Krish Dev needs to find a bride–and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to his freedom in Maya Shome. But is this dazzling beauty really all she seems…?
Maya has only one thing in mind: revenge. But when the host of the most exclusive high society party asks her to dance what is meant to be an innocent tango, it leads to an engagement to Krish–her enemy’s son!
Arranging their own marriage could work to their advantage…if they can resist mixing business with pleasure!
Marriage of convenience plot has always been my favourite theme in romance. I lose count of the number of books that I have read in this romance genre.
Krish Dev is a young scion of a very wealthy tycoon and he needs to find a bride quickly. Why? That’s because he wants to get out of his father’s shadow and avoid being his pawn in a business deal that would soon end in marriage with a girl not of his choice.
Enters Maya Shome, whose father was imprisoned and driven to alcoholism due to Krish’s father’s illegal machinations. So obviously she wants revenge. And while I was expecting her to be yet another MBA graduate, she turns out to be a landscape designer (which is a new one).
Maya and Krish meet at a party and dance and just when Krish’s father is about to announce his engagement to his business partner’s daughter, he seizes the moment and announces that he would be marrying Maya. Maya is flabbergasted and leaves the scene soon. And predictably, the father causes her boss to fire her while Krish proposes a marriage of convenience which does not include sex (according to Maya’s rules).
Maya is completely thrown out of her gear here. She had approached the Dev Industries with the intention of avenging her father and here she was given a perfect opportunity to do that. She should have said yes to it immediately but she still ruminates over the fact that she finds Krish absolutely charming and attractive.
Despite her reservations, they get married quite quickly before Krish’s father could intervene and Krish whisks her away for a ‘honeymoon’ where he reveals his plans to start an enterprise of his own.
What happens next? Does Krish succeed in getting out of his father’s thumb? Do they consummate their marriage? Does Maya take her revenge? You will need to read the book to find the answers.
One of the first things that I noticed about this book was the lucid writing that flows smoothly from one scene to another. Maya’s past is revealed in a series of flashback and just like peeling an onion Adite reveals her pain slowly and we are able to understand her reasons for revenge.
Krish’s character is also very well drawn. Handsome, intelligent and charming, he falls for Maya because of the zingy chemistry that they share. His pain reveals a troubled past with his father’s numerous infidelities and his late mother’s sorrow.
I loved the way the Adite establishes both these characters early on in the novel as it keeps the reader invested in the protagonists. A lovely romance for a slow weekend indeed!
Plus Points – Fantastic romance, well-etched characters and a good plot
Minus Points – The novel could have been a bit longer with more conflicts and misunderstandings
Verdict – Perfect romance for a weekend
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