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Honey & Spice

the heart-melting TikTok Book Awards Book of the Year
  • Author
    • Bolu Babalola
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The fresh, utterly addictive rom-com you've been waiting for - from Sunday Times bestselling author Bolu Babalola.

'A triumph' BETH O'LEARY
'Hilarious, hot and heartfelt' MEG CABOT
'Romantic, sexy, fun, delicious and important' MARIAN KEYES

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.

Recommended by New York Times - Entertainment Weekly - Elle - Esquire - Harper's Bazaar - Sunday Times Culture - Stylist - Bustle - Buzzfeed - Zoella - Time - Goodreads and more!

'Everything you could ever want from a romance and more - the vibes are simply immaculate' ZOELLA

'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

'Breathes new life into the genre with its vibrant characters and sexy, authentic voice' RED

'Smart, sexy and energetic' EMMA GANNON

'Romance will never be dead, as long as Bolu is writing it' JESSIE BURTON


'Bolu makes it look effortless. I'm not being told Malakai and Kiki are hot for each other, I'm experiencing it. It's happening right there on every page' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'How modern chick flicks should, and probably will, look like' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Warm, funny and sweet. I see a lot of myself & experiences in the main character Kiki - and we love that kind of representation' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Funny, hot, thought-provoking - read it all in one weekend it was so good' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
  • Published: May 11 2023
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9781472286420

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Press Reviews

  • Beth O'Leary
    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.
  • Annie Lord
    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.
  • Emma Gannon
    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.
  • The Sunday Times
    This is a fast-paced commercial novel with a refreshing take on a well-worn concept. Someone should adapt it for the screen.
  • The i Paper
    Sparkling and self-assured... Babalola really captures the heady infatuation of first love.
  • The 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 Observer
    Charming and funny.
  • Marian Keyes
    Honey & Spice is unapologetically romantic and really sexy. I could not have loved it more.