Haven is an erotic romance novel, set majorly in the Twin Bliss Resort on the fictional Island of Gobota, Zambia and partly in Lagos, Nigeria.
28 year old, Janelle Lafayette, a high functioning autistic, young woman was content living her life in New York working as an app developer when she gets a request that brings her running back home. Her childhood friend, Ahmed Guasu is an U-30 Forbes listed billionaire and closeted queer man who needs her help to increase his chances of securing a senatorial seat in the fast approaching elections. A marriage of convenience seemed like the perfect plan, until Tyrell Alagoa, sets his sights on Janelle and falls head over heels in love. Caught between obligation and desire, Janelle makes a decision. But can she live with the consequences?
Genre(s): Erotic Romance Fiction
Rating: 3.75/5 stars.
The plot is fast paced and easy to follow. It is as addictive as it is predictable. Timi did not come to play with the romance in this book because it met all the expectations I had of a lit erotic romance. From the chemistry between the couples to the actual sex scenes; everything sizzled.
I found the world building for the Twin Bliss Resort to be exquisitely detailed and well fleshed out.
Also, the characters in this book were well developed. They got me really worked up but they also made me laugh. I liked that the characterization was done to reflect the fact the multiple ethnicity in Nigeria extends beyond the three popular tribes. I also liked the fact that the banter and the Pidgin English is 100% Nigerian. Quite unlike some books, I have read recently which claim to be set in Nigeria but fail to show workings.
If I were asked to pick the worst character in this book, it would be Ahmed. I acknowledge that he had his fair share of frustrations caused by his inability to openly practice his sexuality. But I refuse to accept this as a valid and justifiable reason for the way he treated the people he claimed to love. In my opinion, it is because he is an obscenely narcissist and downright deplorable person. In the same vein, I detested Tyrell’s massive ego and the fact that his determination to seduce Janelle often put her in situations that almost robbed her of her agency. Jeffery and Janelle definitely deserved better.
As someone who loves realistic endings, I wasn’t really satisfied how the conflicts were resolved. Then again, does a novel qualify as a romance novel, if there’s no happily ever after?
The greatest highlight of reading, Haven has to be the author’s representation of neurodiversity, specifically ASDs. She was able to create awareness about Autism, in the most entertaining way I have ever encountered in a book. One that instead of downplaying the nature of the condition, celebrated its positive differences.
If you are ever in the mood for fun, light-hearted reads packed with heat, I highly recommend this book to you. It’s also great for lovers of erotic romance fiction, contemporary love stories, African fiction.
Lastly, I would like to thank the author for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
FYI: There are more books like this written by various Nigerian authors and published as part of the Twin Bliss Resort Series. I haven’t read any of them yet. However, it feels good to know that there are some more steamy light reads from where Haven came from.
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