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Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Series: Rajes #3
Published by HarperAudio on July 6, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 12 hours, 57 minutes
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Yash Raje, California’s first serious Indian gubernatorial candidate, has always known exactly what he wants—and how to use his privileged background to get it. He attributes his success to a simple mantra: If you control your feelings you can control the world around you.
But when a bigot with a gun attempts to assassinate him, critically injuring his friend, Yash’s easy life suddenly feels like a lie, his control an illusion. When he tries to get back on the campaign trail, he blacks out with panic.
Desperate to keep Yash’s condition from leaking to the media, his family turns to the one person they trust—his sister’s best friend, India Dashwood, California’s foremost stress management coach. Raised by her grandmother and mother immersed in the practice of yoga long before it became trendy, India has helped San Francisco’s stressed-out overachievers for a decade without so much as altering her breath. But this man with his simmering intensity and absolute faith in his political beliefs is like no other client she’s ever had. Yash has spent a lifetime repressing everything to succeed.
India knows that for Yash to heal, he must face the feelings he’s buried, including the ones they once shared—a too brief, too bright passion that if rekindled threatens the life he’s crafted for himself. Sorting through the lies to get to the truth might be the only way to save him but it’s also guaranteed to destroy the dream he’s willingly shouldered for his family and community . . . until now.
I read the first book, Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors for the diversity Read-athon for COYER. I was also thrilled because I met the author at three events and she was wonderful. I looked forward to reading her works. I really enjoyed the first book and went on with the next book Recipe for Persuasion. Now I was totally in love with these characters and when I realized Incense and Sensibility was being released in July I was all in.
All the stories in the Rajes series, are smart and emotional. I can’t speak to the Jane Austen aspects as it has been too long since I read those books. There is a twining of personal growth and relationship growths, along with the daily aspects of life and careers. I was in angst for quite awhile as things were convoluted.
Yash is amazing. I love his caring and compassion even to the detriment of himself. He is easy to love as he is honest and devoted to making others’ lives better.
” That was me being a public servant, instead of a politician.”
India is also skilled in her yoga and healing practices. She is so grounded and honest. She helps others, like Yash, because she can, without thought to remuneration. Anyone would feel safe with her care. She takes on all the weight of her family’s problems and works to their solution. She also says goodbye to Yash when it seems as though a relationship with her will ruin his campaign.
I wanted them to be happy, to be honest and continue their work with helping others, using their gifts. I felt so much. These two deserved happiness but their focus was giving selflessly to others. I also enjoyed all the other supporting character stories. Their personalities shone and added to the expectations, and hopes and dreams in this world.
One of the reasons I enjoy audiobooks is, I don’t have to ponder over how to pronounce things. Whether the narrator pronunciations and accents are accurate I don’t have to decide. So it’s a gift if I don’t know how they should be. I was pleased to have the same narrator throughout with her excellent performance of the various male and female voices. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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