Once, Armaan Malhotra was Zara’s secret teenage fantasy. Now, they find nothing right with each other!
Zara is a spirited woman, fiercely guarding her hard-earned independence as a chartered accountant. An orphan, her mother’s indiscretion has haunted her life. Armaan is a celebrity artist, with a deep-rooted aversion to commitment. Born in an old business family, his father’s infidelity has rocked his beliefs.
Zara finds Armaan callous and insensitive. Armaan finds Zara stubborn and rebellious. Both find it impossible to trust anyone.
When under pressure from Armaan’s mother, they agree on a short term arranged match, things turn chaotic. Soon the undercurrent of tension and attraction turns into skirmishes, flaring up into a full-fledged battle on their honeymoon. Could they let go of their fears and let desire transform into deep abiding love forever?
Zara, a chartered accountant, had been brought up by her maternal aunt Sudha Seth after the death of her mother, when she was two. Unable to bear the pain inflicted on her, her uncle sends her to a boarding school and to avoid the bickering of her aunt, her cousin, Bani and her friends, Aparna and Armaan, she would prefer to stay in the convent orphanage in the summer vacations. She always craved for a family and all she has of her dead mother is a faded old photograph. She had always excelled in academics and had worked hard to where she was today.
Armaan Malhotra, 34, is an artist, who does not believe in love, marriage and happily ever afters courtesy his father who had left them.
During the teenage years, she was infatuated to Armaan, her aunt’s best friend, Vini Malhotra’s son, six years her senior. A meeting with Armaan unnerves her and at any meeting, they would clash with each other without any rhyme or reason. She meets him again, after a couple of years when she, while playing with Aparna’s children, throws a mud ball, which accidental hits his painting spoiling it.
His mother wants him to get married and using his late father’s will as an excuse, asks him to get married to Zara, much to the shock of Aparna and Armaan. In the meanwhile, Sudha tells Zara about Vini’’s plans and Zara refuses straight away. As his mother is unwell, Armaan convinces Zara to marry him for a period of six months and they sit and draw up their terms and conditions for this contract marriage. For him, she is the perfect candidate because they really don’t like each other and for her, she feels that this way she would be able to stand up in front of her relatives.
Once I received the book, I could not help myself and started it reading it stat, leaving everything and believe me, I did not regret doing so. I still have a smile on my face as I am writing the review.
Both Armaan and Zara are lovable characters. Well done, Leena for creating such lifelike characters. I loved the way the author has shown the compassionate side of Armaan making the reader fall in love with his character in addition to Zara’s.
Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Harlequin India