Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat

Berkley. Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593440650. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Jasmine Randhawa has always been impulsive and headstrong, but her most recent spur-of-the-moment decision, to go on a cruise with her parents, might be the worst. In addition to her parents, with whom she doesn’t get along, many of the other passengers will be from the community of aunties and uncles of her childhood, the ones who have judged Jasmine to be a troublemaker her whole life. When she gets on board, Jasmine also discovers that it’s a seniors’ cruise, making the average age far too high for any discreet hookups she might have been considering—except for Jake Dhillon. He’s just the kind of guy she is trying to avoid: hot, cocky, and far too into himself. Jake, however, has hidden depths, secrets, and an instant attraction to smart and funny Jasmine. Their chemistry is sizzling, but their path to romance is winding, with plenty of missteps and misunderstandings.
VERDICT An enemies-to-lovers romance full of humor and heart. Readers will fall in love with Jasmine, Jake, and the cast of aunties, uncles, and friends who help them along the way in Lalli’s latest (after A Holly Jolly Diwali).
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