Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words

Annika Sharma. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-4926-6540-3
Sharma’s charming if formulaic debut, the first in the Chai Masala Club series, reads like a love letter to both Indian culture and the streets of New York City. Ever since 28-year-old Kiran Mathur’s older sister was disowned by their parents for marrying the wrong man, Kiran has played the role of perfect Indian daughter—even after moving from India to America for school and her career as a biomedical engineer. But as she approaches 30, she yearns to follow her heart and find romance for herself, rather than agree to an arranged marriage. Enter her new neighbor: handsome child psychologist Nash Hawthorne. Kiran resists their immediate chemistry, knowing her parents would never approve of an American suitor. Nevertheless, their easy friendship gradually deepens into a full-fledged relationship, though their romance is challenged by Kiran’s traditional parents and Nash’s own complicated history. As they navigate these obstacles, they must both figure out what they truly want. While this predictably hits all the typical romance story beats, it distinguishes itself with relatable characters, a vibrant setting, ample, well-drawn Indian representation, and a delightful voice. This will surely win Sharma some fans. Agent: Stacey Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Group. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 08/03/2021
Release date: 10/01/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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