Lavash at First Sight

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Pub Date 9 May 2024 | Archive Date 9 May 2024

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Sparks fly between two women pitted against each other in this delectable queer romantic comedy by Taleen Voskuni, author of Sorry, Bro. Perfect for fans of Ali Hazelwood.

Twenty-seven year old Nazeli ‘Ellie’ Gregorian likes the prestige of her tech marketing job but hates the condescending Patagonia-clad tech bros, her micromanaging boss, and, now, her ex-boyfriend. Who dumped her. At work.

So when Ellie's lovingly overbearing parents send her to attend a conference in Chicago, she's eager for the distraction. While she's there, she just has to help their company, Hagop's Fine Armenian Foods, win a huge award and get a free Superbowl ad. No big deal.

Within minutes at the conference, she meets witty, devil-may-care Vanya Simonian. The sparks fly as they get to know each other – both Armenian! From the Bay Area! Whose families are into food! But their meet-cute is cut short when Ellie’s parents recognize Vanya as the daughter of their greatest rivals – the Simonian family whose mission (according to Ellie's mother) is to whitewash and repackage Armenian food for the American health-food crowd.

Sworn as enemies, Ellie and Vanya must play to win the award by the week’s end – while keeping their feelings secret . . .

'Taleen Voskuni’s novel is one of love, identity, family loyalty and delicious Armenian food. It’s funny and sweet and a genuine joy to read.' - Culturefly

Sparks fly between two women pitted against each other in this delectable queer romantic comedy by Taleen Voskuni, author of Sorry, Bro. Perfect for fans of Ali Hazelwood.

Twenty-seven year old Nazeli...

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This is the exact type of romantic comedy that I love, I found it easy to read and wanted to see how they relationship developed.

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An updated version of the Montagues and the Capulets, this charming tale explores what happens when two young women find themselves facing a magnetic attraction that is as strong as the utter revulsion that both sets of parents involved in this romance have for each other.

Ellie is coming off a bad breakup with an ex boyfriend who dumped her at work, and Vanya is supporting her parents to realise their American Dream of an ethnic food business.

Unfortunately, their parents end up being not only competitors in their food businesses, but also in seeking to win a special prize at the food packing conference that they are all attending. Needless to say, sparks fly in more ways than one...

This is a cute story with the added attractions of multiculturalism (Armenian families), diversity (female protagonists) and food preparation (lavash isn't all that's served up warm here) included in the content. A nice little amuse bouche (or perhaps a sharing platter would be a more appropriate metaphor!) for romance readers.

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Ok I think this book has finally shown me my romance niche which is 'people who like each other from the off and are forthright with their feelings' - does that have a name? I feel like that's a really basic type of romance to enjoy but this is one of the only books I've found that follows this trope.

Of course, there's the classic misunderstanding which could ruin everything moment but I just found the communication between Nazeli and Vanya really refreshing and enjoyable.

I loved learning about Armenian culture and food, the romance was well cute and best of all (for me) was no on page s*x (no shame to those who enjoy it but if that's what you're looking for this is not the book for you.

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

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