Title: The Chai Factor
Author: Farah Heron
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Thirty-year-old engineer Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Nothing can distract her from completing a paper that is so good her boss will give her the promotion she deserves when she returns to work in the city. Amira leaves campus early, planning to work in the quiet basement apartment of her family’s house. But she arrives home to find that her grandmother has rented the basement to . . . a barbershop quartet. Seriously? The living situation is awkward: Amira needs silence; the quartet needs to rehearse for a competition; and Duncan, the small-town baritone with the flannel shirts, is driving her up the wall.
As Amira and Duncan clash, she is surprised to feel a simmering attraction for him. How can she be interested in someone who doesn’t get her, or her family’s culture? This is not a complication she needs when her future is at stake. But when intolerance rears its ugly head and people who are close to Amira get hurt, she learns that there is more to Duncan than meets the eye. Now she must decide what she is willing to fight for. In the end, it may be that this small-town singer is the only person who sees her at all.Review:
First off, I just want to say any book that references The Princess Bride is 1000% winning me over. Seriously, any mention of that and I know I’m going to love the book. I was actually surprised by how much I ended up loving this book! I’m always nervous grabbing a romance from the fiction section because I never know what I’m going to get.
Basically, this book is about Amira navigating her way through racism, sexism, homophobia, and her confusing chemistry with a certain lumberjack. Yup, Duncan is the lumberjack (beard + all the flannel feels). I don’t usually dig beards, but I want myself a Duncan please!
This one is a hate to love story and I loved every second of tension and banter between them. It does get emotional at times, but for the most part the entire quartet is there to lighten things up. There is also a larger family theme happening throughout as well. I didn’t fully know what I was getting into (still need to Google barbershop quartet) but hot damn I enjoyed this read. Sign me up for whatever she’s putting out next!