Tastes like shakkar A novel

Nisha Sharma, 1985-

Book - 2023

Bobbi Kaur is determined to plan a celebration to remember for her best friend's wedding. But she has two problems that are getting in her way. The egotistical, and irritatingly sexy, chef Benjamin "Bunty" Padda is supposed to help her with the menu since he's the groom's best friend, and someone is trying to sabotage the wedding. With aspirations of taking over her family's event planning business, Bobbi knows that one misstep in managing the Kareena Mann and Prem Verma party, along with the other weddings on her plate, will only give her uncle another reason not to promote her. That means Kareena's big day and Bobbi's future career are on the line. Bunty will do anything for his best friend, even th...ough he has his hands full in finding a new location for his next restaurant while also playing mediator between his brother and father, the celebrated Naan King. When Prem asks Bunty to help with the wedding menu, he agrees, especially since it puts him in close proximity to the delicious Bobbi Kaur. When a mystery shaadi saboteur starts leaving threatening notes, and cancelling cake orders, Bunty and Bobbi have no choice but to call a truce and face the volatile attraction they have for each other. Through masquerade fundraisers and a joint bachelor-bachelorette trip to Vegas, this chef and wedding planner explore their growing connection all while trying to plan a wedding at Messina Vineyards in a time crunch. But once the shaadi saboteur is caught and the wedding is over, will their love story have a happily ever after?

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New York, NY : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2023]
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Nisha Sharma, 1985- (author)
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xii, 338 pages ; 21 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

In Sharma's latest delectable rom-com, a chef and a wedding planner butt heads over the details of their best friends' over-the-top nuptials. Bobbi Kaur, New Jersey's up-and-coming event planner extraordinaire, is determined to control every detail of her best friend's wedding, but there's a shaadi saboteur afoot trying to destroy her carefully laid plans. Restaurateur Benjamin Padda is working towards a Michelin star and is excited to see his best mate happily wed, but he's reluctant to cater a thousand-person Indian wedding with Bobbi, the full-figured temptress who is making him reconsider his confirmed bachelorhood. Their chemistry sizzles as they spar over the little stuff, but as the wedding-sabotage attempts mount, they quickly join forces to ferret out the culprit before the shenanigans can ruin the big day. This tale is the second in Sharma's If Shakespeare Was an Auntie series, following Dating Dr. Dil (2022), and her fans will be thrilled to welcome back the large cast of colorful characters that are so realistically drawn within this privileged Punjabi community.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Sharma loosely riffs on Much Ado About Nothing in this hilarious and red-hot sequel to Dating Dr. Dil. Wedding planner Bobbi Kaur is determined to knock it out of the park for her best friend's nuptials, especially since a promotion at her uncle's wedding planning business is riding on the event. Two things stand in Bobbi's way, however: someone is sending mysterious notes that threaten to derail the wedding, and she's forced to work with the attractive yet infuriating chef Benjamin Padda. Beneath Benjamin and Bobbi's constant bickering is the memory of a flirtatious moment they once shared, which could have led to more if Benjamin hadn't put his foot in his mouth. Working together is difficult, but with Bobbi striving to prove herself to her uncle, and Benjamin wanting to step out of his father's shadow, the pair agree to a truce to ensure the wedding goes smoothly. One thing may still get in their way, though: their undeniable attraction. With a charming (and lovingly meddlesome) supporting cast and plenty of glamorous pre-wedding events along the way, this exhilarating rom-com hits all the right notes. Readers will have no trouble cheering on these sparring hearts. Agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Literary. (Aug.)

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Review by Library Journal Review

Benjamin Padda and Bobbi Kaur do not get along--every time they're in the same room together, the snark and insults fly. Despite their feud, they now have to work together to help pull off their best friends' wedding, with Bobbi doing the planning and Benjamin taking care of the menu. If it wasn't enough to have to be in close proximity to each other, there seems to be a saboteur trying to ruin the wedding, and it's up to Bobbi and Benjamin to work together to ensure their best friends' perfect day. And maybe their own happily ever after as well. In this fun and flirty contemporary romance steeped in South Asian culture, author Sharma will delight readers with playful banter, steamy scenes, and a love story that will leave readers eager for more. Fans of the author's previous novel, Dating Dr. Dil, will be delighted to see their favorite characters return, and of course, plenty of shenanigans from the Aunties. VERDICT Libraries can't go wrong by adding this book to their shelves.--Amanda Toth

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