Review: Rent a Bae by Unoma Nwankwor

Posted June 22, 2024 by Richetta in Adult Fiction, Blog Tours, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: Rent a Bae by Unoma Nwankwor

I received this book for free from Hear Our Voices Book Tours & the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Review: Rent a Bae by Unoma NwankworRent a Bae by Unoma Nwankwor
Published by Unoma Nwankwor on June 22, 2024
Genres: African American & Black, Romance
Pages: 178
Format: eBook
Source: Hear Our Voices Book Tours & the publisher
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He's an award-winning actor so pulling off this charade should be easy, right? Except he didn't count on his pretend "girl" being... her.Arinze KaluThe continuation of the Kalu name lay on my shoulders.At least that's what my grandmother claims. And she's on a mission to ensure it won't die there.I wasn't planning on visiting Nigeria anytime soon, so I'd been doing a pretty good job of tap dancing around her threats to find me a wife.After a scandal that almost engulfed me at the beginning of my career, I'm determined to take my time choosing a partner.Between establishing my company, filming, press, and traveling for my new movie, I simply don't have that time.Now, my sister is getting married, and I'll be face to face with my grandmother. If things had worked out with the caramel goddess I met on New Year's Eve, I probably would've been good. Since it didn't, my cousins suggest I rent a bae.Jasmine BowmanMy life is a bad horror film and I'm ready to change the channel.Between my job where I'm overworked, underpaid, and skipped over for promotion and my tired, played-out situation with my boyfriend, something had to give.Let's not forget Mr. Butterscotch who I met on New Year's Eve. I could've bet money there was a vibe, but I guess not. I tell myself, I don't need him anyway. I need my mind to get the memo because my more immediate priority is to stop being a disappointment to the Bowman name. I'm getting back into the director's seat of my life. The cost, however, isn't cheap. I need money and my best friend has the craziest idea.

Looking for a clean, faith-based romance? Check out Rent a Bae by Unoma Nwankwor. It is the first in the Away to Africa series by the author. Rent a Bae follows the story of Arinze Kalu and Jasmine Bowman. Arinze is a A-List Nigerian American actor and Jasmine is a florist. They both live in Atlanta and have a chance early meeting at a wedding before going their separate ways. As the story begins, Arinze is feeling the pressure from his grandmother to find a wife, but he’s not ready. So he enlists the services of Rent a Bae to secure a date for the multi-day wedding of his sister. Who is surprised when Jasmine also signs up for the service to get starter money for her business and ends up being a match for Arinze.

Nigerian Culture

I love how through reading the story I learned about Nigerian culture and customs. Arinze makes it clear to Jasmine that Africa is not a monolith and he proves it to her while in Nigeria. The story is told in alternating POV between Arinze and Jasmine. So you get both of their perspectives on the experiences.

Christian Faith

The characters are also Christian and prayer is incorporated throughout the book. The characters incorporate it into their routines and even pray together. I loved this aspect of the book, because it demonstrates how couples can engage with each other through prayer.

Book Boyfriend Material

I really loved the character of Arinze Kalu. He has patience and is very clear in his communication about what he wants. Which is important because Jasmine has a lot to heal from in her past. From the death of her parents to the knucklehead who won’t let her go. Arinze’s directness about his feelings makes it clear to Jasmine who she is with regardless of any shenanigans she tries to pull.

If you are looking for a new romance series, check this one out.

About the Author

Unoma Nwankwor writes Sweet Contemporary Multicultural/Black romances centered on African culture. Through her stories, readers are taken on a romantic adventure across Africa and its Diaspora. Faith, family, hope, and the rich culture of Africa are the foundation on which her stories are woven. Between the pages, she promises you humor, tight hugs, forehead kisses, and above all else, redemptive, sacrificial love. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Unoma is a first-generation Nigerian – American who spent her childhood in Atlanta, GA, and early adulthood in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Holding two degrees in Finance and Management, she is the recipient of the Nigerian Writer’ Award 2015 for Best Faith Fiction Writer. In 2017, she was short-listed for the Diaspora Writer of the Year. She was also a 2021 & 2022 nominee for the Building Readers Around Books Awards. A few years ago, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40.

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