest option for her is Nadim. Reena and Nadim are both different than their parents realize. They both are passionate about food which causes them to quic
mish ♡
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
well uhhh this combined with a new semester of school may have just put me in a slump for the entire january. how fun :)
and now i hAVE to write a review about it too :(

waiiittt cause i just got my first arc OMFGOMGOMG


Loved this book! Such a feel good story packed with humor, friendship, family, and calories! I seriously defy you to read this and not crave bread! Reena does not like her job, isn’t thrilled with her love life, and most of all is tired of her meddling family. Her parents have really outdone themselves this time they have moved her latest potential husband into the apartment right across the hall from her. There is no way Reena is going to date this man much less marry him.
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
2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Hot Beverage

“You checked all my boxes. Even the secret boxes no one knew about. I could barely breathe that night when I found you sitting outside my door barefoot with a bag of bread. You were prickly and so independent, but I finally felt like I belonged somewhere. You feel like home.”

This was such an emotional read and (not to get too cheesy!) felt like home in a lot of ways. I related so much to Reena's messiness and deep-rooted insecurities. I did
Trisha Tomy
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2...

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
It was hard for me to imagine loving a book that was based around a potentially arranged marriage, but ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED is amazing.

Reena is a 32 year old single woman whose parents are constantly trying to direct her life, her career, and her relationships. When Reena meets her new hot neighbor, Nadim, she is intrigued...until she realizes he is the man her father has planned for her to marry. Suddenly Nadim is the enemy that she can't stand, but needs help from to make her dreams a reality.
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
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the romance between Reena and Nadim a lot! I loved her as a character, I just thought she was so...real. I don't know how else to describe it, her fears and worries, her desire to please her family, her desire to have a different career than the one that seems "safe."

One of the things that I think it does really well, superbly even, is explore how complicated family dynamics STAY COMPLICATED through adulthood. I think a lot of romances tend to discuss family o
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Farah Heron has only released two books and she is already one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Farah's debut, The Chai Factor, is a work of art, and I was eager to pick up Accidentally Engaged. This book was just as joyful of an experience as The Chai Factor. You can tell that this story is a project that Farah Heron put all her heart into and I'm grateful that she decided to share it with readers.

At the center of Accidentally Engaged is Reena, a South Asian woman who is a little di
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, humorous, and sassy!

Accidentally Engaged is a fresh, flirty, heartwarming tale that takes you into the life of Reena Manji, a hardworking, young woman of Indian heritage who endeavours to do whatever it takes to change all aspects of her humdrum life, including faking an engagement with the man her parents have promised her to and whom she refuses to marry in order to enter a coveted cooking show contest specifically for couples.

The prose is heartfelt and light. The characters are kind, s
Lily Herman
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Ack! Okay! Well! I'm already feeling very chaotic about this rating and review! Let's dive into it!

There's so much to love about Farah Heron's Accidentally Engaged. Reena is such a fun and unique heroine, Nadim is both lovable and mysterious, and the entire Manji family is a damn trip. Plus the food descriptions in this book not only made my mouth water but also made me decide that bread-baking will be the delayed quarantine hobby I take up next.

I think where things got a little hinky is that th
Mar 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
*ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

DNF-ed/skim-read after 55%

This was a bust, unfortunately.

The good:
I can’t speak for the Tanzanian-Gujarati representation, but the foodie in me loved the baking and traditional food aspect. It made me search the dishes on Google and learn about the big population of Gujarati people residing in Tanzania, which I did not know.

The bad:
I am not unfamiliar with people who have different lifestyles, though I am a
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
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really really wanted to like this book because it’s about a family/female protagonist living in Toronto from East Africa and of Indian descent and it’s not often to see South-Asian/African/Muslim characters in romance novels. The novel is about Reena, who lives in a building her father owns, and meets her neighbour Nadim one day and finds out that he is someone her family approves of and someone who works with her father, and therefore someone she feels is off limits to her. They get along ext ...more
book bruin
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever
Prepare yourself (and your bellies) for this delicious story! I don't think I have ever been so hungry and inspired to bake as I was while reading Accidentally Engaged. I started it before bed one night and less than 24 hours later, I had a chocolate bundt cake and a loaf of everything bread. LOL

What I loved:
- Reena's journey was so relatable. Her struggles with her family and her own identity really resonated with me. I know all too well how the threat of shaming one's family and "saving face"
Mar 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
I really, truly had to force myself to get through this book and I wish I DNF’ed it. It was not for me but if you’re looking for a light-hearted rom com with all your favorite cliches and no other plot other than the MC drooling over men explicitly, this is for you. These are not the type of romance books I read so I was not expecting to not like this book at all. My first and most immediate turn off was the ridicule of Islam. Saying over and over that you “respect it but...” does not make the r ...more
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!
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you want a book that will give you all the feels, like literally ALL of them: love, frustration, flutters, tears (it made me tear up more than once!!) then this is the book for you!!

At first it seems like your typically ‘fake dating/engagement’ but it’s much more than that, we got crappy parents, who I didn’t really enjoy but realize the depth and realism it added to the story itself. We have cooking!!! And there’s even recipes for one of the cuisines cooked within the book, amazing!! We hav
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron is a brilliant rom com!! I loved reading this book! This contemporary romance combines baking, meddling parents and a fake engagement. So fun! Right away the first chapter made me LOL and there were so many funny moments throughout this book. I loved how the setting was Toronto and the Canadian touches. Both main characters, Reena and Nadim, were likeable and even better together. I loved the recipes included too. This book made me hungry! I definitely recomme ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Thank you to the publisher for giving me a free copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

Finally, my craving for a fun romance read has been satisfied thanks to this delightful book!

There were so many aspects of this book that I loved. Food plays such a huge role in this story, and I really enjoyed reading about all the different dishes that Reena makes. Bread baking is also significant and that felt relatable since I too went through my bread phase during quarantine (and after readin
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, best-of-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!
This was cute! Closer to 3.5 than 3 stars. It definitely leaned into the friends-to-lovers angle more than the fake dating/engagement angle in terms of the actual romance story beats. It's funny, because some of the plot is pretty contrived—there is a cooking competition that requires engaged or married pairs, and the prize just happens to be a scholarship to the exact culinary program the MC wants to attend (OK, Sure)—but the execution and character moments felt really down to earth and real. R ...more
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Accidentally Engaged kicks off with a fantastic "meet cute". Reena Manji, somewhat dutiful daughter, Bread Goddess, mother of Brian the Rye starter, and neighbor to Nadim. It's funny and crammed full of quotable quips, especially Reena's internal monologue. I mean, with a family like hers you need a sense of humor. If this isn't snatched up to be a Netflix or Hallmark movie I'll be surprised. This is going to be a runaway hit.

*ARC via Forever Publishing

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...i’m sorry but like what. A FOOT FETISH 😑
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