Monday 13 June 2022

Book Review: From Fake to Forever by Laila Rafi

From Fake to Forever by Laila Rafi book cover

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Jiya Ahmed has a dream: she wants to complete her MBA and get a job in the city. The problem is that her parents think it's high time she put her books away and focused on becoming good wife material - but surely there's more to life than finding the right boy?

Ibrahim Saeed has a goal: he wants to avoid marriage but more specifically, he wants to avoid the arranged marriage his father has planned for him. Why would he want to end up like his (clearly unhappy) older brother with a partner of his father's choosing?

Ibrahim's cheeky brother introduces them to the perfect setup: a fake relationship to stall their parents. As they embark on their plan, the attraction they set out to fake starts feeling all too real... but love was never part of the deal.

From Fake to Forever is a quick romance read - the ideal accompaniment to your summer holiday!

The whole concept of this book is based on the fake-dating trope. Two people agree to pretend that they're dating each other, and of course, it's inevitable that they gradually start to develop real feelings for one another. 

In this case, the two main characters are Jiya and Ibrahim. Jiya is driven, studious, and determined to put her career prospects above a potential husband and family - against her parent's wishes. Ibrahim is a successful businessman trying to escape the controlling nature of his father in order to decide his own future. 

When they're introduced by Harry, Ibrahim's mischievous younger brother, the pair agree to start fake-dating to placate their families and give each other the space they need to achieve their goals. Of course, though, things don't always quite go to plan and it isn't long before the "fake" is firmly out of the equation.  But do Jiya and Ibrahim get their happily ever after? You'll have to read the book to find out!

Although I enjoyed the concept of the story and loved the characters of Jiya and Harry, sadly several other aspects of the book fell flat. I struggled to see the supposed chemistry between Jiya and Ibrahim, and in fact, I didn't really rate Ibrahim's character much at all. I found him to be quite flaky and unpredictable, rather than the type of partner Jiya deserved. 

Certain elements of the book also left me feeling uncomfortable, notably some of the derogatory comments made by Ibrahim and his brothers. Additionally, the implication that Jiya would be unable to get a good work placement overseas without Ibrahim's connections left a sour taste. 

From Fake to Forever had an intriguing concept but unfortunately, it just wasn't right for me.

Rating: 2 stars

From Fake to Forever is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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