On the jacket:
Dancing with the enemy
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 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!
I am not sure how it is with the current generations but any girl who reads and has been a teenage till about millennium struck, has had a phase where they were addicted to Mills & Boons novels. So have I. My girl friends and I have bought, borrowed, sneaked in & out, begged for - in short, done everything possible to grab and read as many M&Bs as possible. Of course, there is a section of the society which looks down at them, but I say, they are just snobs. One can love their classics and their M&Bs equally.
Now, when sometime last year I first heard about M&B's Indian author collection, I was zapped. Frankly, it didn't sound exciting. I mean, Indian romance is always so cheesy and filmy!! But, I have read three titles so far, and I accept, that was a wrong mindset to keep. The standards have been maintained and while the characters and the backdrops of the stories have changed, the feeling remains.
The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal is a small pocket-edition of a book, and a quick read. A story about Maya, out to avenge her the injustice his father faced in the hands of tycoon KD, through the twist of fate, ends up married to KD's son Krish. Father and son are poles apart and hate each other. As is typical of M&B novels, Maya and Krish have a sizzling chemistry from the moment they meet, yet avoid each other like plague.
I loved that Maya was not a typical journo or ad professional, but a landscape artist. I loved how Maya and Krish were not made to look larger than life, the best looking people on this earth. They were made to look as two attractive individuals, more realistic. What I also loved was how minimalistic, yet explanatory the characters' pasts were - like Maya was orphaned and had a tragic life ever since her 10th birthday, but that's all the author made it sound - sad, not dramatic. Only part of the book that I didn't like was the male protagonist's name - Krish somehow didn't go well, for me.
The plot moves in a steady pace and the narration is perfect. Banerjie's years of experience shows in the book, she knows her craft well.
[The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]