In this article for Electric Lit, Sonali Dev, author of Lies And Other Love Languages recommends 8 hot desi romance novels that will have you falling in love, including A Holly Jolly Diwali.
This novel is for anyone fantasizing about finding the one at a big beautiful Indian wedding. … A heartwarming, uplifting holiday romance that seamlessly folds in an artist’s journey to empowerment and self-discovery.
~ Electric Lit
To check out the full list, visit Electric Lit’s article here.
Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks? Well, here are several romantic audiobooks, including Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat, that involve travel and getaways. Perfect for road trips, or for armchair travellers!
Board an Alaskan cruise with Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat by Sonya Lalli, read by Mayuri Bhandari. Jasmine is the black sheep of her Washington state Punjabi community, never quite in sync with her family. Seeking connection, Jasmine agrees to go on a family cruise and gets stuck on board with poster boy Jake Dhillon and all her disapproving relatives. Bhandari has a vocal presence that’s a great match for Jasmine’s assertive sensibility. Her voice is often edged with humor, making frank observations of the perils of a family cruise in this Pride and Prejudice listen-alike.
To check out the full list, visit BookTrib here.
Looking for something sweet or steamy to read? On the summer edition of The Next Chapter, the romance panel recommends their favourite swoon-worthy books.
The panel is composed of romance author Uzma Jalaluddin; Jenny Pool, who owns the online bookstore Happily Ever After Books; and lifestyle journalist Alicia Cox Thomson.
They sat down with Ryan B. Patrick to discuss nine books that will appeal to every romance reader and included Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat in their recommendations!
You can check the full list in this CBC article.
A 2017 study from the Romance Writers of America found that 18% of romance readers are men, and 1/3 of erotic audiobook downloaders are also guys. The majority of romance readers are still women, yes, but with more publishers focusing on LGBTQ+ experiences and expanding past the traditional heteronormative girl-meets-guy plot, publishers predict male readership will only increase. With that in mind, Men’s Health recently put together a list of recommended romance novels, including Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat.
Sonya Lalli, who wrote the delightful A Holly Jolly Diwali, has yet again created a vivid cast of characters that you’ll be thinking about for a while. Her latest is an enemies-to-lovers romance titled Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat-an utterly charming romp filled with lively quips and plenty of humor.
To check out the full list, please click here.
Jasmine and Jake are showing up on Anticipated Reads list all over the internet, including the following two:
Why I want to read it: So far, I’ve only read A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli, but I’m excited to read more of her backlist and to read this new one! I love her style, and this premise sounds great!
There is lots of great intergenerational humour and a satisfying enemies-to-lovers plot.
Stir Bedside Table with Hilary Atleo
Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat was recently reviewed by Red Carpet Crash:
A really fun rom-com, that hits all the right notes. With all the aunties aboard, some LOL moments, and two people you root for to be together.
Red Carpet Crash
To read the full review, please click here.
In this round up, The Nerd Daily rounds up some highly anticipated books releasing between the months of January and June from authors such as Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, Jesse Q. Sutanto, Harlan Coben, and Sonya Lalli, plus some dazzling debuts.
An impulsive decision to join an Alaskan cruise getaway brings the chance for an onboard romance in this new enemies-to-lovers romance from the author of A Holly Jolly Diwali.
The Nerd Daily
To look at the full list, click here.
Seven novels that captivate with winning formulas, from fake dating to enemies turned lovers, including Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat.
Jasmine Randhawa finds herself suddenly single and third-wheeling on her parents’ cruise vacation to Alaska. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, she realizes that not only is she trapped on a seniors cruise but the only person remotely close to her age is an arrogant acquaintance, Jake Dhillon. This is Vancouver-based Sonya Lalli’s fifth contemporary-romance offering.
To see the full list, click here.
Every year, CBC Books enlists the help of established writers and editors from across Canada to read the thousands of entries submitted to our prizes. This year, Sonya Lalli was honoured to take part as one of the readers.
Readers compile the longlist, which is then given to a jury who chooses a shortlist.
You can meet the readers for the 2023 CBC Short Story Prize by clicking here.
You can see the books chosen for the 2023 CBC Short Story longlist here.
The shortlist will be announced on April 12 and then the winner will be revealed on April 18.
Kirkus Reviews recently reviewed Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat and here’s a snippet from that review:
As well as finding romance, Jasmine learns that there’s a middle ground between isolating herself from family conventions and fully embracing Punjabi traditions. She can have it all—and on her own terms.
A modern romance with the perfect mix of emotional growth and meddling aunties.