Sunday, March 16, 2014

#BookReview : The Contract by Zeenat Mahal

On the jacket:

“…We’ll get married, but I’ll pay you a monthly salary to behave and appear for all practical purposes as my wife…If you agree, the marriage vows can be taken on the phone on Saturday, since I have an hour free in the morning.” 

 Shahira, a young, divorced mother of a seven-year-old son, wants nothing to do with men ever again. But circumstances have forced her hand, and Hussain’s unusual proposition leaves her secretly relieved. As per their contract, she’ll have his name, will be paid to look after his ailing mother and motherless daughter and will be left well alone by him. Perfect!  Until her new husband decides to stop playing by the rules.  Hussain is suave and rich. He is nobody’s fool…and is not about to be bested by the ex-schoolteacher he is married to. He has Shahira in his sights and she has to have all her wits about her in order to hold him at arm’s length.


The Contract is about two attractive looking yet extremely scarred individuals, Hussain and Shahira. Both have been in bad marriages, and now getting into a contractual marriage. Hussain needed a mother for his daughter while Shahira needed a father for her son and financial security for the both of them. And this is what the marriage delivered. Nothing more.

Put a man who hates women and a woman who doesn't want anything to do with any man ever, in a house and the expected will happen. Hatred, which will slowly fizzle into lust and then love. The marriage, the contract and then the very expected and gradual falling in love, has been formed into a very interesting plot by the author. Very find editing, as well.

If you dig love stories and relish reading about love which dwells in the oddest relationships, this book is for you. A charming read!

[This is an author request review. However, the views are my honest opinions.]

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