August is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. This hot-and-steamy month is, appropriately, Read-a-Romance Month, 31 days dedicated to swooning and melting, yearning and burning. We asked Bobbi Dumas, founder of this homage to romance novels, to pick her favorite book each week. Naturally, we'll be complementing her suggestions with something to snack on. And since you're likely to get hot and bothered, we decided to go with food pairings to help cool you down.
Hot Read: A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev
Two years after the loss of his wife, Nic Joshi has traded his job with Doctors Without Borders for one as a cruise ship doctor, treating sunburns and seasickness. He's drinking and cruising (quite literally) through life — until he's confronted by the woman who received his wife's heart in a transplant and her insistence that she has a message for him from his wife.
Cool Eat: Raita
A mixture of yogurt and herbs, raita is the ultimate cooling agent for pairing with spicy curries — or spicy novels!
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Editor's note: A Change of Heart hits bookshelves September 27, but it's available now for pre-order.