Indeed it does. It’s Neel Arora.
Grey eyes, dark hair, hot and brooding, and a body that Rayna, the feisty model and our heroine, cannot stop drooling over. If all our troubles looked like that, huh?
Rayna may be a model but she’s your girl next door. She is sweet, suffers from a vacillating self-esteem and has made it to the top on her own. We first see her as a scatterbrain, in the throes of a hangover and overwrought with labels in caps we’d all rather avoid. (Dumped). There’s the destination wedding–in the Andaman Islands–first introduced to me by M.M.Kaye, which is how Neel and Rayna meet. It’s Rayna’s best friend marries Neel’s business partner kinda situation and it has its rewards. Every time these two come together on the page, it lights up. They both have tragedies in their pasts and both have been scalded enough to not want to trust again and yet they are drawn to each other irresistibly.
There are a few forced coincidences that made me sorta cringe but the dialogue is spicy, the back-story is filtered in mostly at appropriate times and Banerjie really knows how to heat up the pages. Niiiiice!
The most difficult thing in a romance is, I think, to find believable, plausible and logical obstructions to a happily ever after. So I wasn’t really surprised that Banerjie struggled with why they are kept apart. It just made an otherwise great story stumble a little. The non-issue of course resolves itself when the time is right.
I loved the idea of the ‘touchstone’. Read and find out.
There’s humour and the Aunt was hilarious, irritating and lovable all at the same time. We know her, don’t we? Both the protagonists are fun, engaging and good hearted people who deserve love and romance and each other. Four stars. Nicely done, Adite.
This is Adite’s second book. Her first, The Indian Tycoon’s
Marriage Deal was also for M&B India.
You can find both her books on Amazon India.