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About the Author
Nisha Sharma is the award-winning author of YA rom-com MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE, and contemporary romance drama, THE SINGH FAMILY TRILOGY. She grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, eighties pop-culture and romance novels so it comes as no surprise that her work features all three. Her writing has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Hypable and more. She lives in New Jersey with her Alaskan-born husband, her cat Lizzie Bennett and her dog Nancey Drew. You can find her online at www.nisha-sharma.com or on Twitter and Instagram @nishawrites.
“Armed with an insider’s insight, Sharma sketches a culturally authentic and emotionally rich portrait of a typical Indian-American family, warts and all... A sweet love story enlivened by energetic displays of cool intellect, warm familial ties, and hot sexual chemistry.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Nisha Sharma launches her Singh Family trilogy with this tale of sexy boardroom dealings and untapped family secrets... The sizzle of the bedroom scenes is matched by the intrigue of the boardroom, drawing you into the mystery at the novel’s center as well as Hem and Mina’s crackling chemistry.” -- Entertainment Weekly
“Sharma’s latest is highly recommended for lovers of romances involving big business and family drama and romances imbuded with diverse flair, as well as for fans who fell in love with the work of Sonali Dev and are looking for more stories with a bit of Bollywood sparkle and melodrama.” -- Library Journal (starred review) --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B0776TRX82
- Publisher : Avon Impulse (April 2, 2019)
- Publication date : April 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1523 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 232 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #424,050 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mina is a lawyer at a firm that used to be her mother's, but was wrested away by her terrible uncles. They're holding partnership over her head with her newest assignment: guide Bharat (a tech company) through their takeover and advise them to agree to the terms, and she'll be made partner. With a heavy heart, Mina goes to her new assignment, uncertain of what she'll do.
Hem is the prodigal son in his family. He turned his back on the family business before it went public, but after his father has a heart attack due to the stress of his suddenly struggling company, he returns to help out with damage control. And obviously, the first time he sees Mina, he can't take his eyes off her.
The two of them have to fight their attraction to each other since a relationship would be a conflict of interest, and that's very important because it's starting to look like Bharat's sinking ship is an act of corporate espionage. Someone wants the company to fail. Hem and Mina suspect it's probably WTA, the company that wants to see the takeover happen, but the burden of proof is entirely on them.
As it turns out, I've actually read something by this author before-- MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE, which I did not like. This book was leaps-and-bounds better. Mina is one of the strongest romance heroines I've encountered in a while. I loved her fortitude, her competence, and her agency. She was willing to do what it took to succeed and make herself happy. Seriously, she was the best. I was less in love with Hem, who was very alpha (which is not really my cup of tea). He's much more gentlemanly and respectful than your typical billionaire hero, though.
Honestly, this could have been so cliche, but the corporate espionage parts were actually some of the best. I can't tell you how nice it is to see a corporate romance that isn't all garish conference rooms and mysterious business portfolios. This actually felt real. I also love how Indian culture was infused into the story. Mina and Hem's interactions with their families, all of the insights into tradition and cultural norms, and the WONDERFUL, drool-worthy descriptions of food were A+.
I'm giving this three stars because I liked it, but there were also things in it that it didn't do so well. I wasn't that fond of the hero. He wasn't awful, or anything like that, he just wasn't a favorite. I also felt like the sudden and intense closeness they felt was a little contrived and weird. I know, this is wish-fulfillment fantasy in book form and the author did manage to find a way to make it work (sort of), but things were so rushed along that I found myself wondering if they had met before as children and I missed it, or if they had some sort of previous connection to explain their intensity. I kind of wish that had been the case, as that would have helped me suspend my disbelief.
That ending though... it was one of the most satisfying conclusions I've paid witness to in a while.
3 out of 5 stars
My biggest disappointment was that during the main climax moments or moments of highest tension with our antagonist there seemed to be nods to his weight slipped in. Descriptions are one thing but the timing and tone of those descriptions felt like a character judgement, and was disappointing and could take me out of the satisfaction of the moments happening.
Trust me…you want to read this book. I can't wait to read the second book in the trilogy.
Thank you Mrs Sharma for a wonderful and engaging read.
PS: to the folks at Avon books, thank you for making the paperback so easy and wonderful to handle. It definitely added to my enjoyment of the book.
Loved this happy, fun book about an Indian-American family pulling together when it mattered. Hem was delicious. Did I mention that already?