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Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance


To All the Boys I Loved Before meets World of Dance in this delectable love story that combines food, dance, and a hint of drama to cook up the perfect romance.

Radha is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest kathak dancers in the world . . . until a family betrayal costs her the biggest competition of her life. Now she has left her Chicago home behind to follow her stage mom to New Jersey. At the Princeton Academy of the Arts, Radha is determined to leave performing in her past and reinvent herself from scratch.

Jai is captain of the Bollywood Beats dance team, ranked first in his class, and is an overachiever with no college plans. Tight family funds means medical school is a pipe dream, which is why he wants to make the most out of high school. When Radha enters his life, he realizes she's the exact ingredient he needs for a show-stopping senior year.

With careful choreography, both Radha and Jai will need to face their fears (and their families) if they want a taste of a happily ever after.

  • Praise for Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance:

    "Well paced, authentic, and page-turning...A perceptive and textured romance." -Kirkus Reviews

  • "This novel offers up a charming, swoonworthy romcom with all the best ingredients....Read this alongside Nicola Yoon’s Instructions for Dancing for a double dose of dance-centered fun.” –The Bulletin

  • "Readers will enjoy Radha’s lifelong love of dance, her newfound pleasure in Indian cooking, and Jai’s enthusiasm for Bollywood as much as their strong, mutual attraction in this upbeat romance.” –Booklist

My Review:

3 Stars
Lovers of Kisses and Croissants, The Enemy, and Instructions for dancing will love this new RomCom by Nisha Sharma. This is not your typical cheesy rom-com and does touch on some serious subjects. After a family scandal that forces Radha to leave the biggest competition of her career, she is accepted into a fine art academy. She starts to join in with Bollywood dancers. The story follows the main character and her love interest who enter a dance competition for a prize. The story is super cute and touches on the mother cheating, divorce, emotional multiplication, and much more.

Trigger Warning: Infidelity


Thank you to Netgalley & the publishers for an advanced readers copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Nisha Sharma is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel My So-Called Bollywood Life and the follow up, Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance. She also writes adult contemporary romances including The Singh Family Trilogy and If Shakespeare was an Aunty Trilogy (Launching March 2022). Her writing has been praised by NPR, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly and more. She lives in Pennsylvania with her Alaskan husband, her cat Lizzie Bennett and her dog Nancey Drew. You can find her online at or on Twitter and Instagram @nishawrites.

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