Review #8

Title- Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Rating– 4/5

Genre- Contemporary Romance

POV- Third person, past

Trope- Overachieving Indian American family, never defy your family, clashing duo to lovers, Immigrant family

Similar/Comps– Simmer Down (see my other review), Recipe for Persuasion

My emotions- Just enjoying the ride, HUNGRY from all the food talk


Dr. Trisha Raje- neurosurgeon working on DJ’s little sister

DJ Caine- sexy chef

I loved the stubbornness of both main characters and how much they’d do for the love of their family.


Trisha’s influential immigrant family achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules: Never trust an outsider and never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations. Trisha is guilty of breaking all the rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

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 Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

Best part-

When they finally kissed for the first time. Xoxo.

I loved a bad ass female surgeon with a big ego.

What I’d change-

Sometimes it felt a little preachy. There were a lot of social justice issues addressed: privilege, racism, me too movements, gender roles. I love all of that but it seemed like EVERY one was addressed, a little overkill and wished it was more focused on one instead of spread out.


It flowed well, no complaints about the writing. Sometimes the POV changed mid-chapter with only a scene break and I wish I was given more of a warning to remember whose head we were in


“For a moment she was almost afraid to move, lest she step on one of the pieces of her heart that lay scattered in his wake.”

“She swam past the spasms of heat that melted her core, swam past the sparks that exploded where he touched her, and she floated into the comfort of not seeking, just feeling…. The bones of him, magic in her hands.”


480ish pages was longer than my typical romance read, so it was a slooooow burn, but we got there.

Chapter 6 was cool with the revelation of a family member who has visions

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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