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16 Hilarious Romance Novels With Indian Characters

16 Hilarious Romance Novels With Indian Characters

If you are looking to read more books with POC characters, then you might want to consider these 16 romance novels with Indian characters.

Some of these books are coming out later this year and you have to them to your TBR. These are some of the best rom-coms that have come out in the past few years with Indian characters which deal with balancing tradition and individualism.

1. The Knockout

Author – Sajni Patel

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The Knockout - Romance Novels with Indian characters

“Despite pleasing her parents, exceling at school, and making plans to get her family out of debt, Kareena’s never felt quite Indian enough, and her Muay-Thai training is only making it worse. Which is inconvenient, since she’s starting to fall for Amit Patel, who just might be the world’s most perfect Indian. Admitting her feelings for Amit will cost Kareena more than just her pride–she’ll have to face his parents’ disapproval, battle her own insecurities, and remain focused for the big fight. Kareena’s bid for the Olympics could very well make history–if she has the courage to go for it.”

2. The Marriage Game

Author – Sara Desai

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The Marriage Game - Sara Desai

“After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.”

3. Recipe For Persuasion

Author – Sonali Dev

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Recipe For Persuasion - Romance Novels With Indian Characters

“Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy to save her restaurant. 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. 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.”

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4. 10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Author – Sandhya Menon

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky - Sandhya Menon

“Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother. After listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.”

5. Make Up, Break Up

Author – Lily Menon

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Make Up, Break Up - Romance Novels With Indian Characters

“Annika’s app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships. Hudson’s app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy. As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. â€ť

6. First Comes Like

Author – Alisha Rai

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First Comes Like - Alisha Rai

“Jia Ahmed has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast. The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family.”

7. Star Daughter

Author – Shveta Thakrar

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Star Daughter - Shveta Thakrar

“If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name. But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.”

8. Grown Up Pose

Author – Sonya Lalli

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Grown Up Pose - Romance Novels With Indian Characters

“A delightfully modern look at what happens for a young woman when tradition, dating, and independence collide, from acclaimed author Sonya Lalli. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing Anu’s ever done—and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.”

9. The Dating Plan

Author – Sara Desai

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The Dating Plan - Sara Desai

“Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement.”

10. Incense and Sensibility

Author – Sonali Dev

Incense and Sensibility - Romance Novels With Indian Characters

“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. But when a hate-fueled incident at a rally critically injures his friend, Yash’s easy life suddenly feels like a lie, his control an illusion. But when a hate-fueled incident at a rally critically injures his friend, Yash’s easy life suddenly feels like a lie, his control an illusion.”

11. When Dimple Met Rishi

Author – Sandhya Menon

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When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon

“Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family—and from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.”

12. Girl Gone Viral

Author – Alisha Rai

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Girl Gone Viral - Romance Novels With Indian Characters

“One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a hot guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire episode with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae is the new hashtag-du-jour. With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard, friend, and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to his family’s home. Alone in a remote setting with the object of her affections? It’s a recipe for romance”

13. Serena Singh Flips The Script

Author – Sonya Lalli

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Serena Singh Flips the Script - Sonya Lalli

“Serena Singh is tired of everyone telling her what she should want. She’s smart, confident, and just got a kick-ass new job at a top advertising firm in Washington, D.C. Even before her younger sister gets married in a big, traditional wedding, Serena knows her own dreams don’t include marriage or children. She’s been so focused on career success that she’s let all of her hobbies and close friendships fall by the wayside. As Serena reconnects with her family and friends–including her ex-boyfriend–she learns letting people in can make her happier than standing all on her own.”

14. The Rules of Arrangement

Author – Anisha Bhatia

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The Rules of Arrangement - Anisha Bhatia

“Zoya Sahni has a great education, a fulfilling job and a loving family. At 26 she is hurtling toward her expiration date in Mumbai’s arranged marriage super-mart, but when her aunties’ matchmaking radars hones in on the Holy Grail of suitors—just as Zoya gets a dream job offer in New York City—the girl who once accepted her path as almost option-less must now make a choice of a lifetime.”

15. A Match Made in Mehendi

Author – Nandini Bajpai

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A Match Made in Mehendi - Romance Novels With Indian Characters

“Fifteen-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole-matchmakers-with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.” But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys’ soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.”

16. The Trouble With Hating You

Author – Sajni Patel

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The Trouble With Hating You - Sajni Patel

“Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she’s out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later — the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What’s not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.”


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