First Dates— Thorns and Roses

In this excerpt from Thorns and Roses, Ifeoma and Chuma are dining together in her Canteen. She wants to know how he found her restaurant.


“I’ve been curious to know how you stumbled upon my humble canteen,” Ifeoma commented one night as they sat eating in the canteen. 

They were the only ones there because the waitresses had long gone, and he’d stayed back to drive her home.

“After a business trip, I was very hungry, and I was stuck in traffic,” he answered, taking a spoonful of Oha soup. 

Ifeoma waited while he swallowed. Her eyes following the movement of his throat and the bob of his Adam’s apple. 

A sudden need to kiss his Adam’s apple overwhelmed her. She shifted her eyes away from the source of her temptation. He appeared oblivious to her plight.

 “So, I saw your sign Eastern Delight,” he continued. “I’m usually picky about where I eat, but I had no choice. I sent the company driver in to buy soup to take away.” 

Ifeoma suddenly remembered the strange man in a hurry to buy food a few months ago.

“Ify, I swear, after eating the onubgu soup, it felt like I had died and gone to heaven.” 

Heat warmed her cheeks. 


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Amaka Azie

She explores the beauty and intricacies of the continent in her sweet and sensual love stories. Her books showcase bold and exciting female and male African main characters with compelling storylines. She was named one of the most influential authors under Forty by the Nigerian Writers Awards (NWA) for the year 2017. Apart from getting lost in creating fascinating fictional characters, Amaka enjoys reading, painting and traveling with her family. She lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and daughters where she also practices part-time as a family Doctor.

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