Honey and Spice

Morrow. Jul. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063141483. $27.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT As the host of the popular advice show at her college, sharp-tongued Kiki has plenty of relationship advice to dispense, but when it comes to her own dating life, she guards her heart fiercely. Everything changes when she meets the new guy on campus, Malakai, a sexy film-maker, whose player ways are creating waves among the Black student body. When Kiki and Malakai are thrown together for an academic project, they decide to start a fake relationship in order to ensure the success of their assignments. Will Kiki and Malakai be able to overcome their preconceived notions of each other and get to know their true selves? Will their undeniable chemistry develop into something real? Babalola, author of the short story collection Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold, has written a beautiful and witty novel that’s a celebration of love, friendship and Black joy that will wend it’s way into readers’ hearts.
VERDICT Brimming with Afro-Caribbean culture, British banter, pop culture references, and plenty of steam, this book will appeal to fans of the fake dating trope, novels with a well-developed cast of characters, and feminist romances with strong themes of friendship.
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