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Incense and Sensibility: A Novel (The Rajes Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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"Incense and Sensibility is a tender, well-crafted novel, as much about finding purpose as it is about falling in love. Dev writes with such rare empathy and humor that I often found myself holding my breath on one page only to be giggling by the next. This is the kind of book you finish with a whole-body, happy sigh and a warm ache in your chest where the characters will live on. Yash and India’s story will stick with me for a long time.”— Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read
Yash Raje, California’s first Indian-American gubernatorial candidate, has always known exactly what he wants—and how to use his privileged background to get it. He attributes his success to a simple mantra: control your feelings and you can control the world. But when a hate crime at a rally critically injures his friend, Yash’s easy life suddenly feels like a lie, his control an illusion. When he tries to get back on the campaign trail, he blacks out with panic.
Desperate to keep Yash’s condition from leaking to the media, his family turns to the one person they trust—his sister’s best friend, India Dashwood, California’s foremost stress management coach. Raised by a family of yoga teachers, India has helped San Francisco’s high strung overachievers for a decade without so much as altering her breath. But this man—with his boundless ambition, simmering intensity, and absolute faith in his political beliefs—is like no other.
Yash has spent a lifetime repressing everything to succeed, including their one magical night ten years ago—a too brief, too bright passion that if rekindled threatens to destroy the dream he’s willingly shouldered for his family and community . . . until now.
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-- Christina Lauren, New York Times Bestselling author of In A Holidaze
"Incense and Sensibility is a tender, well-crafted novel, as much about finding purpose as it is about falling in love. Dev writes with such rare empathy and humor that I often found myself holding my breath on one page only to be giggling by the next. This is the kind of book you finish with a whole-body, happy sigh and a warm ache in your chest where the characters will live on. Yash and India’s story will stick with me for a long time.” -- Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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USA Today Bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore issues faced by women around the world. Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, is a RITA® finalist, and has been listed for the Dublin Literary Award. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.”
She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two visiting adult children, and the world’s most perfect dog.
Find more at sonalidev.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08KQB843S
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (July 6 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 5991 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 400 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #185,133 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #495 in Asian American Literature (Books)
- #2,094 in Multicultural & Interracial Romance
- #2,316 in Multicultural Romance
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This particular book builds on a character we know from the first two - brother Yash Raje. The first books are about his siblings. Yash met a girl 10 years earlier (India Dashwood, who is Thai... not Indian), just one time, but he had an instant connection. They next day, due to circumstances, he had to create a fake relationship with a childhood friend to help cover up an incident, and help out both of their careers. This book takes place when he and that girl from the instant connection meet again due to new circumstances when he requires her professional services... and she is the only one that can help him with his problem. Throwing them together again of course leads to the resurfacing of that initial instant attraction, and throws a wrench into the 10 year plan that he's been relying on to help his political career flourish.
This book and the series (3 so far, with The Emma Project coming Spring 2022) are excellent, but can be read as standalone. The previous characters do appear, but the instances where they do won't affect the reading order and won't really give anything away. She does a great job of making sure of that! I absolutely recommend this series, as well as her Bollywood Affair/Bollywood Bride series, which was my first read of hers - the writing is just too good to miss!
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The writing is magical where you realise you meet India Dashwood and you instantly feel her calmness soak into you and the calmness really stays throughout the story and that is a winner for me. Meet Yash Raje and the existential crisis is as real as yours or mine. His legacy though may not be your or my reality, cheers to him for that! Beautiful characters that bring a sense of peace, calm & the will to set things right no matter the cost. Simple yet strong characters that find clarity in the process and help us find clarity along the lines as well. The most well written and lovable story of all Raje's! This one steals your heart and reinforces your faith in believing in yourself.
Much like the work it’s drawn from, Incense and Sensibility is at its core a novel of emotions—the ones we restrain, the ones we give too willingly, and the ones we can’t help but follow. Yash and India are the perfect pair of protagonists, crackling with electricity at every turn, and both their individual paths and the journey they take together left me besotted. With each chapter, I fell for them more and more, and by the final pages, I was breathless. As with the previous books in this series, this story and its characters stand firmly on their own, wholly original from the Austen classic, but fans of Sense and Sensibility will treasure the brilliant links to the source material. The fresh spin on the Marianne-Willoughby-Colonel Brandon triangle had me squealing with delight, and I also loved Dev’s take on Lucy Steele.
While you don’t have to read all of the books in the Rajes series in order to enjoy this one, you’ll love it all the more if you do. Not only was it so fun to catch up with my favorite characters from the earlier novels, getting to know the real Yash and tap into all of his complicated layers after seeing him as the polished and infallible older brother was so rewarding. All of these pieces blended together to make this book my favorite of the series so far.
If you love Jane Austen, this book is for you. If you love compelling romance, this book is for you. If you love family stories, complex characters, or tales about the importance of being true to who you really are, this book is for you.
I won't address the author's intention to create a novel that's an homage to Jane Austen. Instead, I'd like to just point out what I felt were the goods and bads of this novel. I wish I could give it more stars, but to be honest, it dragged.
I loved the premise! I really liked Tara (funny negative stories!!) and the family she built. I liked the setting (wealthy northern California), the recognition of what a powerhouse is my beloved state, the Indian cultural aspects, and the dramatic challenges. But I thought China was too flakey. I couldn't get behind India's tolerance of her histrionics. Brandy, the bodyguard, was spectacular but thawed too quickly. Naina, the childhood friend, turned evil at the end, threatening Yash. Although I understand people can change, this seemed far-fetched.
There are good dramatic obstacles in this novel. For one, Yash is literally and figuratively scarred by a childhood accident, plus he was the victim of a sexual predator (extortionist) as a young adult. Will he ever be able to feel lust and love, and to trust? Will the predator resurface? Will Yash lose the election when Naina goes public about their fake-relationship-of-convenience? Will all the hard work, hopes, and dreams for his candidacy be destroyed? Will Tara be well? Will India's beloved home have to be sold? All of these add good dramatic tension.
My problem was with the pacing. The main action occurs in dialogue, but it's not gripping dialogue, and the story dragged a little. Otherwise, I did enjoy it.
It is the women in this story that really shine! They get it done. India Dashwood may be one of my most favorite characters – and that’s saying something considering how much I adore Ashna from Recipe for Persuasion! She is centered, loving, and knows what it is to stand for others. Even when it’s painful, she doesn’t shy away from helping those she loves, and that includes Yash.
These women, whether it’s his sisters, Nisha, Yash’s campaign manager or Trisha, the neurosurgeon, they are self-possessed without being insufferable, they’re people you want to be friends with, and they are the people you want to have standing strong for you and with you. For me, it’s Mina Raje, Yash’s mother, who again, like in the previous books, almost steals the show with her powerful statements. She is wonderful!
What happens next? You’ll have to jump on board the Yash and India Express and hold on for dear life. It’s an intense, passionate, and powerful ride.