ARC Review: Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma

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ARC Review: Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma
Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: September 21 2021
Genre: Womens Fiction
Series: Chain Masala Club #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

“Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words, the first book in Annika Sharma’s Chai Masala Club series, is sure to be a must-read for you.”

~ Under the Covers

Recommended Read!

Kiran Mathur was raised to be a respectable Indian daughter; even after spending the last decade in the US for school and then her career, Kiran knows her duty is to settle down with an Indian man who will make her parents proud. Nash Hawthorne doesn’t worry too much about making his family proud; with both his parents gone, Nash knows his sole focus needs to be on helping kids so even the least fortunate won’t have to grow up the way he did. Both Kiran and Nash know their duties, but they never anticipated meeting each other. They were prepared to follow their plans, but now they have to consider following their hearts.

My absolute favorite part of Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma is the diversity. In a genre that has been overrun by casts of all-white characters in the past, Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words managed to magnificently showcase a perfect blend of Indian and American culture while also staying true to some elements avid romance readers will find familiar. I loved that in Kiran’s friend group – the Chai Masala Club – there were many different aspirations, life goals, and chosen careers. In her fight to be an obedient daughter and to make her parents proud, Kiran was – and surrounded herself with – strong, smart women. On the surface, Nash and Kiran were seemingly so different from each other, yet couldn’t be more compatible. While Kiran was raised in rural India, Nash came from Nashville. Their skin tones are different, their backgrounds couldn’t be any more dissimilar. But deep down, Nash and Kiran were on a very similar path, one they chose solely because of their family; Kiran chose her path to appease her family, and Nash chose his path to atone for his.

I loved the internal and external conflicts both Kiran and Nash had to face. The obvious, surface conflict for Kiran is her attraction to a man that she knows her parents won’t approve of; Nash is far from the respectable Indian man her parents want her to marry. And Nash, attempting to avoid his parents’ mistakes, isn’t looking to settle. But both main characters had quite a journey to go on before they could discover what they really wanted for themselves. These journeys ran the gamut from physical, emotional, familiar, and cultural. Nash and Kiran went through a lot, and had to learn to put their own happiness first for once, but the end result was very sweet and satisfying.

If you’re looking for a sweet, will they/won’t they romance with a ton of diversity, Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words, the first book in Annika Sharma’s Chai Masala Club series, is sure to be a must-read for you.

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About Annika Sharma

Born in Delhi and raised in central Pennsylvania, Annika Sharma followed her Penn State-loving heart to college in Happy Valley. There, she graduated with two Bachelor's degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology. She also holds two Master’s degrees from Penn State and George Washington University, respectively, in Early Childhood Special Education and Public Health.

She is a co-founder and co-host of The Woke Desi podcast, one of the largest independently run South Asian podcasts in the world. She currently lives in New York City and works as a health communications manager by day, while juggling her writing and podcasting careers by night. She is a lover of endless conversations, college football, social justice, traveling, books, all things related to England, dancing, superhero movies, and coffee.

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K. A Bylsma

Well now, um adding a new to me author to my list. Thanks ever so!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.