Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction
Warnings: Mental Illness (depression)
Read if you liked: The Dating Plan and the Trouble Hating You
Review: Reena hates her finance day job; meddling family and most of all her single status…there were a lot of ex-boyfriends. What she does however love is her sourdough starters and baking to drown out the noise. But then her sexy new neighbor, Nadim, with his British accent turns out to be the next man her parents are trying to set her up with…She likes the dude but refuses to marry him on principle. Soon they become friends, lovers and fake engaged so she can enter the cooking competition of her dreams. What could possibly go wrong?
I was reading on this on the heels of the Dating Plan…I loved them both but this one might have a slight edge simply because of all the foodie references. If you know me, you know I am a sucker for a foodie plot and I LOVE to bake. Going gluten-free in the last year has been super hard for me because baking is very different…I am honestly scared to even try to make bread but now I feel the need to try. I’ve also really been jamming on the Own Voices romances. Accidentally Engaged kept me laughing and I highly recommend it.
Things I loved: Baking, all the bread references made me so hungry. There was clear chemistry between Reena and Nadim. The family secrets were so funny…like they all knew but they would not talk about it. They covered some mental health topics. Side characters were gold!
Things I didn’t care for: Don’t yell, I know it was the plot and I love the faking dating trope, but it got a bit confusing at times…the fake engagement for the tv show, the real dating, but not talking because her parents wanted her to marry him.