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A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK

FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, BOLU BABALOLA COMES THE ROMANCE WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.

‘A triumph of a novel.’ BETH O’LEARY

‘Hilarious, hot and heartfelt.’ MEG CABOT

‘Succulent, addictive romance. Simply wonderful.’ LIZZIE DAMILOLA BLACKBURN

‘Smart, sexy and energetic. I’m excited for everyone to read this book.’ EMMA GANNON

‘Romance will never be dead, as long as Bolu is writing it.’ JESSIE BURTON

Recommended by New York Times – Entertainment Weekly – Elle – Esquire – Harper’s Bazaar – Sunday Times CultureStylistBustle – Buzzfeed – Time – Goodreads and more!

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Kiki Banjo is an expert in relationship-evasion.

In fact, she has made it her mission to protect the women of Whitewell University from the dangers of players and heartbreak, supplying advice, tips and essentials to paying men no mind on her student radio show, Brown Sugar.

And then Kiki meets distressingly handsome newcomer Malakai Korede, who threatens to tear apart the community of women she’s fought so hard to protect.

Kiki publicly declares Malakai the ‘Wasteman of Whitewell’ on Brown Sugar and brings a stop to her girls chasing his attentions. But when she and Malakai suddenly find themselves shackled into a fake relationship to salvage their respective reputations and save their academic futures, she is in danger of falling for the very wasteman she warned her sisters about.

With her heart compromised and defences weakened, Kiki has to learn to open herself up to the perils of love… and face up to a past that forced her to close down in the first place.

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

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Why readers LOVE Honey & Spice

‘This book breathes new life into the genre with its vibrant characters and sexy, authentic voice.’ RED

‘From the first page, there are zingers aplenty; you instantly feel safe in the knowledge that the rest will take you on a journey that’s equal parts sweet and hot. Fitting, really.’ THE INDEPENDENT

‘A sizzling, addictive story.’ HARPER’S BAZAAR

‘Packed with will-they, won’t-they sexual tension, it’s the hot summer read you need.’ THE SUN

‘Babalola’s sharp sense of humour, slick pop-culture references, and keen sense of zeitgeist ensures that her story offers a refreshing portrait of what modern love really looks and feels like.’ TIME

‘A vibrant debut novel . . . Babalola is incisively funny, capturing the kick and sweetness of her title with her words.’ ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

‘Babalola’s writing shines whether she’s writing parry-riposte banter or fresh, evocative interiority.’ NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘A fast-paced commercial novel with a refreshing take on a well-worn concept. Someone should adapt it for the screen.’ SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

‘A blissful celebration of first loves, second chances and sisterhood. Bolu is an expert at her craft.’ JENDELLA BENSON

‘Babalola’s hilarious romance debut will have you laughing out loud and reconsidering first impressions.’ BUZZFEED

‘Addictive. Desire prickles under every word.’ ANNIE LORD

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Reviews

Honey & Spice is gorgeously written and heart-meltingly romantic. Kiki and Malakai have a rare, extraordinary, sizzling chemistry which has you rooting for their love story from the very first moment they cross paths. A triumph of a novel.
Beth O'Leary
Honey & Spice is the book many have been waiting for. Black love, Black joy and Black magic are all stirred into this succulent, addictive romance. Simply wonderful.
Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
A blissful celebration of first loves, second chances and sisterhood. Bolu is an expert at her craft.
Jendella Benson
A fast-paced commercial novel with a refreshing take on a well-worn concept. Someone should adapt it for the screen.
Sunday Times Culture
A sizzling, addictive story.
Harper's Bazaar
A vibrant debut novel . . . Babalola is incisively funny, capturing the kick and sweetness of her title with her words.
Entertainment Weekly
Babalola's hilarious romance debut will have you laughing out loud and reconsidering first impressions.
Buzzfeed
Babalola's writing shines whether she's writing parry-riposte banter or fresh, evocative interiority.
New York Times Book Review
Bolu Babalola understood the assignment because this book has everything you could ever want from a romance and more - the vibes are simply immaculate.
Zoella
Bolu is one of the laugh-out-loud funniest and sharpest of writers working today. I fell in love with Kiki and the whole line-up of loveable characters. It's smart, sexy, energetic and sums up the realness of being attracted to someone you didn't necessarily expect. I'm excited for everyone to read this book.
Emma Gannon
Divine summer reading. Hilarious, hot, and heartfelt.
Meg Cabot
From the first page, there are zingers aplenty; you instantly feel safe in the knowledge that the rest will take you on a journey that's equal parts sweet and hot. Fitting, really.
The Independent
Romance will never be dead, as long as Bolu is writing it.
Jessie Burton
Sparkling and self-assured... Babalola really captures the heady infatuation of first love.
The i Paper
This book breathes new life into the genre with its vibrant characters and sexy, authentic voice.
Red Magazine
This book had me screaming from page one! Bolu understands desire better than anyone else and in Honey & Spice it prickles under every word. This book is so addictive it had me reading it even after I'd got off the bus.
Annie Lord
This is a fast-paced commercial novel with a refreshing take on a well-worn concept. Someone should adapt it for the screen.
The Sunday Times
Kiki compares her feelings for Malakai as like swallowing a star. That's a bit how I felt after reading this messy but joyful book.
The Times
Charming and funny.
The Observer
Honey & Spice is romantic, sexy, fun, delicious and important. I could not have loved it more.
Marian Keyes