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Honey and Spice

By Bolu Babalola
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"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

809 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“The banter between the two main characters is enough for this book to get 5 stars. It was funny, cute, and a great love story.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersFunny writing
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This is like a warm hug full of poetic writing, tasteful smut (nothing super explicit), sisterhood, and romance. I listened to the audiobook on Hoopla and Weruche Opia, the narrator, did the damn thing! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽I immediately bought a copy to annotate when I reread. This was a medium-stakes, coming-of-age story set at a HBCU that was hard to put down once I started listening. 4.5 because the writing was amazing but things usually corrected themselves with minimal effort until the end without our Kikiola needing to do much to rectify things (but it was just stressful enough for this not to be a very big deal to me).”
Characters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingAddictiveRealistic settingComicalComing of ageRomanticThought-provoking
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Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book really had me smiling and laughing along the whole way. And then broken hearted in some parts as well. 😭 That's because the characters are so lovable and relatable! Kiki has a leader mentality and she knows how to take control of what she wants. Malakai is charming and also passionate about his dreams just like Kiki is. I loved the chemistry these two had together. Instant best friends who's relationship eventually grows into something more. I was rooting for them the whole time! The writing style is humorous while also eloquent and romantic which I really loved. The pacing felt just right. There was a lot of dialogue, perhaps more than I generally prefer but the story was really good nonetheless. It definitely gives off sweet and spicy vibes and I enjoyed it very much!”
Likable charactersFunny writingRealistic settingRomantic
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readOriginal writingAddictiveUnpredictable

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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