Published by Berkley on July 27, 2021
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About The Man Ban
After a devastating breakup, Harper’s been on a self-imposed man ban – no flirting, hookups, or dating. She’s focusing on her career as a food stylist. And then she meets Manny at a wedding. The gorgeous doctor is infuriating but also there’s an undeniable attraction.
When Manny helps her out during an important photoshoot, Harper reconsiders her man ban. Manny, a confirmed bachelor despite his grandmother Izzy’s best efforts, also reconsiders his options.
My thoughts about The Man Ban
I loved the premise of The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh – enemies to lovers with lots of foodie talk, set in Australia. I appreciated the author including her own experience with vitiligo and weaving that into Harper’s story. I found Harper’s determination to succeed and not let her illness hold her back to be very relatable.
But I didn’t love Manny’s almost condescending way of talking to Harper. Instead of appreciating her wit, he constantly commented/thought of her as “sassy” which – ugh. And his thoughts that Harper enjoyed eating made her attractive and different from all of the other women. The 10 year age difference between Manny and Harper actually felt more like decades.
That aside, they had some seriously hot chemistry between them. Their banter was full of sparks. Izzy’s dramatics were amusing. The descriptions of the food and locales were gorgeous and made me want to visit and indulge!
Read The Man Ban for the descriptions of the food not the banter.
Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC.