August 3, 2021

The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh

The Man Ban by Nicola MarshThe Man Ban by Nicola Marsh
Published by Berkley on July 27, 2021
Genres: Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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Reading Challenges: GoodReads, NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 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!

In conclusion

Read The Man Ban for the descriptions of the food not the banter.

Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC.

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About Nicola Marsh

USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning Australian author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist.

She has published 70 books and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes contemporary romance for Penguin Random House Berkley USA, domestic suspense novels for Hachette UK’s Bookouture, and rural romance for Harper Collins Australia’s Mira imprint.

She’s a Waldenbooks, Bookscan, Amazon, iBooks and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

She loves chatting on social media!

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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