Check out my review of this fake relationship, college romance by Bolu Babalola, which was a book selection for the Reese Witherspoon Book Club.
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Honey & Spice
by Bolu Babalola
Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: College, Fake Relationship
Published July 2022
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Kiki Banjo is an expert in relationship-evasion and the host of the popular student radio show Brown Sugar.
She’s made it her mission to make sure the women of the African-Caribbean Society at Whitewell University do not fall into the mess of players and heartbreak.
But when she kisses Malakai Korede, the guy she just publicly denounced as “The Wastemen of Whitewell,” in front of every Blackwellian on campus, she finds her show on the brink.
They’re soon embroiled in a fake relationship to try and salvage their reputations and save their futures.
But the more time she spends with him, Kiki is forced to look beyond her own presumptions. Is she ready to open herself up to something deeper?
I picked up this title because it was the latest pick for the Reese Witherspoon Book Club and I was curious about what type of romance she would pick for her readers.
Overall, I’ll say that I enjoyed it though I almost didn’t finish it. It took me a few chapters to get into it because I just wasn’t following the writing.
The writing style and jargon just wasn’t my cup of tea but I’m glad that I stuck with it because once Kiki and Malakai devised their plan, it got good.
Fans of new adult, fake relationship romance will enjoy this. I liked the focus on sisterhood and how it brought to light the issue of how a man’s word can really crush someone’s reputation.
I’m glad Zack got what he deserved – the douchebag!
Once the book got rolling, I really liked the character development of Kiki and Malakai. Plus, they fit really well together.
You do get some steam in this one but overall, it’s light which was actually a bit refreshing when it comes to college romance.
Check it out!