Updated: Mar 22, 2021
Reena is recently unemployed and is not a fan of her current love life status. She’d prefer to be baking and cooking than to deal with her meddling family, who are currently trying to arrange for her to marry Nadim, the neighbour across the hall and her father’s newest employee. Reena tries to ignore the attraction she has for Nadim, but she soon finds that she wants to be around him and as they bond over their love of food. And so, when an amazing opportunity of winning a scholarship to a culinary school is offered if she wins the reality tv food competition. So when an amazing opportunity of winning a scholarship to a culinary school is offered if she wins the reality tv food competition, Reena and Nadim pretend they're really engaged for her to be able to enter.
Accidentally Engaged is adorable, sexy and funny all kneaded into one. I was so happy that I was given a finished copy of this book by Forever as I heard only great things about it prior to its publication. It was so great the story takes place in Toronto, which is where I work/previously lived in. It’s refreshing to read about places that you can relate to as it’s rare to have a Canadian setting within a story.
I loved the mixed cultural references that first born Canadians go through. I am a first born Canadian and my life is filled with adapted customs that make all of us unique.
Overall, I really liked Reena’s character and Nadim’s positive happy-go-lucky manner that balanced out her anxious one. Their interactions were so cute and I especially liked reading about Reena’s support system of her hilarious friends and intrusive family.
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.