From Fake to Forever
by Laila Rafi
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Pub Date 27 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 22 Jul 2022
'I laughed, I cried, I felt my heart want to explode with happiness' FIVE STARS
'I couldn't put it down!' FIVE STARS
'I practically devoured it in one sitting' FIVE STARS
Love was never part of the deal...
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 with 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 hilarious rom-com about two people who pretend to date to escape their families' expectations before sparks begin to fly...
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It is the first book that I read by the author but it will definitely not be the last, I loved this story, I practically devoured it in one sitting, I love the fake dating trope and this is perfect, sweet, funny, interesting, I loved all the characters, the story has a steady pace and keeps the reader entertained from beginning to end. I loved the way the author narrates the interaction of the brothers, I liked them from the first scene I read in the restaurant
I also loved the way the author narrates how Jiya and Ibrahim get to know each other, it's so sweet, it made me swooned so hard, It caused a swarm of butterflies in my stomach.!
If you are a fan of fake dating this is definitely an entertaining, unique, interesting and addictive story. Highly recommended!
Oh wow. This book was amazing. I laughed, I cried, I felt my heart want to explode with happiness. I absolutely LOVED Jiya. Very safe read and not too spicy if you’re not wanting anything with spicier scenes. Excellent read that just makes you feel good.
This is the first book by Laila Rafi that I have read. In fact, From Fake to Forever is actually her debut novel. Already, I can’t wait to read more from Laila.
This was such a good book. I am a huge fan of the fake relationship trope, and this book used this trope amazingly. It was such a unique concept of avoiding an arranged marriage in the modern times. It was also really cool to read about characters whose culture is completely different to mine, even though our worlds are very similar.
Jiya and Ibrahaim had sparks flying off the page from the moment they met. I love all of their interactions and the way they invested in their fake relationship as more than just a way to get their families to leave them alone.
The family dynamics were intriguing and I loved the relationship between Ibrahaim and his brothers. I hope that the rest of his brothers’ have their stories told.
If you love unique family relationships, and fake relationships, then this is the book for you. I really enjoyed it and I’m sure you will do.
This is a closed-door (does not even mention sex) romance with some mild explicit language.
This is an adorable story that manages to still incorporate serious topics. The characters are well flashed out and you really start caring about them and the people they surround themselves which such as their siblings.
I love that there's things going on apart from the romantic relationship. This makes the characters much more relatable.
The book is also well written which is not common for romance novels.
I had a great time reading it and enjoyed it to the last bit!
This was such an adorable rom-com! I loved the complicated family dynamics explored throughout this novel, as well as the power that friendship has in creating successful self love! I feel like the true development came in the characters' ability to see past their own self-doubts, which was really inspiring to read about.
This book was absolutely perfect. As soon as I found out both characters were South Asian I knew I had to tune in. The situations of both Ibrahim and Jiya were very relatable to me which made me adore this book even more. I loved their development and the addition of family members into their love story. The bond between the brothers intrigued me and I hope to read some books about them one day!
I really enjoyed this glimpse into the family dynamics of two Pakistani immigrant families in London as the parents try to impose what they feel is the best path on their children who rebel against the push for them to each marry someone whom their parents approve of. Jiya has to fight the lowered expectations that her parents have for a daughter. She’s been working hard to get her MBA and find an interesting job, but her parents keep surprising her with some prospective spouse. Ibrahim has similar problems with his very dictatorial father insisting he get married. So Jiya and Ibrahim decide to fake a relationship to hold off their interfering parents. Of course, you know what is going to happen. While following the usual tropes for a pretend relationship novel, the description of the culture of these immigrant families in Britain is what really drew me in. Both of them come from close families whose parents care deeply about the welfare of their children. While I certainly wouldn’t want parents who were so interfering, I could still empathize with the feelings that lay underneath these relationships.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
I loved this book, and couldn’t put it down! I quite honestly read this book in one sitting as I was hooked. We all know the trope of fake romance to real, but the way this was written, and all the twists and turns, was so good and blew others out the water. I found myself falling in love with all the different characters, and it was nice to see their imprint in the story, and was rather disappointed there was no mention of a series to pick up with the other brothers (if the author’s reading these, please do more about this family!) My only criticism is that the ending feels like it needed a bit more, though if this book does develop into a series, hopefully we’ll see more of these characters in that, and answer some questions left remaining about some of the brothers. 10/10 would recommend!
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