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Honey and Spice

By Bolu Babalola
Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola digital book - Fable

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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK • A TIKTOK BOOK CLUB PICK

"Sexy, messy and wry, Honey and Spice more than delivers." — New York Times Book Review

"A vibrant debut novel . . . Babalola is incisively funny, capturing the kick and sweetness of her title with her words." — Entertainment Weekly

Named a Best Book of the Year by TimeEsquireVanity Fair • Oprah Daily • CosmopolitanElleHarper's BazaarSouthern Living • Buzzfeed • Women's Health Magazine • AudioFile • Popsugar • and more!

Introducing internationally bestselling author Bolu Babalola’s dazzling debut novel, full of passion, humor, and heart, that centers on a young Black British woman who has no interest in love and unexpectedly finds herself caught up in a fake relationship with the man she warned her girls about

Sweet like plantain, hot like pepper. They taste the best when together...

Sharp-tongued (and secretly soft-hearted) Kiki Banjo has just made a huge mistake. As 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 “situationships”, players, and heartbreak. But when the Queen of the Unbothered 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. Kiki has never surrendered her heart before, and a player like Malakai won’t be the one to change that, no matter how charming he is or how electric their connection feels. But surprisingly entertaining study sessions and intimate, late-night talks at old-fashioned diners force Kiki to look beyond her own presumptions. Is she ready to open herself up to something deeper?

A gloriously funny and sparkling debut novel, Honey and Spice is full of delicious tension and romantic intrigue that will make you weak at the knees.

"A smart, sexy summer read, which hits your brain and your romance buttons in one shot." — Los Angeles Times

"The ultimate summer romance . . . It’s got all the juiciest, most satisfying romance tropes, but in Babalola’s capable hands, the story feels fresh and unique." — The Cut, New York magazine

“Divine summer reading. Hilarious, hot, and heartfelt. ” — Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Diverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readFunny writingAddictiveFast-pacedRealistic settingRomanticUnsatisfying ending
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This. Was. Perfection. Fake dating is my all-time favourite trope. I don't think I've ever read a fake dating romance that I didn't love. There's just something about those moments when we get to see through the fake into the real. Set at a university, alongside the romance, the book explores the existence of systemic racism within the educational system and how communities adversely affected by it overcome, band together, and push back. Kiki and Kai were a match made in heaven. Totally rubbed up the wrong way in the beginning, Kiki hasn't had the best first impression, so this alienation from the start makes the move to lovers so much tastier when it happens. There's never any real beef between the two, but they both have their own hang ups to work through and walls built up to knock down. I like how their romance unfolded so subtly to them that their realisations were just so pure. And the declarations of love? Ugh, I loved it. The female friendships were also huge standout aspect of the book. Especially when Kiki had a lot of baggage around female friendships so she sort of sequestered herself away from socialising and actually having a wider friendship group.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersAddictiveRealistic settingFeel goodRomanticRacism
Slightly Smiling Face“THIS BOOK HAS MAD BANTER. Truly, this one is for the girlies into the *dialogue* of it all. Kiki and Malakai’s conversations were everything. Their chemistry was top-notch… and Malakai? Oh, he’s a top-tier book boyfriend. I’ve followed Babalola on Twitter for years, and she always has something clever and insightful to say so I HAD to check out her book. Can’t wait for more from her! 🙌”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingOriginal writingTwistyRealistic settingComing of ageRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Beautiful, clever, frustrating, funny and so lovely. As a Nigerian, this one has a special place in my heart.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growOriginal writingImmersive settingRealistic settingRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingRomantic

About Bolu Babalola

BOLU BABALOLA is the author of the Reese Book Club pick Honey and Spice and the internationally bestselling short story collection Love in Color. She is a London based writer and lover of love. She was shortlisted in 4th Estate’s B4ME competition for her short story “Netflix & Chill,” a hilarious tale of teen romance. Bolu has worked as a writer for books, TV, and press, and as a cultural commentator.

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