2020 Reviews · NetGalley Reviews

Review: Recipe for Persuasion

Title: Recipe for Persuasion (The Raje’s #2)

Author: Sonali Dev

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Format: Digital ARC provided through NetGalley

Recipe for Persuasion on Goodreads

Release Date: May 26th, 2020


From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.

Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen? 

Rico Silva, that’s what.  

Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster. 

FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn’t too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he’s definitely over her. 

But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico.  Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…? 

In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Cute, fun, smart, heartbreaking and joyful. This book is one of the best Jane Austen retellings I have ever read!

I’m new to the romance genre but I’ve loved the few I’ve read so far and when I saw this Jane Austen retelling on NetGalley I immediately requested it.

Dev paints a vivid picture of life and love within these pages making it impossible to put down. Her characters are deep, interesting, multifaceted and real. I loved following Ashna and Rico, watching their story develop and unfold with each turn of a page.

I really love that Dev reimagined Jane Austen’s Persuasion as a celebrity Food Network competition. It’s wholly original, allowing Dev to make the story her own while staying true to its source material.

I also really enjoyed the format of the book. Throughout it you switch from three different character perspectives: Ashna, Rico and Shoban (Ashna’s mother). Watching the story develop through each of their perspectives, and learning their history with each other, was very interesting and having the different perspectives really added a lot to the story in my opinion.

I loved reading about the Raje family, their friends and learning about their complicated history with one another.

A must read for Austen lovers and foodies!

Other books in this series: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors (The Raje’s #1)


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