“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?”
Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does – and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel – Neel Arora – and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.
Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm!
Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!
I am going to start this review with the last line of this book that I wholly endorse.
“And the best rule of them all. Rule #3: There is no better deal than Happily Ever After!”
‘Trouble has a new name’ is the love story of Rayna and Neel (I so love their names!) set in the beautiful islands of Andaman (Adite I know where my next holiday location will be thanks to you :)).
Rayna is hungover, bitter, lovesick (reads sick of love) and she is also late for her best friend’s wedding in Andaman. Hurrying over to the chartered plane full of guests, Rayna has a tussle with Neel Arora, the handsome and dimpled greek god of a hotelier whose resort is hosting the wedding. After some hot words, stomach lurching and some spilled juice, Neel and Rayna are ready to kill each other though each was aware of the sizzlingly hot chemistry that they share.
At the resort, Neel is forced to share a luxury villa with Rayna, as everything else is booked. (Sometimes I wish I had an author like this one to arrange things nicely for me.)
Rayna’s boyfriend who had broken up with her over a SMS arrives for the wedding along with a hot-shop item girl for whom he had thrown her over. Awkward and embarrassed Rayna requests Neel to help her out and to pose as her fiancee for the duration of the wedding. Neel agrees though not immediately and roller coaster ride of a romance begins.
What sets this plot apart from the usual template of mills and boons stories is the amount of space Adite reserves for character development and background. Neel is a greek god of a hero but he has battle scars of his own.
Rayna’s vulnerability comes out when we learn about her parent’s death and her subsequent estrangement from her brother and sister-in-law. What happens when these two vulnerable people come together? Can they rise above their inhibitions, fears and insecurities and love each other? You will need to find out by reading the book.
Plus Points: Lovely plot, strong characters, smooth flowing lucid tale and good character development. I also loved Rayna’s list of rules and murphy’s laws that rings true for all in love.
Minus Points: Rayna seems to fall into Neel’s arms very fast given the fact that she has just been dumped by Sid. This was the only place where I felt that the author has faltered.
Verdict: A perfect weekend read!