Honey and Spice: A Novel

Written by:
Bolu Babalola
Narrated by:
Weruche Opia

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
28
Narrator
17
Release Date
July 2022
Duration
12 hours 0 minutes
Summary
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 Time • Esquire • Vanity Fair • Oprah Daily • Cosmopolitan • Elle • Harper's Bazaar • Southern 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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Latoya L.

So, this read was very refreshing. Love unexpected...is the best love, right? Sometimes it can be the best thing and thos book is a prime example. Bolu is a genius with words. Kiki and Malakai's are 2 Black British people in a fake relationship that quickly became real, which neither one expected. They both got into a fake relationship to boost their standings in school, internship, and social life. I knew things changed once the pet names came. Malaki called Kiki, scotch for her firey attitude and hot beauty. A play on the scotch bonnet pepper of her Afro-carribean background. Balu also highlighted how the African cultures, how money is sent back to the motherland, how the men move their family to the US or UK and live back in Africa while living a double life. The effects on the children thats never spoken and how the women ignore or deal with the infidelities muted. I loved how it ended and wanted more. Hopefully, Bolu writes a continuance of what happens with kiki and Malachai after their confessions. #Book9of2023 #Bookworm #Whatsnext

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Dee G.

I totally enjoyed it. I loved the characters and their depth. Definitely can't wait to read more from both author and narrator.

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Keena W.

Not only was this a beautifully written by Babalola, the narration performed by Opia was sensational! I felt like I’d known KeKe and Malakai, had friends like so many of their friends. I was fully submerged in their world.

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Anonymous

Excellent story with perfectly matched narration!

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PJ G.

First of all, the narrator! OMG!!!! Ms Opia was exponentially phenomenal. I absolutely enjoyed the book. The author, Ms Babalola, has the gift of creating characters, giving them real personalities, and connecting the reader to their humanity. I could say much more, but suffice it to say, I highly recommend Honey and Spice.

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Sierra A.

The book was great, the narration really made it so!

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