Dr. Trisha Raje is a renowned brain surgeon at the top of her game -
she's saved countless lives, created innovative techniques, and just
received a huge grant that will allow her research to continue. Even
with so much going for her, that doesn't change that her family -
descendants of Indian royalty - won't let Trisha live down the fact that
she almost ruined their lives when she was in college by letting
someone in who should have never been allowed into their tight-knit
family unit. Since then, Trisha has kept herself as a safe distance,
appearing at family functions only when absolutely necessary, and
never, ever bringing attention to herself.
Darcy "DJ" Caine is an excellent chef trying to make ends meet. So
when he's hired by the powerful Raje family, to create flavorful meals
for their son's gubernatorial campaign events, he jumps at the chance.
His sister Emma has a brain tumor and while there's a surgery that can
save her life, it can't save her eyesight. The surgery and hospital bills
are piling up, so this job is a godsend. But when he overhears two
women talking about how they'd never be interested in the hired help,
he realizes he's moving in circles he's not used to at all. And DJ's
stunned when he walks into his sister's hospital room the next day to
discover that one of the stuck-up partygoers he overheard is none
other than Dr. Trisha Raje, the only doctor who can save Emma's life.
Between doctor's rounds and party preparations, Trisha and DJ get
thrown together more than they'd like. They bring out the worst in each
other - second-guessing their values, making rash and even dangerous
decisions, and quite frankly, being awful toward each other. Trisha can't
deny DJ is an unbelievable chef and knows his meals will be the perfect
addition to her brother's events, and DJ knows Trisha is his only hope
to convince his sister to have the surgery. If his dinners go over well, DJ
will make a name for himself among California's upper crust, and
Emma's surgery will be another crowning achievement for Trisha's
successful career. But they can't seem to stop butting heads, even
though they both have the same end goals: to be recognized for their
incredible accomplishments as well as protect the people they love.
And against their better judgment, there's a growing attraction between
PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER
FLAVORS by award-winning author Sonali Dev is an engaging
Austen-inspired story. Themes and storylines from many of Jane
Austen's novels show up in this book, and it's entertaining to recognize
those little Easter eggs throughout. Beyond the love story, at its core,
PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER
FLAVORS is a family drama. The large Raje family and smaller
Caine family are important to Trisha and DJ, but for different reasons.
Trisha has always felt like an outsider because of an incident that
happened when she was a teenager, so she's continually tried to go
above and beyond to prove that she is worthy of being a Raje. While
she's always felt like they've kept her at a distance, perhaps Trisha has
pushed them away, too... Emma is the only family DJ has left, and he'll
do anything he can to keep his sister and best friend alive, even if she's
There is a caveat to this novel - this is not an easy love story. While
there is a happy ending, Trisha and DJ spend most of this novel at odds
with one another. Similar to Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, some
drastic things have to happen before they can put their preconceived
notions aside and fall in love. Because of this, it was difficult to be fully
invested in their eventual recognition that they should try to be
together. However, knowing that there are more books coming
following other Raje family members, Trisha and DJ will hopefully pop
up in those stores and readers will see how they are getting along.
Despite the fraught journey toward love, it can be universally
acknowledged that PRIDE, PREJUDICE,
AND OTHER FLAVORS is a delicious novel to be savored and
Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series
about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from
royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an
overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter
be considered a black sheep.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Franciscoâ€™s most acclaimed
neurosurgeon. But thatâ€™s not enough for the Rajes, her
influential immigrant family whoâ€™s achieved power by making
its own non-negotiable rules:
Â· Never trust an outsider
Â· Never do anything to jeopardize your brotherâ€™s
Â· And never, ever, defy your family
Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she
has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesnâ€™t
repeat old mistakes.
Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha
before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and
place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job
the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge
Trishaâ€™s arrogance. And then he discovers that sheâ€™s the
only surgeon who can save his sisterâ€™s life.
As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun
sugar on one of DJâ€™s stunning desserts. But before a future
can be savored thereâ€™s a past to be reckoned with...