If you follow me on Instagram and watch my ig stories regularly, it’s no surprise that I have been hyping this book since I first learnt of its existence and was eventually gifted the eARC by the author. I had initially been on a reading slump and was bored not getting into any book i kept trying to read, so i picked this up.
Oh boy, what a perfect rom-com setting this was for me. I didn’t only identify with the book 80% of the storyline (being a Nigerian myself and from Edo State), but it was an absolute delight.
Azere must choose between love and her family as she tries so hard to honor the promise she made to her father at his death bed to marry a Nigerian when the time comes and be an obedient daughter of her conservative mother who is adamant on preserving her Nigeria heritage/culture by matching making potential suitors for her (thus making the promise be fulfilled)
But when another match-made date night -by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up having a one night stand with Rafael Castellano, which unexpectedly evolves into something serious (and his totally white and spanish) .
Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere’s Nigerian heritage.
Azere can’t help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity?
WHAT I LOVED
I particularly enjoyed the romance movies references/scenes the author cited trying to imagine Azere’s case in them. It was both hilarious and damn cute.
Lots of likeable characters, ofcourse my favorite was her mother though (she reminds me of mine and presents the typical Nigeria mother’s characterization). Her dramatics wasn’t just hilarious but epic.
The sort of love triangle (not exactly one because Azere wasn’t exactly in love with Elijah) was also fun to read too. And i love how Elijah’s character was written off as a total villain.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
I do find Azere’s character sometimes annoying and overly unnecessarily dramatic. I didn’t care for her character sometimes cause she didn’t seem mature enough for me. I sort of find the sibling exhibiting the strong will and mature thinking that I would have loved to see Azere had. But that’s also what makes the book interesting enough.
The sort of love triangle (not exactly one because Azere wasn’t exactly in love with Elijah) was also fun to read too. And i love how Elijah’s character was written as a total villain.
I deeply appreciated the cultural depictions of Nigeria delicaese, music, attire and the language as well. It’s always fun reading a book that identifies with me and this was well written.
My only dissatisfaction was the angst. It was unnecessarily too much sometimes and cliche.
If you a fan of interracial romance, love reading and learning about West Africa cultures and other Chick Lit….. You might want to grab this.
PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 29TH 2020 PUBLISHER: BERKELEY